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Cassidy Alvarado, Director of National & International Fellowships
Leavey Hall, Suite I
Tel: 310.338.3792
Fax: 310.338.1841
E-mail: cassidy.alvarado@lmu.edu    

Cassidy Alvarado’s areas of interest include equity and access in higher education, community college and transfer student support, postgraduate pathways, and international education. In addition to managing ONIF, 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 external 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 students with internships, research opportunities, and graduate admissions. 

Cassidy is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at LMU. Her dissertation explores community college and transfer student access to nationally competitive awards, like the Gilman and Fulbright grants. She received an 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.

 

Monique Mansour, Fulbright Faculty Consultant
Leavey Hall, Suite I
Tel: 310.338.3950
Fax: 310.338.1841
E-mail: monique.mansour@lmu.edu

Monique Mansour earned her B.A. in Screenwriting and Sociology from Loyola Marymount University and her M.F.A in Creative Writing and Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She served as a Fulbright Scholar in Malta during the 2016-2017 academic year, where she taught English and Public Speaking at the University of Malta and in Maltese secondary schools. Her article, My Take: A Maltese Melting Pot, was featured in the summer 2017 issue of LMU Magazine. She's currently working on co-writing a novel based in part on her Fulbright experiences and her cultural upbringing as a Middle Eastern American. As a proud alumna of LMU, she is elated to be back on the bluff teaching Rhetorical Arts -- a course which combines all of her personal interests and passions -- and serving as a Fulbright Consultant in the Office of National & International Fellowships. Professor Mansour incorporates community-based learning and the study of a graphic novel into her classes, as vehicles to explore Eloquentia Perfecta -- the good person writing and speaking well for the common good. She also serves as a First-to-Go Mentor and a First-to-Go Instructor of Record with the First-To-Go program at LMU. 

 

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Emma Blankenship
ONIF Student Coordinator
E-mail: eblanke1@lion.lmu.edu

Emma Blankenship is a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University and is currently studying to earn her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Studio Arts. She is originally from St. Charles, Illinois but loves living in Los Angeles where she can enjoy both the warm weather and great connections. Emma is passionate about many social justice issues such as climate change, homelessness, and mental health awareness. She also loves anything art related and spends a lot of her time painting, doing graphic design work, sewing, or making ceramics! Additionally, Emma has held multiple positions on-campus including being an Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor for incoming freshmen as well as working as a “Lions for Learning” tutor and mentor for the children at Cowan Elementary. Emma loves helping others and is excited to be working as a Student Support Coordinator through the Office of National and International Fellowships where she can support students through navigating fellowship opportunities. 

 

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Makayla Carcano
ONIF Student Coordinator
E-mail: mcarcano@lion.lmu.edu 

Makayla Carcano is a junior who is majoring in Communications. Makayla is a member of Alpha Phi and a Student Ambassador for LMU. Makayla was a transfer student to LMU this past fall 2020 and is super excited to be a Lion.

 

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Vanessa Hurtado
ONIF Student Coordinator
E-mail: vhurtad2@lion.lmu.edu 

Vanessa Hurtado is a freshman at LMU majoring in political science. On campus she is the co-director of philanthropy for the LMU Women in Politics Club and is also a Student Ambassador. She is very excited about attending LMU and is looking forward to getting more involved on campus! She is excited about her position as Student Support Coordinator for ONIF and is looking forward to helping fellow students with anything that they need regarding fellowship opportunities!