Hey Everyone! Welcome to my Fellowship for Global Engagement website, where I will be blogging my experiences at home and abroad about topics such as language learning, international student organizations and cultural programs, Global Engagement events and meetings, and much more. Enjoy!

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My name is Riyanna Nicole Williams, and I am a Freshman at The University of Oklahoma. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and I graduated from Union High School. I have declared Pre-Nursing Studies, and I am pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Nursing. I am interested in a career as a Labor and Delievery Nurse. Although I will not be able to minor or major in a language, I will be taking Russian language classes on campus to continue my Russian studies.

I come from a very small family. I have two older sisters, Te’a and Toshiana, and they are also students at the university. My sisters and I have an extremely close bond together, and we are all interested in studying abroad and the international community! Some things that I enjoy are watching movies, t.v. shows, and vlogs, certain outdoors activities such as biking, hiking, swimming, and walking, and just relaxing and having a nice chat; however, I am up to doing anything as long as it’s fun and thrilling! In general, I am just a very laid back and easy-going person!

I am so excited and grateful to be a Global Engagement Fellow, and I cannot wait for all the opportunities to travel abroad, learn about different cultures, understand various global issues, and become more of a global citizen overall. Come along with me on this four-year journey, and maybe you too will become globally engaged!


International Pageant

On Thursday, February 6th in the Meacham Auditorium, the International Advisory Committee held the OU International Pageant. I decided to attend the event with my friend from Kampala, Uganda. At the event, the contestants competed against each other in different segments, showcasing their different cultures as well as personal talent and working on a platform …

Arab-American Representation in Cinema

Last week, an Assistant Professor from the International Area Studies Department, Waleed Mahdi, came to speak to the Global Engagement Class about how Arab Americans are portrayed in film around the world; however, the professor specializes in Arab-American representation in Egyptian cinema. Mahdi spoke with great passion about this topic. He discussed with us how …


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