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 2013 Peer Advisors
Kate Armstrong is currently a senior majoring in International Studies: Peace and Conflict, and minoring in both African Studies and Biochemistry. She is the Women's Clinic Coordinator for the UCSF 5th Ave premedical volunteers and currently works at the Trauma and Stress Recovery Center (PTSD psychology center). Kate is strongly interested in global health and, through a practitioner's perspective, is working to become involved in international policy making. Kate loves to travel and be active in community outreach programs and anti-poverty campaigns. She loves to try new things and is always up for an adventure!
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.
Reilly Burleigh-Andrews is a junior majoring in International Studies: Global Politics and Societies and minoring in Latin American Studies and Legal Studies. She currently works at Breakthrough SF, an after-school program for under-resourced middle school students and is the president of Viva Brasil, a Brazilian culture club on campus that’s loads of fun! When she was sixteen, Reilly lived in Argentina for a year where she learned Spanish and her love for travel: still her number one passion today. While living there she volunteered with CONIN, an organization that works to prevent the malnutrition of youth in various ways. Reilly hopes to work with such organizations in the future as well as become involved in international policy making, particularly in the area of immigration.
Bryce Chiodo is a senior at USF majoring in International Studies with a focus on Peace and Conflict studies and minors in Middle Eastern Studies and Jewish Studies and Social Justice. Bryce is well spoken in Hebrew and continues to improve his language skills in hopes of learning other languages such as Arabic and Farsi. He loves to travel, and this summer he was afforded the opportunity to go to Israel, Palestine and Jordan for three months. While there, he worked for a non-profit group called Windows, a triangle network of Israeli-Jews, Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinian citizens of the Occupied Territories working together in youth empowerment and education.
Marisela Esparza is a 5th year student International Studies major, with a focus on Global Politics & Societies and minors in Latin American Studies, Public Service, and Legal Studies. She works as an Advocate for Community Engagement with the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. She has been abroad for the last year doing work on Immigration Italy and Washington D.C. Once she graduates she hopes to continue working in this field. She is also interested in community development, grassroots organizing and traveling.
Phil Gibson (Sophomore) - Peace and Conflict Studies, African Studies
Nicole Jones (Senior) - Environment and Development, African Studies
Lucy Lyford is a senior majoring in International Studies with concentrations in International Economics and European Studies. On campus, Lucy is a Peer Tutor in both French and Microeconomics. Off campus, she dedicates most of her energy to exploring the world in her favorite way: FOOD! She also can frequently be found reading non-assigned books, sea-kayaking in Sausalito, and cheering on the Giants.
Maribel Mercado is a senior majoring in International Studies, with a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies and Latin American Studies, and minoring in Philosophy. She is fluent in Spanish and has been studying Italian for five years, and hopes to learn more languages. Currently, she interns at the 350.org headquarters in Oakland. 350.org is a global grassroots organization dedicated to solving the climate crisis. Maribel is also the president of the young Association for International Studies (which you should join because it is so awesome!). Growing up close enough to the Bay Area in Sacramento, she has always enjoyed San Francisco. She loves to explore the city (often by jumping on a random bus and seeing where it leads her) and finds that the most undervalued things make it unique.
Jillian Smith is a junior 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.