Albania | (back to top)
Emanuel was born in Vlore, Albania and raised in Torino and Milano, Italy. He came to Oregon in August 2011. He is grateful of ‘AFS Intercultural Programs’ Scholarship that allowed him to go to North Medford High School. He went back to Milano for his senior year of High School. And he came back to Medford to attend Rogue Community College where he had the honor of receiving the ICSP Scholarship. He is continuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. He loves to share his experiences through ICSP while gaining a lot of knowledge from the other participants. What he loves the most here in Oregon is the amount of sports activities offered, not to mention soccer, which is in his top list.
Bangladesh | (back to top)
Rafid is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. He has been studying Physics & Mathematics since fall of 2012. Currently, Rafid is serving his second term as the Memorial Union President, the first International Student to be in that role. Rafid enjoys meeting new people and public speaking. Over the years, Rafid has worked in various roles for different departments on campus, in Student Leadership & Involvement, Academic Success Center, Educational Opportunities Program, SORCE(Educational Activities board), Student Incidental & Fees Committee. Rafid also enjoys his working on his undergraduate thesis in Computational Physics. Through ICSP, Rafid hopes to share his knowledge and understanding about Bangladesh, its history, its cultures, its infinite diversity of life, and perhaps the differences between the cultures.
Brazil | (back to top)
Daniel is a senior majoring in Industrial Manufacturing Engineering. He has been at OSU since 2012 and part of ICSP since 2013. He initially came to the U.S to play water polo and study in a college in Huntington Beach, CA. Daniel was born and raised in Santos, Brazil. Santos is about an hour away from Sao Paulo and is famous for having the biggest port in South American. Santos is also home of one of the biggest soccer teams in Brazil, Santos FC which Daniel is passionate about. Daniel's hobbies include playing sports, watching soccer and doing barbecues. He also loves to travel and has been to Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Daniel is very excited to be the new ICSP assistant and is very open to feedback and questions.
Guilherme Macagnan is an international student from Caxias do Sul-RS, Brazil. He started his studies at OSU in Fall 2014 and is majoring in Finance and International Business. Guilherme chose to come to the OSU after hearing of the good reputation of the university along with a love for the nature of Oregon. While in High School Guilherme was part of a professional swimming team and that’s why he retains a love of swimming and sports. As an ICSP student he hopes to share his experiences in his homeland with both American and International students at OSU, and also invoke them to share their experiences studying abroad to give everyone a more global perspective and broaden everyone’s horizon with experiences lived in different countries. Overall, Guilherme see’s it as big opportunity for himself to share his culture and help people expand their cultural understanding with him as he expands his horizons.
Cameroon | (back to top)
Winnie is in her junior year of electrical engineering at OSU. She is from Cameroon and joined ICSP 9 months ago. During her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, cooking, decorating or just taking a walk outside as a nature lover. She also likes traveling, spending quality time with friends and getting know people from different backgrounds.
China | (back to top)
Shali was born and raised in Xiamen, China. She moved to Oregon in Fall 2011. She just completed her undergraduate studies in business at OSU. She is majoring in Master of Business Administration with business analytics Track. She enjoys camping, hiking, and reading. She is so excited that she is part of ICSP family now, which gives her the opportunity to share her cultures with Oregon community and learn from them.
Yiye was born and raised in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan Province in central China. Steeped in history, Zhengzhou is best known for its rich culture and status as one of the Eight Great Ancient Capitals of China. Yiye was admitted to Oregon State University in September 2015, and she is currently seeking a Master’s degree in Construction Engineering Management. She has various hobbies, including singing, dancing, paying the piano, etc. She developed other interests after living together with a local caring American family, who taught her how to go flying, camping and hunting. Those outdoor activities greatly fascinated her and enriched her life. The local family’s dedication to dreams and relentless pursuit of freedom always inspires her. And their profound curiosity about the traditional Chinese culture drives Yiye to share Chinese culture with them. She is now excited to be a part of the ICSP team, which will for sure provide her with more opportunities to communicate with peoples of different races, colors and creeds, and further spread the Chinese culture to the rest of the world.
His previous major is marketing, but he fell in love with accounting and finance after he came to the US. With much passion and drive, he spent most of his free time on his classes. He always plays basketball and reads books after class. He grew up in the area where the lovely culture is diversified by the different minorities, as a result, he is also interested in the different cultural communities on campus and also wants to expand the impact of Chinese culture among these communities. He is so happy to be part of ICSP family, also, he has been selected to serve for the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center in this coming year to know more about the diversified communities.
Colombia | (back to top)
Patricia is a Marine Biologist and a dance lover from Colombia. She lived in rural towns in the Andean mountains of Colombia during her childhood. Her love for the ocean encouraged her to obtain a Bachelor in Marine Biology in Colombia and a Master in Tropical Ecology in Puerto Rico. She connects with people by traveling, having informal conversations, listening to oral traditions, learning about folk dances, swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. This Latin-American biologist came to OSU to pursue a PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife in 2013. She improved the OSU multicultural background by writing survival guides for new students, participating in Mentorship Programs for Undergraduates, and worked as a dance coordinator for the last 3 Latin-American Cultural Nights. Patricia understands the importance of overcoming language and cultural barriers, and converting them in opportunities while studying abroad. She expects to increase cultural and language diversity through teaching Spanish and Latin-American folklore in cultural events at OSU and other schools in Oregon.
Andrea Jara is from Colombia, a wonderful country in the Northwest corner of South America. Since she was a child, she was in love with the ocean so she studied Marine Biology; later this interest for the ocean and fisheries led her to study for a master’s in Marine Ecology in Mexico. Now, she is looking to acquire new and better tools to help the ocean as part of her studies here as a second year PhD student in Fisheries Science at OSU. As someone who has studied and lived abroad, Andrea feels it has provided an invaluable experience that opened her to new perspectives, realities, and opportunities. As a traveler, she believes that media often portrays people, places, and countries in a negative light. She would like to share her experiences and talk about a country which is a magical place and a paradise on Earth; the one she is lucky to call home.
Paulo J Murillo-Sandoval was born in Cali (Salsa World Capital) in Colombia. Cali has a rich history and diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Being surrounded by this unique and amusing environment, drove him to challenge himself both personally and professionally and to set a life path. Paulo obtained a bachelor in Topographic Engineering. Afterwards, he worked at Colombian Sugarcane Research Center monitoring sugarcane crops using satellite images and, during Winter 2015, he came to OSU to start his masters studies at the College of Forestry. He loves working with spatial-data, satellite imagery and aerial images taken by drones for the observation of land covers, which are very important tools to identify land-uses changes. In addition to his academic background, Paulo also loves dancing and teaching salsa, listening to music and playing soccer. He deeply appreciates the opportunity to be part of ICSP and looks forward to share his thoughts and skills with OSU and Corvallis.
Jenny is from a small town in Colombia called Pamplona. She came to Corvallis 4 years ago. She is pursuing my PhD in Environmental Sciences. Her research tries to explain how a fungus is affecting different species of frogs and toads. One of her goals of being part of ICSP is sharing with diverse audiences the culture of her country and getting involved in activities that lead to the enrichment of our knowledge from different countries around the world.
Congo | (back to top)
Gaetan Dauphin Nzowo
Gaetan Dauphin Nzowo is a native from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He speaks three languages: French, Lingala and English. He enjoys playing soccer and going to the gym in his spare time. He first arrived in the United States in 2013 and attended Portland Community College. For two years, he actively participated in student leadership from which he gained knowledge about social justice. He worked as the Sustainability Director and an Equity Ambassador at the Multicultural Center. He joined the ICSP program because he would like to provide firsthand diversity awareness that will challenge one’s personal biases. He is now a transfer student majoring in Civil Engineering and is passionate about giving back to his community as a future leader.
Ethiopia | (back to top)
Ananiya is a Bioresource Research student from Ethiopia. He grew up in a small, but friendly town, called Dire Dawa, which is in eastern Ethiopia. His father is a physician; being a physician in Ethiopia is not very profitable. However his father loves helping people and therefore he chose this career. When he was younger, he spent his summers in the clinic as a full time patient assistant. His experience in the clinic inculcated in him the ability to question medical experts about their work. The time he spent there sparked his curiosity and passion for medicine as an art and a science. His ambition to become a doctor stems from his desire to help patients with their needs as well as forward his knowledge in the medical field throughout the world. It has been two years since he travelled to the US to pursue his dreams at Oregon State University. Here through ICSP, he would like to introduce his culture and work to achieve rewarding cultural relations.
France | (back to top)
Safia L. Oulmane
Safia is an international student from a city called Créteil, a suburb of Paris in France. People often get confused with “all her countries” when she explains that she was born and raised in France by an Algerian father and a Moroccan mother. So to make it simple, she likes to describe herself as a citizen of the world with a French accent. She recently earned her Associate of Science in Business from Portland Community College and transferred to OSU in the Fall of 2016 to pursue a B.A. in Political Science. With the recent heartbreaking events that happened in her beloved home country and the ones that keep happening all over the world, Safia takes her role as an ICSP ambassador to heart and is looking forward to promoting values of peace and tolerance. Besides English, Safia is fluent in French, Moroccan Arabic and Emoji. That's right, there is no way she can write any type of correspondence without spreading love and happiness through a smiling face emoji :)
Germany | (back to top)
Lena was born and raised in Lüdenscheid, a small city in the northwestern part of Germany. Even though this is her first year at OSU, she already spent there 4 weeks last summer, took some English classes and fell in love with Oregon, the school and its people. Lena loves to travel, to discover new countries and cultures and to make new friends from all over the world. She wants to pursue a degree in international business. Lena has always had a great passion for horses and participated in show jumping competitions back home. She enjoys to be outside, to go hiking and hanging out with her friends. Through ICSP, Lena hopes to connect with new people and learn about other cultures as well as to introduce her culture to others. She believes that peoples views are often shaped by the culture that they grew up in and therefore she can’t wait to get the chance to see things from a new perspective.
Hong Kong | (back to top)
Pak To Lee
Hello everyone! Pak To Lee (Jeremy) is a 23 years old undergraduate student in his senior year. Born and raised in Hong Kong, he is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Resources and a minor in Spanish. He enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and watching many other sports. In addition to speaking his native language Cantonese, he also speaks English, Mandarin Chinese, and Spanish. He has a keen interest in acquainting himself with different languages, as they are great tools to understand others’ culture. The best time of his life came two years ago, when he went study aboard in Chile. He got to meet the indigenous people and learned a little bit about the Mapudungun-speaking population. After joining the ICSP in 2015, he has had a fun time sharing his cultural experience with the local communities. He is looking forward to another exciting year with the group!
India | (back to top)
Naveen is from recently formed and culturally diverse state, Telangana, India. He has been to US for fall 2016 to pursue his masters in Chemical Engineering. He has been to various states of India as a part of migration scheme of Navodaya Vidyalayas and has rich experience of visiting different historic and religious places in India. He joined ICSP to share his experiences with fellow members and know their traditional practices. He is very enthusiastic to share about the festivals, food, clothing, religious practices and historic heritage of his state and India. He believes that the modern society has its roots in the culture and one can fill the loopholes of this society by relating the cultures. Through ICSP he wish to know about the different people, the way they think, the way they react to a situation and compare them to spread the most social practice for a sustainable society. He loves tasting different kinds of food.
Vaishnavi comes from the ‘land of diversity’, India. She is a sophomore student in the college of agriculture pursuing BS in Food Science & Technology with a minor in Chemistry. She likes travelling, stargazing, reading, and sports like basketball, skating, and cricket. She enjoys meeting new people and trying different cuisines. She has been in the US for a year and a half now. Through ICSP she would like to help others understand better India’s vast culture and diversity. To let people know that India is beyond, Bollywood, henna, dancing, there is so much more to it than meets the eye.
Shivani comes from west coast of India. She was born in a small village of Gujarat named Sanjan. She moved to Mumbai at the age of 2 with her family where she was raised and educated. Currently a graduate student at OSU, majoring in Computer Science, she is an admirer of art and enjoys painting, drawing. She loves travelling, adventures and hiking is her new craze. She always carries a tiny sketch book to jot down ideas and doodle things she sees while travelling. She loves pets, especially dogs. Through ICSP she aims to educate people with stories and traditions she has learnt all these years within the different parts of India. And also talk about ancient India, its beliefs and how it has evolved into a modern and yet traditional, diverse, beautiful country that it is today.
Indonesia | (back to top)
Sefanya is an undergraduate student from Indonesia double-majoring in Anthropology and Education while also minoring in French. She has been with ICSP since Winter 2014 and has enjoyed every moment of it. Her involvement with ICSP has included co-hosting a cultural night in front of more than 400 people, becoming a peer mentor to international students, and being a part of other extracurricular activities on and off-campus, most of which are related to internationalization, languages, and children/education. She wants to go back to Indonesia and work in a field that combines all three, especially to help promote a more equitable and affordable access to healthcare and education among underrepresented communities. Sefanya has two more years to go and will start her fourth year this Fall (Sept 2016). She loves meeting new people and learning languages so feel free to come talk to her!
Krisna Putra Irawan
Krisna Putra Irawan is born in Jakarta, 18 September 1996. At the age of 16 he started his study in the US at Shoreline community college. Despite his economic hardship, Krisna has been able to continue his study in the US by collecting various scholarships and ICSP has taken major roles in that. He is now a senior majoring in computer science and Innovation management double degree. Krisna is a 3rd year ICSP student and has been active in the international community. Krisna was an officer in Indonesian Student Association (Permias) and currently working at ISOSU. His active role in the international community has noticed by OSU and he was awarded Waldo Cummings Outstanding Student Award in 2015. He is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society and received their Tunison Scholarship. Last year, Krisna is honored to be able to share his story at the Rotary International.
Iran | (back to top)
Mahsa Allahyari from Tehran, Iran is studying Master of Science in Civil Engineering program. Since September 2014, she is in United State and also in OSU. She has bachelor degree in Mining Engineering from University of Tehran, Iran. She joined ICSP since fall 2015 in order to meet people from different countries and learn about their country and their culture, also share Iranian culture with others in Oregon community. She is interested in sports such as volleyball and soccer, and also outdoor activities such as rafting and hiking. Oregon is a good place to do these type of activities.
Ali Jafarnejad Ghandehar
Ali is from Tehran, the capital of Iran. He got his master’s degree in construction management in Iran and he just started his second master in transportation engineering at OSU in fall 2014. He has more than five years of working experience in both industrial and academic positions. His favorite hobbies include traveling and outdoor activities, such as hiking and mountain climbing. He likes to speak and present in public about his country. During the past two years at OSU, he has been involved in actively in international student cultural events such as the Etihad festival. Through ICSP, Ali hopes to share his knowledge and understanding about Iranian culture, history, cities, events and food with other students and groups in Oregon community.
Japan | (back to top)
Honoka Mitsuishi is from Japan and she is a sophomore at OSU. She came to the US in a spring 2014. Her major is Psychology and currently she is working for CAPS as a member of outreach group. She doesn’t have any specific hobbies but she likes doing something new. When she was in high school, she did study abroad in New Zealand for one year. She loved it, because she could meet new people. She taught New Zealand students Japanese and shared some Japanese culture while she stayed there. Since then she likes sharing her cultures and getting to know more about different cultures. Through the ICSP, she’s looking forward to learn more about other cultures.
Kengo Sugimoto is from Japan and has spent one year in the US. He’s majoring in Athletic Training. He is interested in watching sports games, enjoying outdoor activities, and travel. He is interested in sharing Japanese culture with people from other countries and looking forward to getting to know diverse cultures around the world.
Aoi Ueda is from Japan, but lived in three other different countries: Brazil, Hong Kong, and Singapore. She is majoring in earth sciences, oceanography in OSU since fall 2016, and it is her first time living in the US, so she is looking forward to explore other cultures, she has never got in touch with. She currently does Karate, since freshman in high school, but she also used to play other sports like basketball and soccer. She enjoys watching movies and tv shows, that she often gets too deep into. She is looking forward to share what she has experienced and to expand her knowledge about other countries through ICSP.
Kazakhstan | (back to top)
Ainur was born near the Caspian Sea in a city named Atyrau, in her beautiful home country of Kazakhstan. When she was 4 years old, her family moved to the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana. Currently, she is a sophomore in Mechanical Engineering. She graduated from Nazarbaev Intellectual School, which is one of the best schools in Kazakhstan, in June 2014. She learned 3 languages at school: Russian, Kazakh, and English. She is the President of Student Hall Council of ILLC (International Leaving-Learning Center) hall. During last year she gave one presentation each week of school in front of 20 to 300 Hall Council members and residents; this experience made me more confident in front of an audience. She really enjoys reading poetry and she is a chair in the first Poetry Club in OSU. She also likes drawing and skateboarding. She learned skateboarding on her own in America. She plays Dombra which is Kazakh national instrument. She really enjoys spending time with her international friends in her spare time.
Alisha’s hometown is the largest city of Kazakhstan - Almaty. It is also called “South Capital” by locals. Since the time of the Soviet Union, Almaty remains the most culturally developed city where people of almost any nationality can be met. Thus, she has been interested in the culture and traditions of different nations from the very childhood. In 2015, she graduated from Technical Lyceum #165 which is well-known for its in-depth study in mathematics and physics. Presently, she is getting a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. In addition, she was engaged in table tennis as a professional player up to 16 years old. In 2010, she became a national champion among girls born in 1997. She thinks “this sport has been the safety valve when I was a teenager.” At a spare time, she enjoys reading classical Russian literature and taking photos of beautiful scenery and historical sites. Despite the fact that music is not her strongest side, she also likes playing national musical instruments such as dombra or kobyz.
Malaysia | (back to top)
Jynwaye Foo is an international student from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is currently a sophomore working towards an Environmental Science degree with an option in Resources, Conversation, and Sustainability, within the College of Environmental, Oceanic, and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University. Her hobbies include painting and camping. Jynwaye joined the ICSP because she believes in the importance of displaying a fragment of her unique and vibrant culture towards her goal in achieving a more culturally inclusive and culturally competent environment. Jynwaye is also an independent illustrator and exhibiting artist who has had her work published in both local and international publications.
Hannah comes from a tiny country called Malaysia. She has been in the United States for over a year and is currently pursuing a double-degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising Management, with a minor in Business and Entrepreneurship. Apart from her interests in design and business, she enjoys playing music, exploring new places, hiking and food hunting. Through the ICSP Program, she would love to gain the experience of being a cultural ambassador to the rest of the community here while learning about other cultures as well, making new friends, and developing her presentation skills.
Kong Zheng Yeang
Yeang Kong Zheng (Tidus) was born and raised in a world renowned food island, Penang, Malaysia. He has been studying in the US for two years (2014) and has adapted well to the American lifestyle. Tidus is studying mechanical engineering with a minor is philosophy. He loves looking for business startup ideas, working out, food hunting and spending time outdoors (hiking, fishing, etc). Being in the ICSP for two years has helped Tidus made new friends, understand different cultures better and improve time management skills. Tidus hopes to further broaden his network of friends and show them that he is very much an American as he is a Malaysian.
Nigeria | (back to top)
Valentine was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria although hails from Anambra state .He is a 1st year masters of public health student and this is his first time in the US. He graduated from NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY a foremost university in Nigeria with an MB;BS degree and hope to use the knowledge garnered in his master’s program to tackle health hazards in his country. He enjoys watching soccer and listening to music. He hopes to go back to clinical practice after his program at OSU. Valentine is willing to share the Nigerian culture particularly the ‘ïgbo’ culture with peers from other country and also learn about different cultures attainable as well through ICSP.
Pakistan | (back to top)
Danish was born in Karachi, which is a metropolitan city of Pakistan. He came to Oregon State for undergraduate program in fall 2013. He is majoring in Finance and he hopes to pursue investment management. He is a golfer and has won many tournaments in Pakistan. He hopes to establish his investment management firm in Pakistan after finishing college. Through the ICSP program, he hopes to remove the misunderstandings, which people have regarding to Pakistan. He wants to share his culture and rich history of his country.
South Africa | (back to top)
Letso Puseletso Maepa
Letso was born in a small town north of Johannesburg, South Africa. She has been in the U.S. for the past 4 years and is a senior at OSU studying Economics and Sociology with a concentration in Law, Policy and Economics. Letso spends most of her time studying, reading, listening to music and talking about social justice issues. She also works with the International Students of OSU (ISOSU) as an International Student Representative for the international community. Letso has been a member of the ICSP community for the past two and a half years and has learned a great deal from her fellow ICSP members, OSU and Corvallis community. As a member of the ICSP, Letso is looking forward to continuing to share her social and cultural experiences, history with the OSU/Corvallis community as well as learn more from her fellow ICSP members.
South Korea | (back to top)
Youngsuk is from South Korea. She came to Oregon in 2013 to learn English and American culture. She worked as a student ambassador at Lane Community College in Eugene. She decides to continue her studies at OSU to pursue her goal: being a merchandiser. She is now double majoring in pro-merchandising management and entrepreneurship. She loves crafting, going on random road trips, hanging out with people from different countries. She worked in International Resource Center (IRC) and learned a lot of cultural differences from ICSP Cultural Heritage event. She wanted to be a part of ICSP to spread Korean culture, and now she is one of our ICSP members. Through ICSP, she hopes she can make a bridge between OSU community and Korean culture and enhance the awareness of cultural diversity on campus.
Sangmi Park is from Seoul, Republic of Korea. She has been experiencing various educational systems; she went Korean, Thai, and American schools. After finishing her high school in The American School of Bangkok, Thailand, she decided to study in the U.S. It’s because she liked the American educational system which respects each student’s individuality and encourages students to be more cooperative and creative. She also believes that being able to encounter diverse cultures from all around the world is another benefit of studying in the U.S. From September, 2016, she starts her junior year majoring in Accounting and Finance at Oregon State University. She takes pride in having been the member of ICSP student from freshman. As a member of ICSP, she had attended diverse events, which helped her to understand various cultures deeply and made friends who have different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. She hopes there will be more opportunities to meet ICSP members not only in the public event but also in person.
Vietnam | (back to top)
Linh is an international student from Vietnam. It has been 3 years since she first came to the U.S. She is working toward a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and planning to apply for pharmacy program at OSU. When having free time, Linh enjoys playing the piano and drawing. She is also a fan of outdoor activities and sports, like tennis, swimming and hiking. She is very excited to be a part of ICSP to share her own experience as an international students and Vietnamese culture as well as making new friends and learning new things from others.
Thi Ho is from Daklak province, a highland of Vietnam. She traveled to the US three years ago to follow her dream of becoming a good doctor. She comes to OSU to obtain her bachelor degree in Biology. Hiking and biking are her favorites in free time. Besides that, she loves food and likes to introduce Vietnamese dishes to friends. Through ICSP, she hopes to share the values of Vietnamese traditions and learn more from other cultures around the world.
Tuong was born and raised in Sai Gon, Vietnam. She attended Portland Community College (PCC) for two years before transferring to OSU. She is currently a Student Program Assistant for Community and Leadership Development at OSU. She coordinates late night programs, which help build community for students living in residence halls. She is a junior in mechanical engineering. Besides her passion for engineering, she enjoys traveling and exploring new cultures. Tuong has been a part of the ICSP program since she came to OSU in 2015. Through ICSP program, she would like to help others understand better Vietnam’s culture and diversity while learning about other cultures. She is excited for another year of being a cultural ambassador to the OSU and Corvallis community.