OIPS Engagement Team

Professional Staff

Yali Pan
Assistant Director for International Programs
Xi’an, China

Hi! I am Yali Pan and I just started as the Assistant Director for International programs since Spring 2020 semester. I love learning different languages, travelling 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 her dog in my free time.