ISSS Staff


Adam Julian, Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Adam joined UMBC in June 2020 as the inaugural Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in the Center for Global Engagement. In this role, Adam provides leadership to the ISSS team responsible for supporting UMBC’s international student and scholar community in pursuit of their academic, personal, and professional goals.


Dave Anguish, Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services

Dave serves as UMBC’s Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO), coordinating immigration services for F-1 students, J-1 Exchange Visitors, and H-1B specialty occupation workers, and leading efforts to ensure UMBC’s compliance with DHS reporting requirements. He has both undergraduate and graduate degrees from UMBC and has worked in international student affairs since 2013.


Diane Zeenny Ghorayeb, International Scholar Coordinator

Diane serves as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) for UMBC’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and coordinates H-1B petitions for specialty occupation workers. She obtained her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from UMBC. Diane was born in Beirut, Lebanon; lived in Paris, France, for more than 20 years; and moved to the U.S. in 2006. Diane is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.


Mercedes Arias, International Student and Scholar Advisor

Mercedes serves as Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternative Responsible Officer (ARO) assisting F-1 students and J-1 students and scholars with immigration and other needs and concerns. She joins us from Ann Arbor, Michigan and has called Baltimore home since July 2021.


Sarah Cockcroft, International Student and Scholar Advisor

Sarah serves as one of UMBC’s Designated School Officers (DSO). She is responsible for assisting international students and scholars with immigration and other questions and concerns. Sarah is originally from Charleston, SC, but has lived in Paris, London, Suzhou, and Buffalo, NY. She has worked in international higher education since 2020.


Natalie Lobb, International Student Support Manager

Natalie serves as the International Student Support Manager. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the Global Ambassador Program. Her role works to build community and ensure a fulfilling and supportive campus experience for all international students.