House Committee

The House Committee is a student advisory group composed of undergraduate and graduate leaders from internationally-oriented organizations.

The House Committee is a student advisory group comprising undergraduate and graduate leaders from internationally-oriented organizations. These representatives help convey information about PWH programming to other members of their organizations and their wider networks, and provide feedback to Perry World House on the interests and priorities of the student body related to global affairs and internationally-relevant programming. The committee meets monthly to discuss ideas, priorities, and upcoming programming at Perry World House, as well as to update PWH and one another on their respective organizations’ recent and upcoming initiatives. Within the House Committee, three working groups meet monthly as well to discuss more specific issues—specifically Community Engagement and Partnerships, Event Planning and Programming, and Inclusion and Diversity. Respectively, these groups work on how PWH can be more engaged with organizations and communities beyond the Penn campus in Philadelphia; brainstorm new ideas for programming and how to bring existing programs to more Penn students; and advise on how to make programming and all that PWH does more reflective of the diversity of Penn’s campus and the world, as well as more welcoming and inclusive of all people.

See below for the organizations and their representatives currently sitting on the House Committee. If your organization is interested in joining the House Committee, please email worldhouse@pwh.upenn.edu with information about your organization, including how you are internationally oriented and a link to your website or any materials online about the organization. Please put “House Committee” in the subject line.

Assembly of International Students

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The Assembly of International Students is a student group at the University of Pennsylvania run and represented by students of global backgrounds. Since 2016, AIS has evolved into an umbrella organization representing and funding more than twenty constituent groups of different nationalities, ethnicities, and cultures. We work closely with the student government, the university administration, and the International Student and Scholar Services to create tangible benefits for international student life, to magnify the voices of international students at Penn and beyond, and to promote collaboration and harmony between students of different nations and culture. We achieve these aims by advocating for the interests of international students among other student groups, umbrella organizations, and the administration, and creating a social network through which international students can utilize in pursuit of common goals and ideals.

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Assembly of International Students Representative
Wendy Qian

Wendy is a Sophomore majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) and Fine Arts. Although she was born and raised in Shanghai, she is a citizen of the beautiful little red dot, Singapore. Outside of AIS, Wendy is the Social Media Co-chair for Penn Fashion Week. In her free time, she enjoys painting, traveling and meeting new people.


 

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Assembly of International Students Representative
Eva Zhang

Eva is a junior studying Business Analytics and International Relations, with a minor in Art History. Born and raised in Beijing, she attended high school in Connecticut. On campus, she is involved in the Assembly of International Students, International Affairs Association, and Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority. Eva loves traveling, meeting people of diverse backgrounds, and exploring new cultures through arts and cuisine.

Global Health Society

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The Global Health Society (GHS) at the University of Pennsylvania seeks to build awareness of and engagement in global health issues for all Masters of Public Health students here at Penn and particularly for the Global Health Track students. We hope to increase opportunities for global health research and service, including fieldwork and Capstone opportunities. We also work to increase communication between the MPH program and the other schools and student groups at Penn that have international interest and reach.

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Global Health Society Representative
Catherine Sayikanmi

Catherine Sayikanmi is a 2nd year graduate student in the Master of Public Health program on the global health track at Penn. She is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland. In 2014, she received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health with a minor in Leadership Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is primarily interested in learning more about global health priorities pertaining to health equity, infectious disease and health delivery in lower income countries. After completion of her MPH, she hopes to pursue a career in global health by working with an international NGO.

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Global Health Society Representative
Teniola Egbe

Teniola Egbe is second year graduate student in the  Master of Public Health program and Master of Bioethics program here at Penn. She is originally from Millstone Township, NJ. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Criminology from Villanova University.  Her interest are primarily in global health, infectious disease, and maternal and child health. After completion of her MPH, she hopes to pursue a career in global health by implementing programs in low resource countries.

Graduate and Professional Student Assemble (GAPSA), International Affairs Committee

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The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) has been an important initiator of change at the University of Pennsylvania. Since its founding over 30 years ago, the organization has striven to enhance the Penn graduate student experience through a diversified array of initiatives with an emphasis on promoting interdisciplinary research and bringing students from different disciplines together.

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Graduate and Professional Student Assemble (GAPSA), International Affairs Committee Representative
Esther Arthur

Esther Arthur is enrolled as a Master of Science in Applied Geoscience (MSAG) student at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research concerns electronic waste, its effects on the surrounding environment, analyzing recycling techniques, and suggesting remediation procedures for electronic waste landfills in Ghana. She currently serves as a chair on GAPSA’s IDEAL council, as well as, on the Black Graduate Women’s Association. She is also a student editor for the Earth & Environmental Sciences wH2O magazine about women and water and serves on the department’s Graduate Advisory Board.

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Graduate and Professional Student Assemble (GAPSA), International Affairs Committee Representative
Varun Singhal

Varun Singhal is a first-year graduate student in the Masters in Electrical Engineering program at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences here at Penn. He is also on track to obtain his graduate certificate in Engineering Entrepreneurship from the Wharton Business School. He received his Bachelor of Technology in Electronics Engineering degree from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, in India. He currently serves as the International Liasion for GAPSA and is also the Vice President of the Electrical and Systems Engineering Graduate Association. After his time at Penn, he hopes to pursue a career that combines his technical knowledge with his business acumen.

International Relations Undergraduate Student Association

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IRUSA’s mission is to support and unite current and prospective IR majors by providing opportunities to engage in International Relations- related events outside of the classroom. IRUSA achieves its goals by planning and sponsoring said events, as well as acting as a liaison between the administration and faculty and members of IRUSA.

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International Relations Undergraduate Student Association Representative
Ashling Sui

Ashling is a junior majoring in International Relations, Art History, and minoring in Consumer Psychology. Ashling focuses her region of study on East Asia.

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International Relations Undergraduate Student Association Representative
Ethan Woolley

Ethan is a Junior from York, PA double-majoring in International Relations and Russian. Ethan is particularly interested in the security dimension of the U.S.-Russian relationship.

The Lauder Institute 

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The Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management & International Studies provides fully integrated business education for a new generation of international leaders. Students at the Lauder Institute earn a Master of Arts in International Studies, which integrates teaching in tailored arts and sciences coursework with advanced language study and cultural immersion experiences. This training is combined with either a a MBA at the Wharton School or a JD at the Penn law School. The Lauder Institute has 6 regions of focus as well as a global program. Students in the Lauder Institute receive rigorous language training in a language local to their region of focus.

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The Lauder Institute Representative
Sulaiman Al Beayeyz

Sulaiman Al Beayeyz is currently pursuing an MBA and an MA in International Studies at The Wharton School of Business and at The Lauder Institute. Sulaiman was born and raised in the hot sands of Arabia, Riyadh. Prior to joining the Penn community, Sulaiman was working in the Middle East in mergers and acquisitions advisory, advising on corporate investments as well as on privatization mandates. Beyond finance, Sulaiman is interested in the ever-evolving sociopolitical scene in the Middle East and its relevance to rest of the world. In his free time, Sulaiman enjoys sailing, allowing him to explore far edges of the world. 

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The Lauder Institute Representative
Ravi Patel

Ravi Patel is a dual-degree student at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is obtaining an MBA at the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies at the Lauder Institute with an emphasis on South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Previously, he served as an advisor to the 19th Secretary of Defense of the United States, William J. Perry. In this role, he focused on diplomatic engagement between the United States and Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and Russia. Ravi also served as the executive director of the Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum, a bilateral collaborative research program for Russian and American graduate and undergraduate students. Ravi holds a BS and MS both in stem cell biology from Stanford University.

Nursing Students for Global Health

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A student-led organization committed to raising awareness about global health concerns as well as the impact of health disparities on all sectors of our global society.

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Nursing Students for Global Health Representative
Stacey Bevan

Stacey Bevan is a PhD candidate in Nursing Science and Hillman Scholar in Nursing Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania where she studies pediatric neurodevelopment. She earned her BA in International Relations and Biology from Tufts University and recently graduated with a BSN from Penn. Her research centers on understanding early indicators of developmental-behavioral concerns in young children and identifying accessible interventions in public health infrastructure. She has conducted research in Chile, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and China and partners with immigrant communities in the United States. She currently serves as a research collaborator at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Policy Lab. Stacey is interested in studying population level data and innovative nursing strategies to reduce barriers to care and promote healthy development for all children.

PennSID

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SID is Penn's premiere international development focused organization, incorporating broad perspectives and diverse topics to enrich student understanding of development in practice. With a focus on interactive activities and investigative discussions, PennSID allows its members to share experiences while gaining knowledge, analytical skills, and opportunities within the field.

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PennSID Representative
Cassandra Dinh

Cassandra is a senior in the College studying Biology and Medical Anthropology. She is on the board for PennSID and the IAA. She is very interested in public health with a specific focus on perinatal mental health. Her current research is centered on perinatal mental health experiences in Southeast Asian migrant populations.

Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerments (PURE)

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Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerments (PURE) is a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania dedicated to the advancement of forced migrants everywhere. PURE members engage in English language tutoring, fundraising efforts, and advocacy campaigns, as well as translation work and research for Penn Law's Transnational Legal Clinic. Additionally, PURE volunteers provide basic legal assistance and participate in the United Nations #JoinTogether campaign to spread refugee advocacy to universities everywhere.

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Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerments (PURE) Representative
Stephen Damianos

Stephen is a senior studying political science and journalistic writing at the University of Pennsylvania. He has conducted research on judicial considerations in immigrant bond proceedings as well as the rising levels of incivility in politics. A passionate human rights activist, Stephen is the president and founder of Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment (PURE), an organization that seeks to empower refugees with the transferable skills needed to succeed as active citizens. Stephen works with the United Nations “Together” campaign to mobilize university students in refugee advocacy, and created the Refugee Employment Taskforce to encourage the university to hire forced migrants as employees. Stephen spent the summer working with refugees in Athens and hopes to pursue both a master's and a law degree in the fields of development and migration.

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Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerments (PURE) Representative
Reem AlRabiah

Reem is a senior from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia studying psychology and working towards becoming a psychotherapist. Growing up in the Middle East and witnessing the effects of political unrest there has cultivated in her an interest in the social and psychological effects of these events. She is especially interested in the manifestation and treatment trauma, as well as cultural differences in psychopathology in general. Reem has been involved in humanitarian work with refugees in Philadelphia as well as abroad. She is the vice president of Penn Undergraduates for Refugee Empowerment, and of the Penn Arab Students Society. She is currently an intern at the Immigration and Language Access unit at the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities Services, and a research assistant in the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research.

Timmy Global Health

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Penn Timmy Global Health is the University of Pennsylvania chapter of Timmy Global Health headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Timmy Global Health's mission includes expanding access to healthcare in Guatemala, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, and Nigeria by empowering students to engage in global development. Penn Timmy's mission is three-fold: increase awareness on campus of global health disparities, serve the local Philadelphia community, and fundraise for our partner organization, Centro de Salud Hombro a Hombro, in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. In addition to this, Penn Timmy participates in an annual medical service trip to Ecuador where we provide primary care to patients who do not have regular access to health services.

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Timmy Global Health Representative
Casey Colleran

Casey Colleran is currently a sophomore in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, studying bioengineering. Casey is currently the president of Penn Timmy Global Health, which has allowed her to partner with Perry World House. She is also currently the Vice President of Philanthropy for Sigma Kappa, a member of Penn's professional engineering fraternity Theta Tau, and currently assists in data collection for a research project at Penn Medicine. 

Undergraduate Assembly

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The Undergraduate Assembly is a student-elected and student-run lobbying group on campus. The purpose of the UA is five-fold: To lobby for tangible change at Penn based on student needs, to represent students to administrators and outsiders, to bring students from different groups and identities together, to provide services to improve student’s quality of life, and to fund the other branches of student government and by extension all student groups on campus.

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Undergraduate Assembly Representative
Charles Curtis-Thomas

Charles Curtis-Thomas is a Sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Political Science and Sociology. Around campus, Charles is a part of The Undergraduate Assembly, The Ase Mentorship Program, Greek Life, Class Board 2021, BWUA Consulting, Christian Union, and more. Charles is very passionate about meeting people, helping people, and making a change in his environment wherever his life takes him.

Undergrad SON

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Penn Nursing is one of the school at the University of Pennsylvania  which among other phenomenal aspects provides an incomparable professional foundation for a career in nursing, nursing research, policy,  and so forth - with a mix of liberal arts curriculum.

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Undergrad SON Representative
Sandra Urusaro

Sandra Urusaro is a senior in the School of Nursing, minoring in Global Health. She has a wide range of interests mainly in the health care field and global health with a focus of care in low and middle income countries. Over time, Sandra has learned that healthcare cannot stand on its own- thus she aspires to learn more about its interconnections to other fields (that affect health such as policy, economy and so forth). Hence, her involvement in initiatives/activities such as ISSS, Mentoring programs, SAIP, and Perry World House as leading hubs to get informed about global current events. Sandra's ability to share information with her cohort is what makes this much more exciting for her! When she is not catching up with school or events, Sandra enjoys cooking and photography.

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Undergrad SON Representative
Bianca Altamirano

Bianca Altamirano is from Devon, Pennsylvania, a Philly suburb, and is a freshman in the nursing school. For fun, she enjoys eating, traveling, art, exploring the city, and spending time with kids. She is also a part of Dischord A Cappella and the girls’ ultimate frisbee team.