IPO Mentors


IAO at the University Village Fun Expo

 Contact Information:

International Programs Office, CLO 176

Email: ipomentors@purduecal.edu

Phone: 219-989-4177

The IPO Mentors are a leading group of students who provide support for international students in adjusting academically, culturally, and socially to the United States and Purdue University Calumet.

We… look forward to helping new students become familiar with campus and community life, provide a connection to the University, and answer many of the questions new students may have upon their arrival and throughout their stay in the U.S.

We…can assist with many of the difficulties that international students face related to language and communicating with others, social interaction and building relationships,  academic standards and meeting classroom expectations, as well as general cultural changes and acclimating to new social customs.

We…also lead a variety of cultural, educational, and social activities developed to foster cross-cultural exchange at Purdue University Calumet, and aimed at helping international students to meet new friends, learn about American culture, and make the most of their college experience in the U.S.

Meet the IPO Mentors:

Charva Edwards

Majors: English Writing and Spanish

Class Standing: Senior

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Piano, reading, writing, movies, music


DavidKyung-Ho “David” Lee

Major: Communication, with minors in Health Communication and Political Science

Class Standing: Senior

Hometown: Taejeon, South Korea

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Reading, movies, watching American sports






NataliaNatalia Esper

Major: Biology, with a minor in Spanish

Class Standing: Sophomore

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Sit and relax, travel, make bread




Julia Jackson

Major: Communication, with a focus on Media Broadcasting, and a minor in Visual Communication

Class Standing: Senior

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Loves to travel the world, spend time with family, reading



KwanYoung “Kwan” Kim

Major: Business Economics

Class Standing: Senior

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Meeting new friends, working out at the gym





MariamMariam “Meme” Aldobouni

Majors: Human Resources and Finance

Class Standing: Junior

Hometown: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Spending time with family, barbeques, going to the beach, reading, traveling




James Gross

Majors: Political Science and Sociology

Class Standing: Sophomore

Hometown: Hammond, Indiana

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Sociology, international students, comic books, learning Japanese


LaDaja Ray

Major: Criminal Justice, with a minor in Psychology

Class Standing: Junior

Hometown: East Chicago, Indiana

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Draw, read, do makeup, play sports


Marwan Alghamdi

Major: Construction Management

Class Standing: Senior

Hometown: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Diving, fishing, bowling, playing and watching soccer


Erin Lain

Major: Communication (Master of Arts)

Class Standing: Graduate Level

Hometown: Merrillville, Indiana

Hobbies/Areas of Interest: Run, hike, knit, make jewelry