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.
Spring 2015 Peer Advisors
Lauren AbuAli is a senior, majoring in international studies with a concentration in international economics and a double minor in Latin American studies and film studies. She was a member of USF women's soccer for her first two years at USF. She first became interested in international studies and Latin American studies in particular after having gone abroad freshman year for a short service trip to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic with Here for Kids International non-profit. She has had the opportunity to study abroad twice in Latin American, the first time in Costa Rica to work at a conservation center during the summer and the second time this past spring in Argentina to study public health. She loves language, culture, travel, and film, and one day she hopes to incorporate media and international affairs or potentially looks to join the foreign service!
Sabrina Belara is a senior at USF majoring in International Studies with a focus on Cultures, Societies and Values and minoring in Latin American Studies. During the spring and summer, she interned for Baseball Without Borders. Upon graduating she is going to drive down to Chile from California to gain a firsthand experience of Central and South America. After her travels she plans to either relocate to another country or return to USF to pursue a Masters of Arts in Teaching: Urban Education and Social Justice.
Tyler Cole (Global Politics and Societies, European Studies)
Jennifer Godoy is a sophomore double majoring in Latin American Studies and International Studies with a concentration in International Economics. Being born in El Salvador, she is fluent in Spanish and is currently studying Portuguese in hopes of studying abroad in Brazil. This past summer, she interned at a non-profit community foundation, The Denver Foundation in Denver, Colorado. She enjoyed the work she did there and hopes to continue working in the non-profit sector after graduating from USF. She became interested in International Studies after having spent her summer before college working in a rural community and living with a local family inside the Chilamate Rainforest in the Sarapiqui region of Costa Rica.
Katie Hobbs is a sophomore majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Environment and Development. She has not yet declared a minor within International Studies, but is currently deciding between Latin American Studies and European Studies. However, she is also pursuing a minor in Music. With three semesters of college level spanish classes and many years of practice with the language, she hopes to study abroad and use her skills to learn more about different cultures. In particular, she hopes to explore the connections between the environment and economic status of a country, as well as how different aspects of culture, like music, can impact them. After college, Katie’s ambitions are to one day become a part of the foreign service.
Adriana Levandowski is a sophomore at USF majoring in international studies with a focus on Peace and Conflict Studies and minoring in African Studies and Legal Studies. During the summer, she interned at the San Francisco Democratic Party and coordinated their high school fellowship program. Adriana hopes to pursue a career in either international or human rights law.
Stu Mosseau (Peace and Conflict Studies, European Studies)
Astrea Somarriba is a senior double majoring in Psychology and International Studies and double minoring in Latin American Studies and the Fine Arts. She spent the past fall semester in Bologna, Italy, where she was able to intern at a house for troubled girls and work alongside social workers, entirely in Italian. Her spring semester was spent in Managua, Nicaragua, where she conducted research on the struggles of sex workers in a patriarchal society. She has also participated in USF sponsored immersion trips, such as the Arrupe Peru trip to Lima and the Erasmus trip to Thailand and Cambodia. In the future, Astrea would like to work internationally and do art therapy with young women who have been sexually exploited. For now, she can be found around campus, primarily at the Gillson front desk where she works as a Community Assistant, or wherever there is coffee.
Aunée Tarango is a senior majoring in International Studies with a focus in Peace and Conflict and minoring in Latin American Studies. Her college career has been centered on human rights and social movements. During her junior year, she studied abroad in Argentina. While there, she traveled throughout the country learning about women, indigenous, and children’s rights. She interned at a primary school in Buenos Aires and wrote a thesis paper on the relationship between the access of primary education and the social mobility of homeless children. She is also interested in environmentalism and plans to travel to Appalachia with USF and learn about the fracking industry this spring. After graduation she hopes to apply what she has learned about human rights to a future career involving environmental law.
Jazlyn Taylor is a senior International Studies major with a minor in African Studies. She spent last fall semester in Cape Town, South Africa teaching an art class at a women's shelter. During the spring semester, she studied abroad in London, England and interned at a domestic violence prevention organization. After graduation, she plans to travel a bit before settling into a career in the nonprofit sector.