Connect with a Grad Diversity Ambassador

The Graduate Diversity Ambassadors are current MIT graduate students who partner with OGE GradDiversity to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community at MIT.

Over the past year, our Graduate Diversity Ambassadors engaged with over 775 prospective graduate students by attending 12 diversity recruitment conferences, hosting eight GradCatalyst sessions, reviewing 20 statements of objectives of our MIT Summer Research Program – General (MSRP) and CONVERGE alumni applying to MIT graduate programs, evaluating almost 500 applications for MSRP, acclimating MSRP interns to the MIT community, and established a Graduate Students of Color Advisory Council to foster collaboration across student organizations and enhance the overall graduate student community.

The legend below indicates the various ways the ambassador is involved in Grad Diversity programs during the academic year. Prospective students are invited to reach out to the ambassador of their choice with any questions.

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Aeronautics and Astronautics (Course 16)

Alvin Harvey

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):

New Mexico State University

Hometown:

Aztec, New Mexico, Navajo Nation

You can ask me about:

MIT Summer Research Program, Native American Presence in higher ed, graduate student life, and MIT housing

Arthur Brown

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Toronto

Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Architecture (Course 4)

Myles Sampson

Degree Objective:
SM

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Tuskegee University

Hometown:
Pensacola, Florida

Mohamed Ismail

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Duke University

Hometown:
Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines

You can ask me about:

Architecture, Civil/Structural Engineering, Research, MIT Housing, Grad life, Mentoring, Art and Design

Biological Engineering (Course 20)

Bianca Lepe

Degree Objective: 
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s): 
Caltech

Hometown: 
Los Angeles, California, USA

Biology (Course 7)

Giselle Valdes

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Florida International University

Hometown:
Miami, Florida

You can ask me about:

MIT Summer Research Program, MSRP-Bio, Biology Grad Program, MIT housing, Grad Student Life, Biology Application Assistance Program (BAAP)

Anais Tsai

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Standford University

Hometown:
Stockton, California

You can ask me about:

Biology Grad Program, Off-campus housing, Grad Student Life, Work-life balance

Oscar Molina

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of California, Los Angeles

Hometown:
San Diego, California

You can ask me about:

Biology Grad Program, Moving across the country, high school outreach programs

Christian Loyo

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Hometown:
Plainview, MN

Juana Delao

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Chicago

Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Cesar Dominguez

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Williams College

Graduate Institution(s):
University of Massachusetts Medical School

Hometown:
Nashua, New Hampshire, and Mexico

You can ask me about:

Biology Graduate Program

Manraj Gill

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of California, Berkeley

Hometown:
Ludhiana, Punjab, India

You can ask me about:

Biology Ph.D. Program; Science and Public Policy; Teaching, Mentorship, and Outreach Opportunities at MIT

Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Course 9)

Tiwalayo Eisape

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Boston College

Hometown: 
Jackson, New Jersey

Chemistry (Course 5)

Axel Vera Sanchez

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Hometown:
San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

Andrea N. Marcano-Delgado

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao

Hometown:
San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

You can ask me about:

MIT Summer Research Program, Grad Student Life

James Levi Knippel

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Johns Hopkins University

Hometown:
Two Rivers, Wisconsin

 

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (Course 6)

Alvaro Sahagun

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Illinois at Chicago

Hometown:
Chicago Heights, Illinois

Lelia Hampton

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Spelman College

Hometown:
Atlanta, Georgia

Miela Gross

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of California, Berkeley

Hometown: 
San Diego, California

You can ask me about:

Grad Student Life, EECS Grad Program, Grad Catalyst, GAAP

Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)

Christian Landeros

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Hometown:
New York City, NY

Management (Course 15)

Kasie Uddoh

Degree Objective:
MBA

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland

Hometown: 
Nigeria

You can ask me about:

MBA Application, MBA Summer Internships

Mechanical Engineering (Course 2)

Michael West

Degree Objective: Ph.D., SM

Undergraduate Institution(s):  Yale University

Hometown:  Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Media Arts and Sciences (MAS)

Randi Williams

Degree Objectives:
Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D.)

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Hometown:
Prince George’s County, Maryland

Raechel Walker

Degree Objective: 
SM

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of California, San Diego

Hometown:
Temecula, California

Ayse Guvenilir

Degree Objective:
SM

Undergraduate Institution(s):
MIT

Hometown: 
Clifton Park, New York

Pedro Colon-Hernandez

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Hometown:
San Juan, Puerto Rico

You can ask me about:

Grad life, academics, off-campus housing, MSRP, and applying to grad school

Nuclear Science and Engineering (Course 22)

Erica Salazar

Degree Objective: 
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Stanford University

Hometown:
Houston, TX

Physics (Course 8)

Enid Cruz-Colón

Degree Objective:
PhD

Undergraduate Institution(s):
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Hometown: 
Guayama, Puerto Rico

You can ask me about:

Grad student life; Physics grad program and physics research at MIT; life in Cambridge, MA

Urban Studies and Planning (Course 11)

Soad Mana

Degree Objective:
SM

Undergraduate Institution(s):
Northwestern University

Hometown:
Belvidere, Illinois

You can ask me about:

Urban Studies and Planning, MIT housing, Grad Student Life, Living in Boston area, Religious Life