International & Multicultural Staff


The Office of International & Multicultural Studies assists faculty, students, and staff in developing and maintaining strong international and multicultural relationships; supports globally focused programs of study, service, and research; and creates strategic international partnerships with key institutions around the world.

EmilyBaldomero Lago: IMS Senior Director 

As the Sr. Director Dr. Lago oversees multicultural studies and global spotlight activities at Utah Valley University. Dr. Lago has dedicated his professional career as a professor of language pedagogy and has presented his teaching philosophy and research in Europe, the Americas and Asia. A native of Spain, Dr. Lago received his undergraduate and post graduate degrees in the US and returned to his home country to complete his doctoral degree in instructional technology. He is the chief editor of the Journal of Learning Styles, a member of the Board of Trustees at the Extremadura Business School in Spain and participates actively in many scientific committees of international organizations. Dr. Lago serves as the Honorary Consul of Spain since 1999 and is past-president of the Utah Consular Corps. He enjoys travelling and spending time with his family.

EmilyEmily D. Tooy: IMS Associate Director

Emily Tooy holds a B.A. in French from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Global Technology and Development. Fluent in five languages, Emily has lived on three continents, and enjoys speaking with others about their international experiences. 

Her academic interests include the rights of indigenous populations in the Amazon, the role of multinational corporations in developing countries, deforestation and sustainability.

A Chicago, IL native, Emily loves culture, music and spending time with her wonderful son, Luka. 


Bryan WaiteBryan R. Waite: Global & Multicultural Engagement Program Director

Dr. Waite has been teaching in the School of Education at UVU since 2007. He completed a PhD in Education in 2006 and prior to that a Master’s in Spanish Education at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before Colorado he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he completed a BA in Spanish and minored in Business. His specialty is Multicultural Education and ESL/Bilingual Education. One of his many passions is being in the classroom with future and current teachers and engaging them in discussions of multicultural and multi-linguistic awareness.   

Dr. Waite is also the Program Director for Global/Intercultural Engagement at UVU. This position, which is in the Center for Global/Intercultural Engagement, gives him the distinct privilege of working with faculty and staff in issues of cultural diversity and inclusive pedagogy. 

He and his wife Katrina have 3 children, Mckinley, Lily, and Sophia.  When he is not in the classroom or on campus Dr. Waite loves being with his family.  They love the outdoors - camping, mt. biking, hiking, and lots of soccer.

 kelseyKelsey Thacker: Coordinator - Intercultural Academic Programs

Kelsey is excited to be a part of the International and Multicultural department here at UVU. She may not be from outside of the country, but she is in constant fascination and longing to be around the world. Kelsey holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, which has exposed her to many languages and cultures, including Spanish, French, German, Czech, Italian, and Chinese (just to name a few!). Mrs. Thacker's role as the Coordinator of Intercultural Academic Programs will allow her to work with the International Intercultural Trip Coordinators as well as students, to ensure safety while traveling internationally. 

When she is not coordinating, she can be found on stage. Mrs. Thacker is a highly sought out voice teacher, music director, and audition coach. She has been seen on stage at UVU when she was a student in the School of Music (Opera, Opera Scenes, Chamber Choir, etc), as well as around Utah County in local community theater and opera productions.

alitAlit Makic: Administrative Assistant

Cosmopolitan might be the best word to describe Alit Makic. He was raised in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, currently known as Serbia. Alit has always been a thrill seeker. After his boyhood he broadened his horizons while living in Belgium and France. He is fluent in more than five languages and enjoys the cultures therein. He has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Marketing from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

At Utah Valley University he performs a variety of duties. He assists the Sr. Director of the International and Multicultural Studies department, prepares and monitors the departmental financial transaction budgets and supplies, and follows several projects through successful completion. He is involved in graphic design creation, web management, marketing, advertising, publicity and campaign management for Global Spotlight Program and The New York Times Global Review to promote event awareness around the campus and local communities. Alit loves working with people and would love to one day become a successful professional and mentor. He is currently working on his MBA here at UVU.