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.

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



Dr. Baldomero Lago: Assistant Vice President 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.




Emily D. Tooy: Associate Director | Phone: 801.863.8709 | LA111H

I was a secondary education English teacher for The French Ministry of Education in French Guiana from 2009 until 2013. I was also a high school French teacher in Florida for two years. During my time in South America, I served as a warden for the Embassy of the United States in Paramaribo, Suriname, and was as an interpreter for the French Military Police (la Gendarmerie) in western French Guiana. In 2015 I left my teaching career for a career in higher education administration. I was raised in a bilingual home where Serbian was spoken. In addition to French, I also speak Sranan Tongo & Eastern Maroon Creole (also known as Ndyuka, Aukaans, or Okanisi Tongo). Through my pursuit of foreign language acquisition, I have grown passionate about world cultures and standards of living. I am interested in political as well as economic, & environmental corruption in both the developed and developing world. More specifically, civil & human rights violations, the rights of indigenous & native populations in the Amazon, the role of multinational corporations in developing countries, deforestation, and sustainability. I am a proud native of Chicago, IL (go Sox), and new to the Beehive State. I love exploring the state of Utah with my wonderful son, Luka. I am currently pursuing a MSc in Global Technology & Development.

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.

kelsey thacker

Kelsey Thacker: Coordinator - Intercultural Academic Programs | Phone: 801.863.5306 | LA111J

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. Thacker'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.

When she is not coordinating, she can be found on stage. Ms. 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 semi-professionnal, community theater, and opera productions.


Amy Barnett

Amy Barnett: Program Coordinator & Chief of Protocol, International Affairs and Diplomacy | 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 | LA111Q

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.

alit makic

Alit Makic: Web/Marketing Coordinator | Phone: 801.863.5345 | LA111G

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.

Kathy Kaiser

Kathy Kaiser: International Internship Coordinator | Phone: 801.863.5743 | LA101E

Kathy is new to both UVU and International Internships.  This new position was recently created and serves both Internship Services and the Office of International and Multicultural Studies. Her main role is to help students receive accurate, timely International Internship information, and provide guidance on Internship policy and the application process.

Over the years, Kathy has worked in many different types of jobs: sales, marketing, office professional, and education. Her previous (Utah) positions include Assessment Coordinator for the Provo City School District and Administrative Assistant to directors in both the BYU School of Music and Athletics. She especially likes to help young people succeed and reach their intended potential. Kathy began her college career at Eastern Michigan University, then completed it at Weber State University.  Her Bachelor of Science degree is in Communication, with a Business minor. 

A rural Michigan native, Kathy has lived in Utah for the past 13 years.  She loves the mountains and climate of Utah—specifically the very low humidity. But she also loves the green, rolling hills of Michigan and the state’s abundance of many natural lakes.  Much of her time is devoted to supporting her daughters as they pursue their life goals. In her spare time, she loves sports, music, reading and movies. 

William Yocom

William Yocom: Student Web/ Marketing Assistant | LA111D

I know web and Photoshop. I'm a dedicated to computer and tech. I spend my free time working on personal projects to expand my tech knowledge, and hone my skills. I'm a very punctual person, if I'm not 5 minutes early I'm late.

I work as much as I'm allowed to work other wise I tend to get a bit obsessed with what I'm doing. 

Alma Lopez

Alma Lopez: Student Office 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.