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Global Monarch Club

"Connect Globally, Engage Locally"


Mission

The Global Monarch Club (GMC) connects globally and engages locally to create an inclusive community. The mission is to promote diversity and enhance intercultural understanding amongst the ODU community through a global mentorship program.

Goals

  • Provide opportunities for intercultural learning and engagement from a global perspective
  • Enhance students' well-being, development, sense of belonging, and success through a mentorship program
  • Support international students in their transition to the academic environment at ODU
  • Strengthen faculty and staff connection with international and domestic students

Why Join?

  • Interact, network, and establish meaningful friendships with fellow ODU members from around the world
  • Broaden and enhance intercultural understanding from a global perspective
  • Contribute to building an inclusive community at ODU
  • Strengthen your resume and experience as a global citizen for today's global market



GMC Mentor


GMC Mentee




Fall 2021 Mentors

Faculty/ Staff

Aaron Karp

Aaron Karp

Keesha Lewis

Keesha Lewis

Tim Grothaus

Tim Grothaus

Sharan Asundi

Sharan Asundi

Tyler Miller-Gordon

not set

Frank Scaringello

Frank Scaringello

Students

Hannah (Minghui) Hou
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Higher Education

"I am always passionate about the internationalization of higher education and building a welcoming and supportive environment for both international and domestic students."

Pettie Perkins
  • Country of Origin: United States (Texas)
  • Program of Study: Master in Parks and Recreation & Applied Linguistics

"I love to write, read and create. I enjoy assisting other students with any need and especially being a shoulder to cry on or an ear for listening."

Alfonso Macias Tapia
  • Country of Origin: Mexico
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Oceanography

"One of the main reasons for me to study abroad was to learn more about other cultures. Now, I want to use my experience to help other students navigate this cultural and academic adventure."

Annalisa Negri
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Program of Study: Master in Business Administration

"As an international student, I have experienced the struggle of getting involved in a new community with different habits and cultural backgrounds. I'm happy to be a GMC Mentor because I can help new students like me with their transition in the USA and to create the best memories at Old Dominion University."

Hasika Wickrama Senevirathne
  • Country of Origin: Sri Lanka
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Computational and Applied Mathematics (Statistics Concentration)

"I love to embrace different cultures through connecting with others, experience what it's like to be a part of a community other than mine and create great memories. I want to contribute my time and efforts to build a supportive environment for local and international students."

Hamza Mohammed, Past President (‘19-‘20)
  • Country of Origin: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Program of Study: Master in Engineering Managment

"My goal is to help international students be more engaged in campus life, Also American students to be more aware of the international community at Old Dominion University."

Jem Baldisimo
  • Country of Origin: Philippines
  • Program of Study:Doctorate in Ecological Sciences

"I am an avid traveler who loves the outdoors, food & culture. Being a GMC mentor has allowed me to learn about other cultures & share my Filipino heritage & culture through connecting with Monarchs and the greater Hampton Roads community."

Julius Clark
  • Country of Origin: United States (Washington)
  • Program of Study: B.S. Psychology, Minors in Children's Rights

" My goal as a mentor is to mutually learn about another's culture while also expanding my perspective"

Kiaja Murray
  • Country of Origin: Leesburg, Virginia.
  • Program of Study: Criminal Justice and Sociology.

"I joined GMC to meet new people and experience more cultures."

Saige Hill
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Program of Study: Master in Public Administration & Policy

"I'm excited to be a part of GMC because although I'm from the US, I've lived abroad, and I love to travel and learn new things about other cultures."

Mitya Gull
  • Country of Origin: Pakistan
  • Program of Study: Criminal Justice and Sociology

" I am excited to help foreign students navigate their way throughout the college experience in the United States and the States in general."

Sabrina Boisvert
  • Country of Origin: Quebec, Canada
  • Program of Study: Master in Business Administration

"I am passionate about other cultures, languages, and ways of living. I eardrop people everywhere when they speak other languages because it fascinates me. I enjoy sports such as running and biking, reading, and learning new things. I love to help whenever I can, and whoever I can, and my "door" is always open! "

Saniya Moinuddin
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Program of Study: Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering

"GMC has proven to be a very diverse part of my university experience. I've met people from across the world and learnt about so many things which is why I wish to continue this diverse learning and growing experience!"

Shuree Altantsetseg
  • Country of Origin: Mongolia
  • Program of Study: Master in Instructional Design and Technology

"I believe GMC is the perfect place to become an authentic global citizen and contribute to creating this environment."

Stephanie Jones
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Program of Study: PHD in International Studies

"I'm a Graduate Assistant for the department of Asian Studies, and love to learn about different cultures around the world. Being a mentor gives an opportunity to make new friendships, and see the world from many different perspectives."

Sofia Calicchio
  • Country of Origin: Italy
  • Program of Study: Master in International Studies

"I am super excited to start my mentoring journey with GMC to help new international students love ODU as much as I do. I look forward to making new friends and to build a network of people willing to help each other no matter what."



Spring 2021 Mentors

Ren-Neasha Blake, President 2020-2021
  • Country of Origin: Jamaica
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Public Administration and Policy

"I like that I get to share my Jamaican culture and learn about various cultures. This opportunity opens the doors to spread love, happiness, and positive vibes across borders."

Saige Hill
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Program of Study: Master in Public Administration & Policy

"I'm excited to be a part of GMC because although I'm from the US, I've lived abroad, and I love to travel and learn new things about other cultures."

Norah Alshayhan, Secretary
  • Country of Origin: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Public Administration & Policy

"I am excited for being a member of GMC Executive Board to learn and discover different cultures."

Xavier-Lewis, Liaison for the Graduate School
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Engineering

"I am a Graduate Administrative Assistant for Old Dominion University's Graduate School and I'm happy to assist GMC as a resource for questions and concerns of current and aspiring graduate students."

Chun'tia Hollie
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Program of Study: Bachelor in Psychology

"I am thankful to join GMC as I am ambitious about understanding heritages different than mine. It is my ultimate goal to help create a world more inclusive of [all] people."

Gbadebo Odularu
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Community Health

"I am a health systems researcher who is passionate about conducting high-quality analysis on sustainable/inclusive development policy issues focusing on [a range of topics affecting community health]."

Hannah (Minghui) Hou
  • Country of Origin: China
  • Program of Study: Doctorate in Higher Education

"I am always passionate about the internationalization of higher education and building a welcoming and supportive environment for both international and domestic students."

Jem Baldisimo
  • Country of Origin: Philippines
  • Program of Study:Doctorate in Ecological Sciences

"I am an avid traveler who loves the outdoors, food & culture. Being a GMC mentor has allowed me to learn about other cultures & share my Filipino heritage & culture through connecting with Monarchs and the greater Hampton Roads community."

Jennifer Duarte
  • Country of Origin: Colombia
  • Program of Study: Bachelor in European International Business

"I am a passionate world traveler that loves to learn about new cultures and customs. I want to apply my knowledge in GMC to help international students feel more engaged and welcome here at Old Dominion University."

NaSaundra Williams
  • Country of Origin: United States (Virginia)
  • Program of Study: Master in Public Administration

"I am passionate about bridging the cultural barriers that international students may face while integrating with American society. I love learning about different cultures food, music, fashion and social activities."

Nicole Feaster
  • Country of Origin: United States/France
  • Program of Study: Bachelor in Health Sciences

"Growing up as a global citizen I love to learn about other cultures and their traditions. In addition to spending my day in the books being a pre-med student, I love to cook and play golf."

Pettie Perkins
  • Country of Origin: United States (Texas)
  • Program of Study: Master in Parks and Recreation & Applied Linguistics

"I love to write, read and create. I enjoy assisting other students with any need and especially being a shoulder to cry on or an ear for listening."

Saniya Moinuddin
  • Country of Origin: India
  • Program of Study: Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering

"GMC has proven to be a very diverse part of my university experience. I've met people from across the world and learnt about so many things which is why I wish to continue this diverse learning and growing experience!"

Stephanie Trusty
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Program of Study: Bachelor in Computer Science

"I really enjoy learning more about my fellow Monarchs and the world in general. Whether we're sharing words, food, or laughter, there are so many ways we can bond and connect with one another"

Teresa Nguyen
  • Country of Origin: Vietnam
  • Program of Study: BS in Business Administration, Business Analytics and Finance

"I'm happy to be a part a GMC mentor so that I can see new faces, understand different perspectives, and create great memories. I hope to share and expand my love of travel and cooking through others, and inspire a better culture of inclusivity for all of us to share"

Hamza Mohammed, Past President (‘19-‘20)
  • Country of Origin: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Program of Study: Master in Engineering Managment

"My goal is to help international students be more engaged in campus life, Also American students to be more aware of the international community at Old Dominion University."


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