Global ambassadors are peer mentors, inspiration leaders, and expert travelers who have participated in various global engagement programs around the world. If this sounds like you, learn more about how to apply to become a global ambassador.

Many global ambassadors have had multiple experiences, including semester and short-term programs, and every global ambassador has been trained in how to help other students. If you have questions about global engagement at Elon, start by asking a global ambassador.

Ways to get connected:

  1. Find a global ambassador by major, Fellows or Scholar program, or lived experience and advice by scrolling through the profiles below or doing a keyword search (control/command + F) for terms relevant to you. For instance, if you want to contact a finance major, keyword search “finance.”
  2. Email globalambassadors@elon.edu about being paired with a global ambassador, or email any specific questions only students can answer.

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2019-20 Global Ambassadors

Sara Gostomski

Global Ambassador Student Coordinator

Office hours (Winter Term 2020): Fridays, 3:30-5 PM, Global Commons 360

sgostomski@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Elementary and Special Education
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Teaching Fellow
  • Communication Chair for Class of 2020 Teaching Fellow Cohort
  • Member of Parents Night Out organization
  • Volunteer for Greensboro Cultural Center

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Studying in South America
  • Studying in a Spanish-speaking country
  • Being far from home
  • Studying abroad for the first time
  • Learning a language abroad
  • Living with a host family

Katie Wakiyama

Global Ambassador Student Coordinator

Office hours (Winter Term 2020): Thursdays, 3:30-5 PM, Global Commons 360

kwakiyama@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Strategic Communications
  • Minor: Entrepreneurship
  • Student Government Association
  • The Village Project
  • Alpha Xi Delta

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Being part of the London leadership team
  • Interning and navigating the workplace abroad
  • Organizing and budgeting travel plans
  • The best food spots in London!

Megan Barber

mbarber8@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Dance Science
  • Minor: Neuroscience
  • Elon Yoga Club
  • Pilates TA

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Studying at the University of  Sunshine Coast and all of the associated programs
  • Things to do/ places to visit in Australia
  • Traveling alone
  • Choosing the program that is best for YOU
  • Budgeting
  • Packing/travel essentials

 

Kirsten Chase

kchase3@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Strategic Communications
  • Minors: Business Administration and Multimedia Authoring
  • President of Sweet Signatures
  • Communications Fellow
  • School of Communications Student Advisory Board
  • Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society
  • PRSSA
  • Alpha Xi Delta

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Finding scholarships for studying abroad
  • Studying away without a meal plan
  • Interning in London

Ellie Cook

ecook17@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Strategic Communications
  • Minor: Psychology
  • Communications Fellow
  • Student Government Association
  • Live Oak Communications
  • Elon Votes
  • Greek Life

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Choosing the right program for you
  • Blogging while abroad
  • Getting the most out of a Study USA program
  • Interning abroad

Kinsley Cuen

kcuen@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: International Studies
  • Minors: Communications, Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Elon University Tour Guide
  • Arabic Language Organization Board
  • Gilman International Scholar
  • Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society
  • Undergraduate Research

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Being a low-income student abroad
  • Living in a conflict region
  • Running a blog
  • Studying in a country with a non-traditional language
  • Independent study abroad programs

Mikisha (Kisha) Davis

mdavis75@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class:2020
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minor: French
  • Watson Scholar for the Odyssey Program
  • Diversity Ambassador for Admissions

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Being a first-generation college student
  • Studying abroad for the first time
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Mental Health
  • Being a college student of low socio-economic status
  • Managing multiple jobs on campus

Sydney Decaro

sdecaro@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Psychology
  • Sigma Kappa, Vice President of Philanthropic Services
  • Academic Mentor
  • TA for Science Without Borders
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Psi Chi
  • Phi Eta Sigma

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Experience with language barriers
  • Navigating new cities

Mason Enloe

menloe@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Religious Studies
  • Minors: Communications, Asian Studies, and entrepreneurship
  • Involved in Greek Life
  • Participating in Undergraduate Research

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Religious identity
  • Studying abroad for the first time

Tessa Gebhardt

tgebhardt@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Accounting
  • Minor: Spanish
  • Tri Sigma
  • Alzheimer’s Initiative
  • Elon Buddies
  • Center for Data Analytics
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • Delta Sigma Pi
  • Phi Kappa Pi
  • Accounting Tutor

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning in Spain
  • How classes transfer back for credits
  • Making the most of every opportunity abroad
  • How to find the best flights and places to stay

MacKenzie Hahn

mhahn3@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: International Studies and Political Science
  • Minors: Peace & Conflict Studies and Professional Writing Studies
  • Member of Kappa Delta
  • Member of Model United Nations
  • Member of Arabic Language Society

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Studying abroad on a budget
  • Living with a homestay
  • Managing my anxiety and depression abroad
  • Applying for jobs while abroad
  • Traveling alone in the Middle East as a woman

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Cinema and Television Arts
  • Minor: Creative Writing
  • Member of Cinelon
  • ESTV crew member
  • “Win Stuff” crew member
  • Co-founder of Katty Productions (a female-led production company)

 

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Health and Wellness

Zaina Huseni

zhuseni@elon.edu

About Me:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Finance
  • Minors: Accounting and Data Science
  • Student Union Board Special Events Committee
  • Records Assistant in Admissions
  • Beta Alpha Psi
  • Volunteer at Junior Achievement
  • Women in Computer Science

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Food in Singapore
  • Best places to visit in Singapore
  • Traveling around Asia/Australia
  • Campus life at NTU
  • Course selection

Noor Irshaidat

nirshaidat@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: International Business & International and Global Studies
  • Minors: Leadership Studies and Economics
  • Leadership Fellow
  • Elon University Innovation Fellow
  • Student Government Association-Senior Class President
  • Group Exercise Instructor
  • Elon International Society (EIS)
  • Undergraduate Research

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning Abroad
  • Course Choices
  • Cooking Abroad
  • Events and planning trips

Ryan Janssen

rjanssen@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minors: Business Administration and International & Global Studies
  • Member of Beta Theta Pi
  • Member of Phoenix Phanatics

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Study USA on a budget
  • Studying away as a first-year
  • Studying away with a disability

Mary (Molly) Jenks

mjenks3@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Journalism and B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography
  • Minor: International and Global Studies
  • Campus Outreach
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness
  • Delta Chi Xi Dance Honors Fraternity
  • Elon Performing Arts Department

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • The performing arts and study abroad.
  • Processing through the assimilation of a new country

Sara Lewin

slewin@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Marketing
  • Minor: Finance
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Hillel
  • Alpha Kappa Psi

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Anything about Berlin,Germany (One of the best cities in the world!)
  • Traveling in Europe
  • Places to go in Germany

Maggie Looney

mlooney@elon.edu

*Abroad Spring 2020*

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Strategic Communications
  • Minor: Business Administration
  • Alpha Chi Omega
  • Elonthon

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning in the field of Communications in LA
  • Having a long commute
  • Planning weekend travel
  • Making the most of your time
  • Getting out of your comfort zone

Olivia (Livi) Murray

omurray3@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Communication Design
  • Minors: Political Science and African American Studies
  • Apartment Manager
  • Front Desk Assistant at GEC

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Navigating race and identity in Europe
  • Living with a Homestay
  • Feeling homesick
  • Traveling solo

Sara Nderitu

snderitu@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: International Studies and Public Health
  • Minor: Poverty and Social Justice
  • VP of Elon African Society
  • Student Coordinator at CREDE
  • Periclean Scholar
  • ILCP

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • My favorite foods from abroad!

Kathryn Noon

knoon@elon.edu

 

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Public Health Studies
  • Minors: Business Administration and Poverty Studies
  • Involved in Residence life
  • Member of Alzheimer’s Initiative
  • Involved in Campus Recreation and Wellness
  • Club Soccer

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Studying abroad as a first-year student
  • Practicing Christian faith abroad
  • Studying abroad on a budget

Elizabeth Norvell

enorvell@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Elementary and Special Education
  • Teaching Fellows
  • School of Education Ambassador
  • Future Educators
  • The Village Project

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Participating in a teaching practicum
  • Kiwi culture
  • Flatting with international students
  • Personal growth abroad

Elizabeth (Eliza) Quigley

equigley@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Political Science
  • Minors: International and Global Studies & Middle Easter Studies
  • Moseley Front Desk Representative
  • Elon Women’s Club Soccer
  • Arabic Language Organization

My Experience:

  • Ireland, Dublin: University College Dublin – UCD (FIE)
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “During the first weekend of February, the FIE students in Dublin took a trip to Western Ireland. We took a ferry to Inishmore, a small island off the West coast of Ireland. We hiked up to an old clifftop fort. For about 10 minutes, it was hailing and there were gale-like winds. My friend and I ran around the fort in the hail and wind and were being blown everywhere, but after a few minutes it was sunny again. Such a surreal and classic Ireland experience”

Ask Me About:

  • Studying abroad as a low-income student
  • Studying abroad in a country with an uneasy political climate
  • Culture shock in a Western European country

Hayley Risk

hrisk@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Major: Secondary English Education
  • Teaching Fellows
  • Delta Delta Delta

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Having a practicum experience while abroad
  • Planning weekly travel
  • Dealing with homesickness and stress

Laura Rossi

lrossi2@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: Political Science and Policy Studies
  • Minors: Criminal Justice Studies, Economics, History
  • Member of Model United Nations
  • Member of Relay for Life: Colleges Against Cancer
  • Member of Phi Kappa Phi honors society

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning for a non-profit in the financial district
  • Mastering the subway system
  • Studying and budgeting in a major metropolitan city by yourself
  • Managing my anxiety away from home

Gabby Saluzzi

gsaluzzi@elon.edu

Who I am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Marketing
  • Minor: Public Health
  • Delta Delta Delta
  • Women’s Club Lacrosse
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness

My Experience:

  • Semester at Sea
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Completing a three day hike through the Western Ghats mountains in India and camping at the top!”

Ask Me About:

  • Planning trips on a budget
  • Maintaining a health and fitness routine
  • Communicating with minimal internet/cell phone access

Emma Siritzky

esiritzky@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Psychology
  • Minors: Neuroscience and Religious Studies
  • Elon College Fellow
  • President of Elon’s Ballroom Dance Club
  • Kappa Delta

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Living with a host family
  • Mental heath resources abroad
  • Jewish life and religious identity abroad
  • Making study abroad work with academic and research requirements at Elon

Ashley Sullivan

asullivan20@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Public Health-Biology aspect
  • Minor: Business Administration
  • Phi Mu

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning at a Non-profit abroad
  • Studying abroad on a budget
  • Traveling around Europe

Alinor (Nori) Thomas

athomas30@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Major: Public Health
  • Varsity Volleyball Player
  • Gender Violence Prevention Coordinator in the GLC

My Experience:

  • WT New Zealand: Critically Engaged Ecotourism
  • Italy: Global Engagement For Athletes
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “100% going to New Zealand. That little part of the world holds so much beauty and I was able to experience things that I never though possible. I would travel back there in a heart beat.”

Ask Me About:

  • My Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis!

Claire Thompson

cthompson47@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2021
  • Majors: Strategic Communications, and International & Global Studies
  • Communications Fellow
  • Sweet Signatures
  • Elon Outdoors

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Searching for a program
  • Blogging the experience
  • Staying active while abroad

Jordan Vaughn

jvaughn5@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: Public Health and Sociology
  • Minor: Leadership Studies and French
  • Leadership Fellow
  • Diversity Intern in Admissions
  • President of the Omicron Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
  • Apartment Manager
  • President of Elon’s Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa

My Experience:

  • South Africa, Cape Town: Arts & Sciences (CIEE)
  • Favorite Elon Global Experience: “Either being able to attend the Rocking the Daisies Music Festival and seeing Aminé or being able to join the University of Cape Town’s first ever women’s rugby team”

Ask Me About:

  • Finding scholarships for studying abroad
  • Race and identity
  • Doing a non-Elon program
  • Translating your abroad experience into professional development

Abby Walsh

awalsh12@elon.edu

Who I Am:

  • Class: 2020
  • Majors: Media Analytics & Strategic Communications
  • Minor: Creative Writing
  • SGA Class of 2020 Treasurer
  • WSOE 89.3
  • Student Caller in the Office of Advancement

My Experience:

Ask Me About:

  • Interning abroad
  • Making the most of traveling on the weekends
  • Travel photography
  • Going out of your comfort zone