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Yousef Alshammari is a senior from Kuwait majoring in finance. He is active in campus groups including the International Student Association and the Japanese and Saudi Arabian Student Associations. Yousef is a co-founder and former president of the Kuwaiti Student Association. He has completed the Global Awareness Program.

Rebekah Burgweger is a junior majoring in global and international studies and political science and is pursuing a minor in Middle Eastern studies. This past summer she studied at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, where she immersed herself in the culture and furthered her fluency in Arabic. She has been a member of Jayhawks without Borders for three years, and has held positions such as treasurer, communications director and is now the vice president. Rebekah is also a co-founder and vice president of KU’s Arabic Club and involved in Omega Phi Alpha for international scholars.

Joshua DeMoss is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Russian and East European studies. After serving in the U.S. military in Japan and working in foreign countries researching issues of security and health, Joshua returned to school to further his education and become more involved with international communities. His focus has been on international development within the Commonwealth of Independent States. Joshua has been involved in the International Law Society, REES Graduate Organization, the Jayhawk Exchange program, and the Russian and Ukrainian language clubs. Joshua has interned at the International Trade Centre.

Jun Fu is a program coordinator in the Center for East Asian Studies. She oversees the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships and the center’s scholarship competition process. Her work allows her to build partnerships within and outside KU to develop collaborations with Chinese universities. Jun works with the Office of International Programs and the Applied English Centers on English training programs for students and professionals.

Joshua Gaston is a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He taught English abroad in China, one year in Chile, South Korea and Australia. Joshua is planning on teaching at university levels abroad in his future, and continues to keep in touch with other cultures through the regular study of international literature.

Juliana Hacker is a junior majoring in German studies. She has been the president of the German Club, participates in the Jayhawk Exchange program and is a study abroad ambassador. Juliana took German language classes while studying abroad during a semester at the University of Bonn in Germany. She hopes to pursue an international career in the future and continue to invest time in international activities.

Yoko Hori is a graduate student from Japan studying East Asian languages and dultures. She speaks Japanese, Spanish, and English, and has studied at several U.S. institutions as well as volunteering as a Japanese teacher at a language school in Khnelnytskyi, Ukraine. Yoko has traveled to Mexico and the Dominican Republic to study Spanish, and has started to study Ukrainian to learn more about its culture. She directed the Japanese program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.

Sara Jamboretz is a junior majoring in humanities and global studies with minors in French and business. She is completing a European Peace and Securities Certificate from Vesalius College. Sara is a member of Jayhawks without Borders, Amnesty International, and is a People to People Student Ambassador.

Jee-Yeun Kim is a graduate student from South Korea with a major in vocal and opera performance. Jee-Yeun wants to incorporate her field of study with different cultures and interact with leaders around the world to help develop society as a whole. She has a Salzburg Mozarteum Summer Academy Diploma and hopes to start to engage more in international community exchanges.

Vaisali Krishna Kumar is a doctoral student from the United Arab Emirates studying architecture. She speaks Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, as well as English. Vaisali studied in India at the National Institute of Technology for five years, where she decided to pursue a master’s degree in architectural conservation. She participates in the Global Partners program and has volunteered at the International Student Orientation.

Hazara Leon is a senior in the environmental studies program also majoring in linguistics. Hazara has been involved in organizations on campus such as the Korean Club, KU HALO Club, and SGI KU Club (where she has been a vice-president). She participates in the East Asian Center’s weekly activities and works in the International Collections Library. In her junior year, she studied abroad in South Korea where she took courses in linguistics and East Asian language and culture. While studying abroad, she volunteered as a Korean teaching assistant as well as in the Language Exchange Club.

Lars Leon is a head organizational developer at KU libraries. Lars’ research focuses on how patrons value their services in the library, and will go to Denmark to present his research and understand how Nordic librarians’ assess how their patrons value their services. He also hopes to continue a program in which he helps gather information on future resource sharing in global contexts.

Adrienne Voravong is a senior majoring in business management and information systems. Her interest in several international cultures prompted her to study Spanish and Greek. During her junior year at KU, Adrienne studied abroad for a year in Leeds, England. While in Leeds, the opportunity to stay in Athens and Kefalonia, Greece, inspired her to take the Greek language classes. Having traveled abroad for the purposes of academics and enjoyment, Adrienne is currently searching for internships abroad to further her professional career.

Hong Vu is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism. His areas of expertise are international strategic communications and international journalism. Hong conducts research focused on media portrayals of development issues including climate change, governance, human trafficking and gender inequality in international communications. He is also working with Oxfam in Vietnam on a research project on media and women’s leadership. Previously he was a communications manager with Oxfam and has served as a reporter for the Associated Press in Hanoi.

Sherry Warren is a doctoral student in social welfare. Her graduate studies have enabled her to conduct research in Guatemala. She has recently presented at the University North in Koprivnica, Croatia, and while there she conducted research concerning the refugee crisis in Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Sherry has also presented at the International Conference on Spirituality and Social Work in New Brunswick, Canda, and the International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry.


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