International Student Center
About

Staff

  • Ryan M. Greene

    Ryan M. Greene

    Director
    Phone: 206.296.6260
    In August, 2010, Ryan joined the Seattle University International Student Center staff as the Director of the Center. Prior to his appointment at SU he served as the inaugural Director of the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs for four years at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, where he also had served as an Instructor in their Master’s degree program in Higher Education Administration teaching classes on higher education governance and lecturing on issues of diversity in U.S. higher education. His recent publications have appeared in the journal International Higher Education and in the book Higher Education in Africa: The International Dimension (2008). Currently, Ryan is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland (ABD), and he also served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pretoria in Tshwane, South Africa where he conducted dissertation research on the internationalization of their College of Education. Ryan has been a diversity education training specialist for almost fifteen years, and has also worked at Barnard College, Marymount Manhattan College, the University of California (Santa Barbara & Santa Cruz campuses), the University of Maryland, and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was drawn to SU and to the position because of the University’s Jesuit mission and values, and its commitment to global engagement and social justice. Ryan is a native of New York and spends his free time traveling, learning about other cultures, and following college sports and the NY Yankees.
    Dale Watanabe

    Dale Watanabe

    International Student Advisor
    Phone: 206.296.6260
    Hi, my name is Dale Watanabe and I am one of the two International Student Advisors at the ISC. I work closely with Sandra Bui so we can keep up to date on all of our fantastic international students. A little about me: I taught English as a Second Language for seven years (3 years in Hyogo-ken, Japan and 4 years at Edmonds Community College) and have worked at Seattle University since winter quarter of 2001. I grew up on Seattle's Beacon Hill (famous for the pink building - also known as Amazon.com) and now live up north near Mill Creek. As some of you may know, my office is always open so please drop by and say hello!
    Sandra Bui

    Sandra Bui

    International Student Advisor
    Phone: 206.296.6260
    Chao Ban (that's "Hi Friend" in Vietnamese)! My name is Sandra (Linh) Bui. I'm an International Student Advisor at the International Student Center (ISC). I was born in Lam Dong, Vietnam. Our family immigrated to the United States when I was eight. Since then I have been living in Seattle, Washington and loving it here because of the temperate weather.
    In the last twelve years working at Seattle University, I would have to say my most enjoyable moments are talking to students and scholars from all over the world and gaining knowledge of new cultures.
    Please feel free to drop by the International Student Center to say hi!
    Kate Spoor

    Kate Spoor

    Administrative Assistant
    I'm a 2007 graduate of Seattle University and I earned a degree in International Studies and Italian. I received my TESOL Certificate in 2007 and in the same year joined the Associates in Cultural Exchange (A.C.E.) Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University after graduating from SU. At A.C.E. I served in numerous capacities from 2007 - 2011, including working as their Groups Program Coordinator and as an English Language Teacher and Tutor. I focused on coordinating groups of teachers and students from Korea, Japan, and Saudi Arabia who were attending A.C.E. Institute at Seattle Pacific University. I have been in the Administrative Assistant role at the ISC since January 2012 and I love working with our students! Please come by and say hello! In my spare time I enjoy traveling, organizing groups to visit the opera, classical music, and artwork. I'm passionate about global health and women's rights issues and enjoy Persian ballet, salsa, and tango dancing.
    Dolly Chan

    Dolly Chan

    Office Assistant
    Yin dee tee dai ruu jak (“nice to meet you” in Thai) Hi everyone! My name is Dolly Chan, and I’m an international student from Singapore. I am half Singaporean and half Thai born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Countries that I have lived in include Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Growing up with a multicultural background helped me develop interest in different cultures and languages. I came to Seattle University in the fall of 2010 to pursue a Bachelors degree in Business Management. I have never been in the U.S. before attending SeattleU, so my first year here was filled with culture shocks. Now I find myself enjoying my study abroad experience and adjusting to the new culture here. Working at the International Student Center gives me the opportunity to meet new students from different backgrounds and create new friendships. I like to travel, learn new languages, explore new places, and meet new people. Come by the ISC to chat with the staff, eat food, or just relax in our lounge. Feel free to ask me any questions; I’ll try my best to answer them.
    Nguyen Tran

    Nguyen Tran

    Programming Assistant

    Xin chao, hello, bonjour!

    My name is Nguyen Tran. I’m an international student from Sai Gon (or Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. Yes, it is the biggest city of the nation, but no, it’s not the capital city. Currently, I am a freshman majoring in Bio-Chemistry and hopefully, I will get into a medical school with this degree. I know three languages: Vietnamese, English, and a bit of French. I said “a bit” because I need much practice on my speaking skills. I love watching movies, any genre is okay for me except horror. I can’t stand blood, knives and needles. I know it’s ironic since I’m going to a medical school, but we’ll see how it goes. Books are also a big part of my life. Like movies, I don’t like bloody novels, but my favorite books are pretty bloody. They are “The Book Thief”, “The Hunger Games”, and… “Horton Hears a Who”. Lastly, I love listening to instrumental music and collecting quotes. My favorite quote is “at school, the lesson comes first then the test. In life, the test comes first then the lesson.” I will be around campus, so feel free to say hello if you see me.
    Anh Nguyen

    Anh Nguyen

    Programming Assistant
    My name is Anh and I'm a biochemistry major from Vietnam. My freshmen year was full of exciting events and I was able to make great friends from several different countries. I've been involved in most of ISC sponsored events and I'm an active member of the Japanese Student Association (JSA). In terms of interests, I like to learn Japanese, listen to music, and explore new restaurants in Seattle. SU provides a fun and diverse environment to students and also helps to nourish the potentiality in every student. Get
    involved, make friends, be loud, and have fun here at SU. My favorite Seattle spot to visit are Alki Beach and my favorite Seattle eatery is the Tamarind Tree or Palace BBQ.
  • Contact ISC

    James C. Pigott Pavilion for Leadership, PAVL P160 
    901 12th Avenue
    Seattle WA, 98122
    206.296.6260

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