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Meet our Summer 2015 Volunteers and Interns!

1797601_10152581733223835_1479756221_nSharon Lee – Front Desk Volunteer

Meet Sharon Lee. She is a retired nurse, who is working as a volunteer at the front desk of our Columbia office. Sharon has worked with refugees professionally in her past, and when asked why she chose to volunteer with us, she responded that she has “a desire that refugees in mid Mo. establish themselves here successfully.”

image Yu Zhang – Front Desk Volunteer

 Meet Yu Zhang. She is currently a Sophomore major at MU in Finance and Personal Financial Planing. As an international student, she deeply understands the feeling of staying in a different country with different culture. She volunteers at many locations, for example, she serves as a school-based mentor in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri. In the past, she served as a help assistant at a hospital in China. She says it is a great honor to serve as a volunteer at Refugee and Immigration Services!

  Eunyoung Jang (1)Eunyoung Jang – Front Desk Volunteer

Meet Eunyoung Jang. Eunyoung is in the process of getting her PhD at the School of Social Work at Mizzou. She is currently working with us as a volunteer at the front desk of our office. Eunyoung interned with us as a graduate student, and she says that she wants “to have that feeling again through volunteering.”

10628210_10202960793763016_4139673779898492613_nKelsey Hutton – Cultural Orientation Intern

 Kelsey is originally from Lebanon, Missouri. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Linguistics and is currently enrolled in a Master’s program at the University to earn a certificate for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). In addition to volunteering for RIS, Kelsey also volunteers for the Adult Learning Center, City of Refuge, and the Conversation Partners Program, and has served as a volunteer English Teacher in South Korea twice. Kelsey thoroughly enjoys learning about other cultures and truly appreciates the unique relationships she’s developed with people from all over the world.

 Sasha GubinaSaha Gubina – Case Manager Assistant

 Sasha Gubina is a rising senior at the University of Missouri-Columbia, double majoring in international studies and Russian while minoring in business.  Recently she spent nine months studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan, on a David L. Boren national security scholarship. Sasha is very interested in international affairs, and in the future she hopes to work with the U.S. Department of State in the field of development. Sasha is excited to serve families and individuals through this volunteer opportunity and hopes to gain an understanding of refugee resettlement while learning about the cultural and personal backgrounds of the clients.

 Sawsan HasSawsan Hasan photoan – ELL Teacher

 Sawsan is originally from Iraq. She graduated from Baghdad University with a Bs.c degree in Pharmacy Science. Recently, graduate from Master of Public Health at the University of Missouri, and working in Global Health Certificate at MU. She also served at Central Pantry of the Food Bank as a volunteer to assist in fairly distributing food to low-income families. Sawsan speaks Arabic besides English and willing to help families and individuals to learn English to communicate and join their new environment.  Her study in Immigrant Health classes gave her a broad scope of insights about different cultural and social obstacles that may face the immigrant population. Her work in conducting a qualitative research about Muslim community at Columbia, MO. introduced her to multiple levels of health impacts and needs addressed to alleviate health disparities among the Muslim community.

 Kate HerringtpastedImageon – Front Desk Volunteer

 Kate is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia studying Anthropology, Russian and English.  She ​loves to travel and has an interest in experiencing and understanding cultures different from her own.  She volunteers with RIS in order to gain experience working with international populations, as well as to help members of her community.  Kate also works for MU Residential Life, interns at The Missouri Review and serves as the non-fiction editor of EPIC Literary Magazine.