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International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) Staff

  • Dulce Dorado

    Dulce Dorado

    Director of International Students & Programs Office
    Associate Director of the International Center

    As the Director of the International Students & Programs Office, Dulce Dorado enjoys helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. She received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and minor in Japanese Studies from UC San Diego. Dulce's career in international education has included advising international students both in university and English language program settings, developing innovative programs to engage international students in campus life, advising undergraduate students pursuing programs abroad, and teaching English at a public high school in Japan on the Japanese Exchange Teaching (JET) Program. She encourages students to share their culture and language with fellow classmates so everyone can benefit from the intercultural exchange and dialog. When away from the office, Dulce enjoys photography and hiking in the local mountains. Dulce loves the feeling of accomplishment when she reaches the summit and looks out onto the beautiful scenery.

  • Tricia Chan Schueler

    Tricia Chan Schueler

    Assistant Director of International Student Services

    As the Assistant Director of International Student Services, Tricia enjoys the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Scripps College and a Master of Arts in International Education from New York University and has over 10 years of experience in the field of international education. While attending college, some of her most memorable experiences were from studying abroad in Beijing, China and Sussex, England. These experiences abroad encouraged her to travel to Japan to teach for two years and to return to the US to work directly with international students. She encourages students to be proactive and to take advantage of the benefits that come with being an international student in a new country. Tricia advises students to remember to balance their studies with having fun in San Diego.  When Tricia is not working, she enjoys running around Mission Bay, taking her dog, Roscoe to the Ocean Beach dog beach and traveling with her family.  

  • Paul Yunouye

    Paul Yunouye

    Assistant Director of International Programs

    Paul is an international affairs professional who has been in the field for over 15 years. Working to bring services and programs to international students in a meaningful, innovative, yet fun way is one of his endeavors in the international office. He has a knack for design and marketing, and loves to translate those skills into programmatic success. With a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, he seeks to provide a strategic vision for institutional internationalization. Paul loves to spend time with his two daughters and his wife traveling, trying new foods, and going to Disneyland whenever they can.

  • Graciela Casas-Silva

    Graciela Casas-Silva

    International Student Advisor

    Born in Chula Vista, Grace is a native San Diegan with a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University. She previously worked with the International Center as an intern in 2010, while pursuing a Master's degree in Higher Education Leadership at University of San Diego. Currently, Grace works as an International Student Advisor, doing advising, employment authorization and intercultural programming. She recently received another Master's degree in Spiritual Psychology to master her counseling skills. Grace would like every international visitor to know that she is here to help them with whatever they need to feel supported throughout their UCSD experience: "No question is too small". Aside from being an advisor, Grace is a passionate traveler. Having already spent time in the North America, South America and Europe, she looks forward to venturing through Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand as well. As a San Diego local, Grace enjoys surfing, hiking, strolling through Balboa Park, catching some sun rays while reading books on beach, meditation and yoga.

  • Gabriela Hoffmann

    Gabriela Hoffmann

    International Student Advisor
    International Triton Transition Program (ITTP) Coordinator

    A Southern California native, Gabriela Hoffmann received her undergraduate degree in history from UC Riverside and a Master's degree in European Studies from the University College London. She really enjoys the interactive element of her job and helping students navigate through the ins and outs of life here as an international student. She recommends that international students get involved in the local community and UC San Diego campus as much as they can. It will hugely benefit their time abroad and will lead to life-long friendships. Gabi's international experiences are many. She has lived in South Korea, Japan, England, and southern Austria. In her free time, Gabi really enjoys hiking and walking, especially around Torrey Pines.

  • Laura Page

    Laura Page

    International Student Advisor

    Laura Page is a UCSD alumna with a degree in Sociology and an MBA in Business. When Laura was a student here, she studied abroad for a year at McGill University in Montreal. She has travelled to many areas in Canada, France, and Italy. With a desire to work with and assist students from all around the world, Laura advises international students with regard to their initial questions and informs them of the many available resources at UCSD. You may see Laura around San Diego, hiking in Torrey Pines, playing tennis, reading the latest novel, or swimming at the beach in the summer with her family. Laura's message to visitors in San Diego is that there is a multitude of resources available for almost anything they would like to do here at UCSD and in San Diego. "Don't be afraid to ask or to get involved!"

  • Ricky Paniagua

    Ricky Paniagua

    Intake Advisor

    Originally from the San Francisco Mission District, Ricky grew up equally between San Francisco and San Diego and calls both of them home. His background is in Sociology and Administrative Office Management and he has held various positions over the course of his career including Registrar and Director of Student Services. He has traveled to Canada, Mexico and 40 of the 50 states. Aware that one of the benefits of living in San Diego is the weather, he often finds ways to be outdoors, be it sitting in Balboa Park and enjoying a good read, to napping on the beach. He also enjoys music and writing and participates yearly in National Novel Writing Month.

  • Hannah Reese

    Hannah Reese

    International Student Advisor
    Triton International Leaders Program Coordinator

    Hannah has been involved with international education beginning as an undergraduate student and believes that international education fosters cross-cultural understanding and increased intercultural communication. Hannah's skills and her interest in making resources available to those who need them, as well as enjoying organizing events and programs, serve her well in her role as an International Student Advisor and lead of the Triton International Leaders

  • Carol Robertson

    Carol Robertson

    International Student Advisor

    With a B.S. in Spanish and Psychology from Dickinson College and a Masters in Education in Counseling and Psychology from the University of Southern California, Carol Robertson enjoys interacting with International students. Having studied abroad in Spain, Carol knows what it feels like to be in a foreign country. As an International Student Advisor interacting with students and helping them reach their goals is one of her favorite things about the job. Carol encourages students to get involved in as many activities as possible while on campus. In her spare time Carol enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

  • Ruby Rosas

    Ruby Rosas

    International Student Advisor

    Having moved around extensively for much of her childhood, Ruby Rosas knows what it’s like being in an environment totally different from what she’s used to. It was not until college that Ruby set down her roots in San Diego where she attended Southwestern Junior College. After a couple years she transferred to UC San Diego where she earned her B.A. in Literatures in English. With her experience of traveling and being a student at UCSD, Ruby has a clear view on the student perspective. As an International Student Advisor, Ruby has the chance to help guide new students to success during their stay in San Diego. “Get out of your comfort zone. Make new friends outside of your race, culture, and major.” In her free time Ruby enjoys watching television and taking pictures.

  • Lisa Swid

    Lisa Swid

    International Student Advisor
    Mission Possible Program Coordinator 

    With a B.A. in Global Studies from UC Santa Barbara and two Master’s degrees; one in Conflict Studies & Human Rights from Utrecht University and the second in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University, Lisa Swid takes joy in serving as a point of contact for those who are new to the U.S. and to our community.  As an International Student Advisor and SARC Outreach Assistant, Lisa brings her five years of experience living abroad, along with her love of all things international to her role, serving as a bridge between the International Students & Programs Office and the Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Resource Center.  Having traveled to more than 20 countries outside of the U.S., Lisa brings her experience of feeling new and sometimes lost or out of place, to her daily interactions with international students. With her compassionate nature, she welcomes students to approach her with any questions or concerns they might have. In her free time, Lisa enjoys connecting with nature as much as possible, camping every chance she gets, baking Swedish cookies, eating Middle Eastern food and practicing yoga. 

  • Shelly Taskin

    Shelly Taskin

    International Student Advisor
    English in Action Tutor Program Coordinator 
    Thanksgiving Exchange Program Coordinator

    As the Programs Coordinator/International Student Advisor, Shelly’s immediate responsibilities include English in Action Tutor Coordinator, Orientation Assistant Program Coordinator, and I-Club Staff Advisor. Prior to working at the UC San Diego International Center, Shelly was a Program Representative and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Student Advisor at the English Language Institute at UC San Diego Extension. She grew up in South Dakota and graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with a BA in Business Administration. Shelly also received her Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from UC San Diego Extension, which prepared her for teaching English in Turkey. She loves meeting people from all over the world and learning about other cultures. In addition, Shelly enjoys traveling, making DVDs, and spending time with her family.

  • Isabel Matorell

    Isabel Matorell

    Intake Advisor

    Isabel received her M.A. in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco. She completed her undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University, where her appreciation for multiculturalism led her to pursue a double major in European Studies and French Language and Literature. Originally from Mexico, she moved to the United States when she was fourteen years old. Her own experience as an immigrant inspired her to pursue a career in International Education. She is particularly interested in international students cross-cultural integration and transition experience. During her undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in Grenoble, France, the capital of the Alps, where she fell in love with the city and its surrounding mountains. Isabel later returned to Grenoble to work as a high school English teacher for an academic year. She enjoys hiking, skiing, salsa dancing, and practicing capoeira. She has traveled to different countries in Latin America, Europe, and Africa, and is fluent in Spanish and French.

  • Young Yi

    Young Yi

    Intake Advisor

    Young Yi was born in Gimchun, South Korea and raised in Seoul until she was ten years old. She then moved to Los Angeles. She studied in Revelle College, and has been involved with One-On-One student mentorship programs for two years as well as MCCE's high school student tutoring programs. She recently graduated with a degree in Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts and Music (ICAM). Young has traveled to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, with her high school orchestra in 2008. She has also been to Tokyo, Canada, Paris and London. She enjoys San Diego's beaches and finds La Jolla Cove the most spectacular. Young enjoys traveling to new places and any type of outdoor activities like biking, hiking, snowboarding, and swimming. Her advice to International Students is to fear not and put yourself out there to encounter exciting experiences in a new surrounding, whether positive or negative. They will all teach you something new and how to make smart choices in the future. She loves relaxing, studying, and napping in the Zone next to the Price Center Theatre especially because of the dog-petting, meditating, and back massage de-stress sessions. 

  •  Barry Fass-Holmes, Ph.D.

    Barry Fass-Holmes, Ph.D.

    Analytical Studies Coordinator

    As Analytical Studies coordinator, Barry conducts analytical studies on international students' academic progress, engagement, and satisfaction. With a bachelors, masters and doctorate in Psychology, plus a background in public education, Barry has an interest in contributing to the improvement of students' academic achievement. "I'm impressed and amazed by how international students perform so well here at UC San Diego. Students know so many languages." During Barry's free time, his activities include philanthropy, volunteer work, cycling, tennis and animals.

International Students & Program (ISPO) Student Staff

  • Jahmese Fort

    Jahmese Fort

    Graduate Student Assistant

    Jahmese is originally from Los Angeles, California. She is a third year PhD Communications student involved in diversity measures in the UCSD Office of Graduate Studies. She has travelled to Mexico, Jamaica, and the Cayman Islands. In the future, she would love to travel to the African continent and Brazil. She enjoys jogging around Mission Bay and trying new pizza places as well as spending time with her family. Her single piece of advice for International Students would be to be proactive in building a supportive community to help you maintain your personal wellness and academic achievement while in San Diego. The five Campus Community Centers are great places to study, nap, relax, and meet new people. Because she enjoys a good laugh, if someone made a movie about her, she hopes the movie would have lots of humor.

  • Lily Nguyen

    Lily Nguyen

    Front Office Assistant

    Lily is originally from Northern California, specifically the Bay Area. Studying at Sixth College and in her third year, she was a Sixth Orientation Leader for fall 2012, and is currently on Sixth College's Student Council. She is currently a member of UCSD's Kaibigang Pilipino. She is an applied mathematics major with an accounting minor but is hoping to pick up a computer science minor as well. She has traveled to Vietnam and would love to travel to Europe. One of her favorite things to do in San Diego is hike and explore San Diego to find scenic landscapes. Her favorite restaurant is The Mission. She recommends their amazing signature rosemary bread and potatoes. She is also on a never-ending mission to the best taco. She usually spends her free time cooking and baking. Her one piece of advice for international students would be to tell them, "You're not alone! I'm sure many students come to UCSD feeling alone, lost, and worried. It's normal to have those feelings, but it's also important to know that there are resources available and a whole support system just for you. Her favorite place to relax on campus is The Zone. She especially enjoys the free tea they offer.

  • Matea Djokic

    Matea Djokic

    Front Office Assistant

    Matea is going into her second year at UCSD as a Public Health Pre-Med major, specializing in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Although she was born in Sydney, Australia, she has spent most of her life in California. Her mother was originally from Japan, but immigrated to the US when she was in her late childhood. Her father was born and raised in Croatia and immigrated to the states while he finished his last years of graduate school. Matea is the Website and Social Media Officer on the UCSD Cycling Team and she looks forward to working with you all!

  • Jung-Ho Noh

    Jung-Ho Noh

    Front Office Assistant

    Jung-Ho is an upcoming Junior at UCSD, majoring in History and Political Science. He was born in South Korea, and he moved to San Diego from Seoul around 10 years ago. He has been a San Diego resident ever since, and he became an American citizen recently. His vision and passion to become a diplomat inspired him to work with international students and to facilitate communications with them.

  • Wesley Febrian

    Wesley Febrian

    Front Office Assistant

    Wesley was born and raised in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, in February of 1994. He is racially Chinese and ethnically Indonesian. He grew up fascinated with technology, particularly computers and gadgets. Majoring in Computer Science, he is on his way to become an adept software engineer. His other interests include graphic and web design, photography, teaching, and foreign languages. As a matter of fact, he speaks Indonesian, English, Japanese, and un peu de Français.

  • Jessica Guerrero

    Jessica Guerrero

    Outreach Assistant

    Jessica is the English in Action Program outreach assistance and was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She is currently a senior majoring in International Studies-Sociology and minoring in Spanish Literature. She loves to travel and has been to most of Central America, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and major cities within the U.S. She is fluent in Spanish and studied Portuguese for one year at UCSD hoping to eventually use the language in Brazil. Jessica likes to learn about other cultures through music and interacting with the people from the community. Outside of UCSD she likes to spend time with her friends, family, and maltipoo puppy that has a lot of energy. Her advice to international students is to come with an open mind and expose themselves to the diverse cultures within UCSD because there is a lot to learn from.

  •  Yinan Zheng

    Yinan Zheng

    Social Media Assistant

    Yinan (ee) Zheng is a third year international student from Guangzhou, China. She is an International Studies - Political Science major and with a minor in Accounting. Yinan focuses on international affairs through her involvement in Global China Connection and UCSD Model United Nations Club. She fluently speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English. Yinan enjoys meeting and learning about people from different cultures and countries. She loves to travel and has been to China, Australia and several major cities in the U.S. She also enjoys taking pictures during her travels. Yinan loves finding new and interesting places to visit and spends her spare time watching movies from all around the world. She is very enthusiastic about helping international students to adjust to their new life in UC San Diego. She encourages international students to step out of their comfort zone and to meet different people to fully experience the diversity of UC San Diego.

  •  Ian Zou

    Ian Zou

    Digital Media Assistant

    Yiyang (Ian) Zou was born in Beijing, China. He attended high school in Palo Alto before coming to UCSD. Yiyang is a fourth year student in Biochemistry/Cell Biology major. He was also admitted to Marshall Honor Program by maintaining a GPA above 3.8. As digital media assistant, Yiyang is responsible for the photography and video production work at ISPO. From 2013-2014, Yiyang was the president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), the largest Chinese cultural organization and the only recognized by the General Consulate of China in Los Angeles. He was also the first undergraduate student elected as president since CSSA was established in 1985. Besides a student organization leader, he is also an experienced research assistant at Ludwig Institute of Cancer Research. For the past two years, he has been working on several projects investigating pathogenic mechanisms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTD). 

Triton International Leaders - Peer Leadership Program

  • Lia Baligod

    Lia Baligod

    Lia is a fourth year Warren student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish Literature. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Lia moved to the US when she was 9 years old and has lived in 4 different states since. As a first-year Triton International Leader peer mentor, she is also involved on campus in Student Health Advocates and Kaibigang Pilipino, UCSD's Filipino-American student organization. She enjoys meeting new people, traveling, playing music with friends, getting hugs, and is also an avid runner and certified yoga instructor. If you see her around, say hello!

  • Yang Liu

    Yang Liu

    Yang is a second year Warren student majoring in Psychology. She finished her high school in China and came to UCSD in 2013. Having utilized a lot of resources on campus through her first year, such as English-in-Action Program, iLead, Career Services Center and Oasis, Yang has a good knowledge of the resources at UCSD and is the right person to ask for information. In her free time, Yang enjoys meeting people from different backgrounds, singing and playing tennis. She also loves watching Japanese anime. She is currently taking Japanese classes here at UCSD, and is planning to study abroad in Japan through EAP in the future.

  • Jiawen Li

    Jiawen Li

    Jiawen is a third year Revelle College student with a major in Mathematics –Probability &Statistics and a minor in Economics. Jiawen herself is an international student from Shandong, China. She is actively involved in several on-campus student organizations and she was the co-chair of Cultural Awareness Network. Also, she worked as an outreach intern for out-of-state and international students last year. Jiawen loves learning about different cultures, especially interested in the food culture and dating culture. She loves going to the grocery store like Trader Joe’s to study different kinds of food in her spare time. She is really looking forward to being in the Triton International Leaders program!

  • Jillian Du

    Jillian Du

    Jillian is a 4th year Muir College student with a major in Environmental Systems and Policy and a minor in International Studies. Her original home is in the Bay Area, CA, but San Diego has now become a close second home. She spent a semester studying in the Wet Tropics region of Australia, has gone backpacking through New Zealand and Southeast Asia, along with a myriad of smaller trips through Europe and Asia. Jillian has spent her college years involved with UCSD's Student Sustainability Collective and the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team, and will continue to work on the Associated Students (student government) this year. In her free time, you can find Jillian tossing a frisbee at the beach, hiking the outdoors, or cooking a delicious vegetarian meal.

  • Rainy Gu

    Rainy Gu

    Rainy is a fourth year Warren College student majoring in Psychology with Business and Music MInors. Her hometown is Shanghai, China. She currently works at the International Center as a Peer Mentor with the Triton International Leader (TILs) Program. Her job is to help new international students to get involved on campus, and to answer their questions and help to adapt to life at UCSD in multiple ways. Having been to lots of countries, Rainy enjoys cross cultural communication. In her spare time, Rainy also enjoys reading novels and watching movies. She also loves doing archery on campus. She is also interested in traveling and road trips. 

  • Jinglin Li

    Jinglin Li

    Jinglin Li is a second year ERC student majoring in Management Science and minoring in Dance. Her hometown is Nanjing, China. When she was little, she went to a lot of countries to perform as a cultural ambassador. During her Junior year in high school, she came to San Diego as an foreign exchange student for a year and studied in a local high school. She enjoys sharing her own culture and learning about different culture with people from all around the world. As a member of the Triton Leader, she hopes to help international students transit smoothly to their college life, and to give them useful suggestions when they encounter difficulties. In her spare time, she loves dancing and playing the piano. She also likes doing sports such as swimming, playing badminton and squash, Yoga and Pilates.

  • Eren Fukuda

    Eren Fukuda

    Eren is a second year ERC student majoring in Psychology, minoring in Biology. She was born in Tokyo Japan, and grew up in Japan and Malaysia. She is passionate about international education as well as helping other international students enjoy college life at UCSD. She loves to learn about different cultures and languages -she is attempting to learn German, Malay, and Mandarin. Other than being a TIL, she is the secretary of the International Club which holds monthly events for international and domestic students to interact. Eren enjoys skiing (the only sport that she thinks she is "pretty ok" at), playing the violin, and going to the beach. More than anything, she enjoys watching the sunset and looking at the beautiful blue sky of San Diego. She thinks that for international students, it may be a challenge to make friends and connections with new people at first. She says "Begin by simply smiling and saying hi!"

  • Jayant Mathur

    Jayant Mathur

    Jayant is a second year international student majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He was born in New Delhi and raised in Bangalore in India. His main goal is to enhance his intellect, creativity and engineering skills and then apply them to his projects. He also enjoys playing soccer and basketball. He has an interest in graphic design, and he is an avid reader of novels from Dan Brown, Jefferey Archer, Robert Ludlum. He loves to watch movies, and TV shows, especially those which make me "think". But when it comes to TV, he likes watching Game of Thrones but generally loves comedy shows like The Big Bang Theory. A Huge fan of the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universe. Interesting fact, he loves to explore weird and unusual things and hence he is a semi-professional masseuse and mime. As a TIL's leader, he really wants to make it a fun experience for everyone around him and offer everything he has unto thee!

  • Mincheng Zhou

    Mincheng Zhou

    Mincheng graduated from UC Davis in 2013, and now is a second year phD student studying mathematics here. He is born in Hangzhou, China, and came to the States as a college freshman. Mincheng likes to meet people and know their stories, as well as all the interesting aspects of different cultures. He likes playing board games, soccer and pingpong. He also enjoys hiking, taking photos and trying new food places. Mincheng has been in several student organizations since Davis years, and he encourages international students to do that, and take a part in this community on campus. He is really excited about TILs, and he wants to meet every TILs student!

  • Alicia Powers

    Alicia Powers

    Alicia is a third year student in Warren College majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Theatre. She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is currently a Triton International Leader mentor, resource, and friend to incoming international students. In addition to being a TIL, she works as a Student Involvement Leadership Consultant, Orientation Leader, and volunteers for the English-in-Action Tutoring program. Alicia is very involved on campus; she holds leadership positions in Nomads Theatre Company, Alternative Breaks, and works in a Cognitive Development lab. So she is a great resource for tons of different ways to become involved. Alicia loves learning about new cultures because education can involve trying delicious new foods, among many other perks. She has previous visited Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Next spring break, Alicia is planning to travel to the Philippines to service work for a social justice issue through Alternative Breaks. In her spare time, you can catch Alicia doing anything outdoors from trying a new hike to reading a book at La Jolla Shores. In the future, she would love to work for organization such as Teach For America or the Peace Corps to help people across the globe.