International Visitor Program
Joan Houser graduated with Honors from Western Washington University with a BA in English with a creative writing emphasis and a minor in environmental studies. Her semester abroad at the University of Nottingham in England and subsequent travels throughout Europe inspired a passion for cross-cultural communication. In the future, she plans to teach English as a second language and visit as many different countries as she possibly can. She adores languages, and works part-time at the Academy of Languages Translation and Interpretation Services as an Assistant Interpreter Coordinator. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and attempting to convince her cat that cuddling is actually a lot of fun.
Katie Hudak is a senior at the University of Washington majoring in International Studies and Germanics. Originally from Anacortes, Washington, Katie spent a gap year in Darmstadt, Germany through the CBYX Vocational Youth Program before beginning her studies at UW. Having a strong passion for the fine arts, Katie also studied ballet for nine years and studies classical voice performance at the Music School at UW. In the spring of 2017 Katie also had the opportunity to intern for the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, where she was immersed in the country of her heritage and became the first member of her family to meet and connect with relatives in Lithuania. In the future Katie hopes to pursue a graduate degree and career in the Foreign Service. In her free time, Katie enjoys eating Phở, watching plays and operas, and traveling.
Kenton Nakamura graduated from the University of Washington, Seattle with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in ethics. Born and raised in Hawaii, he aspires to serve in the Foreign Service as a diplomat, with the goal of promoting cross-cultural collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region. He has previously worked with Pacific Forum CSIS as a member of their Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership Program to discuss the role of Hawaii in the region; he has also served as the Asian Student Commission Director at the University of Washington to raise awareness of topics such as mental health, sexualization of Asian women, and undocumented immigration from Asia. In his free time, Kenton enjoys eating food, running, playing board games, and paddling.
Richa Bijlani graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN with a B.A. in Anthropology with Honors and minors in French and Neuroscience. In the future, she aspires to pursue a career in International Human Rights Law. Richa has spent time studying in Australia and working in Peru and hopes to continue traveling the world and learning more about different cultures and languages. She also enjoys hiking, yoga and reading.
Zuri Greene graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. Her passion for education, travel, and culture led her to working in Nagasaki, Japan on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program for two years. Currently, Zuri is pursuing an M.S. in Global Studies and International Relations with a regional focus in East Asia at Northeastern University-Seattle. She hopes to focus her love of education and creative flair into creating cultural outreach programs for K through 12. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, practicing Japanese calligraphy, and being a Girl Scout troop leader.
Troy Lindell is a senior at the University of Washington double majoring in International Studies and Political Science. His international travel paired with his time volunteering as an after school K-12 tutor has kindled his passion for education with an international focus and his desire to be a part of the Global Classroom team. Troy hopes become a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, and to be stationed where he can practice his French. In his off time, Troy enjoys long-boarding, listening to music, and cooking.