Lauren moved from Texas to join the staff at UT’s International House in 2014. She loves to travel, learn about other cultures, and meet new international students. She’s visited many places around the world, but especially enjoyed living abroad when studying for a semester in Denmark, working as an au pair in Spain, and studying Spanish in Nicaragua for a summer. Lauren completed her BBA in Marketing at Baylor University and her MEd in Higher Education at the University of North Texas. In her free time she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and attending Knoxville’s many festivals.
Maria Lungu is a Graduate Assistant in the International House. Maria is originally from Zambia but grew up in Botswana. After a year of studying in Switzerland she decided to pursue her Undergraduate studies in the USA. She earned her Undergraduate degree from The University of Charleston in Business Administration, Finance, and minored in Leadership. She is currently enrolled at The University of Tennessee College of Law and hopes to practice both Immigration Law and Personal Injury Law in the future.
Maria loves having this opportunity to work in the International House and have fun while doing it. She has loved music since she was a young girl and has played the piano since she was 7 years old. In her free time Maria loves to Zumba, and she is currently training to run a half marathon. She also loves reading, learning about new cultures, learning about international human rights, and keeping up with global issues. Please stop by and visit me anytime!
नमस्ते ! Kailee calls Cedar Rapids, Iowa home, but ever since her childhood she has been fascinated with traveling and visiting other cultures. Her travels abroad include Costa Rica, Africa, India, and China. Her travel bug is fueled by the possibility of learning new languages, trying new food, and creating relationships with friends all over the world.
Kailee completed her BA degree in Global and International Studies with a minor in Business at The University of Kansas. Her area of interest is South-Asia and her substantive specialization is comparative political and social systems. At KU she also studied Spanish and Hindi. She is here at UT to get her master’s degree in College Student Personnel. Kailee is excited to learn more about global higher education and how students learn from all across the globe. Her biggest passion outside of travel is Ultimate Frisbee, and she played for the University of Kansas’ women’s team, the Kansas Bettys for four years.
Kailee can’t wait to get to know all of the international vols, so stop by to toss a Frisbee with her or to just say hello!
Tamnnet Kidanu is an Ethiopian-American from Minnesota. She is a graduate assistant at the International House. Tamnnet earned her Bachelor of Arts from St. Catherine University in Public Health with a concentration in Health Education and a minor in Psychology. She is currently in the Master of Public Health program, concentrating in Community Health Education.
As a first year student at St. Catherine University, Tamnnet lived in the Global Perspectives learning community; this drew her attention to campus resources for minority and international students. She has held multiple positions at St. Catherine’s office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services, one being a Peer Mentor for incoming first-year minority students. Tamnnet is also passionate about intercultural communication and completed a social justice course in Ecuador during her third year of college.
In her free time, she enjoys reading mindfulness-related books. Tamnnet is excited to join the I House and looks forward to meeting more international students!