Welcome to Rice! My name is Aliya Bhimani, and I am originally from College Station, Texas. I have a BS in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University (GW). I spent almost a decade in Washington, DC working in international development and in academic advising. I like to travel and am a big sports lover, especially tennis – playing and watching! I love working with all students and certainly know how it feels to be a first generation student, since I was one myself. My staff takes lots of pleasure in serving the Rice community so we look forward to seeing you in the OAA!