Meet Our Team

  • Director of Global Student Life and the International House
  • Dylan RustDylan Rust, Ed.D.

    Dr. Dylan Rust has been the Director for the Northern Arizona University International House since its inception in 2012. An Arizona native, Dr. Rust is a three-time NAU alumnus and worked for the NAU Office of Housing and Residence Life for nine years before joining the Center for International Education in 2012. In addition to his work for the Center for International Education, Dr. Rust is also the Secretary of the Executive Board of International Houses Worldwide, Inc. and is the Vice-Chair for the NAU Service Professional Advisory Council.

  • Global Advisors
  • Khylie GardnerKhylie Gardner
    • Year/Major: Junior, Strategic Communications (Advertising)
    • Hometown: Peoria, Arizona
    • Why you're excited about living in an international community: I'm so excited to be living with the international community in Flagstaff this year! International life is always exciting and there is always another adventure around the corner. I'm looking forward to meeting students from around the world and learning about new cultures!
    • Why you're looking forward to being a Global Advisor: The most exciting thing about being a Global Advisor is the opportunity to help other students make Flagstaff their home. I hope that I can help international students make the most of their time in the USA and give local students a fresh perspective on our city.
  • Fernando TomFernando Tom, Jr.
    • Year/Major: Sophomore, Biology and Chinese
    • Hometown: Kaibeto, Arizona
    • Why you're excited about living in an international community: I am super excited about living inside the international community, because I get an in-depth perspective in getting myself accustomed to the diversity that NAU has to offer. Even though my primary major is in Biology, I have always been fascinated by the various customs and rituals that each culture has to offer. In my perspective, peace and equality cannot be achieved unless we as humans are willingly able to accept each other for who we are. In addition, I will be able to practice my Chinese with other Chinese students to better prepare myself for my year abroad in China.
    • Why you're looking forward to being a Global Advisor: I am looking forward to becoming a Global Advisor for this upcoming school year, because I get a once in a lifetime chance to personally get to know each and every student from abroad. In addition, I know the many hardships that many international students will face during their time abroad, such as readjusting to the different time zone or familiarizing oneself with the English language. I would like to be there to help guide them along the way in overcoming these challenges while forging friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • Student Worker
  • Tia TrussTia Truss
    • Tia Truss is the Graduate Assistant for the NAU International House. She is a graduate student from the Department of Sociology, where she will received a dual Master's Degree in Sociology (from Northern Arizona University) and Development Studies (from the University of Botswana). She is currently working on her thesis that evaluates a domestic violence shelter in Botswana and is establishing best practices for domestic violence women shelter’s service provision. Tia is a native of Carthage, Mississippi. Prior to leaving for the Master's exchange program in 2012, Tia worked for the Center for International Education's Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs.