GCP Student Leaders

GCP Student Leaders serve as role models for other students while pursuing the Global Citizen Award themselves.

GCP Student Leaders are expected to:
Complete all Global Citizen Award requirements during the academic year following their trip if not yet already completed

Support the Global Citizens Project during the academic year:

  • Complete GCP Student Leader training(s)
  • Maintain an active role in the GCP Student Association and assist with campus-wide GCP programming
  • Liaise between the GCP and USF students, campus partners, faculty, and community members by presenting, fundraising, and fulfilling other duties as assigned
  • Present 30 minute and 1-hour long (virtual and in-person) information sessions to Academic Foundations, English Composition, GCP certified, foreign language, and other requested courses
  • Advise/mentor other students pursuing the Global Citizen Award

Some weeks may require more hours than others, but in general GCP Student Leaders should expect to commit approximately five hours per week.

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 GCP Student Leaders!

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Amanda Higley

I am an Elementary Education major minoring in Deaf Studies and Psychology. I am a member of the Honors College as well as a member of the Herd of Thunder Marching Band. Additionally, I am involved in the Honors College Student Council, Rotaract, the SunCoast Area Teacher Training Program, Kappa Delta Pi, and Kappa Kappa Psi.

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Anthony DeSomma

I am a second-year student majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Psychology and Biomedical Physics in the 7-year BS/MD program. I am originally from Connecticut, and I have lived in Citrus County, Florida ever since I was five. I have three sisters, one of which is my twin. My hobbies include traveling, skiing, and trying new foods from other cultures.

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Aria Walker

My name is Aria Walker. I am a junior majoring in Public Health. I am originally from Coral Springs, Florida. My favorite color is orange, and my favorite season is Spring. I love to see the flowers blooming.

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Brianna Detamore

I am a 2nd year Communication & Sciences Disorders major with a minor in Applied Behavior Analysis. I currently work with children on the autism spectrum through my part-time job as a Registered Behavior Technician. To me, being a Global Citizen means to be a person who wants to learn about various cultures and become more aware of the events happening around the world. I am super excited to serve as a GCP Student Leader for the 2020-2021 school year.

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Carly Durgin

I am graduating Spring 2021 with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Health Sciences major with a minor in Chemistry! I am currently the President of Doctors Without Borders USF Student Chapter & the Vice President of GIVE @ USF - both organizations branching into my passion for humanitarianism. I will be doing the Teach for America NYC Corps in Fall of 2021 & hopefully be attending medical school in the future.

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Eduarda Gaige Azoliz

I am a senior at USF majoring in Global Business with a concentration in Finance. Originally from Curitiba, Brazil. I am currently working as a financial analyst for a Wealth Management Group and I am also part of the USF SMIF. Passionate for traveling, I aspire to work at a multinational corporation.



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Gillian Olortegui

I am an International Studies major with a huge passion for traveling and seeing the world! I started working towards the GCP award my freshman year and I completed the award through an Honors Peru study abroad trip and participating in Grand Challenges Online through the University of Exeter.

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Isabel Henson

Hi! My name is Isabel Henson and I am a third-year Health Science student. I currently serve as the President of the Global Citizens Project Student Association & work for the Field Diversity and Inclusion Team for Tommy Hilfiger. To me, being a global citizen encompasses embracing diversity, entering new spaces with an open mind and heart, and actively learning from your interactions. Learning from one another's shared cultures and experiences allows for a strong union of people and communities. As a global citizen I am thankful for the connections I have made and look forward to many more! Thank you to the GCP office & staff!

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Isabella Valencia

I am a first generation college student in the United States from Colombia on the Pre-Dental track. I particularly enjoy being involved on campus. Amongst all the organization I am apart of I am a proud student activist for USF's Activists Lab. College life can be difficult but I believe everyone can make the best out of their college experience!

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Jaqueria Lacy

Hi Global Citizens! My name is Jaqueria (Ja-keer-ree-yah), and I am excited to serve as a Global Leader. I am a transfer student here to the University of South Florida, and this is my third semester in attendance. I am a Biomedical Sciences major and I am a pre-dental medicine student. I attended the Start Your Adventure Workshop in Fall of 2019, when I first arrived at USF. I was thrilled at the sound of what GCPSA stood for, and am even more thrilled to introduce those things to you!

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Jesika Amoriella

I am a junior in the Judy Genshaft Honors College pursuing concurrent degrees in Psychology and Social Work. I am currently a Research Assistant in the School of Social Work, testing an artificial intelligence technology that may be used to diagnose Post Traumatic Stress Disorder via speech and non-verbal behaviors. On campus I served as President of the Undergraduate Psychology Association, a member of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology, and work as Associate Director for Student Government’s SAFE Team. I am pursuing the Global Citizens Award and am excited to be serving as a GCP Student Leader!

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Jodie-Ann Vaz

Jamaican that loves learning about the world :)









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John Whelan

My name is John Whelan and I am excited to be part of the GCP Team this year! I am a second year student from Bradenton Florida, and I am majoring in Health Sciences. I can't wait to share my passion for travel with others!

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Kate Clarisa

A "passionately curious" individual who is committed to making a difference through public health. The ability to adapt to continuous change by applying all the wisdom I have gained. Enhancing my skills by a constant thirst for knowledge in everything I do.

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Kenya Sanchez Torres

Hello! My name is Kenya A. Sanchez Torres. I study Sociology with a minor in Global Studies in Education. I'm a proud Puerto Rican, and I'm looking forward to being more involved in this amazing project.


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Krista Cummings

Hey y'all! I'm a senior and will be going to graduate school for physical therapy. I'm the President of the Judy Genshaft Honors College Student Council and of the Women's Club Volleyball team at USF! I enjoy being with friends, going to different club meetings and reading :)


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Lila VandenBroek

Hi! My name is Lila VandenBroek and I'm a third year Public Health major and International Studies minor. My pronouns are she/her and I'm on the women's sailing team! I love learning languages and traveling so being a global citizen is a priority to me.

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Lily Jarabek

Hi my name is Lily and I am a senior here at USF! I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences and I have two minors in Infection Control and Forensic Behavioral Health. A few hobbies of mine include painting, cooking, and music! I have been a part of the Global Citizen Project since I was a freshman and I am now a student leader and couldn’t be more excited!! 

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Mae Horne

I am a Sophomore undertaking Concurrent degrees in Cell and Molecular Biology and Public Health. 




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Max Granat

Hi my name is Max Granat. I am a sophomore majoring in Cell Molecular Biology, though I am planning on switching my major to Chemical Engineering. I do not really know what I want to do after college, but I hope to travel and see the world a little. I plan on studying abroad in Japan next summer if all goes well.

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Sabrina Arancibia

Hi! My name is Sabrina, I'm a Public Health major and am in love with the way that my major can connect me with the rest of the world. Some of my interests include global health issues and learning about different languages and cultures. I aspire to work abroad implementing programs or policies to help combat a health concern or further promote equality or education.

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Taher Saifuddin Abbas

Hello, my name is Taher Saifuddin Abbas. I am a sophomore at the University of South Florida pursuing a degree in Finance and a minor in Business Analytics. On campus, I am involved in the Student Investment Club as well as the Finance Club, where I research corporate stocks and publish reports. I also just recently got hired as the Resident Assistant for the school year 2020-2021. I am multilingual, and know 7 languages. For me, I am very passionate about analyzing and solving intricate problems as well as leading tasks, a quality I wish to demonstrate as a GCP Student Leader as well!


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Veronica Leon

Hello! My name is Veronica Leon I am a junior at USF. I am majoring in Health Science with aspirations to become a Nurse Practitioner and open my own practice.


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Zachary Blair-Andrews

Hello! I'm Zach, a member of the Judy Genshaft Honors College majoring in Political Science and minoring in Public Service & Leadership. I have been involved in Student Government since my freshman year and am currently serving as the Tampa campus Lt. Governor. I am a proud member of the Order of the Golden Brahman, I have served as a Resident Assistant in Magnolia Apartments on campus, and am currently a GCP Student Leader. Go Bulls!

Samuel Marquina

I am a third year biomedical sciences student at USF. I am from Peru and I moved to Florida when I was 5. In the future, I hope to get into the field of health sciences. I also like to travel, cook, and play soccer.

Elizabeth Ramsay

Hi! My name is Elizabeth and I'm excited to serve as a student leader this year! Some of my favorite things are puzzles, game/movie nights, and sunsets on the JP parking garage :)