Y.I. Student Staff

International Student Engagement

Raiza Chaudary

Job Title: Student Coordinator, Orientation Lead
Program of Study: Biology and Psychology
Language: English
Year: 3

Hey all! I am a third-year Biology and Psychology double major student at York. I am a part of the YI International Student staff team. I really like hiking and practicing and teaching yoga. I am also fond of traveling and exploring new places and getting to know different cultures. Along with the YI team I hope to facilitate and support international student transition to university. Want to get involved on campus or have a question, please don’t hesitate to contact us:)


Global Peer Program

Zahra Davoodi

Job Title: Student Coordinator, International Student Engagement
Program of Study: Kinesiology and Health Science
Languages: English, Farsi
Year: 4

My name is Zahra. I was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. I recently finished my fourth year in Kinesiology and Health Science. Though the 2020-21 academic year was challenging, as the past Student Lead for the Global Peer Program, we overcame many barriers and became resilient by sticking together. I understand that transitioning to university at a particular time like this warrants fear and anxiety; however, during Summer 2021, as a Peer Leader, my priority will be to help plan projects that will guide international students to achieve their goals and conquer difficulties along the way. More about me: I'm a keen K-drama fan. I also enjoy hiking, biking, and lots of cooking (learned few good dishes thanks to quarantine!) 


Virtual Community Engagement

Misbah Parkar

Job Title: Student Coordinator, Virtual Community Engagement
Program of Study: Biomedical Science and Psychology
Languages: English, Hindu/Urdu, Konkani
Year: 3

Hi! My name is Misbah, and my cheeks do not lie! I am a foodie, and I enjoy trying new cuisines. I am an international student raised in Oman, but I was born in Mumbai, and now Toronto is home ❤ Am I multicultural yet? I am very excited to be a part of the York International team, and I hope to learn more from everyone. If you ever feel like talking to someone, I am your person!

Communications & Marketing Team

Andy Truong

Job Title: Student Coordinator, Social Media & Online Content
Program of Study: BCom ITEC Business Systems Analysis
Languages: English, Vietnamese
Year: 4

Hi! I'm Andy. I was born and raised in Vietnam and fell in love with Toronto💜. I like playing sports, hip hop, and rapping. I am excited to meet everyone! I hope we all have a great year at York University! Cheers! 🔥


Sam Oh

Job Title: Student Coordinator, Graphic Design
Program of Study: Design
Languages: English
Year: 4

Hi! My name's Sam and I'm going to be entering my fourth year in the York-Sheridan Design program this September. I'm a domestic student and have an interest in fine arts and photography. I'm also trying to become more of a film buff, so I'd love any movie recommendations! I'm currently trying to catch up on all the classics.


Iris Mamac

Job Title: Student Coordinator, Graphic Design
Program of Study: Design
Languages: English, Tagalog, Cebuano/Bisaya
Year: 3

"Go through things. Grow through things. Glow through things." This quote has been an inspiration for me throughout these times, and I hope it inspires all of you as well! Hello, my name is Iris, and I'm very excited to start on a new journey working together with York International this summer! I'm always curious to hear people's stories and learn about new cultures from around the world. I also love trying out different types of cuisine. Recently, I'm learning how to make Korean side dishes. I am thrilled to work with the YI website and YI’s various social media platforms, so don't forget to follow them and I hope to e-meet you all soon!


Mehdiya Kermali

Job Title: Student Coordinator, Web Development and Online Content
Program of Study: Computer Science
Languages: English, Swahili, Urdu
Year: 2

Hi! I’m Mehdiya. I’m a domestic student - born in Orlando, Florida and raised in Toronto. I love playing badminton, watching basketball and travelling. I am very passionate about front-end development which is why I’m super excited to work with the YI Team this summer to create an amazing web experience for international students. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or just to say hello!


Go Global Team

Kairi Seino

Job Title: Go Global, Student Success Mentor
Program of Study: Business & Society
Languages: English, Japanese
Year: 2

Hi! I'm Kairi. I'm an international student from Tokyo, Japan and am studying business at YorkU. I love playing sports such as basketball, table tennis, and badminton, watching anime, and drawing pictures. I'm so honored to be part of YI Team and really excited to work with wonderful fellows this summer. Hopefully I'll see you guys all soon in person!


Roshan Patel

Job Title: Go Global, Website & Social Media Assistant
Program of Study: Computer Science
Languages: English, Hindi, Gujarati
Year: 3

Hey everyone! This is Roshan, I was born and raised in India and made Toronto my new home as international student. I am a tech enthusiast, love working out, travelling, and discovering new food spots, love to have new recommendations! Currently working towards my goal of full stack web development, thrilled to return at YI with Go global team, this summer for developing, researching, and creating engaging website and social media posts. Feel free to say hi, and hopefully see everyone soon!