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International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) Staff

  • Dulce Dorado

    Dulce Dorado

    Director of International Students & Programs Office
    Assistant Dean, 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
    New Student Orientation & Welcome Program Coordinator

    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.

  • Tiffany Presley

    Tiffany Presley

    ISPO Office Manager

    Tiffany is a San Diego native (raised in Chula Vista) and has been affiliated with the University of California for more than 8 years. First, as an undergraduate at UC Davis, where Tiffany received her BA in Linguistics and Human Development, and most recently as an Administrative Assistant at the UC San Diego Career Services Center. Tiffany is passionate about working with students and assisting them on their journey through the university experience. She is especially drawn to the diverse learning experiences that come from working with people from all around the world. Tiffany has a strong interest in studying languages (she is currently studying Spanish, Japanese, and Korean) and graphic design. On the weekends, Tiffany spends lots of time at Disneyland; she is a proud Disneyland annual pass-holder!

  • 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.

  • Stephanie Collens

    Stephanie Collens

    Intake Advisor

    Steffa earned her BA degree in International Business at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Currently, she is completing her Graduate Degree in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at Monterey. Her interests in international education include community engagement for international students, direct exchanges for study abroad, and opportunities for increased "study away”. Before graduate school, she lived in Hawaii and worked as the  Activities Coordinator for an English language school followed by Faculty-Led Program Coordinator for high school groups from coming to Hawaii. Steffa has also been an international student herself, participating in a direct exchange in Madrid for her sophomore year of college. She has a lived abroad in Israel, Morocco, and spent extensive time backpacking in India and Brazil. During her free time, Steffa is a bit of an outdoor adventure addict. She enjoys surfing, hiking, sailing, swimming and camping. Other hobbies include learning new languages, traveling, eating, gardening, and live music.

  • Gabriela Hoffmann

    Gabriela Hoffmann

    International Student Advisor
    Triton Edge Program 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.

  • Emily Kawahara

    Emily Kawahara

    International Student Advisor

    Emily has been fascinated with travel and meeting members of the global community for a long time. Originally from Sacramento, Emily received her B.A. in Philosophy and English & World Literature (Creative Writing) from Pitzer College. Her most influential international experience was studying abroad in Nepal, during which she lived with a host family in a village outside of Kathmandu, conducted a research project on journalists affected by censorship in Nepal’s recent history, and trekked in the Annapurna range. Emily also taught English in the Lampang Province of Thailand on a Fulbright Scholarship. Emily enjoys the complexities of immigration regulations and strives to ensure that international students feel supported and well-informed. Outside of work, she likes being active and trying new sports or sticking to the one she knows, tennis. She also enjoys adventuring, thrift store shopping, and hanging out with cats.

  • 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.

  • Jeung Ho (Jo) Peters

    Jeung Ho (Jo) Peters

    International Student Advisor

    Jo was born and raised in Germany as a daughter of Korean immigrants. She graduated from Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum with a masters degree in Film and Television and minors in Economics and Sociology. Having relocated to the U.S. in 2004, Jo knows what it feels like to be a newcomer to a foreign country and wants to help international students who are experiencing the same thing. Jo has been working as a student adviser focusing on international education for the past 10 years. She is passionate about meeting new international students and getting to know their culture. In her free time Jo enjoys taking pictures, meeting friends, taking long bike rides along the coast, sports in general, traveling to foreign countries and experiencing different cultures, and volunteering for the German American Film Festival.

  • 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
    iThrive Program Coordinator 
    TILS 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.

  •  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 & Programs Office (ISPO) Student Staff

  • Argiria Williams

    Argiria Williams

    Front Office Assistant

    Argiria is a junior majoring in International studies and minoring in global health. She was born in Melbourne, Australia and spent the majority of her childhood between Australia and San Diego. She is half Greek and half Black. She loves food and finding new places to eat around San Diego. She also enjoys traveling and dancing. She loves learning about other cultures and aspires to work in Immigration when she graduates.

  • Cheryl Lim

    Cheryl Lim

    Front Office Assistant

    An international student double majoring in Urban Studies and Planning and Visual Art, Cheryl hopes to become an architect someday. She was born in London, then moved to Belgium before settling at home in Singapore until she was 12. She then moved to Los Angeles for 3 years and then moved to Beijing, China for another 3 years. She fluently speaks English and Mandarin Chinese. Cheryl enjoys singing and is involved with UCSD’s all female a cappella group The Treble Singers. She is also the president of the Singapore Students Association (SSA). As an international student herself, she would like to help her fellow students with assimilating into the culture here at UCSD. 

  • Tynan Yanaga

    Tynan Yanaga

    Outreach Assistant

    Tynan is the EIA Program outreach assistant and a 4th year Psychology student in Marshall College. While at UCSD he has been involved with the UCSD Guardian, Cru, and the EIA program as a tutor. He enjoys traveling to places as diverse as Japan, England, and Puerto Rico. He also takes pride in his Japanese-Norwegian heritage and has a passion for films. Give him any classic Hollywood or Art-House masterpiece and he is usually very happy. He hopes to pursue grad school and use his skills and experience to become a high school counselor ready to help the next generation of students. When he is not in school he enjoys watching and playing most sports and viewing old movies with friends and family. He is excited for the opportunity to help international students as best he can and in turn he hopes that they can get the most out of their time at UCSD. 

  • Yuming Qiao

    Yuming Qiao

    Social Media Assistant

    Yuming Qiao is a second year international student from Anshan, China. He is currently a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering. He is a National Second-level Athlete in tennis, soccer, and Chess (Go). He was the captain of his high school soccer team. From 2014 - 2015,  he was an Officer of Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA). He is also a member of Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), an UCSD engineering honor society. His family is a host family for AFS international Exchange Programs and has received students from Netherlands and Costa Rica. He would like to enhance the cooperation between international student organizations and help international students understand each other's cultures. His goal is to help more students enjoy the beauty of this multicultural campus.

  • Jiawei(Peter) Long

    Jiawei(Peter) Long

    Digital Media Assistant

    Jiawei (Peter) Long was born in Guangzhou, China. He attended high school in the Bay Area before entering college. Jiawei is currently a second year undergraduate student at UCSD. He is pursing a bachelor degree in Applied Mathematics, and he also studies Computer Science as his minor. As digital media assistant, Jiawei is responsible for the photography, filming, and post productions. In addition, Jiawei is currently the leader of the filming department of Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), the largest Chinese cultural organization and the only recognized by the General Consulate of China in Los Angeles. Besides being a passionate video editor, Jiawei is an active person who enjoys working out, playing basketball, and meeting new people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

  • Aia Hawari

    Aia Hawari

    Employment & Orientation Assistant

    Born and raised in the OC, Aia is a fourth year Literature/Writing major and is minoring in Literatures of English. Aia aspires to be an editor after pursuing graduate school; she is a multi-scholarship winner and is a blog writer for The Huffington Post. As an employment and orientation assistant, Aia helps with the processing of employment authorization applications for our international students here at UCSD, preparing for orientation and welcome events, and all additionally delegated tasks. In addition, Aia is an active member of UCSD’s Muslim Student Association (MSA), and was co-chair for Islam Awareness Week during the winter quarter of 2015. She is learning American Sign Language (ASL), and is very intrigued by different cultures, specifically their languages, cultural clothing, and art. Aia welcomes all current and incoming students to the memorable time they will have at UCSD.

  • Eren Fukuda

    Eren Fukuda

    Triton Edge Assistant

    Eren is a third 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!"

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  • Yalin Deng

    Yalin Deng

    Yalin is a second year Revelle student majoring in Phys & Neuro. She is an international student from Beijing, China. Being a TILs mentee for2014-2015 academic year, Yalin successfully host the "On-Campus Student Employment Workshop" to help mostly international students search and find on-campus job. She is also passionate about bilingual education and would like to share her own experience in education. Yalin wants to visit Netherlands and work in Alaska for a while. Outside of study and work, Yalin enjoys playing volleyball and writing poems. She also wants to watch the World Cup with friends. As a TILs leader, she wants to help international students get involved on campus and make the mentor-mentee program a great experience for all the mentors and mentees.

  • Xiao Kuang

    Xiao Kuang

    Hello! My name is Xiao Kuang and I was born in China. I immigrated to the U.S. when I was 5 years old and have lived in Los Angeles ever since. I am a fourth year majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business. I wish to work with underprivileged students in their transition to college hoping to increase access and retention rates through counseling. I worked as an intern at the Sixth College Academic Advising office for two years. I was a peer mentor for the CASP scholarship program last year and I am involved with the OASIS department as well as UCSD Extentions. I recently studied abroad in Greece this past summer. It was the first time I have been in Europe and so far, it's been a life changing experience. I love to explore new places, restaurants, and nature. Hiking and reading are two of my favorite hobbies. My bucket list include going on a hot air balloon and going to Thailand to feed elephants. My favorite spot on campus would be the Mandaville Coffee cart because they have great coffee. My advice to new students is to be curious and explore to feed that curiosity even if it means going out of your comfort zone.

  • Hrishikesh Barokar

    Hrishikesh Barokar

    Hrishikesh Barokar is a mechanical engineering major and is considering a minor in economics or sociology. He is an international student from India. Presently, he is the Vice President of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is also on the board of a couple of cultural organisations. He likes to involve himself in as many new activities as possible. In his spare time, he usually cooks, writes or works for his NGO in India. His advice to incoming students is: 'Do not wait for anyone, or anything to happen. Be super proactive. That is the only way to ensure you have no regrets at the end of this beautiful journey!'