Interested in being a Global Fellow?

Interested in being a Global Fellow? Contact Jingwen Yan at jyan@brandeis.edu for more information on applying for the 2018-2019 academic year!

Meet your Global Fellows!

Global Fellows are student leaders who view Brandeis University as a global campus and are enthusiastic about promoting international education, the integration of international and domestic students, and awareness of global issues through our annual I Am Global Week. Global Fellows may have taken a course on global issues, studied another language at Brandeis, studied abroad for a semester or summer, taught English, be an international student, or just have an affinity for engaging others in global perspectives.

The 2018-2019 Global Fellows are:


Nancy Zhai       Class of 2022

Country: China

Major: Undeclared

Nancy is a freshman planning to double-major in Mathematics and Business. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, but moved to America 2 years ago and now calls Massachusetts her second home. She is beyond thankful for her international transition because it shaped her as who she is today. Nancy volunteered at Newton-Wellesley Hospital during high school where she played the piano and helped in the cafeteria. At Brandeis, she continues her volunteer journey with Waltham Group. She participates in Habitat for Humanity, General Tutoring and LEAP, and is also a committee member in the Student Union. As a beneficiary of international education, Nancy is excited to become a Global Fellow and happy to learn from various cultures at Brandeis. She believes it is our diversity that makes us flourish on campus, in our community and throughout the world.


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Juan Bordon       Class of 2022

Country: Paraguay

Major: Undeclared

Juan has come all the way up from a country in South America called Paraguay. Before coming to Brandeis, he had never been abroad. Therefore, this is his first time overseas. He speaks 3 languages and he is currently going for his 4th now by taking Italian classes at Brandeis. He likes to work with different organizations and get involved with anything that has to do with music for fun. Community service has been part of his life since his days back in his hometown. Juan has worked with more than 20 different NGOs. Last summer, he was an intern at EducationUSA in Paraguay drawing from his own experience of applying to institutions abroad to help other students be successful in applying to universities in the U.S.

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Jingman Li       Class of 2021

Country: China

Major: Undeclared

Jingman is from Hangzhou, China. She is so proud of her country and identity that she would like to spread the culture to everyone else. At the same time, she is very excited to learn about different cultures from different nations. She is passionate to become a Global Fellow, as she always wants to contribute to the internationalization of  Brandeis. She also participates in the Equestrian club, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Brandeis Achievers, and Service Without Borders. She is eager to promote cultural exchange and connect Brandeis as a whole.

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Jawad Zawulistani       Class of 2019

Country: Afghanistan

Program: MA Conflict Resolution and Coexistence

Jawad Zawulistani is pursuing a master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University through a Fulbright scholarship. He also serves as Director of Communication with the Bamyan Foundation, a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to promoting and providing support to at-risk populations in Afghanistan in key areas of education, healthcare, women empowerment, community development and youth programs. Jawad worked at the Afghanistan Human Rights and Democracy Organization where he led a team who implemented the first regionally cross-cutting project to address ethnic conflict at the grassroots level in Afghanistan. He also worked as a journalist and translator with leading Afghan media, focusing on topics of conflict, peace and security, and helped victims of war overcome their traumas and share their stories of loss and resilience with the broader public. He is interested in promoting youth-led peace initiatives, fostering dialogue, understanding and empowering both youth and war victims to make meaningful societal contributions and advocating for justice. He completed his secondary education school in an open-space high school in Daikundi in the central highlands of Afghanistan and earned a BA in English Language and Literature from Kabul University in December 2014.

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Javaid Sofi       Class of 2020

Country: India

Major: Sustainable Development and Policy Management

Javaid is a management consultant who has worked in a diverse group of industries, ranging from social entrepreneurship to innovative financial modelling to sustainable development. He graduated from Kashmir University with MBA in financial management but soon realized helping rich people getting richer was not his calling. In his spare time he enjoys watching soccer and debating policy analysts how can we make world a better place.  
 
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Jiaao Gong       Class of 2021

Country: China

Major: Undeclared

Jiaao was born and raised in Changsha, China. She is proud of the rich cultural heritage of her hometown and eager to let people know more about it. She enjoys good spicy foods because where she came from spicy foods are crucial to every day meals. She has many hobbies, including piano, ballroom, and cooking. Traveling is also something that she likes to do in her free time and she has been to 10 different countries. Business and Computer Science are what she wants to major in and she is fascinated by how deeply technology has shaped finance and will continue to do so in the future.

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Jiahui Hou       Class of 2019

Country: China

Major: Economics and International & Global Studies

Jiahui loves the idea of volunteer tourism where you can volunteer and travel at the same time. Instead of simply having a tour of those top sites, you get a chance to experience local life while volunteering. Thanks to Brandeis Waltham Group, Jiahui got a chance to volunteer without borders. She has been to different places all over the world in the past two years, including cities in  Southeast Asia, East Asia, Europe, America, and Central America. Additionally, She enjoys hearing people’s stories from diverse backgrounds and cultures and thinks that really helps her build up her global perspective and mindset.

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Martins Francis       Class of 2019

Country : Nigeria

Program: MS Global Health Policy and Management

Martins was born and raised in Sokoto state, Nigeria. Prior to admission at Brandeis, he was an HR assistant at Access Bank Nigeria where he learned to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people. He is an interesting person that loves to meet new people regardless of where they are from. He loves to help others as it gives him joy to see them happy. He is excited about the opportunity to be a Global Fellow as it will enable him mingle with people of different cultures.

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Leah Fernandez       Class of 2022

Country: United States of America

Major: Undeclared

Leah is a Filipino American raised in Singapore. She attended United World College South East Asia and is a Davis Scholar here at Brandeis. As part of the UWC community, she learned the importance of international and intercultural understanding in building a more sustainable future. During her Gap Year, she worked in Singapore, at the Centre for Population Health Sciences (CePHaS), in the Philippines, at an NGO formed to prevent and respond to the abuse and exploitation of children and in Hong Kong at a global philanthropy organization focused on at-risk youth in emerging market countries. This gave her the opportunity to meet, learn from and work for people from different places with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Strengthening her view of the importance of sharing and learning from different cultures. At Brandeis, Leah is interested in both Psychology and Computer Science.

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Baihe Yuan       Class of 2022

Country: China

Major: Undeclared

Baihe is from China. She attended international high school in Beijing, and came to the U.S. to study in college. She is passionate about promoting the communication betweenstudents from different cultural backgrounds and learning about their cultures. Also, she is willing and passionate about helping international students to getinvolved in the Brandeis community.

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Angesom Teklu    Class of 2019

Country: Eritrea

Program: MA Sustainable International Development

Angesom is from Eritrea, a beautiful country in Eastern Africa. He is a 2nd year graduate student at the Heller School here at Brandeis University studying Sustainable International Development. Currently he is a Teaching Assistant for two graduate courses in Digital Media for Community Development and Comparative Approaches in Global Inequality. Angesom is also the 2019 Campus Director for the Hult Prize competition at Brandeis. During his free time, he loves to be as active as possible. He is always down to play any sports, go hiking, or even just head downtown to grab some coffee and talk!

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Mina Yousefi    Class of 2019

Country: Iran

Program: MA Sustainable International Development


Mina Yousefi is an Iranian social change maker. Over the last ten years she has made contributions to social change through non-profit volunteerism and journalism for social good. Currently, she is pursing her Masters degree in Sustainable International Development at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. She strongly believes that it is essential to engage and raise mass awareness for sustainable community transformation.