About Us

GCP Team

Rahi Dayerizadeh, Ph.D. (2019-Present)                                                                                              Interim Director, Global Citizens Project                                                                        Coordinator, Operation: Global Action
Office of Undergraduate Studies

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 (2014-Present)
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! During quarantine, Jessica is fiercely missing campus life, students, and the USF squirrels, but is spending more time doing crafts and learning how to use her Cricut machine. Penny also approves of this time at home.

Bruce McCollaum (2015-Present)
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.

Nazek Jawad (2020-Present)
Learning and Development Facilitator


Dr. Nazek Jawad completed her Ph.D. in Politics and International Affairs in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies at the University of South Florida (USF). She has learned the value and need for an interdisciplinary approach as she embodies this interdisciplinary background, as she earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Ph.D. in Politics and International Affairs. She has earned her degrees in different countries including Malaysia, Lebanon, and the United States of America, and through her broad experiences she has gained a global perspective. She worked as an Adjunct Professor at the Honors College and at the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies for several years, and taught various courses, including, Introduction to International Relations, Global Violence, Women in the Middle East, and The Middle East. Arabic is her mother tongue, and she is fluent in English. Dr. Jawad has always considered herself as a global citizen, living across borders, and understanding the value of cultural awareness. She is enthusiastic about working with faculty and advancing professional development to support the Global Citizens Project at USF and beyond. 

Paula Gutierrez (2019-Present)
Graduate Assistant (Global Citizen Award)


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.

Victoria Turner (2020-Present)
Graduate Assistant (Global Citizen Award)


Victoria Turner earned her B.A. In Communication Sciences and Disorders right here at the University of South Florida. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Some of her passions include travelling, reading, writing, and helping people who have lost the ability to communicate to find their voice. She is also a Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Project and has loved every moment she has spent working with this incredible program! She hopes to continue being able to guide students and help them on their journey towards receiving the Global Citizen Award. 

Mackenzie Morris (2019-Present)
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. 

Parandoosh Sadeghinia (2020-Present)
Graduate Assistant (Operation Global Action)

Parandoosh is Ph.D. candidate in the College of Education at the University of South Florida. She is getting her PhD in Curriculum Development and Instruction with the focus on Adult Education and Career Workforce. Her research interest in international education and global competency. She is a former International Exchange Student Advisor at USF World, Education Abroad. Also, she has worked as GA in USF World, Center for Strategic & Diplomatic Studies. She earned her Master in Curriculum Development and Instruction with emphasize on Adult Education and HRD from University of South Florida in 2015. She got her BA in English Language and Literature from Tehran Azad University.

Perdita Samuel-Lopez (2018-Present)
Student Assistant

Perdita is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. She wants to go to graduate school for Behavior Analysis and eventually earn her PhD. She loves painting, collects stickers, and enjoys baking. She is currently pursuing the Global Citizen Award and hopes to one day begin her journey across the world.

Siobhan Henderson (2019-Present)
Student Assistant

Siobhan is currently a senior majoring in Exceptional Student Education. She has always had a passion for education and is planning on teaching for a few years before pursuing her Master's in literacy. She hopes one day to travel abroad for research with the Fulbright program. Siobhan enjoys reading (even if it's for class), coloring for meditation, and one day hopes to have time to do yoga on a regular basis. She is also currently pursuing the Global Citizen Award and enjoys having the opportunities to interact with those from other cultures and learning all she can. 

Gustavo Ceccon (2019-Present)
Student Assistant


Gustavo is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and hopes to work in the field of sustainable energy. He has lived in the United States and in Brazil, and has had the opportunity to travel to other Latin American countries to play sports, all of which have helped him develop a global mindset. He wants to continue to visit different places to be able to learn and experience first hand the culture of others.

Former Staff: 

  • Sy-Woei Hao: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2019-2020) 
  • Dr. Jennifer Jones Lister, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Global Citizens Project (2017-2020)
  • 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, Graduate Assistant & Professional Development Specialist (2014-2019)
  • Dr. Kara Fulton, Professional Development Specialist (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?"