GEO Student Ambassadors

The GEO Student Ambassadors program is an IRA Funded program out of the Global Engagement Office (GEO). The GEO Ambassador Program is designed to help study away alumni, NSE and international students stay connected with the GEO, including working and internship hours in the office and engaging in fun activities to promote studying away!

These Ambassadors are made up of current SSU students who are CSU IP, NSE, and NSE Study Abroad Alumni, as well as international and international/domestic exchange students at SSU. Each semester these students are dedicating hours towards building a strong, international community on campus, through programming, event planning, and working with other on campus departments and organizations, including working closely with the on campus student organization, the International Education Exchange Council (IEEC). The Ambassadors are able to practice important skills in event coordination, marketing, professionalism, and leadership.

As all of the students are either program alumni or current international/exchange students, SSU students can talk to those who have either studied in or are from the location where they would like to study away! Students would simply need to stop by the GEO in International Hall 107 and see the Ambassador Desk schedule, or visit our Virtual Office to view Peer Adivisng drop-in times. At the Ambassador Desk, students could also sign up for Study Abroad & NSE Information Meetings, events, trips, and to join the IEEC student organization on campus.

Want to encourage your students to broaden their horizons by studying away? If you are interested, an Ambassador can visit your class to talk about the different study away opportunities there are at Sonoma State University. Ambassadors will also speak on program requirements, deadlines, academics, and finances. If you would like to request that an Ambassador visit your class or group, please simply fill out the Request Form and we’ll contact you with confirmation! IT’S THAT EASY! You will be able to choose the date, time, place, and length of presentation. We offer both 5-10 minute “Shout-Outs,” and 10-15 minute “Presentations.”

Our Ambassadors

Charlie is standing in front of a pillar and beside a green-colored Roman bath in Bath, England

Charlie Gray

Country: USA

Major: Global Studies

IEEC Club President

Countries visited: England, Scotland, Ireland, Norway, France, The Netherlands  

US States visited: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, New York, Louisiana, Florida 

  1. I traveled solo on my first trip out of the country. 
  2. I read an average of 120 books a year. 
  3. Carrie Fisher is my personal hero. 
  4. Hockey is my favorite sport. 
  5. I am currently learning French.
David is standing in front of a cement wall, behind him is a sign that reads 'University of Leeds' a

David Hall

Country: England; International Student (CSU IP)

Major: Geology

IEEC Club Vice President

Countries visited: United Kingdom (Wales, Scotland, Ireland), USA, France, Germany, Slovakia, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Czech Republic, Australia

US States visited: Florida, New York

  1. I do lots of running in my spare time, up to marathon distance.
  2. My favorite American food is Five Guys.
  3. This my first time in California.
  4. My favourite colour is blue
  5. Favourite English football team is Hull City Soccer team (The Tigers)

Diana stands in front of Stonehenge

Diana Vazquez

Country: CSU IP Tübingen, Germany

Major: Computer Science and Studio Art, German Minor

IEEC Club Treasurer

Countries visited: Germany, U.K., Ireland, Poland, France, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico
U.S. states visited: Florida, Nevada

  1. I am a huge geek. I’ll geek out so easily if you bring up something I like. Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Disney, etc.
  2. I never leave the house without a book.
  3. I attended a special viewing of Moana inside Pixar Animation Studios. Seeing the cereal bar in person was a dream come true.
  4. I hate popcorn
  5. I have a horrible green thumb, I even kill succulents.
Emily is standing in front of an entrance. Above her the sign reads "Niles Essanay SIlent Film Museu

Jiayi "Emily" Zhu

Country: China; International Student (CSU IP)

Major: Wine Business MBA program, attened SSU for undergrad in Wine Businessl

Countries visited: South Korea, the United States

  1. My dream city has been Paris in France since I was 7 years old.
  2. I can ride a monocycle.
  3. I love playing badminton and swimming.
  4. Playing video games is also one of my favorite things to do.
  5. I wish I could travel around the world when I make enough money.