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International Student Affairs

Meet Our Global Mentors 2018

Connie Tais Maria Anderson CastillaName: Connie Tais Maria Anderson Castilla 
Hello! My name is Connie. I am a Film studies and Production major with a minor in Drama. I am from Peru, and I love studying here in America. Hofstra is my absolute new home! I love to get involved with many clubs as possible like Newman club, Filmmakers Club, Pride Productions and Get Global. One of my favorite things about Hofstra are the squirrels!! I absolute love them. My hobbies include photography, arts and crafts, and baking. Welcome to Hofstra and enjoy the journey!


Caroline BartleyName: Caroline Bartley
My name is Caroline Bartley, and by Fall 2018, I will be a sophomore majoring in International Business with hopes of picking up a minor in Marketing. I come from Muhlenberg Township all the way in Reading, Pennsylvania, and I live on campus. I am involved in various programs and extracurriculars such as Honor's College, HUHC Service Corp, the Dean's Business Scholars Program, and I am also on the Dean's List.


Name: Paula Ximena
My name is Paula Ximena. I grew up in New Rochelle, NY but I was born in Tarma, Junín, Huancayo, Perú. I'm a current double major in Public Relations and Global Studies and minor in Civic Engagement and Geography. Some of my on-campus involvement includes being a student fellow for Hofstra's Center for Civic Engagement, a student assistant for the Public Relations Office, member of Get Global, Peace Action Matters, and the Hofstra Chamber/Symphonic Orchestra. I can't wait for the upcoming semester!


Name: Anh Duong
My name is Anh Duong, and I'm from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I'm an IT major and currently in Rock Climbing club and Nippon Culture club.


Name: Rahul Gandhi
My name is Rahul Gandhi I’m from Mumbai, India. I’m currently a Graduate student enrolled in the MBA Co-op program with finance as the major. I’m also the new president of Hofstra Indian Students Association.


Ariane Gasper MartinsName: Ariane Gaspar Martins
My name is Ariane. I was born and raised in Angola. I'm currently a civil engineer student. On campus I like to be involved in clubs that surround women's empowerment and allow me to make new friends.


Name: Catherine MacCarthy
Hi! My name is Catherine MacCarthy and I am a Peer Alliance Global Mentor. I am originally from Rochester, NY and I am also half Brazilian. I am majoring in Public Policy Public Service and Political Science. On campus, I am in Student Government Association and I tutor at Hempstead High School.


Keshianah Thairy MalvoisinName: Keshianah Thairy Malvoisin
I'm am Brooklyn born but raised in Reading, PA. I am a biology major. I am a member of the HCLAS- Student Advisory Council.


Name: Shelby Mitchell
My name is Shelby Mitchell, I live on a farm with my family, dog, 2 cats, and 8 chickens in Pedricktown, New Jersey. I am on eboard for Japanese Club, I play alto saxophone in Hofstra’s pep band, and I am UpClose Host. My major is Computer Science & Cybersecurity and my minor is in Spanish. I love learning about new cultures and languages! One day I would love to be fluent in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Kazakh, and German.


Name: Shora Ngarambe
Hi! My name is Shora and I am a sophomore computer science major from Rwanda. I'm an avid coder and the beautiful game also known as soccer is my favorite sport.


Waranya PlengpojjanartName: Waranya Plengpojjanart
Preferred Name: Jiao
Hello, my name is Waranya Plengpojjanart, you can call me by my nick name, Jiao. I'm from Chiangmai, Thailand. I'm studying Accounting in Hofstra. I like to join different activities around campus.

Name: Miranda Rausch
My name is Miranda Rausch and I'm from Ocean City, NJ. I'm a film studies major and a psychology minor.


Name: Budsabakorn Sae-how
Preferred Name: Su
My name is Budsabakorn Sae-how, and I have a nickname Su. I’m from Chiang Mai city, a lovely town in the northern region of Thailand. My current major is mechanical engineering and I’m a PR of Hofstra International Club.

Dewal ShethName: Dewal Sheth
I am from Mumbai, India. I will be a junior and am a marketing major. Fun fact: I can speak Mandarin.

Name: Swetha Tanjore
My name is Swetha Tanjore. I am a double major in Psychology and Rhetorical Studies with a concentration in Speech Communication and Theory.


Raffaella TonaniName: Raffaella Tonani
Preferred Name: Raffa
My name is Raffaella Tonani, I am from Lima, Peru. (On Fall 2018) I am an undecided major going into my junior year. I am a member of APO (Service co-ed fraternity), WRHU and Honors College.


Name: Yurui Xie
Preferred Name: Sherry
Yurui Xie is a senior student, triple majoring in Public Policy and Public Service, Philosophy, and Political Science. She comes from Chongqing, China and she represented Hofstra at the Washington Center Seminar in the winter of 2018.


Name: Junwen Yang
Preferred Name: Tina
Hello, everyone. My name is Junwen Yang, but I'd love people call me Tina as well. I am from China. I major in TV Production Studies and minor in Japanese. Music, movies and TV shows take a huge and important part in my life.


Madison YingerName: Madison Yinger
Hey! I'm Madison. I was born on the west coast in Portland, Oregon but I've since lived in Mexico and continued to travel through Latin America. I'm a Spanish major and Spanish tutor on campus, but I seek a career in International Business and Human Rights; aiming to systematically progress businesses toward equality while bridging the gap between the US and Central and South America.


Name: Maria Zaldivar
I was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. I am double majoring in Journalism and Women's Studies, and I am the president of the Campus Feminist Collective. This will be my third year as a Global Mentor!


Name: Rui Zhao
Preferred Name: Rui or Aaron
My name is Rui Zhao, you can call me Rui or Aaron. To introduce myself a little bit more, I am a master student with major in business analytics and I am from Beijing, China. I am involved with Zarb Business Analytics Association and Corporate Social Responsibility Association. I love learning new cultures as well as playing basketball.


Name: Zibaijia Zhu
Preferred Name: Rami
Hey, my name is Zhu, or you can call me Rami. I am from China and major in Engineering. I am in soccer and running club.