About Us

GCP Team

Jennifer Jones Lister, Ph.D., CCC-A
Director, Global Citizens Project
Associate Dean, Office of Undergraduate Studies
Dr. Lister earned her B.S. in Speech and Hearing Sciences and her Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of South Alabama. She is a nationally certified Audiologist, licensed by the State of Florida. Dr. Lister's research experience spans aging, hearing, speed of processing, psychophysical methods, and electroencephalography. She developed the only clinical test of auditory speed of processing that is resistant to the effects of peripheral hearing loss and language background. She has published numerous studies over the past 20 years on age-related deterioration in hearing and auditory processing and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, private foundations, and industries to document neurophysiological markers of age-related auditory processing decline. Dr. Lister is a tenured Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Rahi Dayerizadeh, Ph.D.
Professional Development Specialist

Dr Dayerizadeh

Dr. Raheleh "Rahi" Dayerizadeh earned her Doctorate in Government from USF in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies in the areas of International Relations, with a focus on social gender norms and Muslim communities in the United States. Other areas of research include post-colonial studies, Latin American Studies, feminisms, and social movements. As both an Academic Advisor and an Adjunct Professor with over a decade of experience in higher education, she brings a unique interdisciplinary perspective to Curriculum Development. Dr. Dayerizadeh has taught courses on Comparative Politics, Geoperspectives, Politics of Developing Areas, Women in the Middle East and North Africa, and Women in Development. In addition, she has studied abroad in Argentina and has helped direct and promote education abroad programs. She is well traveled, and speaks fluent Farsi, and has proficiency in Arabic, and Spanish. Her passion for global competency, drives her to inspire students and empowers them to academic success at USF and beyond.

Jessica Lauther
Student Programs Coordinator
Jessica earned a B.A. in Communication at USF and holds a Master's degree in Higher Education from FSU. She has taught Academic Foundations and spent two years in career services as a graduate student. She studied for a semester at Middlesex University in London, England and has visited (and loved!) Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, and Spain. She serves as the Alumnae Relations Advisor to Chi Omega, has a puppy named Penny, and loves getting students excited to be USF Bulls!

Bruce McCollaum
Assessment Specialist
Bruce holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics, an M.S. in Educational Research Methodology, and is a doctoral candidate in the department of Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro. Bruce has a great deal of international experience having lived 16 years abroad in Korea, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Thailand, The UK and Vietnam. Bruce has developed and managed assessments for Webster University Thailand and Qatar University.

Paula Gutierrez
Graduate Assistant (Global Citizen Award)p

Paula holds a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of South Florida. She taught in Hillsborough County for over 4 years and will be starting her Master’s program in Student Affairs. Paula enjoys watching movies, hanging out, and is always willing to try new things. She is excited to assist students in their journey to becoming global citizens.

Sy-Woei Hao
Graduate Assistant (Global Citizen Award)


Sy-Woei earned her B.A. in Psychology and B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of South Florida, with a J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Sy-Woei is currently a doctoral candidate in the department of Educational Psychology. As an advocate for cultural and diversity awareness, Sy-Woei hopes to encourage students to take a step outside of the classroom to explore the world.

Mackenzie Morris
Graduate Assistant (Operation Global Action)


Mackenzie holds a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the UCF College of Health Professions and Sciences and is currently an Audiology doctoral candidate in USF's College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. Mackenzie is interested in hearing healthcare practices around the world and is focusing her Audiology Doctoral Project on the delivery and availability discrepancies of Audiology in different countries. She is excited to bring a unique perspective to the Global Citizens Program. 

Perdita Samuel-Lopez
Student Assistant
Perdita is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. After graduate school, she plans to earn her Ph.D and become a speech-language pathologist. She is currently pursuing the Global Citizen Award and hopes to one day begin her journey across the world.

Siobhan Henderson
Student Assistantsiobhan

Siobhan is currently majoring in Early Childhood Education and plans to get her Master’s before teaching kindergarten. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, French, and anything crafting related. Siobhan hopes to one day be able to travel all over the world and learn as many languages as she can. She’s also pursuing the Global Citizen Award.


Former Staff: 

  • Katlyn Green: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2019)
  • Dr. Sommer Mitchell: Professional Development Specialist (2015-2019)
  • Waleska Santiago: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2018-2019)
  • Dr. Holly Swayne, Ph.D., Professional Development Specialist (2014-2019)
  • Dr. Kara Fulton, Professional Development Specialist for the Global Citizens Project (2015-2018)
  • Flore Septimus: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2017-2018)
  • Dr. Karla Davis-Salazar: Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Global Citizens Project (2011-2017)
  • Dr. Nicole West: Assistant Director for the Global Citizens Project (2016-2017)
  • Aleah Atatman: Student Assistant (2015-2018)
  • Mecca Burris: Graduate Assistant for GCP Marketing (2016-2017)
  • Madeline Heath: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2015-2017)
  • Sasha Litt: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2016-2017)
  • Kaniqua Robinson: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2016-2017)
  • Omar Salaam: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizens Living Learning Community (2015-2017)
  • Nadia Awaida-Nachabe: Graduate Assistant for the QEP and Global Citizen Award (2015-2017)
  • Kali Morgan: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizens LLC, Global Citizenship General Education Program, and Global Citizen Award (2013-2016)

Former Undergraduate Researchers:

  • Deeva Agravat, "How did USF undergraduate students participating in global internships and community service perceive their experiences through the lense of global competencies?"
  • Tyesha Baerga, "How do Students at the University of South Florida Describe their Study Abroad Experience?"
  • Brianna Greene, "How Undergraduate Students View Global Coursework & Internships"
  • Rachel Miller, "Global Discovery in College: How do students view global citizenship?"