As the Assistant Vice President for Global Engagement, Dr. Lago organizes and manages UVU’s global and intercultural academic initiatives; working mainly with external communities including the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, the Utah World Trade Center, the Utah Consular Corps, foreign dignitaries, and local and international community partners. 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.
Emily comes to UVU after six years of foreign language teaching experience in grades 6-12 most recently, in the state of Florida as a certified K-12 French educator. Upon completion of her undergrad, she was employed by l’Education Nationale (French Ministry of Education) as an English teacher for four years in the French overseas department of French Guiana, South America.
At UVU Emily works closely with faculty and their departments to develop faculty-led study abroad programs. She combines her passion for international education with comprehensive health, safety, and risk management oversight.
Emily is a polyglot; she speaks Serbo-Croatian, French, Surinaams, and Ndyuka.
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.
Kelsey may not be from outside of the country, but she is in constant fascination of the world and it’s diverse makeup. 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!). Ms. Mariner's role as the Coordinator of Intercultural Academic Programs allows her to work with Program Directors as well as students, to ensure safety while traveling internationally. She conducts and assists with pre-deparutre trainings and meetings, issues international travel insurance, and oversees Study Abroad.
Amy Barnett comes to UVU as a skilled international events manager, having acted as the principal relations liaison between mostly Russian speaking National Olympic Committees/dignitaries and the organizing committees for both the Salt Lake 2002 and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
She has six years of international customer service management experience and has trained staff throughout much of Eastern Europe. Her volunteer experience spans several years and includes collaborating with LDS international charities and a variety of Russian non-profit organizations. She also worked as a visa and travel agent, as well as a Russian interpreter in Utah and English teacher in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Amy is a passionate traveler and loves to share her insights and experiences of favorite places abroad. She uses her creativity to enrich international hosting events at UVU and her work environment.
Originally from Mexico, Mori has lived in many parts of the western United States including; Texas, Utah, and Washington. Mori holds an Associate of Science in Business Management. He has Certifications in Accounting, Web design, and Commercial Photography. Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Personal Financial Planning from the Woodbury School of Business. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, and Conversational in Brazilian Portuguese.
As a student at UVU, Mori, was president of the Career Preparation Club, a Leader in UVU’s Law Society, Introduced several Key Note Speakers, and scholarship recipient of the AT&T Latino Scholarship as well as the IME Becas scholarship provided by the Mexican Government.
Alma is so happy and grateful to be part of the Office of International and Multicultural Studies! She is an intelligent girl with many goals ahead of her. As of now, she is business student, majoring in entrepreneurship. She has just declared to minor in the Chinese language as well. Alma has a passion for different languages and cultures. She can fluently speak both English and Spanish and is on her way to fluently speaking Chinese. She partakes a role in the organization of the annual DLI fairs and absolutely loves it. She is enlightened by how well younger generations are learning to speak the targeted language at such a young age
“Good things come to those who work hard and never give up.” This quote is always my motivation to work harder to achieve what I have been dreamed of since I was a little girl and maintain my path towards my goal.
My name is Marany Bun, but people call me Rainy. I’m an international student here at UVU. I’m from Cambodia, a little small but beautiful and amazing cultured country, which is surrounded by Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. I have started my college journey with UVU since the beginning of 2016, and I got hired as a student assistant at the Office of Global Engagement my sophomore year.
Before coming to the United States, I took a short language course in Korea. Even though it was such a short period, I met many good friends and gained a lot of new experiences. Besides studying, I have always been in love with traveling. I went to most of the countries in Asia and learned a lot about their wonderful culture and lifestyles.