Diane Zeenny Ghorayeb, International Scholar Coordinator, ISSS, Center for Global Engagement, UMBC
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Diane Zeenny Ghorayeb was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and after the Civil War in Lebanon started, she went on to live for 22 years in Paris, France. In 2006, she brought all of these varied aspects of her experience with her to the U.S. where she has combined them into a dynamic hybrid identity. After working in translation for several years, Diane joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in 2016. She obtained her Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication from UMBC in 2022. Diane is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.
Diane currently serves as International Scholars Coordinator in the Center for Global Engagement at UMBC. She manages UMBC’s J-1 Exchange Visitor Program and H-1B petitions for specialty occupation workers.
In her spare time, you can find Diane in her kitchen, cooking up a gourmet feast for her friends. Or eagerly trying to convince her family and lifelong friends from Lebanon or France to come visit so they could discover her life in the U.S.