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International Student Diplomats


 International Student Diplomats

 Meet the International Student Diplomats

The international student diplomats are a group of international students who have experienced university life in the U.S. and have been through the application process.  They are from 8 different countries and speak a variety of languages.  The diplomats are a valuable resource for current and prospective international students who would like to learn more about student life at WKU.  They would love to answer any questions and assist in any way they can.  Please read their bios below to learn more about them and feel free to contact them at the e-mail address listed if you have any questions.


Hovsep Yakubyan - Armenia

My name is Hovsep Yakubyan, and I am the current vice-chair of the diplomats. I am originally from Armenia junior enrolled in the Business Administration degree with minor of International Business. I am a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Economics Club of WKU. I love traveling and learning about people thus I speak couple of languages which include Armenian, Russian, English and can communicate efficiently in Arabic. I have spent most of my life in Dubai and have been to different countries with beautiful and dissimilar cultural backgrounds and that is why I respect and love diversity which makes me appreciate working with people from all over the world.  

After being at WKU for a couple of years I got the chance to meet people from countries that I have never been before. The diverse background on our campus is one of the best experiences a student can get while doing their degree. My hobbies include soccer, boxing, kayaking and fishing. Please feel free to contact me at:


Daniel Salami - Nigeria

My name is Daniel Salami; I am from Lagos, Nigeria. I am a junior on the path to a Computer Science degree. I speak English and Yoruba which is my tribal language. I am a member of the Honors Society, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) WKU chapter. I have traveled to a few places around the world and the culture is something that I always fall in love with over and over again. As a student of WKU, I am able to feel that love for diversity on a daily  basis; the diverse culture at WKU immediately made the entire campus feel more like home. My hobbies include programming, admiring art, and listening to music. I also love Physics and one of my mentors is Neil Degrasse Tyson. I live by the motto "Be the person you'll love to meet."  Please feel free to contact me at: or visit my personal website.



Flavio Chavarri - Peru


My name is Flavio Chavarri. I'm from Arequipa, Peru and I am the Chair of the International Student Diplomats.  I am a junior studying Business Management. I love going out with friends, learning more about different cultures, playing soccer, and running. I can speak English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. As an international student myself, I will understand most of the new students coming from other countries. If you have any questions regarding campus and college life, please contact me at


Motaib Alshrimi - Saudi Arabia 

My name is Motaib Alshrimi.  I'm from Saudi Arabia, and am a senior Computer Science major.  After graduation, I plan to continue my education by pursuing a Master's degree in Computer Science and later work in the same field.  I speak Arabic and English and have received recognition for my academic performance over the years, including the President's List and Dean's List.

I remember when I first arrived to the United States.  It was my first time being around people that did not look like myself.  I realized that my parents had pushed me to give me more chances in life.  However, I adjusted to life quickly since the community of Bowling Green welcomed me so warmly.  I enjoy the quote by Dr. Seuss, "Don't cry because it is over, smile because it happened."  Please feel free to contact me at:


Srijita Chattopadhyay - India

My name is Srijita Chattopadhyay and I am a native of West Bengal, India, but I grew up in the painted deserts of United Arab Emirates. Being a non-resident Indian exposed me to three different cultures simultaneously: Indian, Islamic, and Western.  All of them taught me to embrace, value, and appreciate heterogeneity.

My tri-cultural background inspired me to choose a career in journalism. I finished my first undergraduate degree in online and print journalism from Manipal University, Dubai, in 2013 and soon after decided to pursue my interest in photojournalism at Western Kentucky University in 2014. Alongside photojournalism, I am minoring in psychological sciences.  Please feel free to contact me at:


Eric Saasita - Tanzania



Hello my name is Eric Saasita, I’m a senior at Western Kentucky University studying Civil Engineering. I come from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I’m fluent in English as well as Swahili which is my mother language. I spent six years in Uganda for high school and also traveled to a few neighboring countries. I’m highly involved in different clubs here on campus including the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Bridges International, the Leadership/Rotary Club, and the African Student Union where I served as treasurer and an executive member respectively.

Being an international student diplomat has opened so many doors of opportunity for me to learn and grow as a whole, some including visiting other states for huge conferences where we met other students, exchanged ideas, mingled and not forgetting sightseeing which we all enjoy. Part of what I love to do is to be able to share all the experiences I’ve had throughout my stay here at WKU to help and guide others so that together we can make this world a better place.  Please feel free to contact me at:



Shengjia Wan (Gabrielle) - China

My name is Shengjia Wan and I am from Shanghai, China.  I am a graduate student in the Health Care Administration program at Western Kentucky University (WKU). I hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing and speak both English and Chinese.  My goal is to become a successful manager in a hospital or health care organization.  I am currently the Vice President of the WKU Chinese Scholar and Student Association (WKUCSSA) and Secretary of the International Student Diplomat program.

Before I came to the United States, I was nervous and worried.   However, WKU met my expectations, as I believe every student has a welcoming attitude towards students from other countries.  I feel as if I immediately fit into my new environment.  Please feel free to contact me at:

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 Last Modified 2/16/17