Meet Our Global Mentors
Spring 2018 Global Mentors
Name: Nina Bangalore
Nina Bangalore is a junior Film Studies and Production major from Garden City, New York. Her hobbies include cooking, exploring new places, and of course watching movies! She is the current Vice President of South Asian Students Association, Secretary of Hofstra Filmmakers Club, and a member of Hofstra Rock Climbing. She's also a big fan of cute animals.
Name: Rosalie Hume
Rosalie Hume is a second year MBA student studying Business Analytics, who is expected to graduate in May 2018. She is originally from Bronx, New York, but has been living in Long Island for about 5 years now. Her interests include traveling, rock climbing, and trying new things.
Name: Raffaella Tonani
Preferred Name: Raffa
My name is Raffaella Tonani (Raffa), I was born and raised in Peru. I am fluent in English and Spanish. I am a sophomore at Hofstra, and I am majoring in journalism. I enjoy traveling, photography and doing volunteer work, especially building houses.
Name: Cheng-An Chang
Preferred Name: Andy
Hey! I'm Cheng-An Chang, but you can call me Andy. I am from Taiwan and with a dual citizenship with Canada. I am a senior studying TV and Film Production. I am involved with Hofstra International (H*INT), Club Volleyball, The HEAT Network, Club Badminton.
Name: Dewal Sheth
I'm Dewal, and am from Mumbai, India. I have sophomore class standing. I'm a marketing major with a minor in economics and international business. I love playing soccer. A fun fact about me is that I absolutely love golden retrievers and will start playing with one anywhere at any given time.
Name: Haritsa Halepas
Preferred Name: Hari
My full name is Haritsa but everyone calls me Hari for short. My ethnicity is half Colombian and half Greek. This is my first year being part of both the global mentor and being a Resident Assistant. I am double majoring in economics and global studies, and I joined the global mentor program because I enjoy learning about new cultures and helping my peers.
Name: Ziwen Zhu
Preferred Name: Sherry
Ziwen Zhu (Sherry), a film-and-TV-major undergraduate student, comes from China. She has been learning music for 10 years and she is a public media operator on Wechat with more than 1000 followers. After traveling several countries, she decided to come here to pursue her dreams in film and TV.
Name: Hao Dong
Hao Dong is a current sophomore student pursuing a bachelor degree of science here at Hofstra University. He is studying film and television production as his major. Hao was born in Shandong Province, China and he came to the U.S in 2016 as an international student. He is also a member of HUHC and Hofstra badminton club.
Name: Junwen Yang
Preferred Name: Tina
My name is Junwen Yang, but you can call me Tina, and I am Chinese. I am a sophomore majoring in TV productions and studies. For me, music is a important part of my life, especially K-pop music. If you love K-pop, I am sure we'll become friends quickly. Also, I can play a Chinese traditional instrument named Zither. I hope I can help you learn more about school as soon as possible. Welcome to Hofstra!
Name: Miranda Rausch
Preferred Name: Miranda
My name is Miranda Rausch! As a film major, I watch a lot of movies and tv shows, and my favorite part of them is the ending. Sometimes with tv shows, I'll watch the final episode of the entire series before the beginning. Also, one thing people who like to travel learn about me is wherever they go I need them to get me a snow globe. I have quite the collection of snow globes from my friend's travels and my own.
Name: Waranya Plengpojjanart
Preferred Name: Jao
My name is Waranya Plengpojjanart, but you can call me Jao. I'm from Thailand. I am a sophomore accounting major, but I'm still in the process of self-disareciation, and I believe that art is underrated in its role of revolution. I consider myself a highly experienced professional in the field of cat appreciation.
Name: Chaeeun Lim
Preferred Name: Sophie
My name is Chaeeun Lim, but you can call me Sophie. Senior biomedical engineering major with minors in mathematics and philosophy. I'm from Gimpo City, South Korea. I am an experienced golf cart driver certified from Peachtree City, GA, I love cast and the violin, and am proud to be a Starbucks addict! I hope to travel the entire world soon!
Name: Emily Kurz
Preferred Name: Emily
My name is Emily Kurz and I am a second year graduate student working towards my M.S.Ed in higher education and leadership policy studies. I am from a small town in Maine, right outside of the city of Portland. I love living in New York and enjoy trying new things. I studied abroad in Hungary as an undergraduate student, and my love for traveling grew as I experienced the cultures and met people along the way. I enjoy photography, reading, and hanging out with my friends.
Name: Maria Fernanda Zaldivar
Preferred Name: Maria
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Hometown: Mexico City, Mexico
Clubs and Organizations: Her Campus Hofstra, Take Back the Night, Campus Feminist Collective
Fun Fact: I know the words to every Disney song in both English and Spanish.
Favorite thing about Hofstra: Hofstra allows you to have a college campus experience with the benefit of being next to New York City.