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International Peer Leaders

The International Peer Leader Program is a volunteer program that gives current CBU students the opportunity to help new international students become acquainted with Christian Brothers University and Memphis. Our International Peer Leaders (IPLs) are current CBU students who serve as mentors, assist with International Student Orientation, and participate in International Education Week events.

Meet Your 2019 International Peer Leaders!

 Sylvia Khanijo   ♦  Home Country: France

Academic Level: Junior  ♦  Major: Biology 

Favorite Quote: “If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it”

 Hobbies: Sylvia’s hobbies include swimming, reading, watch movies, shopping and eating.

What do you like most about CBU?  The teachers are my favorite part of CBU; they are helpful and genuinely care about their students. Also, there is a lot of diversity for a smaller school."

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  “I would like to visit South America and also Mexico because I have friends from there and I would love to discover their culture and home.”

Fun Fact: Sylvia loves learning about new cultures and spending time with her family and friends.

Jose Villa  ♦  Home Country: Costa Rica

Academic Level: Junior  ♦  Major: Mechanical Engineering

Favorite Quote: “Art is one of those things that should make you happy, and if it makes you happy, it’s good.” – Bob Ross

 Hobbies: Jose is an avid fan of electronic music, he enjoys reading up on the latest world news, playing video games.

What do you like most about CBU?  “My favorite part of CBU is the community within the school. Since it’s a small school its easy to get your name out and to get involved in activities around campus. And the diverse student body helps everyone feel more welcome in our campus.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  I would love to visit Iceland again, it is simply the most beautiful country I’ve ever seen.

Fun Fact: Jose enjoys fencing; he’s practiced on-and-off for 6 years.

Kelsey Morrisson   ♦  Home Country: United States

Academic Level: Senior  ♦  Major: Psychology 

Favorite Quote: “Many small people in many small places do many small things that can alter the face of the world.”

 Hobbies: Kelsey enjoys traveling and reading.

What do you like most about CBU?   “I love how many opportunities CBU offers its students. All of the faculty here are ambitious to find the best possible experiences for individuals willing to branch out.”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? “If I could visit any place in the world, I would visit Scotland. My third-grade teacher, originally from Scotland, was the first person to instill a passion for traveling in me. Despite being to eight European countries, I still have not been to the first country I ever wanted to visit.” 

Fun Fact: Kelsey recently traveled to Barcelona as a participant in CBU’s “Chemistry of Cooking” travel study program.


 Sylvester Dzimiri   ♦  Home Country: Zimbabwe

Academic Level: Junior  ♦  Major: Electrical Engineering 

Favorite Quote: "The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks." – Mark Zuckerberg

 Hobbies: Sylvester enjoys reading novels, computer programming, soccer and playing guitar 

What do you like most about CBU?   “I love the fact that CBU is a small campus and you get to interact with people more and build strong relationships. The atmosphere on campus is welcoming and students are friendly as well!”

If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?  I would visit England because I like the history of London and curious to try fish and chips. 

Fun Fact: Sylvester spent the summer in Indiana doing summer research at Notre Dame University.