NAFSA is proud that our RISE Fellows come from nearly all our regions across the United States.

Meet the current cohort of NAFSA RISE Fellows and learn more about who they are.

Alexandro Gonzalez-Calvillo

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Alexandro Gonzalez-Calvillo
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Alexandro received his Bachelor of Arts in French from Yale University and a dual Master of Arts in International Education Management and Master's of Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. His passion for international education stems from several...

Ariana Stuhl

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Ariana Stuhl
Susquehanna University
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Born and raised in Colorado by an Ojibwe mother, Ariana has worked with and lived among various tribes in both the US and Arctic Canada. Now, working for Susquehanna University in Study Abroad, Ariana helps fulfill the university's mission for all students to engage in meaningful cross cultural...

Aurian Eghbalian

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Aurian Eghbalian
University of Alabama
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
An Iranian-American who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, Aurian Eghbalian is the Education Abroad Advisor for the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Business. Before she joined UA in December 2019, Aurian attended the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, where she received her M...

Dionne Daniels

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Dionne Daniels
Bentley University
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Dionne joined Bentley University as a Study Abroad Advisor in February 2020 on the heels of completing her practicum at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. She takes pride in engaging with different communities on the Bentley campus, including co-hosting LGBTQ+ events, supporting...

Jaron Hightower-Mills

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Jaron Hightower-Mills
University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Jaron Hightower-Mills is an International Services Specialist at the University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus. Prior to joining CU Denver|Anschutz, he has served as an International Student Advisor at the University of Texas at Austin and the International Technological University...

Jordan Anderson

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Jordan Anderson
Anderson University
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Jordan Anderson is from Greenwood, South Carolina and is the International Programs Coordinator at Anderson University. He holds a bachelor's degree in Communication and is pursuing a master's in Organizational Leadership from Anderson University. Read more about Jordan.

Sandy Wang

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Sandy Wang
University of California Irvine
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Sandy Wang is currently the Assistant Director of Programs at the UCI International Center. In this role, Sandy is responsible for the development and implementation of programmatic efforts for international students and scholars at UCI, which includes outreach, marketing, budget planning, and...

Tessa Lane

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Tessa Lane
The University of Texas at El Paso
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Tessa Lane is a Study Abroad Advisor at The University of Texas at El Paso. Since joining UTEP in November 2020, she has served as a selection panelist for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and co-manages a team of student engagement interns for her department. Tessa received her BS...

Tiff Hayes

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Tiff Hayes
Portland Community College
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Tiff Hayes (she/her) is a dynamic and collaborative leader known for supporting, developing, and advocating for international students. She has worked in higher education for 13 years, with the last 6 in international education at Portland Community College (PCC) in Oregon as the International...

Timothy Bryson

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Timothy Bryson
University of Maryland
2022-2023 RISE Fellow
Timothy F. Bryson (he/him) is a Black millennial educator whose mission is to help all people identify their passion, inspire vision, and walk in their purpose. He currently carries out this mission as the Program Director of Student-Athlete Career Development at the University of Maryland, College...

NAFSA RISE Fellows 2020-2021

  • Adán De La Paz, The College of Idaho, Region I
  • Robb McCollum, Southern Utah University, Region II
  • Chris Huh, University of Missouri, Region IV
  • Tia VanHester, Illinois Central College, Region V
  • Caitlin Johnson, University of Kentucky, Region VI
  • Nicole Inclan, University of Central Florida, Region VII
  • Hermella Tekle, Institute of International Education, Region VIII
  • Ogonna Owu, Towson University, Region VIII
  • Emilie Buse, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Region X
  • Loren Scott, Middlebury College in Vermont, Region XI
  • Eric Izaguirre, The University of California, Los Angeles, Region XII