About Us

GCP Team

 

Full time staff

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Dr. Rahi Dayerizadeh                                                                                                                
Interim Director, Global Citizens Project                                                                    Coordinator, Operation: Global Action 

Bio.

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.

 

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Dr. Nazek Jawad
Learning and Development Specialist 

Bio.

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.

 

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Ms. Jessica Auther
Student Programs Coordinator

Bio.

Jessica earned a B.A. in Communication at USF and a Master's degree in Higher Education from FSU. She has taught Academic Foundations and the Foundations of Interdisciplinary Knowledge and Inquiry course and loves working with first year students adjusting to college life. She spent two years in career services as a graduate student and enjoys career development and resume editing. Jessica is a huge supporter of study abroad after her own semester in London, England and is looking to add more countries to her scratch off map - so far 13! She has a golden retriever named Penny and loves to craft and travel when not hyping students up for global citizenship and managing the Global Citizen Award program.

Part time staff

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Parandoosh Sadeghinia 
Curriculum Development Specialist (Operation Global Action)

Bio

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.

Undergraduate assistants

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Gustavo Ceccon 
Undergraduate Assistant

Bio

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

  • Bruce McCollaum: Assessment Specialist (2015-2021) (moved to Undergraduate Studies)
  • Siobhan Henderson: Undergraduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Project (2019-2021)
  • Perdita Samuel-Lopez: Undergraduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Project (2018-2021)
  • Mackenzie Morris: Graduate Assistant for Operation Global Action (2019-2021)
  • Paula Gutierrez: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2019-2021)
  • Victoria Turner: Graduate Assistant for the Global Citizen Award (2020-2021)
  • 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?"