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Mentors for New International Graduate Students

We realize that adjusting to a new culture can be difficult.  Therefore, we have provided you with a list of current University of South Carolina - Arnold School of Public Health graduate students who have volunteered to serve as a mentor to incoming international graduate students in Public Health.  The list is arranged by region so you may contact a student from your country of origin or those with similar backgrounds.

Africa

Marian Botchway
mob@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Ghana
- Experiences in other Countries: Ethiopia
Degree Seeking: HPEB/PhD

Anna Cofie
acofie@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Ghana
- Experiences in other Countries: Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Burundi, Morocco, Sierra Leone
Degree Seeking: HSPM/PhD

Elyse Iruhiriye
elysei@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Burundi
- Experiences in other Countries: Rwanda, Kenya, Burkina Faso, China
Degree Seeking: HPEB/PhD

Oluwatosin Momodu
omomodu@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Nigeria, Ghana
Degree Seeking: HSPM/PhD

Chamberline E. Ozigbu
cozigbu@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Nigeria
- Experience with other Cultures: United Kingdom, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Barbados, and St. Lucia
Degree Seeking: HSPM/PhD


Asia

Dana AlHasan
dalhasan@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Middle East
Degree Seeking: EPID/PhD

Sabrina Karim
skarim@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Bangladesh
Degree Seeking: EPID/ PhD

Elyse Iruhiriye
elysei@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Burundi
- Experiences in other Countries: Rwanda, Kenya, Burkina Faso, China
Degree Seeking: HPEB/PhD

Megha Oza
moza@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: India
Degree Seeking: ENHS/MPH

Sarah Twigg
Stwigg@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: United States
- Experiences in other Countries: China
Degree Seeking: COMD/MSP


Europe

Katya Altman
katyaa@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Eastern Europe and Russia
- Experience with other Cultures: Costa Rica and Australia
Degree Seeking: ENHS/PhD

Chamberline E. Ozigbu
cozigbu@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Nigeria
- Experience with other Cultures: United Kingdom, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Barbados, and St. Lucia
Degree Seeking: HSPM/PhD


 

Latin America & the Caribbean

Katya Altman
katyaa@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Eastern Europe and Russia
- Experience with other Cultures: Costa Rica and Australia
Degree Seeking: ENHS/PhD

Ligia Reyes
lreyes@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: United States/Guatemala
- Experiences in other countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico
Degree Seeking: HPEB/PhD

Chamberline E. Ozigbu
cozigbu@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Nigeria/Africa
- Experience with other Cultures: United Kingdom, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Barbados, and St. Lucia
Degree Seeking: HSPM/PhD


Oceania

Katya Altman
katyaa@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Eastern Europe and Russia
- Experience with other Cultures: Costa Rica and Australia
Degree Seeking: ENHS/PhD

Joshua Sparks
jrsparks@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: United States
- Experience with other Cultures: Australia and New Zealand
Degree Seeking: EXSC/PhD


North America

Joshua Sparks
jrsparks@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: United States
- Experience with other Cultures: Australia and New Zealand
Degree Seeking: EXSC/PhD

Sarah Twigg
Stwigg@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: United States
- Experiences in other Countries: China
Degree Seeking: COMD/MSP


Additional Resources

USC Buddies Beyond Borders
Buddies Beyond Borders was developed by the International Student Services Office at the University of South Carolina to assist with the social transition of international students. Buddies Beyond Borders provides both international students and American students/staff at the University of South Carolina an opportunity for connection and friendship. Both the International and American Buddy can have the enriching experience of a cultural exchange and gain a broadened perspective about the world.

Dean’s Student Advisory Council (DSAC)
The mission of the Dean's Student Advisory Council is to provide departmental representation to the Arnold School administration group in order to address student concerns, promote volunteer, social, and networking opportunities, and to aid in gaining and retaining top tier students.

 
DSAC Officers:

Athletic Training: 
Kacey Ohlemeyer, Master's
Noelle Haller, Undergraduate

Communication Sciences and Disorders:
Vacant, 1st year
Marissa Castaldo, 2nd year

Environmental Health Sciences:
Cassie Bailey, Master's 
Katya Altman, Doctoral

Epidemiology and Biostatistics:
Brianna Tennie, Masters
Bezawit Kase, Doctoral

Exercise Science/Physical Activity and Public Health (Master's):
Vacant

Exercise Science (Doctoral): 
Allison Smith, Doctoral

Health Services Policy and Management:
Serena Finley, Master's
Chamberline Ozigbu, Doctoral

Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior:
Kalvin Cobaris, Master's
Gabriela Armendariz, Doctoral

Exercise Science Club Liaison (Undergraduate): 
Vacant
Vacant

Public Health Society Liaison (Undergraduate):
Aisha Noor
Vacant

Mu Chapter Delta Omega Honorary Society Liaison:
Maggie Carson, Doctoral

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School (IHI) Liaison: 
Maggie Carson, Doctoral 

USC Graduate Student Association (GSA) Liaison: 
Anna Cofie, Doctoral

South Carolina Public Health Association Liaison: 
Maggie Carson, Doctoral

Arnold School of Public Health Student Diversity Liaison: 
Nancy Uriegas

Faculty/Staff:
Chandler Fogle, Office of Undergraduate Student Services
Christy Smith, Office of Graduate Student Services


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