Adam Julian, Director, Office of International Students and Scholars
Adam is the Director of the Office of International Students and Scholars in the Center for Global Engagement. In this role, Adam oversees both student and scholar services and international recruitment. He provides leadership to the 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.
Victoria Sung, International Student and Scholar Advisor
Victoria Sung serves as a Designated School Officer (DSO) at UMBC. She assists international students and scholars with the process of studying in the U.S. and helps answer immigration questions and concerns. Victoria enjoys taking spontaneous hiking trips and has backpacked across Europe during her study abroad at the London School of Economics.
Brionna Stokes, International Student and Scholar Advisor
Natalie serves as UMBC’s Assistant Director of International Recruitment. She coordinates the university’s international student recruitment initiatives to support campus internationalization in alignment with UMBC’s mission and strategic plan. Natalie works to help future international students discover UMBC’s premier academics, research, and opportunities. Her efforts continue to enhance UMBC’s supportive, diverse and vibrant campus community.