Meet Our Staff


Meet the Staff

Our helpful staff provides expert advising to UCR international students and intercultural programming for the entire UCR community. Meet the skilled people dedicated to supporting UCR international student success.

 

Photo of Magid ShirzadeganDr. Magid Shirzadegan

Director, International Students and Scholars
Ph.D. Plant Genetics

Dr. Magid Shirzadegan joins UCR after posts at California State University, Fullerton, Xing Wei College in Shanghai, University of Oregon and University of Michigan. Magid is an accomplished scholar and experienced administrator, having previously served as the Director of International Gateway Programs at Cal State Fullerton and Director of International Student & Scholar Services at the University of Oregon. He has more than 20 years of experience advising, teaching and working with international students and faculty, in addition to directing staff, coordinating orientations for international students, handling financial aid, tax and immigration matters for all international students and scholars at the University of Oregon. 

He earned a Ph.D. in Plant Genetics from Georg-August Universität, in Göttingen, Germany, an M.S. in Crop Science from the University of Wyoming, and a B.S. in Agricultural Extension from Hamadan University in Iran. In 2009, Magid was a Fulbright Scholar in the International Education Administrators Program in Korea.


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Kelly Eldridge Hinosawa

Associate Director
M.S. Education

Kelly has studied, lived and worked in Japan. She speaks Japanese and specializes in intercultural communication. She is the campus liaison to the US Department of Homeland Security and US Department of State as UCR’s primary designated school official (PDSO) and responsible officer (RO). With extensive experience in international education, Kelly enjoys promoting international students through campus outreach and looks forward to seeing more international students on campus each year. When she’s not at work, Kelly enjoys reading, swimming and hiking with family and friends.  


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Scott Hammel

International Student Advisor
B.A. International Affairs

Scott has extensive experience in international education and most recently served as an International Student Advisor (DSO and ARO) at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. As a child, Scott lived two years in Germany, while as an adult, Scott has lived and worked in both South Korea and Vietnam; managing ESL programs, teaching English and advising students pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States. In college, Scott volunteered with the Department of International Development for the City of Spokane, Washington; serving primarily as a liaison to the Spokane Sister Cities Association. He has travelled extensively throughout Asia, speaks Korean, and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with a variety of international cuisines.


Photo headshot of Jenny Shin Jenny Shin

International Student Advisor
Master's in Education
B.A. Early Childhood Education

Jenny is a former international student from Korea. She received her TESOL Master's degree from Pepperdine University. Jenny has used her experience as an international student to relate to students and help them work through both academic and personal issues. In her free time, she enjoys camping with her family and friends. 

 



Photo of Ankita Thapliyal Ankita Thapliyal

International Student Advisor
M.B.A.
B.A. Economics and Political Science

Ankita received a Bachelors degree from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, in India and an M.B.A. from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). As a student, Ankita worked as an International Peer Advisor. As an alumnus, she served CSUSB in a variety of roles, most recently as an International Admissions and Communications Specialist in the Center of International Studies and Programs. She has 11 years of international student-centered experience: academic advising, in-depth knowledge of nonimmigrant visas, international student recruitment, and student organization outreach. 

Photo of Lisa Luu-LucLisa Luu-Lu

International Student Advisor
B.A Social Ecology

Lisa graduated from University of California, Irvine and studied abroad at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After her graduation, she went to South Korea to teach English to more than 500 students in an elementary school. Lisa has over five years of experience working with international applications, admissions, and immigration policies. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, learning about new cultures, and exercising. Her next travel goal is to visit Europe. 

 

 

We Love Our IPAs!

Meet our international peer advisors (IPAs), dedicated student volunteers who help international students acclimate to American culture and confidently navigate UCR. They make sure orientation is informative and organized, assist with outreach and more.

Learn more about the IPA program.



Group of International Peer Advisors in Fall 2017

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