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The Center for Global & Cultural Programs (CGCP)

Meet the Team

Nicole Diamond, International Student Counselor

International Student Counselor

Nicole Diamond joined the International Student Program in Fall 2015. She has over nine years of experience working with international students from across the globe in California and Michigan community colleges. Her desire to learn about other places and cultures began in graduate school. She took a graduate course abroad for one month in Germany, France, and Luxembourg, learning about student services in Europe. She also lived in Costa Rica for a month while earning her certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL). Nicole was a California community college transfer student herself, and went on to earn her B.A. in Communications from Chapman University, and her Masters in Counseling, Student Development in Higher Education, from CSULB. Her love of travel has taken her to Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, England, Ireland, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Spain, France, Mexico, and Canada. She is ftbol enthusiast and has traveled to see a premier league match as well as El Clsico in Madrid.

Mirna Bitar, Student Services Specialist - Immigration

Student Services Specialist - Immigration

Mirna grew up and lived in Lebanon and Egypt before deciding to move to U.S to continue her education and earn a bachelors degree. She enjoys working with students from different cultures from all over the world. She is passionate about learning new cultures, understanding the various values and beliefs, and visiting new places. Mirna loves the welcoming and familiar environment at Golden West College as it reminds her of her own experience in college as an international student. In her free time, Mirna likes to spend time with family and friends.

Contact Information:
714-892-7711 Ext. 55202

Kaori Nakama, Student Services Specialist

Kaori Nakama
Director, Center for Global & Cultural Programs

Kaori was born in Okinawa, Japan and moved to the US when she was 11. Her experience as an immigrant makes her passionate about helping students from diverse cultures. She earned her BA in Studio Art from UC Santa Barbara, and her Masters in Education from University of Hawai’i, Manoa.

Contact Information: 
(714) 780-2384