Global Ambassadors

Meet our Global Ambassadors for 2018-2019!

Global Ambassadors are Williams students who have studied away, and now want to help give back to the Williams community by sharing global perspectives, stories, and awareness. They are here to help answer students questions about study away, help with events and programming, and increase the visibility of study away on our campus. Feel free to reach out to them via email, or approach them at any of our events and ask them about their experiences studying away!


Mikhayla Armstrong ’19 
Fall 2017: IHP Multi-Country
Email: [email protected]

Mikhayla Armstrong is a senior majoring in Biology and concentrating in Africana Studies & Public Health. She spent fall 2017 studying on SIT’s Health and Community Public Health program during which she studied in Washington DC, Vietnam, South, Africa, and Argentina. Some of her fondest memories include getting schooled in badminton by her host dad in Vietnam, playing games with her host mom’s grandchildren in SA, and sharing stories at the dinner table with her host parents in Argentina. Mikhayla had incredible host families and she really feels that they made her trip so special.  As a Williams Global Ambassador she hopes to encourage other students to find the perfect program for them so they too can have an unforgettable experience. Everyone should study abroad!!


Giulia Filocca
Academic Year 2017-2018: WEPO
Email: [email protected]

Giulia Filocca is a senior majoring in Economics. She spent the academic year last year on the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford (WEPO) during which she took mostly economics courses. She is heavily involved in economics activities on campus, including the Econ Student Advisory Committee, the Class of 1960s Program, as well as being a teaching assistant for macro. She’s also a research assistant, working on her thesis and in her spare time competes on the swim & dive team. She has traveled extensively and lived in 6 different countries, including Singapore and Malaysia. Some of the most exotic places she’s visited include Syria, Laos, Kenya and Tibet.


Fred Guo
Academic Year 2017-2018: Hamilton in France
Email: [email protected]

Fred Guo is a senior majoring in Economics, Political Science and French who studied away for a full academic year in Paris with the Hamilton in France Program. He speaks English, Mandarin Chinese and French fluently, and was able to study at both the Sorbonne and Sciences Po in Paris. Though home for him is Tulsa, Oklahoma, he had not only traveled across France and Europe, but had also served in the Singapore Army as a full lieutenant, and lived independently in London and Shanghai among other major cities. He enjoys wine-tasting, singing with his acapella group- the Springstreeters, and traveling during his free time! As a global ambassador, Fred hopes that his experiences abroad could help encourage other students to become more curious and aware of other dynamic cultures.


 Jaelon Moaney
Spring 2018: Williams-Mystic
Email: [email protected]

Jaelon Moaney is a senior majoring in Political Science and concentrating in Africana Studies & Leadership Studies. He spent spring 2018 studying with the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program during which he studied in Puerto Rico, California, Louisiana, Connecticut and Rhode Island. The small, tight-knit community dynamic of the program required each member to selflessly contribute their individual merits for the sake of the whole and what resonated deeply with Jaelon was the concept of “Ship, Shipmate, Self”. This mentality became infectious offshore and laid the foundation for his classmates, who were former strangers, to develop into an interwoven family.  As a Williams Global Ambassador he hopes to encourage other students to both identify and consider programs that will enhance their liberal arts experience by offering them countless opportunities to grow.


Mauro Renteria
Spring 2018: Arcadia in Barcelona
Email: [email protected]

Mauro Renteria is a Political Science major with a concentration in Environmental Studies. In the Spring of 2018 he partook in the Arcadia in Barcelona study abroad program. Studying abroad afforded Mauro an opportunity to compliment his political science major by witnessing and understanding political strife in person. The Catalan independence movement had picked up steam in the months when he was considering study abroad programs and he felt compelled to study there along with other factors that played into his decision. His time there was magnificent and he is more than happy to discuss any prospective study away plans students may have. Feel free to ask him about Spain! He can ramble for hours on that topic.