BAIS Peer Advisors

In an effort to strengthen advising and retention, and build cohesion among the students in the major, the BAIS program created a Peer Advising program. Peer Advisors are current BAIS students who volunteer their time to share their expertise and provide basic information about the major, especially to new students. They hold drop-in office hours twice a week where they help students develop a four-year plan and provide referrals to other services on campus. Additionally, Peer Advisors sit on the BAIS Faculty Student Advisory Council, which meets monthly to discuss program issues and plan program events. Peer Advisors serve as leaders and exemplary students in the BAIS student community and gain valuable experience in collaborating with faculty and staff.

Fall 2014 Peer Advisors


Lauren AbuAli (Junior) - Peace and Conflict Studies, Latin American Studies

Peter Banyai is majoring in International Studies with a concentration on Global Politics and Societies and minoring in European Studies and History. In his first two years at USF, he was on the Men's Soccer Team. This year, he works for the Master's Program for International Studies. His number one thing to do is traveling because he gets to know more people and cultures which is essential, especially on this field. In the future, he hopes to become a human rights lawyer.

Sabrina Belara (Senior) - Culture, Societies and Values, Latin American Studies

Alex Cannarella (Senior) - Global Politics and Societies, European Studies

Angelina Demirbag (Junior) - Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

Phil Gibson (Senior) - Peace and Conflict Studies, African Studies

Roxann Guthman (Senior) - Global Politics and Societies, Latin American Studies

Katie Hobbs (Sophomore) - Environment and Development, Undeclared region

Adriana Levandowski (Sophomore) -  Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

Jillian Smith is a senior at USF majoring in International Studies with a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies and minors in African Studies and Environmental Studies. Jillian is currently studying Swahili with the hopes of eventually traveling abroad to east Africa. She plays rugby at USF and works on campus at the Koret Health and Recreation Center, but is currently working on finding a potential volunteer or internship position with an international organization or non-profit.

Astrea Somarriba (Senior) - Peace and Conflict Studies, Latin American Studies

Juliette Suarez (Junior) - Peace and Conflict Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

Jazlyn Taylor (Senior) - Global Politics and Societies, African Studies