Cross Cultural Mentor Introductions

CCM Leaders

Collin Petigna


Grace Martin

A sophomore from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Grace is studying chemical engineering and food science. She loves being outside, reading, and watching Saturday Night Live. She's looking forward to meeting international students and helping them discover what Fayetteville has to offer.

Jason Hoang

Jason is a sophomore biochemistry major on the pre-med track His hobbies include playing video games, digital painting, finding something really good to binge watch, cooking and traveling. Jason loves to learn about and experience new cultures, especially through food.

Jiun Kim

Jiun Kim is a sophomore, majoring in Chemistry. She is from Busan, South Korea. She is passionate about helping new students as she has in their shoes before. She has been active volunteering through different organizations and look forward to meeting with new students through CCM. 

Jonathan Swain

Jonathan is a doctoral student from Noxapater, Mississippi, majoring in exercise science with an emphasis on biomechanics. He is excited to work this semester as a Cross Cultural Mentor and is looking forward to helping international students settle into life at the U of A.

Katherine Chamberlin

A sophomore from Mountain Home, Katherine is majoring in international business. When not in class or hanging out with friends, Katherine enjoys rock climbing, hiking and hammocking. She also loves being involved with student clubs and groups where she feels she can help make a difference. Her goal is to leave a lasting impact on campus through involvement and friendship.

Kenshi Kawade

Kenshi Kawade is an incoming sophomore from Tokyo, Japan, majoring in international and global studies. Kenshi likes being outside and hammocking on campus. He hopes new students will also enjoy the beautiful campus.

Madison Moss

Madison is a junior from Springdale, Arkansas, and is majoring in biology and Spanish She hopes to become a physician assistant. Madison is self-proclaimed thrill seeker and is always searching for the next adventure. She is an avid runner and cyclist and loves to explore the outdoor hiking trails the area has to offer. She also sings professionally for local choirs and is the oldest of seven children.

Maria Rene Arandia Jimenez

A Master's student in industrial engineering, Maria is from Cochabamba, Bolivia. She enjoys going to coffee shops, playing tennis and taking walks on campus. She hopes to share her knowledge and experiences with the new students, as well as helping them build a family away from home.

Michelle Clark

Michelle is a biological engineering and German double major from San Jose, Costa Rica. Her favorite things about the University of Arkansas are the people, the opportunities, and how close it is to beautiful hikes and natural areas. She enjoys being a member and student leader in many organizations, including the CCM.

Muhammad Ali Muhammad

Muhammad is an international student from Pakistan. He is studying Poultry Science. His leadership was recognigzed by the peers and he was selected as the 2020-2021 Outstanding CCM award recipient. He exemplifies the values of the mentor program in his willingness, leadership, encouragement, helpfulness, empathy, and dedication in welcoming new international students to the U of A.

Najee Stubbs

Najee is a senior mechanical engineering major from Nassau, Bahamas. He enjoys hiking, vlogging and making music. Najee is also a health and fitness enthusiast. As an international student, he seeks to give back by helping new and current students adjust to life in and around the U of A.

Putu Pujiantari

Majoring in biological anthropology, Putu is an international graduate student from Indonesia. She loves going hiking and reading. Putu first became interested in wildlife during her childhood while watching Steve Irwin's documentaries. Her interest in primate behavior grew at university, particularly after reading Darwin's Origins of Species and participating in a primate study forum.

Rachel Stringer

Rachel is a junior from Waco, Texas, double majoring in chemistry and food nutrition and health. One of her favorite parts about college is seeing her friends around campus. She is looking forward to being back on campus this semester. She enjoys cooking, running and studying. She also enjoys helping her peers and is excited to help welcome new students to campus.

Ryan Moh


Sai "Sagar" Vanteru

Sagar is a senior at the Walton College of Business, majoring in supply chain management and accounting. He was born in India, but he has lived in Northwest Arkansas for most of his life. He has been a Cross Cultural Mentor since his sophomore year, and he is grateful to keep being a part of the program until his graduation. He looks forward to welcoming new students to the U of A every semester.

Sarah Khot

Sarah is from Bentonville, Arkansas, but has lived in Kuwait for the past ten years. She is in the honors college and is majoring in biology on the pre-medical track. Sarah loves to volunteer at places and get involved on campus; and is looking forward to working with CCM this semester.

Sherjeel Naeem

Sherjeel is a freshman from Fort Smith, Arkansas, double majoring in biology and anthropology on the pre-med track. Sherjeel's favorite thing to do on campus is to just walk around and see the sights. He loves to see how beautiful campus is, especially during the spring when the area is full of new life.

Shivani Merchant

A sophomore from India, Shivani is majoring in computer science. One of her favorite things to do on campus is studying and spending time in Union at the flag room and having a cup of chai latte. Shivani likes singing, listening to music, photography and designing. She also enjoys travelling to different places and cooking dishes from India. She hopes to help incoming friends get involved with community and resources on campus and help them transition smoothly to U of A.

Sullany Ayala


Talal Alruwaily

Talal is a senior from Saudi Arabia, majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in  sustainability. She likes to learn about people and their cultures. She is looking forward to meeting new students and helping them in their transition to the U of A.

Walkiris Mejia Ortega

Walkiris is a Fulbright Scholar from the Dominican Republic. She is in her first year of study in the master’s program for curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions.