OIPS Engagement Team

Professional Staff

Yali Pan, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Engagement and Assessment
Xi’an, China

Hello everyone, I am Yali Pan and I am the Associate Director for Engagement and Assessment in OIPS. Once an international student myself, I know how challenging but also rewarding it can be to be here on this journey of study abroad. That’s why I love what I do, which is to provide programs and initiatives to make you feel at home and connected to the Mason community. I love running, traveling, cooking, and enjoying delicious food from different parts of the world. I look forward to learning from each and every one of you!

Jonathan Carmona
Global Programs Coordinator
Dorado, Puerto Rico

Hello, I am Jonathan Carmona and I work as the Global Programs Coordinator in OIPS. I have been at Mason for almost 10 years (6 as a Mason student and 4 as a staff member), and I love working and meeting international and domestic students from all over the world! I love learning about other cultures and I want to visit Thailand, Brazil, Australia, and the entire Caribbean one day!

Graduate Student Staff

Michelle Melo 
Graduate Professional Assistant for Intercultural Engagement
Manila, Philippines

Hi! My name is Michelle, and I am a graduate student majoring in M.S. Systems Engineering here at Mason. I started working for OIPS in Spring 2021 to help facilitate events and activities focusing on intercultural engagement for both international and domestic students. I'm passionate about learning new cultures, trying out international cuisines, and traveling. I'm looking forward to learning from you all!

Xiaowen (Sylvia) Chen
Program Assistant
Beijing, China

Hi! I am Xiaowen Chen (Sylvia), a full-time 4th-year doctoral student in GMU studying multicultural and multilingual education. As an international student from China, my research interests focus on international students’ education equity in higher education. Prior to the Ph.D. program, I have more than six years of work experience in teaching Chinese Mandarin. I love learning about other cultures and languages. I also love traveling, cooking Chinese food, and spending time with my dog in my free time.