International Visitor Program
Yan Liang graduated from Shanghai International Studies University with a B.A. in International Relations and English. Her passion in languages and cultures drives her to seek in-depth international experiences through travel, volunteering, and studying abroad. Currently, Yan is pursuing an MPA degree at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Washington. Yan’s professional interests include international development, minority empowerment and cross-cultural education. As a multilingual global citizen, she enjoys arts, books and food from all over the world in her leisure time.
Aaron Long is a junior at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, studying foreign policy, diplomacy, peace and security. He was born and raised in San Francisco, and having attended a French-American school for much of his life has a passion for exploring the world and embodying the ideals of a world citizen. He hopes to enter the world of international politics or business. Aaron enjoys traveling the world, playing basketball, and listening to music.
Celia Louie graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science, with a minor in Global Health. She has spent time studying in Italy and Nepal during her undergraduate years and hopes to spend more time abroad in Asia. Celia hopes to build a career focusing on education, health, energy, and development. She enjoys spending time outdoors, checking out new food spots, and sipping coffee with a good book.
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.
Mariam Malik is a rising senior, double majoring in International Studies and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Born and raised in Pakistan, she holds a special interest in human rights law and global affairs, with past projects including her time with The Children’s Cancer Hospital of Pakistan and with NGOs like WAR (War against Rape). Mariam enjoys reading the news, watching classic-era movies, meeting new people and loves talking about current affairs and pop culture.
Tobias Osterhaug is an M.A. student at the University of Washington pursuing a degree in International Studies, with the goal of one day joining the Foreign Service. He graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in History and Chinese Studies in 2014, and spent a year in Taiwan teaching English on a Fulbright scholarship. His graduate research has delved into issues including Cross-Strait relations, intersections between cultural and political identity in Taiwan, and environmental litigation in China. A Seattle native, in his free time Tobias enjoys hiking, skiing, sailing, mixing cocktails, and performing improv.
Amber Jiang is a senior at the Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Operations & Supply Chain Management, with a certificate of International Studies in Business. She was born in China and she is interested in different cultures and international business. She was a tutor in the UW Pipeline Program and has interned with several international companies. This past summer, Amber was in Indonesia as an AIESEC global volunteer. She hopes to contribute her knowledge and experience to enhance cultural understanding in the Greater Seattle Area.