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jian-linJian Lin

“Hello! My name is Jian Lin. I am from Guangzhou, China, currently in my third year of M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling at Peabody College. Because I am passionate about growth and development in human lifespan, mental health, and advocacy, I like reaching out and talk to people and discover great ideas together. I feel honored to co-chair the ISSS Advisory Board as ears and eyes of watching Japanese TV shows, readinmembers of the international community. I am also working in Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and interning at Lipscomb University as part of my vision. In my spare time if there is any left, I enjoy g, swimming, discussing interesting topics with friends and struggling to learn singing. As a foodie, I like cooking and trying cuisine from different cultures as well. 




Somtochukwu “Somto” Dimobisomtochukwu-somto-dimobi

Hi all! I’m Somto Dimobi, from Anambra, Nigeria! I am a sophomore majoring in Chemical Engineering. I have learned a lot from my time at Vanderbilt, and I really want to use that experience to make sure that all internationals have a near-seamless transition into the Vanderbilt Community. In my spare time, you’ll most likely find me having a candid and fun conversation with friends and strangers alike or trying to get myself to go to the gym to practice my newly found hobby, hula hooping!! I really love meeting and talking to people, so hit me up if you ever have the chance to talk about you, me, or just life in general!


Martina – Version 4Martina Schaefer

Hello, I am a PhD student in the History Department, specializing in Modern U.S. History. I grew up in Germany and received my M.A. in North American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. Together with Isaac, I co-chair the ISSS Advisory Board’s Subcommittee on Graduate Housing. I would love to bring the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities closer together. Well aware of the fact that affordable housing is a pressing issue affecting Nashville, I hope to make the transition for international students to Vanderbilt easier. Our committee wants you to get the most out of your experience – on campus and in Music City. We are here to support you and therefore appreciate your input.



isaac-brouneIsaac Broune

Bonjour! I am Isaac Broune from Cote d’Ivoire in West Africa. I co-chair the Committee on Graduate Housing in ISSS Advisory Board. I am attending Vanderbilt University Divinity School where I am expecting to gain a theological grounding and practical experience in religious issues. Working for the past 16 years as a Christian journalist, God opened my eyes to my lack of tools for leading a vibrant communications ministry. While in school, I am doing my field education with two United Methodist Church global agencies. You can find some of my stories on my blog: www.isaacbroune.com. You can also connect with me on Facebook, Skype or LinkedIn by sending an invitation to Isaac Broune.


hameed-khanHameed Khan

Hi everyone! My name is Hameed Khan, from Kabul- Afghanistan and currently a second-year student at Graduate Program for Economic Development (GPED) through Fulbright Exchange Scholarship. Traveling and exploring the world is one of my hobbies. I like to make new friends and learn more about new cultures. In my free time, I like to hang out with friends, watch TV, and go to the gym, perhaps not often for work out, but for playing games! Please feel free to discuss if you have anything of interest or want to know more about me or my culture.








Z. Troy Jiang

Hey, everyone! This is Z. Troy Jiang from Jilin, Jilin, China. I lived in several different cities in China before I moved to Nashville in 2013. I am a member of the Vanderbilt Class of 2020 and currently enrolled in the College of Art and Science; major in Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science. I am also involved in Dore for a Day, My Vanderbilt Experience, Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science, Code Ignite, Spike Ball Club, and Juggling Club. I am really looking forward to my years at Vanderbilt and working with our international fellows at Vanderbilt through the ISSS advisory board.






Version 4Alejandro Arango

Hello! I am Alejandro Arango. I come from Bogotá, Colombia. I obtained my Ph.D. in Philosophy from Vanderbilt in May 2016, and I serve in the ISSS-Advisory Board as Alumni Representative. I am currently Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Tennessee State University, here in Nashville, and a Visiting Research Scholar at Vanderbilt. During my time as a student at Vandy, I was actively involved with ISSS in different capacities. I co-founded the Latin American and Caribbean Vanderbilt Student Organization (LACS), now a vibrant organization on campus. I regard my work with LACS as my most significant contribution to Vandy’s international community. I was awarded the 2016 Thomas M. Weser International Student Excellence Leadership Award.

Juan Sebastian Hoyos Ayala

What’s up! I’m Juan, a junior double majoring in computer science and math in the School of Engineering. I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and came to Vandy to break out of my comfort zone and try new things. Life is, to me, all about getting to meet new people and getting to hear all the different stories they have. After traveling for a while around the world I’ve realized how relevant it is to include and understand the importance of international experiences in our everyday campus life and this is the reason I joined the advisory board. Whenever I’m not coding I enjoy reading and cooking, although coding easily takes most of my time. Currently I am involved with several CS organizations around campus and being a teaching assistant and also spend some time helping people with recruitment in the industry as well as service organizations. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or feel like getting coffee 🙂

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