The Office for Global Engagement 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.

Office hours:
Monday- Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm & by appointment
Location: Liberal Arts Building LA 111
Phone: 801. 863. 8342
Fax: 801. 863. 6021

Mailing Address: 
Utah Valley University 
800 W University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
Mail Stop 124


Baldomero Lago

Dr. Baldomero Lago: Chief International Officer - Vice Rector for Global Engagement | Phone: 801.863.7301 | LA114B

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.

Brent Spencer

Brent Spencer: Director, Global Academic Programming | Phone: 801.863.8994 | LA111M

Having worked for over a decade in the fields of university Service-Learning and International Education at several universities in different parts of the country, Brent Spencer is glad to be back in his home state of Utah as the new Director of Global Academic Programming at Utah Valley University. Brent has lived in Latin America for over four years, has widely travelled in Europe, and has been to destinations in Africa and Asia. Brent has an undergraduate degree in Geography and graduate degrees in Public Administration and History from the University of Utah and Florida Gulf Coast University respectively. According to Brent, “travelling and studying in a foreign country gives students the opportunity to grapple with familiar subjects within unfamiliar contexts. Engaged learning happens as students understand different ways of doing things and solving problems together with people from around the globe.” At Utah Valley University, Brent oversees the internal university administration of study abroad and other international programming.


Emily D. Tooy: Associate Director, Global Academic Programming | Phone: 801.863.8709 | LA111H

At UVU, Emily works closely with faculty members to develop faculty-led study abroad programs. She combines her knowledge & passion for international education with comprehensive health, safety, & risk management oversight. Emily enjoys collaborating with stakeholders to improve & expand international academic programs at Utah Valley. She is an advocate for global and intercultural opportunities as they have the ability to significantly impact students’ lives. She is passionate about supporting underrepresented students in their acquisition of global & intercultural awareness.

Emily spent four years in French Guiana working in government jobs- as an English Teacher for the French Ministry of Education and as an Interpreter for the French Military Police. She also has experience serving as a Warden for the State Department at the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname. Emily was a first-generation college student, has studied and worked on three continents, and hopes to continue her education in the near future by pursuing a master’s degree in Caribbean Slavery Studies.

Emily is a polyglot; she speaks Serbo-Croatian, French, Surinaams, and Ndyuka. She is a native of Chicago, IL.

Bryan Waite

Dr. Bryan R. Waite: Global & Intercultural Engagement Program Director | Phone: 801.863.6721 | ME112M

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.

Carlos Alarco

Carlos Alarco: Coordinator, Global Academic Programming | Phone: 801.863.5306 | LA111J

Carlos Alarco was born in Lima, Peru, grew up in Sydney, Australia and now lives in Utah. He has over 15 years of experience using technology in education in the public and private sector.  He has worked for both The University of Utah and Utah Valley University and has a Masters Degree in Learning Technology.

He has been involved with organizations like Women of the Mountains and Utah International Mountain Forum organizations since 2010 and has served in other capacities such as International Outreach Coordinator and University of Utah Liason. In December of 2013 he was part of a delegation from UVU to visit the United Nations in New York to take part in the Sixth session of the Open Working Group Meeting on Sustainable Development Goals. He has organized events such as Social Soup and Internnational Mountain Day Celebration at the University of Utah and at helped organize the International Women of the Mountains Conference at UVU. He is a strong advocate of access to education for all, and is a strong believer of the power that education has to transform lives.

Amy Barnett

Amy Barnett: Coordinator, Global Engagement | Phone: 801.863.8897 | LA111P

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.

Mori Rodriguez

Mori Rodriguez: Finance Officer | Phone: 801.863.8703 | LA111D

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.

Veronica Caballero

Veronica M Caballero: Coordinator, Global Administration | Phone: 801.863.5345 | LA111

As Coordinator for Administration, Veronica oversees all International Contract Agreements, Visiting Scholar (J1 visas), Global University Compliance and Risk Management. She is also a member of the University Global Advisory Board. Veronica has a Bachelors in Political Science, with a Minor in Latin American Studies, and a Minor in Peace & Justices from Utah Valley University.

Natalie Norton

Natalie Morton: Coordinator, International Internships | Phone: 801.863.5743 | LA111Q

As the Office for Global Engagements International Internship Coordinator, Natalie Morton is responsible for developing UVU’s International Internship Program. She is passionate about having students increase their marketability in the global economy through an international internship.
Mrs. Morton has spent her career working internationally as a business development professional expanding markets into Europe, Asia Pacific, and South America, securing partnerships and sales contracts in the IT industry.  She is an outdoor enthusiast, spending her time swimming, biking and skiing in the beautiful Utah Mountains.  She is also a multi-lingual speaker- French, German, conversational Spanish, Italian and Serbo-Croatian.  
Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French from the University of Utah and an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, in Monterey, California

Alma Lopez

Alma Lopez: Administrative Assistant | Phone: 801.863.8342 | LA111E

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


Rainy Bun

Rainy Bun: Student Office Assistant | Phone: 801.863.8342 | LA111N

“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.


Marcela Soto

Marcela Soto-Ortega: Assistant to the Director of Intercultural Academic Programming | Phone: 801.863.5421 | LA111E

 Marcela moved to Utah from El Salvador to pursue a Bachelor’s in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. Lived in Germany for 7 months, to study Journalism/Public Relations and German Language at Westphalia University of Applied Sciences. Linguistics are some of her passions. She speaks fluent Spanish and English, and has knowledge in French and German.

Marcela works closely with the Director of Intercultural Academic program, and oversees the organization of the Global/Intercultural University Distinction. As a student at UVU, Marcela was a philanthropy director for Student Alumni Association, Social Media manager for UVU Student Association, and scholarship recipient of the AT&T Latino Scholarship. Marcela is a vehement traveler and loves to share her experiences of her favorite places abroad.

Neal Wandja

Neal Wandja: Web and Marketing Assistant | LA111N

Kaylee Trapane

Kaylee Trapane: Graphic Designer | LA111N

I am a current student at Utah Valley University studying Digital Media. I have always loved art and creating thing! Throughout my high school years I took several activities, one of them was being a member of the Yearbook Staff. I enjoyed being on the staff and design pages of the yearbook. However, what gave me the greatest joy was holding the finished yearbook in my hand, and seeing what we, as a staff, had accomplished that year and the memories we made. During my Senior year, I had the opportunity to be the Editor of the yearbook. My duties included, collaborating with my fellow editor and our adviser to established the yearbook’s theme, designing the basic layout for the pages (Including the eye-line, and basic design element for each page), editing the staff member’s pages, and overseeing the advertising for the yearbook.  

I also love doing photography and have participated in various photography shows/contests. I use Instagram regularly to continue that passion, even though my life is crazy!