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 

rachel collazo


Rachel Collazo, Class of 2009

Rachel graduated with a B.A. in media and communications in 2009. She moved abroad to London in 2014 to pursue her masters degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University. During her time abroad, Rachel has experienced different cultures, food, history and has traveled to many countries.


gabriela riguad


Gabriela Rigaud, Class of 2018

Gabriela studied abroad in Florence, Italy in the summer of 2016. She participated in a 6-week program that incorporated business, culinary and Italian culture courses. "After traveling I've gained confidence, was able to adapt to different cultures and ways of life, and have gained a new perspective."


Mark Lane-Holbert


Mark Lane-Holbert, Class of 2017

Mark completed his Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics in 2017. Throughout his college career, he had the opportunity to travel extensively through scholarships and the Peace Corps. "All of these experiences have provided me with perspectives I would never otherwise have gained in the US on a traditional career path."



Eugenia Vomvoridi, Associate Professor

Eugenia is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education and the undergraduate mathematics program coordinator at USF. She has always made equity and social justice a priority in research, teaching, and service. She has been identified as being among the leading experts in the U.S. on CRMTE. 

manisha joshi


Manisha Joshi, Associate Professor 

Manisha is an Associate Professor with the School of Social Work in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa. In collaboration with Dr. Carrion, she launched a 6-credit study abroad program to India in 2014, the first program of its kind for the School of social work.




Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman, Associate Professor

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Sociology at USF. In the summer of 2013, She organized her first study abroad trip with students to Bahia, Brazil. "What is truly the most gratifying about the USF in Brazil program is the impact that it has had on students in the U.S. AND Brazil. USF students who have participated in the program have gone on to participate in the Peace Corps and the U.S. Foreign Service program.


lauren shumate


Lauren Shumate, Class of 2010

Lauren graduated from USF with a BA in Criminology and a minor in Political Science in 2010. She also earned a MA from USF in Political Science in 2014. In addition, Lauren also graduated with a JD from Notre Dame Law School in 2017. Needless to say, Lauren has a passion for lifelong learning.





Carnot Nelson, Professor Emeritus

After 47 years as a professor, Carnot retired from the University of South Florida’s Department of Psychology in 2006. Following his retirement, he was selected to become a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Hacettepe University in Ankara Turkey. “While in Turkey I developed research focusing on cross-national differences in leadership and emotional labor with colleagues and students in both Turkey and the US.” 



Darlene DeMarie, Professor

Darlene DeMarie is a College of Education faculty member. In February 2014, she was named USF’s Fulbright Faculty Advisor. Under her leadership, USF has been a top producer of faculty Fulbrights every year. Darlene received USF’s Global Achievement Award for Outstanding System Leadership in 2017. Her Fulbright CORE Scholar Award at the University of Limpopo (South Africa; 2007-2009) resulted in the co-creation of the University of Limpopo’s Child Development Center (DeMarie&Cherian, 2012). 

Priscilla Luong


Priscilla Luong, Class of 2017

Priscilla graduated from USF with a BS in finance and a minor in economics. In the summer of 2016, she completed a short-term 2-week study abroad with a program called Business in Europe, which was based in the USF St. Pete campus. “My advice for students considering studying abroad is to just do it. If you don’t do it, you may never know the impact it would’ve had on you.”




Fernando Zamora Cruz, Class of 2020

Fernando is studying civil engineering and recently started his junior year at USF. He participated in a study abroad STEM program at Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia in the summer 2018. “My time abroad was an amazing experience. I learned a lot about Colombia and it’s culture. I got the opportunity to meet plenty of awesome people who when out of their way just to make sure my experience in Colombia was the best.” 




Bisma Balouch, Class of 2019

Bisma is pursuing dual majors in Finance and Business Analytics and Information Systems. Originally from Pakistan, she came to USF through INTO in August of 2015. She was the first female in her family to get an education in the United States. “I’m glad I came to USF because it opened countless opportunities for me, provided me support through resources on campus and amazing people (staff and faculty) who always make USF feel like home.” 



Drithi Iyer, Class of 2018

Drithi graduated from USF this past May with a bachelor’s degree in Business Analytics and Information Systems. She moved to Florida from Dubai, UAE in 2014 to enroll at the Muma College of Business. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Panama City, Panama in May 2016. “I think my study abroad trip in Panama broadened my way of thinking by experiencing a different culture firsthand."


Wei Yang 

Wei Yang Yap, Class of 2019

Wei Yang is pursuing two bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Spanish. In Fall 2015, he participated in the iBuddy program, which promotes diversity and acceptance of different cultures. “The program taught me a lot about people from other countries. I was paired up with students from all over the world and we would attend activities together.” Soon after joining, Wei Yang was appointed the International Outreach Coordinator where he helped plan and facilitate events.


angelica nguyen


Angelica Nguyen, Class of 2020

Angelica is a student of the Muma College of Business double majoring in Finance and Business Analytics and Information Systems. During the summer before her sophomore year, she participated in a service abroad trip through a Geographical Perspective Honors College course. She traveled to Peru where she worked through various projects including potato harvesting, traditional weaving, cooking Peruvian food, and making tea bags from medicinal plants all while learning about Peru’s rich culture and land.