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Michael North

Michael North is a first-year doctoral student in the University of Miami's Ph.D. in Communication program. He earned both his M.A. in Print Journalism in 2009 and his B.S. in Business Management in 2008 from the University of Miami. Prior to his acceptance into UM's doctoral program, North worked in the marketing department at Espirito Santo Bank in downtown Miami creating advertisements and writing customer relationship management manuals. He has also worked as the Director of Baseball Operations at Daytona State College in Daytona Beach. In addition to working as the club baseball coach at UM, North has been published in Forbes, UPI, Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and other South Florida publications and has freelanced as an economic report writer for various financial institutions.

Jasmine Phillips

Jasmine Phillips is a doctoral student in the School of Communication, focusing on intercultural communication.  She has done research on campus internationalization to make recommendations on promoting friendships with international students on University of Miami’s campus.  She has also conducted research on minority students’ barriers to studying abroad and fostered opportunities for them to go abroad, as well as written on how to overcome monetary disincentives to studying abroad.  Previous to her current position, Phillips was Director of Education Abroad at Virginia Commonwealth University and also served as Assistant Director of International Education and Exchange Programs at University of Miami.  In both positions she expanded opportunities for educational exchange and study abroad.  Phillips also served as the Program Assistant for a youth development and exchange program based in Washington DC, where she led a group of high school students to Zambia for a cultural exchange program.  She has also worked at Youth for Understanding (a high school exchange program), the Institute for International Education, and the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC.

Phillips has conducted research, volunteered and studied abroad.  Her research abroad includes a project on land reform efforts in Zimbabwe, and she has volunteered with an elementary school in Lusaka, Zambia.  Phillips also studied abroad in Brazil, Germany and South Korea, beginning with a high school semester program in Salvador, Bahia.  

Phillips holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University and a master’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. In her ‘spare’ time, she likes to paint in the same style of the Miami-based artist Romero Britto.

Whitney Sessa

Whitney Sessa is a first-year doctoral student in the University of Miami's Ph.D. in Communication program. She received a M.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Miami in 2009 and a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Florida in 2008. Prior to starting the doctoral program at UM, she worked as a communications coordinator for Barry University, providing media relations support to the university while also practicing internal communications as the editor for Barry's internal website BUCWIS, an online daily newsletter designed for faculty and staff. In addition to practicing media relations, Sessa has also worked as freelance writer for several South Florida publications, including The Miami Herald, the South Florida Times, and The Miami Times, and for the national online publication

Katy Snell

Katy Snell is a first-year doctoral student in the University of Miami's Communication program. She earned her B.S. in Public Relations from the University of Florida and her M.A. in Communications Management from Webster University.

After completing her B.S., Snell lived abroad in South Korea, working as an ESL teacher for 1st-6th Grade in Maegok Elementary School in Daegu. Upon returning to the U.S., she earned her M.A. while working as a Development Specialist for the Children's Home Society of Florida in South Daytona Beach. Also, she worked as the Asst. Property Manager for a large complex in Gainesville,Fl, where she partnered with the Chinese student association to secure housing for Chinese students studying abroad at the University of Florida.

Her research interests include intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, and strategic communication. Snell's experience living in Asia helped foster a strong desire to research the intricate relationship between Western and Eastern cultures, particularly in the areas of body image, gender issues and popular culture.

In her spare time, Snell enjoys exercising, studying Spanish and Korean and staying home with her pets.

Fan Yang

Fan Yang received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in Beijing, China. She then continued her studies at the University of Miami and received a Master of Arts in Communication Studies at the School of Communication. In the fall of 2013, Fan began her studies as a Ph.D student. Her research interests are health communication, intercultural communication and social media. She has received multiple awards during her life as a student, including the Outstanding Graduate Student Award at the School of Communication. Fan's hometown is Qinhuangdao, a coastal city near Beijing, China.

Qinghua Yang

Qinghua (Candy) Yang is a first year Ph.D. student at University of Miami, School of Communication. Her research interests mainly lie in health communication,computer-mediated communication, and communication technology especially from the multicultural perspective. She received her M.A. in Communication from Columbia University in the city of New York, and another M.A. in Translation and Cultural Studies from Beijing, China.