AMBASSADOR MISSION STATEMENT
The UMKC International Ambassador program consists of selectively chosen international and domestic students to serve as official university diplomats. International Ambassadors are available to act as hosts/hostesses at a variety of university events, as guides to university visitors and prospective students, and as the primary contact for admitted students regarding questions about UMKC, Kansas City or the United States. They also serve as an aid to new international students in the transition process from their home country to the United States and UMKC.
Have a question for the Ambassadors about UMKC, Kansas City or the US, reach them at email@example.com
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AMBASSADORS 2019-2020
Victor Akinjole (Nigeria)
Electrical and Computer Engineering BS
Live Chat: Thursdays 10:00-11:00 AM
I sailed across the Atlantic to attain a bright career as an electrical engineer, which has led me to UMKC. On campus, I am member of the UMKC Honors college, and I am also a member of the National Society of Black engineers. I aspire to graduate with University honors at the end of my academic program.
I love music, as I am highly skilled in playing the saxophone. I also love to play a variety of sports. My favorites sports to play are soccer, volleyball and ping pong.
Overall, I have loved my stay at Kansas City and at UMKC. The people are nice and always welcoming; as a result, I have always felt comfortable in chasing my academic and career goals.
Isabela Felipe dos Guimaraes (Brazil)
Psychology and Criminal Justice/Criminology BS
Live Chat: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 AM
My first experience as an international student was in Canada, where I spent my senior year of high school. After, I decided that I would like to go to a university in the United States. In 2016, I had the opportunity to come to UMKC. Since 2016, I have been having an amazing time at school. My majors are psychology and criminal justice/criminology. I also have a minor in English as a Second Language. During my free time, I like to try food from different countries, therefore, I can also learn more about different cultures.
Joshua Koni (Cameroon)
Computer Science BS
Live Chat: Mondays 10:00-11:00 AM
I love adventure and love meeting new people. A few years ago, I came to Kansas City as an AFS exchange student, met a great host family that inspired me to try new things. I fell in love with KC and decided to come back for university. During my first year at UMKC, I made a goal to meet a new person every day. This enabled me to share, learn about other cultures and build a network on campus where I can now go for assistance.
With being in the heart of the nation, Kansas City provides so many great opportunities for my degree program through its many local companies and also, a variety of things to do to stay entertained. I always love taking a new friend to First-Fridays or Third-Thursdays and enjoy playing table tennis and biking around KC too.
I love Kansas City, and love the person it made me become.
Business Administration MBA
Live Chat: Wednesdays 8:00-9:00 AM
Hello International Roos! My name is Dominika Łuszcz (pronunciation: Dominica Woosch). I am an international student from Poland and currently pursuing the Professional MBA Program at UMKC.
It was always my huge dream to come to the USA and I fulfilled by becoming an Au Pair in 2013. After 2 years my host mom in Cleveland, Ohio, offered to sponsor my school so I could finish my education in the USA. I graduated from Kent State University with Business Management Degree in 2018 and moved to KC for an OPT. At the end of the OPT, I decided to go back to school, since I felt that I could accomplish a lot more in the States.
I am very open minded and outgoing person. I love to meet new people and helping other with anything they need. I love to cook, work out, and always find things new things to explore. I am super excited to be in the International Student Ambassador Program and looking forward to meeting all of you!
Widles Oscar (The Bahamas)
Live Chat: Fridays 1:00-2:00 PM
I joined the UMKC family in the fall of 2019 without having any knowledge of Kansas City nor UMKC. I just wanted to finish of my degree and this was the best place financially for me at the time. My very first day on campus was for international student orientation. The international student ambassadors and the entire ISAO staff give me a great first impression of this magnificent university.
Being an international student from The Bahamas I knew right away that I wanted to be apart of this great program they have going on. I want every student who comes after me to see all the great things our university have to offer. I am a proud Roo and I always represent my university with pride and respect.
Sai Siva Kumar Pinnepalli (India)
Chemistry and Physics IPhD
Live Chat: Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM
I used to turn the toys my dad used to bring home into pieces just to know how they work (consequences followed!). The passion emerged out of curiosity coupled with inquisitiveness to unravel the vast world engulfed in a nanoworld of atoms enthused me to pursue higher education in chemistry and physics.
Born and brought up in a small district of Southern India (Anantapur), pursuing higher education in the US has been a dream since childhood. I obtained my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in chemistry from SSSIHL, Puttaparti. The Interdisciplinary PhD program offered at UMKC attracted me a lot, I knew I found my destination. I became a bold, professional and an accountable person within a year.
Kansas City welcomed me with lush greenery, its exploration never ends, and I love this place. It’s a good opportunity to learn different cultures and become more aware as a seeker. I thank my family and relatives for their support. At leisure times I play volleyball, shuttle badminton and sing songs. I take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to all the international students to the knowledge hub.
Sreevalli Tata (India)
Computer Science MS
Live Chat: Friday 12:00-1:00 PM
Hello everyone! I Sreevalli would love to introduce myself. I am a student at UMKC, currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the Computer Science programme. My educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from BMU in India.
My favourite thing in being a part of the ambassador programme is working with other ambassadors who have been my inspiration, as I have seen them during my orientation and they are supportive in making things happen. This has helped me to learn about new things and it is such a great opportunity to know more about campus and relations within. It also helps me to gather feedback and grow more.
I am an outgoing person and would love to interact with new people and learn about their culture. When I’m not glued to the screens, I love playing badminton, watching sports in person, and love to spend most of my time with my friends. Currently, I’m working as a program coordinator in ISAP for this academic year.
Samantha Williams (Jamaica)
Education Administration MA
Live Chat: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 PM
Samantha was born in Kingston, Jamaica and is the eldest of three children to parents Elaine and Patrick Williams.
While working towards her degree, she also serves as an Academic Advisor/Mentor with the athletic department. In her current role with the Roos, Sam serves as the tutor coordinator and primary academic advisor for Men’s Golf and Track and Field/Cross Country and Women’s Tennis, working one-on-one with at-risk students to ensure continuing eligibility, progress towards degree completion and skill development.
Sam enjoys being at the beach, taking photos and journaling in her free time. As an international student since 2009 (undergraduate, graduate and professional) – Sam is excited about helping students maneuver though their time at UMKC. Her experience living in different states and learning in different school environments has helped her ‘master’ the art of living, studying and making the best of the opportunity to be in the United States.