House Representatives


House Director: Ahmad Obiedat
Programs Facilitator: Ryan Singel
Area Coordinator (LHC): Vinay Patel
Senior Resident: Caryl Anna Merten
Resident Advisor: Emma Shreve


Language Group Contact Professors


Arabic: Ahmad Obiedat
Chinese: Ran Zhao
Hebrew: Zvi Gilboa
Hindi-Urdu: Ashok Kumar Rajput
Italian: Enrico F. Cesaretti
Japanese: Tomoko Marshall
Korean: Teresa Lee
Persian: Alireza Korangy Isfahani


Language Assistants (LA):


Arabic: Michelle Sawwan
Chinese: Yue Bi & Qijin Wu
Hebrew: Anat Gilboa
Hindi-Urdu: Shubhangi Sinha
Italian: Elisa Franzinetti
Japanese: Tomihiro Ono
Korean: Devin Yee
Persian: Kyana Afshar


Shea House Government


Communications/Media: Philip Liberato, Catherine Fu
Duties: development and maintenance of a house website, e-mailing the house concerning Board proceedings, archiving of these e-mails for house records, house publicity, taking meeting notes/minutes. Satellite television programming, obtaining subscriptions to print and electronic media in the House languages, other media issues.


Cultural Convergence: Alexander Webb, Saman Ehsan
Duties: organizing cultural programming beyond the scope of a single language group, possible development of a house library.


Financial: Yanre Wu
Duties: budget proposal incorporating suggestions of all residents, managing house budget, raising general funds.


Social: Lorey-Eileen Geary, Michelle Wu
Duties: organizing parties, organizing service events, coordinating intramural sports.


Department Coordinators:


Department Coordinator: Tomoko Marshall
DEALLC: Courtney Lazore
MESALC: Cameron Clayton & Maggie VanEkeren


House Constitution


The House Constitution

This is a student created and amended document that serves to:


  • facilitate linguistic immersion in one of several selected world languages
  • promote culture consistent with the experience of speakers of that language
  • increase awareness and understanding of global culture, especially of the represented languages

Take a look and see how this government runs!


Reimbursement Form

Why Shea?


  • Shea House is a total language immersion environment
  • It is conveniently located 5 minutes away from central grounds
  • Students are provided with full laundy facilities, central heating and air conditioning, high-speed Ethernet connections in each room, asn spacious common areas
  • Food is provided by ARAMARK mon-thurs dinners
  • An in-house kitchen is available for use by residents
  • UVA Housing Division spent over three and a half million dollars on this new building
  • The residents are friendly and fun

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