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What is an International Programs Ambassador?

An IP ambassador is a current Seaver student who has recently returned from a Pepperdine International Program. An ambassador's main function is to act as a student representative of IP, sharing their experience and knowledge of current programs. Ambassadors meet with interested students and groups, and they act as guides throughout the International Program pre-departure process and will begin re-entry programs.

Feel free to contact each ambassador to request an appointment, or stop by the IP Office during their office hours! 

2022-2023 International Programs Ambassador Team

Jacey Hoy


Lead Ambassador

Office Hours: Tuesday 8am-9am, Thursday 2pm-3pm, Friday 8am-10am, 12pm-1pm, 4pm-5pm

Jacey Hoy is a junior at Pepperdine studying psychology. She studied abroad in London during the 2021-2022 academic year where she was blessed to grow not only culturally but also spiritually.  Jacey is so excited to share her international experience with incoming students and support them along their own exciting journeys. Studying in England presented her with the unique opportunity to travel the world, learn new languages, and experience different cultures. While Jacey is a London alumni, she wants students to know that each program Pepperdine offers is incredible and unique in its own way – there are no bad choices! She encourages everyone to study abroad and would absolutely love to meet with students and talk about options.

Emme Phillips


Buenos Aires Ambassador

Office Hours: Tuesday 8am-9am, Wednesday 10am-12pm                                            

Emme Phillips is a senior at Pepperdine studying Integrated Marketing Communications. She studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina during spring semester of 2022. She is so excited to represent the Buenos Aires program as wants to share her love for Argentina with others. She says that her time in Argentina was unparalleled to anything she has ever experienced. She was able to travel all throughout Argentina, bond with her homestay Madre, and connect with her peers. Emme hopes to return to Buenos Aires, Argentina but for the meantime, she is happy to be here and share her experience with others. 

Melanie Tadros


Florence Ambassador

Office Hours: Tuesday 11am-12pm, Thursday 12pm-2pm

Melanie Tadros is a junior Biology major who  studied abroad in Florence in the spring of 2022 (Florence’s first group post-covid!). She says that studying abroad was by far the most incredible experience of her life in the most extraordinary city. From the history to the authentic Italian food and kind Italians she interacted with daily, she says she was surrounded by the richest culture. She traveled to 8 different countries during her time abroad and made relationships that will last a lifetime. She feels so blessed to be able to share her experience and is so excited to answer any questions you may have!


Autumn Johnson


Heidelberg Ambassador

Office Hours: Tuesday 12pm-4pm                                        

Autumn is a Senior Film Studies major and Sustainability minor here at Pepperdine. Heidelberg was truly an incredible experience for her. She traveled both with friends and on solo trips over most weekends, meaning she visited nearly every country in Western Europe. She loved spending her time in town with friends and immersing herself in the community there, and enjoyed hot coco and treats in Moore Haus to end each day. She misses the city itself and the many friends she made there from the neighboring university. The culture, the landscape, the history, the food, and overall fairy tail beauty is matched no where else in the world, and Autumn can’t wait to go back and relive all of her wonderful memories some day!

Drew Nelson


Switzerland Ambassador

Office Hours: Thursday 10am-12pm, Friday 1pm-3pm

Drew is currently a junior majoring in accounting. He traveled abroad to Switzerland during his sophomore year, where he feels blessed having made some of the greatest memories of his life. Passionate about the outdoors, he fell in love with the beautiful mountains and lakes that Switzerland had to offer. He met his best friends, and together they spent many weekends traveling across Europe, gathering a special appreciation for the unique foods each place has to offer. He would love to share about his life-changing time abroad and answer any questions you might have!

Beth Gonzales


London Ambassador

Office Hours: Monday 12pm-2pm, Wednesday 12pm-2pm

Beth is a junior at Pepperdine studying journalism and works for the Graphic as an editor. She studied in London, England during the spring semester of her sophomore year. She had dreamed of London for a long time and is forever grateful that Pepperdine made the trip a reality. In London, she met her best friends, traveled around Europe, visited famous One Direction sites, and was able to connect with others through her love of music, writing, fashion and more. She hopes to pursue a career in the music industry and cannot wait to get back to London. She feels lucky to share her experience with underclassmen about to venture on their most thrilling journey yet.


RJ Wicks


Washington D.C. Ambassador

Office Hours: Monday 4pm-5pm, Wednesday 3pm-5pm

RJ is a junior studying Political Science & Education as well as pursuing his certificate in Conflict Management. He studied abroad during the 2021-22 school year— spending his Fall semester in Washington DC, Spring semester in London, and a summer session in Fiji! Taking part in the DC program, RJ had the unique opportunity to grow professionally & financially with his internship that was walking distance from Pepperdine’s DC housing. RJ took his first steps outside the U.S. in London, England and was exposed to multiple cultures across 8 different countries. In Fiji, he was emerged in the island culture & got to interact with locals everyday. Overall, RJ says his abroad experience was the most exciting and rewarding time of his life. RJ is excited to encourage all students interested to take part in Pepperdine’s IP program— especially DC+!


Charlotte Davis


Global Fellows Ambassador

Office Hours: Monday 10am-12pm, Friday 3pm-5pm.  

Charlotte Davis is a senior International Studies major with a German minor. She studied abroad in Washington, D.C. during the Spring 2022 semester as well as in Vienna, Austria. Charlotte’s time as a Global Fellow has allowed her to work for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of Defense (DOD), and an international organization located in Austria focused on climate change. She is so excited to meet Pepperdine’s incoming Global Fellows and to assist students as they develop into the leaders of tomorrow.