Araseli Valverde
Araseli ValverdeDirector of the Global Gap Year Fellowship
Araseli just joined the team as the Global Civic Engagement Coordinator. She is originally from Pinnacle, North Carolina, and a UNC alumna. She graduated from Carolina in 2020 with a double major in Global Studies and Romance Languages and a minor in Public Policy. During her time as a student, she was a first-generation college student, Carolina Covenant Scholar, a McNair Scholar, Gerald Unks recipient, and Frances L. Phillips recipient. She was also a Bonner Leader which allowed her to serve at Dobbins Hill Afterschool Community Center for four years. Araseli was also the recipient of one of the inaugural Global Gap Bridge Year Fellowships in 2017. With the fellowship she was able to travel to Sicily, Italy to volunteer at a refugee camp. She then traveled to Istanbul, Turkey to volunteer in a homestay teaching English. Most recently, Araseli finished her time with Fulbright Italy where she was an English Teaching Assistant in Tortoli, Sardinia. There, she taught at two high schools and was able to act as a cultural ambassador between the U.S and Italy.
Friederike Seeger
Friederike SeegerDirector of Community Engaged Learning and Student Development
Friederike is an international educator who is committed to guiding and mentoring students through experiential learning experiences and supporting them in reaching their personal and professional goals. Friederike previously served as director of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad at UNC from 2005-2015. During that time, she designed and managed experiential learning programs abroad in collaboration with UNC faculty and discovered her passion for mentoring students. She also briefly worked with the Carolina Covenant and the Morehead-Cain Foundation.

Prior to joining the Campus Y team in 2019, Friederike conducted her dissertation research while raising her young daughter. Her dissertation focused on the role of faculty mentoring relationships in the college experience of first-generation, low-income students. A native of East Germany, Friederike came to the US on a gap year program, working as an AuPair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lives in Chapel Hill with her partner, their daughter, and delightful puppy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a master’s degree in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute, and a PhD in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University.


Alyson Cabeza
Alyson CabezaSenior Global Office Intern
Alyson Cabeza is a senior from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. She took a gap year through the Global Gap Year Fellowship. During her gap year, she lived and taught English in Hanoi, Vietnam. She traveled all throughout the country as well as visiting Singapore and Thailand. At UNC, Alyson is an English and Comparative Literature major with a minor in Education and Social & Economic Justice. She has worked with the Global Office since her first year and has worked with each cohort throughout their gap year and during their time at UNC. Alyson hopes to continue advocating for different education routes while staying connected to the Y.


Angela Seo
Angela SeoGlobal Office Intern
Angela is a junior from Greensboro, North Carolina. She took a gap year through the Global Gap Year Fellowship and Global Citizen Year in 2019 to 2020. During her gap year, she lived in Natabuela, Ecuador and interned at Fábrica Imbabura, a national museum and cultural complex in Atuntaqui. At UNC, Angela is a Health Policy and Management major at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and is a Hispanic Studies minor with interests in Global Health and health equity.


Nancy Alvarez LopezGlobal Office Intern
Nancy Alvarez Lopez is from Raleigh, North Carolina. She took a gap year through the Global Gap Year Fellowship in 2021-2022. During her gap year, she traveled to Arizona and Spain. Nancy volunteered at an Exotic Animal Hospital located in Phoenix, AZ and she volunteered as a bilingual interpreter at a pharmacy/clinic located in Raleigh, NC. At UNC, Nancy is a Political Science and Global Studies major with a minor in Spanish for the Legal Professions.