Meet Our Current Team

The Global Connections Program is led by a team of student staff and a group of dedicated student volunteers, known as Community Leaders. Meet our Spring 2022 team!

Program Coordinators

Zaena

Hello everyone! My name is Zaena, and I'm a fourth year International Studies and Philosophy double major. I love creating art, finding new plant-based recipes, and watching animation films. I'm so excited to be back with the GCP, and I'm equally excited to meet all of you. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, or just want to chat!

Narges

Hi folks! My name is Narges and I am from Iran. I am in my second year, majoring in Communication and minoring in Business. In my free time, I like going for a run, reading books, and watching movies and tv shows. I have also been cooking and baking a lot during the past year, aka the quarantine. I am excited to meeting you all and maybe sharing some recipes!

Senior Community Leaders

Kristine

Hey everyone! I’m Kristine and I’m in my second year in Communication and hoping to minor in Legal Studies. I’m excited to be apart of the Global Connections Program. On my free time, I like to watch movies and tv shows! If you want some suggestions, please don’t hesitate to say hi! As an international student myself, I hope to help and support you throughout this semester. I look forward to virtually connecting with you all!

Jaskaren 

Hi everyone! My name is Jaskaren and I am a 4th year Psychology Student. I am beyond excited and grateful to be a Community Leader. Being in a new environment can definitely be overwhelming, not to mention the added stress of school, I therefore hope to eliminate any concerns or confusion any might having with being new to SFU or the Lower Mainland. I look forward to connecting with and meeting you all!

 

Kiran

Hello everyone! I go by Kiran and I'm entering my third year in Communications, hoping to minor in interactive arts. I love visual art, reading, baking and travelling amongst other hobbies that I am very excited to share with you as part of being a Community Leader. Feel free to hit me up for a chat because I know that sometimes we do feel strongly for a connection. We're all in this together, you're not alone. Looking forward to have a great time with you all.

Community Leaders

Aanya

Hi everyone! My name is Aanya, and I am a second-year student at Beedie. I enjoy painting, binge-watching K-Dramas, and trying different types of cuisines (spicy Indian food is my favorite). I know university life could be hard and sometimes challenging but don’t worry- YOU GOT THIS!  Being a member of the Global Connections Program has helped me to get a hand of “SFU life”. I would be more than happy to share my experiences and make lasting connections with you guys.

Annika

Hello, my name is Annika Sharma and I am second year business student. One thing that attracted me towards Beedie was I like engaging with people and I love talking to them. For my hobbies I don't even know I have so many of them I just lost my count I like doing anything new that I have never tried before. I am very adventurous to try everything but on the other side of my personality I am very sober and peaceful. Moreover, being so much adventurous and being so calm at the same time is just me. In my experience sometimes talking to someone or by just having a conversation it can really change your life. If you need any help regarding anything Global Connections Program is the best place to contact even though we cannot solve every issue but we will guide our best to make sure you are at the right place to solve all of your queries.

Arjun

Hello everybody! My name is Arjun and I am a 4th year Health Sciences student. I'm super stoked to be a part of the Global Connections program and am really looking forward to meeting you all! I know a lot of you may be worried about university life and are under a lot of stress, but don't worry you can always reach out to me with whatever might be troubling you. I love helping people with anything really, and just know that we're all in this together and we're all gonna make it!

Bill

Hi everyone. I'm Bill, and I'm a fourth year Physical Geography student. I was previously part of the Exchange Buddy Program and have enjoyed meeting exchange students from different countries. I like mystery stories, fiction or non-fiction, and I enjoy watching movies. I look forward to meeting everyone and wish all the best as the future unfolds!

Carolina

Hello everyone! My name is Carolina but you can call me Carol, I’m a third-year International Studies major. As an international student from Brazil I know what it feels like to start in a new country with different people and cultures, but fear not! I’m sure your university experience will be amazing and I’ll be there to help you in any way possible. I can't wait to share my experiences and learn about different cultures and hopefully, build many connections!

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Dayeong

Hi everyone. My name is DaYeong Kim. Just call me Yeong! I am a second year in Criminology. I like watching shows in Netflix and especially, re-watching Sherlock! I am really looking forward to meet you all and hear your stories.

Erica

Hey everyone! My name is Erica and I am a third-year student majoring in Communications. In my free time, I like watching movies as well as exploring food places. I am excited to be part of the Global Connections Program and make connections with everyone. I also love listening to music, so feel free to come and chat with me when you want some recommendations or just anything in general! I look forward to meeting you all soon!

Hiya

Hey everyone! My name is Hiya Upadhyay and I am a third-year student at beedie. I am really looking forward to being a community leader as I love engaging and meeting individuals from different backgrounds. Please feel free to reach out! 

Jash

Hi everyone! My name is Jash and I am majoring in Psychology while also completing two minors in Business and in Counselling & Human Development. I’m so excited to become a part of the Global Connections Program and am looking forward to building connections! During my free time I enjoy reading, binging tv shows and movies, long walks, listening to music, attending shows and concerts, and trying new things. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat. Looking forward to meeting all of you!

John

Hello everyone! My name is John. I am a fourth year student majoring in Computer Science. I am excited to meet people through the Global Connections Program. I really enjoy traveling as well as tough and scenic hikes! I also love sampling different types of food. I look forward with meeting everyone soon! I hope to get to know and support everyone throughout this semester.

Malika

Hey everyone! My name is Malika and I am a third year Health Sciences student. I love playing chess, listening to music and watching crime shows/movies. I have been a member of global connections program and I am grateful to be working with the team as a community leader. I would love to share my experiences and help you all. So, feel free to reach out to me with any concerns. Looking forward to meet you all!

Myriam

As a member of the Global Peer Education Program, I am excited to meet other students and to work together to celebrate the diversity of cultures we have here on campus.

Samridh

Hi everyone! I am a third-year Communications and Publishing student, and I'm really excited to get back to the Global Connections Program again this year. I can continuously talk about things that will help you escape the social construction of pseudo pop culture. I love conversations that are free from the shackles of sensationalist media and encourage you to acculturate in the world of responsible cinema & travel. I hope that I can contribute up to my best potential towards this program.

Amirul

Hey, I am Amirul, and I am entering the third year of my study as an intended economics major. I am an international student from Bangladesh. I love travelling and binge watch movies in my spare time. I also love cooking and trying out new recipes now and then. I am excited to start my journey as a Community Leaders. I am looking forward to meeting all of you soon.

Areej

Hi everyone! My name is Areej and I am entering my fourth year of studies in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry here at SFU. In my free time, I enjoy going on long walks, listening to music or binge watching movies and tv shows. I am extremely excited to be part of the Global connections program and look forward to connecting with you all!

Animesh

I love to meet people across the globe and looking forward to increase my understanding of diverse global culture through peer program.

Avneet

My name is Avneet Kaur. I am in my second year doing a bachelor's in health science. I was a GCP member in the summer and this is my first time being a community leader. I am from India and at present, I live in Surrey. I love to travel and explore new places. I am very excited to meet new people and make some really good memories.

Bhavya

Hi! I am Bhavya and I am a fourth-year communication major student. I am excited to be a community leader. I love art and crafts. I love to sketch, paint and scrapbooking. I enjoy watching Netflix shows and would love to get some good recommendations too. Looking forward to meet new people and make new friends! :)

Chika

Hi everyone! My name is Chika, and I am a fourth-year Political Science student. I am an international student from Japan, and I am so excited to meet new people and get to know about different cultures through the Global Connection Program. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, crocheting from time to time, and walking outside to explore this beautiful city. I was a member of a choir before the pandemic hit, and I have a passion for singing and music in general. Please feel free to reach out if you need anything. I’m looking forward to meeting you all!

Christina

Hello everyone! My name is Christina and I am a third-year biological science major. I still clearly remember my first few months at SFU, and getting involved in SFU's community and meeting new people, made the transition a lot easier. That's what inspired me to sign up to become a Community Leader and help you have an amazing experience as well :)

Eryn

Hello everyone! My name is Eryn and I am a second year Linguistics major student. I enjoy watching movies, eating and hanging out with friends a lot. I understand that university life could be stressful so feel free to reach out! Looking forward to meeting you soon!

Heidy

Hello everyone! My name is Heidy and I am a third-year business student concentrating in Human Resources Management and International Business. I enjoy travelling, attending concerts, and watching movies. I love meeting new people so please don't hesitate to say hi! I am really excited to be part of the Global Connections Program and am looking forward to connecting with all of you!

Jasjit

Hi everyone! I'm Jasjit and I am a second-year biological science major at SFU. I am beyond excited to be a part of the Global Connections program and look forward to meeting you all! At times, school can feel draining and lonesome, but we've all been there, so don't hesitate to reach out! I love helping out, even in the smallest of ways! In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and reading books while binge-eating chocolate. Feel free to give me any movie or book recommendations! I can't wait to meet you all very soon!

Maddy

Hey everyone! My name is Maddy and I am in my third year studying Health Sciences and minoring in International Studies. I love finding new places to explore in BC, playing music, and trying new sports. I also love meeting and connecting with new people so please don’t hesitate to reach out. I am so excited to be part of Global Connections this semester and can’t wait to meet you all!

Margaret

Hello everyone! I'm Margaret, in my final semester completing a Criminology major + Communications minor with a legal studies certificate. I enjoy creating experiences and have done an exchange at the University of Bath and have participated in Co-op jobs. Through this experience, I hope to meet individuals from all sorts of backgrounds. Outside of university, I enjoy music, photography, and being active. Cheers, looking forward to the semester!

Pranjali

Hi everyone! I am a second year Communications major student, hoping to do a minor in International studies or maybe in Business. Being an international student myself, and starting off university in the unprecedented times, I felt inspired to share my experience. Getting involved in SFU's community and meeting new people gives me the opportunity to make connections, eased my transition to university and fulfill my desire to talk a lot. Hope to learn some new cultures and find the threads of connection with some of you.

Turjo

Hi everyone, my name is Turjo and I am currently a third-year student in Communications and Business. I'm super excited to be part of the Global Connections Program this year and help fellow students with their journey at SFU as a community leader. That being said, I'm looking forward to meeting and connecting with everyone, especially if you're interested in music, culture, and sports like me!

Yash

Hi everyone! My name is Yash. A little bit about me - I am in the fourth year of my Mechatronics Engineering degree. I’m a dog lover and a huge cricket enthusiast. I currently play cricket at the Elite Division in B.C. I love to meet new people from across the world and learn more about their cultures. Being an international student myself, I understand the challenges of living in a new country. As a community Leader, I hope to share my experiences and help out new students. I'm excited to be a part of the Global Connections Program this year and I am looking forward to connecting with all of you!