Global Engagement

Meet the Team

Papa Sarr photoPapa D. Sarr
Associate Vice President for International Students

Papa D. Sarr, also known as Pap is the Associate Vice President for International Students at Rivier University. The Office of Global Engagement is under his guidance. Pap completed a Masters of Arts in French Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as a Bachelor of Arts in both Sociology and French. He was awarded the Fulbright for International Educator to travel to Germany and explore their educational system.

Pap has over 20 years of experience in the field of International Education and served both inbound and outbound students in a management role at the University of Wisconsin –Madison, Suffolk University, Bentley University and Fitchburg State University among others.

Pap has been a NAFSA member for over 15 years and served as the Diversity Advisor in the Membership Committee and is deeply committed in International Education and Cross Cultural Communication.


Dey Barriga photoDey Barriga
Director of International Student Services

Dey Barriga has worked at Rivier University for over 14 years, currently serving as the Director of International Student Services and International Student Advisor. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree in Centro Escolar University, Philippines. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Educational Studies. She is mostly grateful for her role in advising international students and being a part of the Global Engagement department. She had traveled to at least 5 countries including Costa Rica where she co-led a teaching trip which focused on Biology experience and sustainability. Her leadership in the development of international student services and cultural integration at the university is rewarding.

Dey is also the advisor for the Indian and Chinese Student Association at Rivier University. Dey not only serves as the advisor for international students but also a mentor to domestic students on study abroad matters. A dedicated leader and a mentor in providing a highly personal approach to help international students adjust to life at Rivier University through immigration, personal, social and cultural advising.


Sherry Durfey photoSherry Durfey
SEVIS Coordinator

Sherry Durfey joined Rivier University as SEVIS Specialist in August 2015 after having worked in the field of International Education for more than 5 years. Sherry has an Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree in Sociology.

Sherry grew up in a small town in New Hampshire but has always had the desire to immerse herself in other cultures. At the age of 18 she spent her summer abroad and now, more than 20 years later, has added 14 countries to her list, with many more to be added! Working with international students has been a great experience and for those long stretches between travel adventures, the culture comes to her so it'a a perfect fit.


Ann Marie Landry photoAnn Marie Landry
Administrative Assistant for Global Engagement

Ann Marie joined Rivier in May 2015 as an Administrative Assistant for Global Engagement. She also served as one of the Designated School officials of ISS. She assists students applying for study abroad and teaching trips. She is an excellent addition to the OGE team. Her professionalism, integrity and efficiency are valuable skills for the department.


Pavani Padala photoPavani Padala
Graduate Assistant at Office of Global Engagement

Pavani Padala, Graduate Assistant at Office of Global Engagement persuing Master of Computer Information System. She belongs from the city of pearls "Hyderabad", India. An active member of Indian Student Association at Rivier University who love to be spirited in organizing and participating in cultural and educational events, have got chance to travel different parts of India as well as Thailand. Now getting set to explore new places in USA.


Sneha Palvai photoSneha Palvai
Graduate Student Employee for Global Engagement

Sneha Palvai is from Hyderabad pursuing a Masters degree in the field of Computer Science at Rivier University. Ms. Palvai joined Rivier University equipped with knowledge she obtained from a renowned Indian University where she earned her Bachelors Degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering. She worked in India as a Consultant for a multinational company named Sutherland Global Services for Acer electronic devices. She is fascinated with computer programming hence, her pursuit to achieve an American degree in Computer Science. She is a professional, dedicated, and a wonderful student liaison for the Global Engagement office. She is an athlete who played table tennis and badminton in a state level and a district level in India. One of the few people, Sneha have solved the Rubix cube mystery. Global Engagement is delighted to welcome her to the team.


Chloe Shapiro-Barnard photoChloe Shapiro-Barnard
Student Ambassador for Global Engagement

Chloe is a Nursing major enrolled in the Global Scholars honors program, and works in the Office of Global Engagement as a Student Ambassador. She has traveled to many places inside the borders of the U.S. but plans on broadening those borders in her upcoming years of school at Rivier. She hopes to be able to take part in at least one Teaching Trip offered by the OGE over the course of the next three years, and is anxious to attend her senior study abroad trip to West Senegal, Africa.


Reshma Shaik photoReshma Shaik
Global Engagement Student Assistant

Reshma Shaik is pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. She is from the city of Nizams Hyderabad, India. One of her proudest accomplisments was her time as a brand ambassador for world hijab day in her city. She was selected as a marketing trainer for India's number one cyber crime investigation companies out of 400 students and has work experience from Dell and Viber. Reshma is an ambitious young woman, and is excited for opportunities to come.


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