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
Assistant Director for International Engagement
Dorado, Puerto Rico

Hello, I am Jonathan Carmona and I work as the Assistant Director for International Engagement in OIPS. I have been at Mason for almost 11 years (6 as a Mason student and 5 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 Professional Assistants

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. Applied Information Technology 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!

Sophia Nguyen
Graduate Professional Assistant for Mason Korea Student Engagement
Chesapeake, Virginia

Hi! My name is Sophia Nguyen and I'm a graduate student at studying Global Affairs. As the GPA for Mason Korea Student Engagement, my job is to ensure that students are able to have fun on our campus, while also focusing on their academic studies!  I enjoy learning more about different cultures, histories, and cuisines, and can't wait to learn more about our international student population. If you see me on campus, feel free to say hi!

Mykola Signayevskyy
Graduate Professional Assistant for Internationalization
Kyiv, Ukraine

Hello everyone! I am Mykola Signayevskyy, a Graduate Pathway student at George Mason University studying Data Analytics Engineering. I am happy to work at OIPS because I can meet people from all over the world, share different experiences and knowledge.

Student Staff

Miju Rahman
OIPS Intern
Gwangju, South Korea

Hello, everyone! My name is Miju Rahman and I am from the Mason Korea campus. I am currently a senior majoring in accounting! I am so happy to be part of the OIPS team this semester and I can't wait to engage with everyone at the Fairfax campus. This will be my first semester at the Fairfax campus at George Mason University, so I would love to explore the campus with all the new international students as well.

Gufraan Shaik
OIPS Intern
Hyderabad, India

Hello everyone! My name is Gufraan Shaik, and I am an undergraduate student at GMU majoring in Information Technology. I am happy to be a part of OIPS as this would help me interact with other international students. I love traveling to different countries and learning about their cultures. I look forward to learning from you all.

Amartya Shome
OIPS Intern
Dhaka. Bangladesh

Hello everyone! My name is Amartya Shome, and I am an undergraduate student at GMU studying computer science. I am excited to be a part of this incredible team here at OIPS where I get to know people of different cultures and backgrounds. As a Bangladeshi myself, I am passionate about sharing my culture and also learning new ones. I hope to see you at the OIPS events this semester!