Meet the Staff in the Office of National & International Fellowships
Cassidy Alvarado, Director of National & International Fellowships
University Hall 1879
Cassidy Alvarado’s areas of interest include equity and access in higher education, particularly for the vulnerable transfer student population, postgraduate pathways, and international education. In addition to managing the Office of National & International Fellowships, she is also a Lecturer in the University Honors Program, an active member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA), and annually serves as a first-round evaluator for the Critical Language Scholarship. Prior to LMU, she co-established the National & International Scholarships and Fellowships Program (NISFeP) at California State University, Los Angeles. In this capacity she supported students in pursuing off-campus awards that offered transformative and challenging experiences in the areas of academic and applied research, and global and civic learning. She also managed the Honors thesis process and assisted Honors College students with internships, research opportunities, and graduate admissions.
Cassidy received a M.A. in Humanities, with an emphasis in creative writing, from Mount Saint Mary's University and a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities.
Cynthia Orduna, Public Relations Manager
Cynthia Orduna is a Studio Arts, Multimedia major at Loyola Marymount University. In addition to working for the Office of National and International Fellowships, Cynthia is also a Peer Advisor for the Career and Professional Development office and President of TEDxLoyolaMarymountUniversity, an on campus club dedicated to organizing an annual TEDx event. During her time at LMU, she has been a VOCARE Retreat Leader, Transfer Orientation Leader, and has worked for offices such as Student Success and the MBA program. She is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and integrating art with technology.