Global Ties Mentor PROFILES 2022-2023

The Global Ties program is committed to welcoming our new undergraduate international students in Pitt’s campus community and fostering a true sense of belonging and support. Global Ties was created to cultivate a more inclusive campus for undergraduate international students in a manner that is relevant and specific to their needs. Along with the Office of Inclusion & Belonging, Global Ties aims to facilitate the holistic learning and development of the University of Pittsburgh community by providing opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to deepen their cultural awareness and understanding. In addition, Global Ties is committed to the development of global leadership and a strong sense of civic responsibility. 


The Global Ties Mentors for 2022-2023.

Karen Wang, Lead Global Ties Mentor
National Identity: United States, China| Languages: English, Mandarin (conversational) | Major: Nursing| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): N/A| Clubs/Student Organizations: Eat@Pitt, Student Nurse Internship

Hi everyone, welcome to Pitt! My name’s Karen, I’m a senior nursing major and a domestic student from New Jersey. I was born and raised in the U.S. while my parents are immigrants from Chongqing and Wuhan, China. Even though I grew up only 6 hours away from Pitt, when I first moved to campus, I still remember the mix of emotions I felt: excited but nervous, ready for independence but surprisingly homesick. While my transition to life at Pitt had its rough moments, your adjustment might be much smoother, or challenging in different ways. Whatever your case may be and however you may feel right now, just know that all of us at Global Ties are here for you. I’ve loved my time at Pitt and the city of Pittsburgh not just for the beautiful views, cool parks, and authentic immigrant owned restaurants I’ve discovered, but for the people I’ve met and friends I’ve made. I hope you have an amazing experience here as well, and so if you ever want to talk to someone, listen to music (I especially love r&b and rap) or hang out, I’d love to show you some of my favorite spots. See you soon and welcome again! 

Xiaoxi (Amy) Qi, Lead Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers | National Identity(ies): China | Language(s): Mandarin Chinese, English, Japanese (intermediate), Korean (beginner) | Major(s): Psychology, Anthropology | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Applied Statistics Minor |Club(s): Pitt Psychology club, Psi Chi Pitt

Hello everyone! Welcome to Pitt! My name is Amy (Xiaoxi) Qi, a Senior double-major in Psychology and Anthropology with a minor in Statistics. I have a huge interest in learning foreign languages and cultures, so aside from English and Mandarin Chinese, I can also understand some Japanese and Korean. I originally came from Beijing, China, and I’ve been studying in the US for only the past three years. Therefore, I believe many of you are more expert in life in the States than I am! However, college means a brand new start and tons of new things waiting for you to explore. My time at Pitt have been wonderful. The diversity on campus allowed me to learn so much about people from different backgrounds, and the inclusive atmosphere here ensures everyone finds their suitable place. As this is my third year being a GTM, I can’t wait to know all of you. I will try my best to assist you in enjoying your time at Pitt to the fullest! Please feel free to reach out to me if you are confused with schoolwork, need someone to talk to, or just want to hang out!

Tran Vi, Global Ties Mentor
National identity(ies): Vietnamese | Pronouns: She/Her/Hers| Languages: Vietnamese, English| Major(s): Marketing| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Chinese| Clubs: Vietnamese Student Assocation

Hi guys! My name is Tran. I’m a rising senior majoring in Marketing with a minor in Chinese. I love traveling and trying different types of foods. Before coming to Pitt, I had lived in Texas for three years. Now that I study at Pitt, besides Danang, Vietnam, Texas has become my second home, and I always look forward to flying back there and spending time with my friends for the holidays. In my spare time, I’d read and draw. Even though I’m not so good at drawing, I can relieve all the stress from school into a creative form of art that I love. On the other hand, reading helps broaden my horizon. Books are one of the best resources that I turn to whenever I feel overwhelmed and lost! 

Abby Lombardi, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: she/her/hers | National Identity(ies): United States | Language(s): English, Korean | Major(s): Media and Professional Communications | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Asian Studies, Linguistics, Korean | Club(s): Daehwa Korean Conversation Club, Liberty in North Korea, English Language Institute volunteer

Hello everyone! My name is Abby. I’m a senior at Pitt and majoring in Media & Professional Communications. This will be my third year as a GTM. I am a native speaker of English and highly proficient in Korean, which I started learning when I was 12 years old. Recently, I have started to study Mandarin Chinese again too. During my free time, I love to watch Korean and Chinese dramas as well as Bollywood movies. Please send me your recommendations! I am currently living in Seoul because I have been studying abroad at Yonsei University this year. I am looking forward to reuniting with the Global Ties family soon. I know that studying abroad can be hard sometimes, so I hope to help you all find meaningful connections within the Pitt community. For example, I made some of my best friends by joining the Daehwa Korean Conversation Club during my freshmen year. Pitt offers endless opportunities to become connected with the diverse student population. If you have any questions or problems, big or small, feel free to contact me anytime. I can’t wait to meet you all at Pitt! 

Maria De Carvalho, Global Ties Mentor
She, her| National identity: Brazil| Languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French | Major(s): Political Science and International and Area Studies | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): French minor, Western European Studies Certificate | Clubs: Latinx Student Association

Hi everyone! Welcome to Pitt! My name is Maria, I am a rising junior at Pitt majoring in Political Science and this will be my second year as a Global Ties Mentor. I am an international student from the Brazilian Amazon living in the U.S for almost 7 years. Over these years, experiencing a diverse and international scene in school was what helped me the most to adapt to a new here in the U.S; it allowed me to learn new languages, connect with other cultures, and most importantly, make very special friends. Coming to Pitt, I decided to join the Latinx Student Association to try to have a little bit of home in a new environment. Two years later, LSA is now one of my favorite parts of student life! I chose to be a GTM mentor because I understand the importance of being surrounded with people from multiple backgrounds and I wanted to continue be a part of a community that values diversity as much as I do. I hope to give you all the help and support you need to find your place at Pitt, so please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, if you want to explore the city, or if you are just looking for a friend! Hope to meet you all soon! 

Anthony Zhu, Global Ties Mentor
He, Him, His| National identity: United States, China| Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese| Major(s): Biological Sciences | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Chemistry minor; Sustainability certificate| Clubs: Chinese American Student Association

Welcome to Pitt! My name is Anthony, and I am a rising senior majoring in Biological Sciences. I am from Irvine, California, and I mostly play basketball, listen to music, and read books in my free time. My favorite music genres are pop and hip-hop, and I read self-help books. Aside from music and books, I also enjoy admiring and taking pictures of plants and insects. One of my favorite places to go in Pittsburgh is the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. There are so many awesome things to see like fossils, minerals, ancient historical artifact, etc. I can promise you that it will be a fun experience. As an out-of-state student, I was able to find a sense of belonging by joining clubs on campus, and there is a wide variety of clubs that you can join. This is my second year as a Global Ties mentor, and I will do my best to help you transition to Pitt. I can’t wait to meet you, and I am here to offer you my service. 

Hattie Lindey, Global Ties Mentor
She/Her| National identity(ies): United States| Languages: English| Major(s): Politics-Philosophy, Museum Studies | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): English Literature| Clubs/Student Organizations: Mock Trial, Phi Alpha Delta, Pitt to You Ambassador

Hey everyone! My name is Hattie, and I cannot wait to welcome you all to Pitt this fall. I’m a rising junior and this year will be my second year as a Global Ties Mentor. I grew up about an hour south of Pittsburgh, in a small town called Perryopolis, Pennsylvania. Growing up I spent a lot of weekends in Pittsburgh with my family, so I can definitely help with restaurant recommendations and show you some of my favorite things to do in the city! During my first year at Pitt, I was immediately struck by the sense of community the entire campus had even though most classes and events were virtual. I cannot wait for you to join this same vibrant community this fall. When I’m not in class, I enjoy baking, going to different museums around Pittsburgh, and trying new restaurants around campus. I spend way too much time shopping and could easily talk to you for hours about fashion, my favorite books, and the best and worst coffee shops in the city. I’m always here to answer any questions you may have about Pitt and cannot wait to meet you all soon! 

LingXue (Suzy) Shen, Global Ties Mentor
She, Her, hers| National Identity: China| Languages: Mandarin Chinese, English| Major(s): Nursing| Minor(s)/Certificate(s): N/A| Clubs/Student Organizations: Pitt Nursing Student Association, Asian Student Alliance, Pitt to You, Pitt Sustainability

Hi everyone and welcome to Pitt! My name is Suzy and I will be a senior this year here at Pitt. This will be my second year in Global Ties so I am super excited to meet you all! I am an international student from Wuhan, China but have spent four years of high school in the U.S. I came to Pitt for its diverse community and rigorous program. Since I’m also an international student, I want to do my best to learn about Pitt’s global community as well as to build new friendships in the future. I love art history and Pittsburgh has numerous art museums for you to visit, ranging from the Carnegie Museum of Art to the contemporary exhibitions of the Mattress Factory and Andy Warhol, you will definitely find an art style that suits your taste. I am here for you as a mentor but also as a friend, and I will try my best to alleviate the stress you may have transitioning into your college life here at Pitt. I will be here to answer your questions and concerns, but I would also love to go get bubble tea with you and just have fun exploring the city! Feel free to reach put to me anytime and I look forward to speaking with you one day! 

Danielle Obisie-Orlu, Global Ties Mentor
She, her, hers| Country of national identity: United States, South Africa, Nigeria | Languages: English, Afrikaans, French| Major(s): Political Science, International and Area Studies | o Minor(s)/Certificate(s): French, Sociology, Transatlantic Studies Certificate | Clubs: Residence Students Association, African Students Organization, Model European Union Club, European Studies Student Ambassador 

Hey everyone, I’m Danielle! I’m a senior studying Political Sciences and International & Area Studies. I’m from the US, but I’ve lived in South Africa for most of my life, so I have the experience of being both an international and domestic student. I am interested in international relations and international law, and I love learning about how different countries work together! Growing up in South Africa has been nothing short of phenomenal, and the biggest takeaway I can give to you is about Ubuntu. At its core, Ubuntu means I am because you are. It’s all about unity within diversity and the recognition that our humanity is relative to how we engage and treat those around us. Global Ties is all about creating community and making Pitt a place where you feel confident and ready to share your ideas, and talents, and use your voice to advocate for yourself. At Pitt, each voice is celebrated with the diversity it brings, so I encourage you to share your cultural experiences with pride! Some of my hobbies include writing, acting, Public Speaking, and netball, and I’m currently learning how to play the ukulele! I’m always open to answering any of your questions and making you feel at home as possible at Pitt! 

Rohan Rajiv, Global Ties Mentor
National Identity(ies): India | Pronouns: he/his/him | Language(s): English, Hindi, Malayalam | Major(s): Computational Biology | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Computer Science | Club(s): South Asian Student Association, Intramural Soccer

Hi Everyone, I’m Rohan! I’m a junior majoring in Computational Biology with a minor in Computer Science, and this will be my first year as a Global ties mentor. I’m an international student technically, but I’ve spent my life half n half split between the States and India, trying to relish the best of what both sides have given and taught me. In addition to being an international, the sense of feeling like not belonging fully to one side or another’s culture was the driving force behind me joining Global ties, with the hope that I’d find others with experiences similar to mine. I truly believe Pitt offers a platform to comfortably grow into your own skin, via unity within diversity. I’m always happy to lend an ear if you have any questions, and in person you’ll see me hanging around Pie Express around midnight at least 2 or 3 times a week. 

Maya Connors, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: she/her/hers | National Identity(ies): USA | Language(s): English | Major(s): Mechanical Engineering | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Bioengineering (maybe) | Club(s): Quo vadis, Filipino Student Association, oSTEM, Archery, Rock Climbing

Hello and welcome to Pitt!!! I’m Maya Connors, a sophomore majoring in Mechanical engineering and thinking about minoring in Bioengineering. I’m a domestic student from New Jersey and this will be my first year as a global ties mentor. A fun fact about me is that every year I try to learn a new skill, my most recent being archery and sewing and my upcoming one is boxing. In my free time I really love cooking (so feel free to give me recipe recommendations, I’d love to have someone to share food with), writing, and painting. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want someone to talk to, I’m always happy to lend an ear. I understand settling into college is hard – especially as an international student– but I hope I can help you every step of the way! 

Caleb Loughrin, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: He/Him/His | National Identity(ies): Switzerland, United States | Language(s): English, German, Swiss German, French (some) | Major(s): Philosophy (BA), Economics (BS) | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): N/A | Club(s): Philosophy Club, Behavioral Economics Club, Billiards Club, Intramural Basketball

Welcome to Pitt! My name is Caleb, and I’m a rising senior double-majoring in Philosophy and Economics. I’m so excited to get to know you and make sure that your transition to Pitt is rewarding, stress free, and fun! I’m Swiss-American, but I was born and raised in Zurich, Switzerland and had never lived in the United States until I moved here for college. I know what a huge shock it is to move to another continent and try to adjust to a new culture, social setting, and academic atmosphere. I spent 13 years at an international school where my graduating class had over 50 nationalities, so I’ve always felt most comfortable in a diverse, multicultural setting. I love getting the chance to meet new people and make sure they feel like they belong, because they do – just like you belong at Pitt! We at Global Ties can’t wait to help you discover how you’ll make the most of your time here. Personally, I’m a total foodie and am always looking to cook new recipes or try some of the amazing restaurants around Pittsburgh. When I’m not in class, you can probably find me in Nordy’s Place playing pool or in Hillman Library browsing through the weirdest books I can find – so come have a chat with me! 

Vaanishree Joshi, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: she/her/hers | National Identity(ies): India | Language(s): English, Hindi, Punjabi | Major(s): Biology & Anthropology | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Chemistry, Certificate in Conceptual foundations of Medicine | Club(s): Wellness Committee (SGB), Women in Healthcare, Harmony Pittsburgh

Hey y’all! I’m Vaani, a second-year student at Pitt and am super excited to be a first-year global ties mentor. I was born in the US but grew up in Bangalore, India and have been fortunate enough to travel to various countries and experience diverse cultures. I love all things nature and if you need someone to visit the Phipps Botanical Garden with, count me in! Pittsburgh has so much to offer, and I’ll be glad to help make this place feel like a home away from home. Moving to an entirely different continent seems daunting at first but I’m sure you’ll grow to love the people and culture at Pitt. If you need someone to go to events with or are on the lookout for study spots, feel free to reach out. I understand how it feels to juggle moving, connecting with others, and managing a hectic schedule (premed, amirite?) so please don’t hesitate to reach out! Hope you have a wonderful time at Pitt  

Nicky Chien, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: She/her/hers | National Identity(ies): Taiwan | Language(s): Mandarin Chinese and English | Major(s): Undeclared | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): N/A | Club(s): Taiwanese Student Association, Alpha Sigma Rho, Vietnamese Student Association

Hello and welcome to Pitt! My name is Nicky, and I am an international student from Taipei, Taiwan. I am a rising sophomore, and it will be my first year as a Global Ties mentor. I’m a big foodie and love traveling around. A little fun fact about me: my goal is to travel to as many states as I can! Prior to coming to Pitt, I had only visited the states once when I was little, so I was just as excited and nervous as you are if you are also not familiar with the US. I’m sure you will have an amazing college experience here. As an international student myself, I understand the struggles and cultural shocks that international students might face. But don’t worry! We are here to help you adjust to being in a new environment here at Pitt. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need some help or just want to hang out. I’m so excited to welcome you to campus and look forward to meeting y’all! 

Emeline Snook, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: she/her/hers | National Identity(ies): United States | Language(s): English | Major(s): Pharmacy | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Chemistry | Club(s): Global Medical Brigades, Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), RxPrep

Hi, everyone! My name is Emeline, and I am a second year at Pitt on the pharmacy track. This will be my first year as a Global Ties Mentor, and I am very excited to meet everyone! I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, so I know some pretty cool places to go and things to try in PA. I can definitely give lots of recommendations. When I am not in class, I enjoy traveling, finding new restaurants to try, thrifting, dancing, exploring Pittsburgh with my friends, drinking boba, skiing, baking, and playing tennis. Some of my favorite activities I was able to experience last school year in Pittsburgh include seeing an opera, seeing a symphony, going to a Pirates’ baseball game, riding the inclines, exploring museums, attending Pitt sporting events, and even seeing Bill Nye! I also love to find unique classes to take at Pitt. Last semester I took paddleboard yoga and ancient mythology and loved it! I have really enjoyed my time here at Pitt so far. I know starting college can be a challenge, but I found my home here. I hope you do too! Please feel free to reach out to me. 

Mengjie (Jenny) Sun, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | National Identity(ies): China | Language(s): Mandarin, English, Spanish (not fluent) | Major(s): Psychology & Linguistics (maybe) | Minor(s): Hispanic Language and Culture | Club(s): Pitt Psychology Club & Linguistic Club

Hello everyone! Welcome to Pitt! My name is Mengjie (Jenny), a rising junior majoring in psychology at Pitt. This is my first year as a Global Tie Mentor. I am an international student from China, but I have been studying in the United States since my sophomore high school. I know how hard it is to study abroad and get used to a whole new living and study environment, so I hope GTM can help you guys to integrate into your new life at Pitt. During my spare time, I like to watch movies, binge-watch, play with puzzles or legos, or practice my cooking and baking skills. I also like to learn other languages, so I choose to minor in Hispanic Language and Culture after spending two years learning Spanish during high school. I really enjoy my life at Pitt because there are many things you can explore around the campus, and everything is pretty easy to access. One of my favorite spots in the city is Mt. Washington because I can have the whole city skyline views when I stand on the observation decks, and the night view from Mt. Washington really reminds me of my hometown. I am looking forward to seeing you guys, and feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or just want to hang out together! 

Maryam Ismail, Global Ties Mentor
Pronouns: she/her/hers | National Identity(ies): Egypt & United States | Language(s): Arabic, English | Major(s): Neuroscience | Minor(s)/Certificate(s): Chemistry minor & Global Health Certificate | Club(s): AMSA, MSA, Badminton Club, Keep It Real

Hello Guys!! Welcome to Pittsburgh! My name is Maryam and I am so excited to be one of your GTMs for this upcoming year. Just a little bit about me, I will be entering my second-year here at Pitt and I am studying neuroscience. I was originally born in Alexandria, Egypt and I moved from there to the U.S. when I was five years old. Since then, I have lived in Tennessee, Georgia and now Pennsylvania. As a first-generation immigrant I have a lot of experience about what it is like to be an international applicant as well as a domestic student and the experience of transitioning from one to the other. I am super excited for you all to enjoy pitt as much as I do. It is a great place to learn about new cultures and identities as you meet new people. Global ties is a great place to do that as well as share your own culture and make new friends. There are lots of fun things to do around campus and in Pittsburgh, like spending time at Nordy’s or taking a short bus ride to Squirrel Hill. One of the best parts about Pitt, is there is always a great boba shop around the corner! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding Pitt, the city, academics, or if you just want to hang out. Hope to see you soon!!