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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


Asia

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

Gloria Esoimeme
esoimeme@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Nigeria/Africa
- Experiences in other Countries: Namibia
Degree Seeking: HSPM/PhD

Hoa Nguyen
maihoavietnam@gmail.com
Country/Region: Vietnam
Degree Seeking: HPEB/PhD


Latin America & the Caribbean

Shelby Butz
sbutz@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: USA
- Experiences in other Countries: Costa Rica & Australia
- Experience with other Cultures: member of “Buddies Beyond Borders” program with USC International Student Services mentoring first year students
Degree Seeking: ENHS/PhD

Steph-Yves Louis
slouis@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Haiti, Port-Au-Prince
- Experience with other Cultures: France (and other French Speaking Countries), Jamaica
Degree Seeking: BIOS/MSPH

Ligia Reyes
lreyes@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Guatemala, USA
- Experiences in other Countries: Mexico & Ecuador
Degree Seeking: HPEB/PhD


Oceania

Shelby Butz
sbutz@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: USA
- Experiences in other Countries: Costa Rica & Australia
- Experience with other Cultures: member of “Buddies Beyond Borders” program with USC International Student Services mentoring first year students
Degree Seeking: ENHS/PhD


North America

Shelby Butz
sbutz@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: USA
- Experiences in other Countries: Costa Rica & Australia
- Experience with other Cultures: member of “Buddies Beyond Borders” program with USC International Student Services mentoring first year students
Degree Seeking: ENHS/PhD

Ligia Reyes
lreyes@email.sc.edu
Country/Region: Guatemala, USA
- Experiences in other Countries: Mexico & Ecuador
Degree Seeking: HPEB/PhD


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.  View the DSAC member list