Meet your Conversation Leaders


Alisa is a Junior at USC majoring in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sustainable Chemistry. Her grade school years were spent in Perth, Australia and other cities across the globe until she moved to Los Angeles to attend USC. Alisa is a member of a the Gamma Phi Beta Sorority and is excited to be involved in both science and environmental organizations on campus this year. Her interests range from hiking to watching Netflix to cooking in her apartment for friends. She is easy going and approachable and always happy to meet new people!


Anna Ngo is a freshman majoring in Mechanical Engineering (Petroleum). She is from Houston, Texas but is loving the Los Angeles atmosphere. She has been dancing and playing basketball since she was five years old. However, she loves all sports and enjoys cooking and exploring. The one thing she loves the most is engaging herself in new cultures and experiencing new things. Therefore, don't be afraid to stop by to introduce yourself!


Autumn Palen is a freshman majoring in Film & TV Production, with a minor in French. She is from San Diego, California and enjoys listening to music, watching TV, traveling outside of her usual parameters whenever she can, and drawing incessantly. She also loves learning about languages and lifestyles from all around the world, so don't shy away from sharing during group conversations.


Cindy is a senior from Washington D.C. majoring in East Asian Area Studies, with a focus in Mandarin. She is from the east coast, but has slowly fallen in love with Los Angeles. Last semester, Cindy studied abroad in Taiwan for six months to improve her Mandarin. She understands how difficult it is to learn a new language; especially a crazy language like English; it is so irregular! When she is not struggling to learn Mandarin, Cindy likes to ride her bicycle through downtown and cheer on the USC Marching Band. Please come by to her group conversation sessions, she’ll love to meet and get to know you!


Corinne is a junior majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Law, and double minoring in Narrative Structure and Psychology & Law. She is a passionate learner, reader, writer, and traveller. Corinne finds learning about other cultures fascinating and hopes to live abroad in the future. In her free time, Corinne loves to explore cities, go on nature excursions, listen to music, practice yoga, and play with her adorable yet devilish grey tabby cat named Alba. Being from the East Coast, she knows what it is like to have culture shock upon first coming to Los Angeles. Please come by to her group conversation sessions; she'd love to meet and get to know you!


Dominique Murdock is a first year grad student with the Rossier School of Education studying Teaching English to Second Language Speakers. Dominique is a native of Detroit, Michigan but has recently decided the west coast can adopt her. She has an overwhelming passion for humanity, and hopes one day to impose tolerance on the world.  Just last year, Dominique was a 3.7 student at Howard University in Washington, DC where her exposure and interaction with the global society was stimulated. As a Gates Scholar, Dominique has had the privilege of volunteering with peers from all over the world. She is a lover of travel, language, and culture and aspires one day to write a novel curtailing her journeys. Murdock, as her friends like to call her, is a lover of life and an advocate for vitality.


Evan Sawyer is a sophomore majoring in International Relations with minors in Spanish and Nonprofit, Philanthropy, and Volunteerism. He is from snowy Vermont and loves the excitement, diversity, and beautiful weather of Los Angeles. Evan is a club baseball player and an avid sports fan who will talk about baseball, basketball, or football for hours on end if you let him and is always looking for new kinds of music to listen to. He is passionate about volunteering and immersing himself in new cultures and languages and is excited to step into the international nonprofit sector in the US, Latin America, and elsewhere. If you haven't already met Evan as an Undergraduate Student Consultant in the ITA program, he is excited to meet you in conversation groups soon!


Ivtiy is a sophomore majoring in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. She grew up in Alhambra, California and currently lives in Los Angeles. She loves the Apple products and wants to pursue a career in the company as a computer engineer. Ivtiy's hobbies are exercising, watching hong kong or korean dramas, reading, traveling, and volunteering at her elementary school. She loves to participate in extracurricular activities and is currently in the National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE) as a Junior Officer of Viterbi, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), and Korean Student Association (KSA). Lastly, she loves USC!


Jin is a junior, majoring in French, and speaks fluent English and Mandarin Chinese. She is a constant traveler and enjoys conversations, hiking, and fine-dining. She is very excited about being a conversation group leader and would love to meet all of you soon!


John is wandering soul that has been traveling and working throughout China and southeast Asia for the last ten years. He has experienced so much of China that he now considers it his second home. As a member of the new WBB program at Marshall, he will only be here for a year before he goes off again to Hong Kong for new adventures. He strives to experience as much as he can and make connections with people from all over the world, which is what led him to USC and this position. As a former bartender, he enjoys his weekends downtown on the other side of the bar, hanging out with friends, or just taking it easy. Other interests include motorcycles, good music, travel, and learning cool stuff;did you know that the universe and brain are organized the same way?


Kamille Robertson is junior studying theatre at the School of Dramatic Arts. She was born in California but raised in the deep south of Texas. Kamille hopes to land a career somewhere in the world of entertainment, as an actor, writer, costume designer... She is casting a wide net and hoping to find her niche. She has had a variety of experiences from working at Walt Disney World to working as a server at a little surf restaurant on South Padre Island to being a flower girl at the USC Flowershop. Kamille loves to read books, study French and women studies, and of course, watch screen and live performances. She hopes to one day write a book about her experiences, but not for a very long time, she has a lot of life to live.


Raised in Los Angeles, Leanne is a senior studying Communications with an emphasis on the entertainment industry. Nothing makes her happier than singing and dancing, so in her spare time you can catch her recording covers of her favorite songs or practicing for hip hop competitions as an e-board member of the dance crew, Chaotic 3. She also has a passion for eating and shamelessly loves to take pictures of her food. She is looking forward to meeting you!


Lian is a USC first year originally from Olympia, Washington. Lian likes to talk about her hometown and encourages others to do the same. She is currently a East Asian Languages and Cultures major with an emphasis on Japanese and looking to double major in something else. Some of her hobbies include watching movies, listening to music and taking naps. One of her dreams is to work in Japan someday. As a conversation group leader, Lian hopes to create a comfortable atmosphere for everyone to have fun and communicate with one another!

Matt M.

Years of persitence and dedication to his passions have allowed Matthew Mori to become a senior biomedical engineering student, a prominent member of the USC dance community, and a philanthropic contributor to the Los Angeles area. As a dancer on mulitple teams, his passion for the body and its accomplishments has fueled his desire to preserve and enhance it. Also, his love for the city of Los Angeles, being born and bred there, has allowed him to pursue paths of community service to enrich the lives of those around him. Do not let his intensity scare you though. Matthew is a very sweet, caring, and funny individual. Feel free to say hello anytime.

Matt P.

Matthew is a junior majoring in economics, with a minor in accounting. He was born and raised in Pasadena and has lived in Southern California all of his life. Matthew hopes to be an economic consultant, investment banker, or just anything that pertains to money. He is a certified basketball referee, an avid admirer of 90’s R&B love songs, loves to write poetry, and is obsessed with anything dealing with the Walking Dead. He also has a passion for sports particularly football and basketball, and loves eating Mexican food and will go on crazy adventures with his friends looking for amazing new taco trucks in the area. By his ridiculous smile you can easily tell that he will be excited to meet you, so don’t be afraid to stop by.


Megs, or Meghna, moved to the US from Saudi Arabia two years ago and loves USC! She's a junior studying Business Administration and Communication Design. In her free time, she writes, goes to movies with her friends, and explores LA because it's such a vibrant city with so much to do. She's always been passionate about English, and she'd love to help you out, even if it's just for a chat! She loves teaching and meeting new people, so feel free to stop by for her conversation sessions! :)


Samantha is a Senior from New Jersey; majoring in Business and minoring in Japanese. She has a large amount of experience teaching English! In her free time, Samantha enjoys hanging out with friends, going out to eat, and listening to music. She has interned at a non-profit organization in Japan this past summer, where she worked with interns from 24 different countries, so she has some insight on dealing with new cultures. Samantha loves learning new things and enjoys meeting new people!


Tracy is a transfer student majoring in International Relations (Global Business). Tracy grew up in a suburban city outside of Los Angeles called Torrance. Her areas of interest include traveling, attending concerts, and meeting new people. She studied abroad in the Fall of 2013, an experience which made her passion for immersing in many cultures fully blossom. Tracy enjoys the idea of speaking to people from different areas of the world, so she is looking forward to meeting with USC's international students.


Zach, a senior from small town Missouri, majors in International Relations with a minor in Slavic Language and Literature (Russian) and East Asian Language and Culture (Mandarin). He enjoys meeting new people and sharing different experiences, and can definitely identify with the difficulties of learning another language. He especially likes reading Sci-Fi novels, exploring different places, and cultural exchanges, so check out his group sessions for some interesting conversations!