Mission Statement

The Office of International Affairs & Diplomacy actively supports UVU's global engagement efforts by:

  • Advancing UVU's presence and prestige in the international community;
  • Helping UVU students become globally competent graduates;
  • Promoting cultural literacy and diversity both on campus and in the community;
  • Creating opportunities for engaged learning and regional economic development through cultural exchanges and diplomatic visits.
Dr. R.E. Butler

Dr. R.E. "Rusty" Butler

Associate Vice President, International Affairs and Diplomacy

Dr. Butler is the Associate Vice President for the Office of International Affairs and Diplomacy and Director of the Utah-Russia Institute at Utah Valley University. In addition, he is the Honorary Consul General of the Russian Federation in Utah and member of the Utah Consular Corps which represents all foreign consulates in Utah.

Dr. Butler's career started as a professor of linguistics in Canada from which he branched into private business in western Canada and the United States. He later served as a senior staff member in the U.S. Senate and the Reagan White House before entering management with the Boeing Corporation in its military operations. He returned to the academic world at UVU in 1992.

Dr. Butler was twice awarded the medal of merit by the Russian Foreign Ministry and has published in the Ministry's journal, International Affairs. He was awarded an honorary degree from the Kyrgyz National University He is an accomplished triathlete, cyclist, marathon runner and plays ice hockey in his spare time.


Amy Barnett

Amy Barnett

Program Coordinator & Chief of Protocol, International Affairs and Diplomacy

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.


Guia Dawn Quilla Soleta      guia dawn soleta      

Assistant, International Affairs and Diplomacy                                     

Guia is an international student at Utah Valley University, taking up Bachelor of Arts in illustration, 2015-2018. She was born and raised in the Philippines. Education has been the most important part of her life. She developed a desire to pursue a higher learning in America because of her parent's great example to her. Guia knows that gaining an education will not only affect her, but also her family and fellow Filipinos.                           

Guia has an Associate in Arts (A.A.) in Fashion Design and Merchandising, 2008-2010, at The College of St. Benilde in Manila, Philippines. In 2011, she received a Certificate in Fashion Technical Design in Manhattan at New York School of Design. Guia is highly skilled in designing both apparel and textiles. She voluntary served a church mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, California Rancho Cucamonga mission from September 2013 to April 2015.

As an International student, she experiences different kinds of cultures, values and beliefs of people from diverse backgrounds in her school and church. Guia hopes one day to share her talent and creativity to her friends and people she will interact with. She is currently working on her fashion collection for Utah Fashion Week Spring 2016.