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List of Mentors

The mentors who answer questions on this site consist of a diverse group of students, parents, faculty/staff, government, and business leaders from all over the United States. Students who recently studied abroad offer their insights into their experiences, parents answer questions regarding their concerns and feelings around their child going abroad, and professionals in the field share their expertise on topics such as choosing the right program, coping with concerns prior to, during, and after studying abroad, and many others. We hope that the information they provide will help answer your most important questions and give you valuable insight on the importance of study abroad for all students!

  • mentor picture Carol Larson
    Carol Larson
    Director of Management, Study Abroad Office
    University of Pittsburgh

    Carol has worked in the study abroad field for many years and has been able to share her global passion, vision and love of seeing the world with students. To see the numbers of students who are underrepresented to study abroad...
  • mentor picture Priscilla
    Graduate Student
    University of California at Berkeley

    I am a native of Chicago, but both my parents are West Indian immigrants who came to the U.S. in the Seventies. In 2003, I graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Comparative Literature. I decided to go to Germany...
  • mentor picture Emily Le
    Emily Le
    Doctoral Student, previously International Programs Counselor

    I am currently a doctoral student at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, specializing in Comparative and International Education. Prior to starting my PhD program, I was an academic counselor in the...
  • mentor picture Malaika Marable Serrano
    Malaika Marable Serrano
    Assistant Director of Global Communities
    University of Maryland

    Hello! My name is Malaika Serrano and I am the Assistant Director for Global Communities at the University of Maryland. Prior to this position, I worked in outreach and alumni initiatives for the Critical Language Scholarship...
  • mentor picture Jenny Ming
    Jenny Ming
    Former President
    Old Navy

    Jenny Ming, former President of Old Navy, an extremely admired chain of clothing stores owned by Gap, Inc., has maintained a successful career as a retail executive. Ms. Ming contributed to the launch of Old Navy in 1994 and later...
  • mentor picture Amelia
    Senior Year Student
    University of California, Los Angeles

    As a Muslim-American, studying abroad was an interesting feat. While I wear the hijab (modest dress), I still look like an anomaly to many people abroad and in the US. I have a Pakistani heritage but was born and raised in Los...
  • mentor picture Barack Hussein Obama
    Barack Hussein Obama
    44th and current President of the United States
    United States

    Barack Hussein Obama II, 44th and current President of the United States; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, August 4, 1961; obtained early education in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Hawaii; continued education at Occidental College, Los...
  • mentor picture Peter Olfs
    Peter Olfs
    Senior Director
    Siemens AG (Munich, Germany)

    Peter Olfs is the current Senior Director of Siemens AG. He joined Siemens Telecommunications Laboratories in 1965 as the Development Engineer for Satellite Communication Systems. Most recently, he was the Head of Corporate...
  • mentor picture Amy
    Graduate Student

    Growing up in South Orange County as a third/ fourth generation, Japanese/ Chinese American, nearly all of my relatives live in the United States (mostly California and Hawaii). So, unlike many of my friends, I do not have any...
  • mentor picture Condoleezza Rice
    Condoleezza Rice
    Former Secretary of State
    United States

    Condoleezza Rice is the 66th United States Secretary of State, and the second in the administration of President George W. Bush to hold the office. Ms. Rice is the first African American woman, second African American, and second...
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