Annual Events

Global Spotlight

The Global Spotlight's objective is to humanize the globalization efforts of USF World and the University of South Florida. This initiative will shine a spotlight on any USF-affiliated individuals who embody USF World's goals of: (1) Promoting a global culture; (2) Globalizing student success; (3) Enhancing global initiatives within the university system; and (4) Deepening global engagement.

Click on the photos below to learn more about each Global Spotlight. 

To nominate an individual to be featured, fill out the Global Spotlight Nomination Form. 


Kayla Li

Kayla Li, Class of 2018

Kayla is an Education Abroad alum and will be attending the University of Oxford to obtain her MSc in clinical embryology and pursue her passion for maternal and child health.


James Muldoon

James Muldoon, Class of 2012

While at USF, James earned two bachelor degrees in computer engineering and computer science. He now works for Apple in London, UK. 


Mark Engelhardt

Mark Engelhardt, MS, MSW, ACSW

Mr. Engelhardt, full-time faculty member and research associate in the Department of Mental Health, Law and Policy, founded Education Abroad's Focus on Homelessness in the U.S., Ireland and Europe program.



Yasser Amashta

Yasser Amashta, Class of 2007

Yasser graduated from USF in 2007 with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He now resides in Colombia and works for ROCOL S.A.



Irene Rodriguez

Irene Rodriguez, Class of 2017

After studying abroad in Florence, Italy, Irene became the vice president of the GloBull Ambassadors and landed a position with Citi as a global business analyst.


Raj Patel

Raj Patel, Class of 2018

As the president of the USF Students of India Association (SIA), Raj oversaw an array of philanthropic and community outreach efforts.


Ryan Grabau

Ryan Grabau, Class of 2019

Last summer, Ryan participated in the USF Science in Florence program. One year later, he is now presenting his findings at the 2018 International Health Congress at Oxford University.


Lauren George

Lauren George, Class of 2018

While pursuing a B.S. in public health with a minor in Spanish, Lauren studied abroad several times. She plans to continue her education in the MPH program at Brown later this summer.


Javaris Herndon, Class of 2015

During his time at USF, Javaris was deeply involved on campus as well as in the community. Javaris is currently living abroad in Guyana, South America while serving in the Peace Corps as a Community Health Volunteer.


Michael Kotarinos


Michael Kotarinos, Class of 2012 & 2019

Michael completed his B.A. in Statistics in 2012 and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics with a Concentration in Statistics. He studied abroad with the Muma College of Business on Entrepreneurship at the University of Glamorgan in Wales, England.

Janelle Neary


Janelle Neary, Class of 2018

While pursuing a BA in Sociology, Janelle had the opportunity to study abroad twice, once in Summer 2015 on the USF Art and Art History in Paris program and the second last Summer in 2017 with USF in London.

Sierra Francis


Sierra Francis, Class of 2018

While pursuing her B.A. in Political Science and International Studies, Sierra had the opportunity to study abroad with the USF in Russia program. Currently, Sierra serves as a regional representative and community liaison for the State of Florida within one of their governmental offices.


Anaida Hasan


Anaida Hasan, Class of 2019

As an International student, Anaida Hassan had the opportunity to meaningfully and effectively engage with diverse people, places, events, and challenges. She will be graduating in December 2019 with her bachelor's degree in accounting.