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What is the OGA 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

Syndra Feng

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!


Misaki Seto in front of the W statue on the UW Tacoma campus

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.


Arabic Language Faciliator 

Maryam Al Darraji

Name: Maryam Al Darraji


Intended Graduation Quarter: Spring 2021

I am a sophomore who plans on studying Biomedical Sciences at UW Tacoma. I lived in Iraq until I was 9 years old before moving to Jordan for several years. I then I came here as a refugee in 2014. When I first came to the U.S., there were people who pushed me to be who I am as a strong woman that fights for her dreams. And I want to be that person that lights up the darkness of someone’s life, and give back to those who’ve helped me.

I recognize that each person's life story is unique, making their experiences a valuable way to learn about the world. An important part about my culture is how our friends and family gather together at the end of the day. Even when we are tired, we still spend the night together by each other sides through sadness and happiness. I strive to be a representative for my culture to educate others on Middle Eastern people, and to address the incorrect portrayal of our culture in the media. I want to offer support for anyone who has questions or just needs someone to talk to.

I am a fluent speaker in Arabic and its different pronunciations, and have been learning Turkish as well. When I teach Arabic, I focus on creating an immersive environment where I work with participants as they practice. I look for ways to fuel their passion for learning a new language, and strive to work with them one-on-one whenever possible. I enjoy teaching others because I want to provide others with an opportunity to experience another culture.

My goal is to study abroad in different countries to learn about how different cultures practice medicine. I want to experience as much as possible so I can improve medical care in my home country, and places throughout the world.

I would love to be a peer mentor, and welcome any questions people may have.







Taylor Steedman in front of the London Bridge

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. 

An Nguyen









Name: An Nguyen


Intended Graduation Quarter: Spring 2019

I am a senior and am majoring in Global Studies. I lived in Vietnam until I was ten-years-old when my family moved to the United States. My experience growing up in two different cultures prompted my curiosity about that world. I followed that curiosity and participated in two study abroad programs through UW Tacoma. I was in Taiwan and China over the summer and South Korea for the 2018 Fall quarter. Other than studying abroad, I also did my own traveling through Vietnam and Cambodia.

I love being involved with our diverse community, to learn about different cultures even when I am not traveling. That is why I am currently an officer for the Filipino-American Student Association and I am also a part of the Global Ambassadors program through the Office of Global Affairs. Since traveling is a big passion of mine, I try my best to make use of every opportunity that is thrown my way. Even after I graduate, my goal is to take part in an international fellowship that will allow me to explore the world. I want to study different languages so that I can communicate with people from all walks of life and listen to their stories.

Being a Global Affairs Fellow is the perfect position and platform for me to help those with similar interests and passion that I have. This position will also allow me to be more involved with the campus and the Global Affairs Office that offers so many great studystudying abroad programs for students. I absolutely enjoy talking to people about traveling and sharing my experiences abroad. So if you have any questions, or want to simply talk about traveling abroad, come visit me at the Global Affairs Office!

Korean Language Facilitator 

Grace Kim









Name: Grace Kim


Intended Graduation Quarter: Spring 2021

This is my second year at UW Tacoma, now deciding to major in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Nonprofit Studies. I am a Korean American, born and raised in Spokane, Washington. Growing up in and travelling to areas of little diversity in both sides of my cultures, along with a high school STEM and space program that gave me the chance to experience diversity, friendships, and leadership, brought me to the West Coast of Washington for a chance to experience global engagement. I am so grateful to have found such opportunities and a community of family-like friends and mentors.

I learned the Korean language and culture through my family and English through public schooling. I also attended a Korean language school for 12 years and volunteered as a tutor for beginner to intermediate leveled students for 4 years. I decided to give teaching a try again to work on my communication skills and help the UWT community in a way I could. Now coming to a year of offering these Korean lessons, I plan to continue offering and improving on them for long as I can.

Ways of carrying out these lessons and their times or days are subject to change each quarter, but my main priority for each remain the same: offering a chance for any student of any level to learn or receive help in learning the Korean language and culture. However, I do plan on catering to both beginners and now a growing number of intermediate students I was previously tutoring: one day a week for beginners and another other day for intermediate students. For updates and any questions feel free to email me.


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