Looking for guidance about Athens and Ohio University? Trying to find off campus housing? Have a question best answered by a current student?
Our team of peer advisors will support you and your fellow incoming international students prior to and during orientation!
The peer advisors offer a contact for questions or concerns you may have, and support or guidance as you manage life in Athens, Ohio and begin to navigate your first semester at Ohio University.
Byan Almogbel - Off Campus Housing Coordinator
Country of Origin: Saudi Arabia
Languages I Speak: Arabic and English
What I Do: I am a doctoral student in Higher Education and Student Affairs.
About Me: I am an artist and that is a fulfilling part of my life. I like meeting new people from different cultures and sharing ideas. I also love reading and cooking.
Reedwan Habib - Arrival Coordinator
Country of Origin: Bangladesh
Languages I Speak: Bengali, English, German (elementary), Urdu (intermediate), Hindi (intermediate)
What I Do: I am pursuing my Ph.D. in Political Communication Studies. I work as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Communication Studies.
About Me: I like to explore new cultures and travel to new places. I advocate for equity.
Samuel Paul Gyamfi - ISO Email Manager
Country of Origin: Ghana
Languages I speak: English and Twi
What I Do: I am pursuing a Masters in Mathematics.
About Me: I enjoy music, talking and listening to people when I am not doing rigorous Math. I love meeting and sharing experiences with new people, cooking and trying out new recipes. I believe unique opportunities present themselves rarely and its mostly for people who are prepared for them, and so I strive to be prepared at all times.
Collins Ketere - ISSS Front Desk Lead for ISO
Country of origin: Kenya
Languages I Speak: Masai, Swahili and English
What I Do: I am a graduate student pursuing a master's degree African Studies. I also work with International Students Union as a Graduate Assistant.
- I have a diverse range of interests. I am passionate about music and enjoy listening to different genres and styles. Building relationships with others, as I value networking. I have a curiosity and appreciation for diversity and enjoy learning about new cultures. Additionally, I have a particular fondness for nyama Choma, a popular grilled meat dish in East Africa, and finally I love English Premier League Arsenal specifically.
Ava Whitaker - On Campus Housing Coordinator
Country of origin: United States
Languages I Speak: English. Conversational Spanish, Arabic, and Italian.
What I Do: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a Diversity Studies Certificate.
About Me: Although I was born in Ohio, I lived in Saudi Arabia for eight years and Italy for two years. Some of my favorite things are hanging out with friends, spending time in nature, art, music, coffee, my rescue dog Kimi...and traveling!
Hayden Kajfasz - On Campus Housing Coordinator
Country of Origin: United States
Languages I Speak: English and some Spanish
What I Do: I am an undergraduate student majoring in Biological Sciences and I hope to go to medical school to become a doctor.
About Me: I am extremely passionate about creating new friendships with those all around me. I absolutely love the outdoors and I am constantly traveling, especially to Central America. I have a deep passion for helping people whether that's being a good friend, being a good listener, and in the future, saving lives.
Country of Origin: Bangladesh
Languages I Speak: Bangla, English. I also understand and speak a little bit of Hindi and Urdu.
What I Do: I am a Ph.D. student and a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Department of Communication Studies under the Scripps College of Communication.
About Me: I love meeting new people, hanging out with friends, traveling to scenic places, being within nature, enjoying the rain with a hot cup of Bangladeshi milk tea, and spending time with my cat. I am also a henna art enthusiast.
Country of Origin: Afghanistan
Languages I Speak: I can speak Dari, Pashto, Hindi, Urdu, and English, and read and write Arabic.
What I Do: I am a second year Masters student in the Communication and Development Studies Program.
About Me: I believe in equality, respect, and diversity. I love street food, exploring the local market of different countries, and spending time and talking with Mobina Jan (My MOM).
Country of Origin: Guyana
Languages I Speak: English, French, and Spanish
What I Do: I am a graduate student in the Latin American Studies programme.
About Me: I am a teacher of modern languages. I love singing and cooking and I enjoy traveling and conversing with others.
Aazadi Fateh Muhammad
Country of Origin: Pakistan
Languages I Speak: English
What I Do: I am a PhD student in Journalism in the EW Scripps School of Journalism.
About Me: I am passionate about knowing people and cultures. I believe in having dreams and leading with hope. I find unity in diversity. I am the also the mother of two super active, naughty, and lovely kids.
Isatou Secka (Aisha)
Country of Origin: The Gambia
Languages I Speak: English, Wolof, Pularr, and Mandinka
What I Do: I am pursing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the Patton College of Education, Ohio University.
About Me: I am an educationist, women and youth development activist, and a social justice advocate. I have work experience from both private and public institutions in The Gambia in the areas of student services, human resource management, data collection, analysis and reporting. I have a strong interest in the interface between policy, planning, programming and the practice of educational transformation within the context of socio-economic development. To this end, I have been engaged in initiatives to address educational challenges in various capacities, including teaching, educational administration, coaching/ guiding and counseling of students, and educational policy development, teacher education and supervision, girls and women’s education.
Country of Origin: Bangladesh
Languages I Speak: Bangla, English
What I Do: I am currently pursuing a master's degree in Philosophy.
About Me: I like to make friends from different cultures and spend time with them. I enjoy exploring new places and eager to learn about new cultures, food and languages. I love re-watching Friends and reading Harry Potter.
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Languages I speak: Bahasa Indonesia, English, and Japanese
What I Do: I am studying for my Master's in Asian Studies.
About Me: I'm a second-year master's student of Asian Studies, specialized in political economy. I love travelling to new places, enjoying the nature, and watching movies.