William enjoys being a Globalization Consultant and Peace-Builder, promoting private sector business development. He is actively involved, helping students and young professionals learn new skill sets that will make them competitive for jobs globally, urging them to become aware and involved with the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenge. The SDGs provide a powerful instrument for “leveraging transformative change in the way government development decisions are made, and how economies function.”
A retired, career professional officer with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), he also served as a Franklin Fellow with the US Department of State Conflict and Stabilization Operation Bureau. He has been a US Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic, a United Nations Volunteer in Somalia, and Peace Corps staff (including opening the Peace Corps office in Bulgaria after the fall of the ‘Iron Current’). William is a lifelong American Red Cross volunteer with leadership positions supporting the “Measles Initiative’, resulting in more than a billion lives positively affected. Now in the Post-2015 era, he supports Agenda 2030 aimed at eliminating poverty and extreme hunger by 2030.
He was also a judge for Students for Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) Global Competition, in Berkeley, California (August 2019) and Participated in the United Nations Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah (August 2019).
DESCRIBE MYSELF IN ONE SENTENCE – I am a life-long learner, always willing to help out.
Jay Farago-Spencer grew up in the Inland Empire. He attended the University of California, Riverside (UCR) from Fall 1997 to Summer 2001 earning his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He attended graduate school at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) earning his M.A. in English Composition with emphasis in Applied Linguistics and TESL. During his time at CSUSB, he worked as a writing tutor and graduate assistant for the university’s Writing Center and English department, assisting undergraduate, graduate, and multilingual students. Jay co-presented at academic conferences such as: the Southern California Writing Center Association’s annual Tutor Conference, the International Writing Center Association Collaborative, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Eager to help students, Jay began teaching writing courses as he was finishing his master’s degree. He began teaching writing courses for the College of Natural Sciences at CSUSB in 2008. Two years later, he taught English language classes at the UCR Extension. In 2014, he became an associate faculty member at Moreno Valley College and served as a writing tutor and instructor of English Composition. He became an active member of the Reading Apprenticeship Community of Practice. Jay maintains an active curiosity for the way literacy affects the development of academic community membership.
DESCRIBE MYSELF IN ONE SENTENCE – I am passionate about communication and helping others.