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What is the Global Affairs Fellows Program?

The Office of Global Affairs is proud to offer UW Tacoma students the opportunity to serve in student leadership positions in our office. Office of Global Affairs Fellows are UW Tacoma students whose mission is to promote global learning opportunities on campus. OGA Fellows help plan, promote, and implement events and assist with international student services, supporting study abroad programs, student fellowship and award promotion. To successfully carry out these tasks, it is essential to have in-depth and experiential knowledge of study abroad, student fellowship processes, and international student transitions. If you have a questions, they have answers!  

Global Affairs Fellows

Name: Syndra Feng


Intended Graduation Quarter: Spring 2019

Hi, I am a senior student at the University of Washington Tacoma currently majoring in psychology. I lived in China for almost 15 years so I am fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. Also, because I took Japanese for two years in high school, I understand a little bit of Japanese too.

A huge part of my culture is food, I love all kinds of food. It’s very hard for me to pick my favorite one so I am just going to say sour and spicy soup because I always order it when I go to a Chinese restaurant. But if you wanted some recommendation on restaurants around the Greater Seattle area, I can definitely help.

I love making friends as well as chatting with people! Please feel free to stop by our office (GWP 102) or maybe shoot me an email if you wanted to meet and chat with me about anything! I would love to see you!


Name: Misaki Seto


Intended Graduation Quarter: Spring 2019

I am an international student from Japan, and I am a senior in Biomedical Sciences major. I have been living in Tacoma for 5 years, so Tacoma is my second hometown. If you have any questions about Tacoma area, please feel free to ask me!

I have been working with Japanese international student service company as a volunteering student for 3 years. I also have another school job position which works with urban study in UWT and I have been researching Tacoma Japanese association.

I can speak both English and Japanese, and also currently I have been studying Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese). Speaking Chinese is very hard for me, but I am able to read if it’s an easy sentence. I believe learning languages are very good methods to know other cultures. I can talk to you about Japanese culture such as food, anime, game, and old Japanese history.

Again, If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I can definitely help you.







Name: Autumn Diaz


Intended Graduation Quarter: Spring 2018
Growing up in a military family, I was very fortunate to have lived in Bitburg, Germany during middle and high school. While living in Germany, I was able to visit various European countries including France, Italy, England, the Czech Republic, and Luxembourg. In 2013, I also traveled to Cape Town, South Africa. I love South Africa and will finally be returning through the UWT Education and Urban Studies early fall exploration seminar in September 2017.   
Being a psychology major, I am extremely interested in the human condition. More specifically, across global contexts regarding economic and racial inequities. My favorite food is my grandmother’s menudo and my favorite places on earth is the top of Table Mountain in South Africa. The next place I'd like to visit is the island of Capri in Italy. My grandfather immigrated from Capri but, sadly, passed away before I was born. Therefore, I have many unanswered questions about my Italian cultural heritage.   

Name: Taylor Steedman


Intended Graduation Quarter: Spring 2020

I was motivated to apply for a position at the Office of Global Affairs because of my experience studying abroad in Brazil, and passion for making travel something that is accessible for everyone. I am currently majoring in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, with a minor in Education and Global Engagement, so this position felt like the perfect fit. 

I grew up right outside of Tacoma, but I’ve been lucky enough to see quite a bit of the world. My favorite place on Earth would have to be the tiny town of Lucca in Italy. This is where my mother’s family is from, so it was really special to walk along the same streets that my ancestors did. One of my other favorite places would have to be London, England – the view from the Eye is breathtaking! While I was in Brazil, I researched environmental movements occurring in the country and worked on a collaborative journal with other Brazilian University students. The highlights of the trip were probably visiting the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and walking through the Atlantic Forest. I also enjoyed practicing Portuguese with my host family and other locals. It was challenging to try and communicate in a language that was totally new to me, but my years studying Spanish did help a bit. 

A few of the places I’d love to visit next are Iceland, Morocco, Kenya and Greece. My goal is to teach English in Spain after graduation, so hopefully I’ll be able to travel throughout Europe and Africa while there. When I travel, I try not to have too strict of an agenda. I like to be flexible and see where the day takes me – I’ve found that this is the best way to really enjoy your time abroad. Another one of my favorite things to do while traveling is to eat, obviously. While in Italy, I took a cooking class and we made gnocchi, which is a type of pasta made with potato, flour and egg. That was one of the tastiest international meals I’ve had, but I also love brigadeiro, which is a traditional Brazilian desert. 

When I’m not working or in class, I try to go on runs in nature. I was on the cross-country team in high school, and running has become an important part of my life since then. I find that exercise helps me relax and get my creative juices flowing. When I visit a different country, I’ll often go on a long run or walk to familiarize myself with the area, even if it means I forget how to get back to where I came from. I think that sometimes you have to get a little lost, in order to find yourself. 


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