Global Ambassadors

Meet our Global Ambassadors for 2019-2020!

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!


Will Kannegieser ’20  
Fall 2018: SIT Vietnam
Email: [email protected]

Will Kannegieser is a senior majoring in Political Science and History. He spent the fall of 2018 in Vietnam with SIT (School for International Training) studying development. Home for him is in Maine, where he enjoys spending time golfing in the summer and skiing in the winter. As a Global Ambassador he hopes to inspire students to travel to places outside of their comfort zone, as well as encourage students to seek homestay opportunities while studying away.


Breelyn Karno ’20
Fall 2018: Advanced Studies in England
Email: [email protected]

Breelyn Karno is a senior majoring in Biology and concentrating in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She spent fall 2018 studying at Advanced Studies in England in Bath, England. During this time, she focused on studying creative writing and British mythology. Some of her fondest memories include visiting Glastonbury Tor, traveling through Wales to study at the Bangor University Library, going to Bath’s expansive Christmas Market, and trekking through Germany with her flatmates during the mid-semester break. The time that she spent abroad was an incredibly special experience, and she looks forward to being a Global Ambassador to help connect other Williams students with the amazing opportunities (and financial aid!) involved in study away.


Kenneth Marshall ’20
Academic Year 2018-2019: Williams Exeter Programme at Oxford
Email: [email protected]

Kenneth is a senior majoring in History and Arabic Studies. He spent last year participating in the Williams Exeter Programme at Oxford and enjoyed the breadth of History and English courses that the university had to offer. At Williams, Kenneth is one of the captains of the Men’s Cross Country team and he is also a member of the men’s Track and Field team. While at Oxford, he had the honor to participate in three varsity matches in Cross Country, Modern Pentathlon, and Track & Field, and additionally enjoyed the opportunity to meet distinguished Oxford scholars and alumni like Dr. Christopher Tyerman and Lady Moyra Bannister. Kenneth is working on a History thesis this year that will dovetail off of some of his Oxford research, and is continuing to study Arabic.


Cristina Mancilla ’20
Spring 2018: Williams-Mystic; Fall 2018: SIT Ecuador
Email: [email protected]

I am a senior majoring in Biology and Environmental studies. My sophomore spring I participated in Williams-Mystic where my class traveled the country learning about the coasts and oceans. It was an immersive experience in the world of maritime studies, which was so different from anything I had ever done. I decided to study away the next semester because of how much I enjoyed experiential learning. I wanted to see the Amazon rainforest, so I traveled with SIT to Ecuador to study conservation and ecology. I had an amazing time with my host family and I got to see an incredible amount of different ecosystems. I returned to Ecuador the summer of 2019 to continue a study that I started on butterflies during my time abroad. I am happy to advise any student thinking about studying abroad and to share my own experience.


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.


Nohely Peraza ’20
Academic Year 2018-2019: Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford
Email:  [email protected]

Nohely is an English and American Studies double major, with concentrations in Latina/o Studies and Africana Studies. She participated in the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford during the 2018-2019 academic year, taking tutorials in English literature. This experience was her first time leaving the U.S., and she would like to help other financial aid and first-gen students learn about study away. Daughter of Salvadoran immigrants, and the first in her family to attend college, Nohely is passionate about increasing access to education, including international education. In addition to being a Global Ambassador, she is the Office of Study Away’s Office Assistant. She wants to equip students with the knowledge they need to make studying away a possibility for them.