Graduate Diversity Ambassadors

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.

GAAP      Graduate Application Assistance Program
GradCatalyst      GradCatalyst Facilitator
GSOC-AC      Graduate Students of Color Advisory Council Rep.
MSRP PodLead      MSRP Pod Leader (fka Program Assistant)
MSRP ARC      MSRP Application Review Committee (ARC)
Recruit      Recruitment Conference Representative
Department Name Hometown Involvement
Aeronautics and Astronautics Arthur Brown
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
GAAP
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Aeronautics and Astronautics Alvin Harvey
Aztec, New Mexico
GAAP
GradCatalyst
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Aeronautics and Astronautics Shane Vigil
Upland, CA
GradCatalyst
Recruit
Architecture Mohamed Ismail
Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
GradCatalyst
Recruit
Architecture Myles Sampson
Pensacola, FL
GAAP
MSRP ARC
Biological Engineering Bianca Lepe
Los Angeles, California
GAAP
GSOC-AC
Recruit
Biological Engineering Cristina Torres Caban
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
GAAP
MSRP PodLeader
MSRP ARC
Biology Yamilex Acevedo-Sanchez
Salinas, Puerto Rico
GAAP
Recruit
Biology Juana Delao
Chicago, IL
GradCatalyst
MSRP ARC
Biology Christian Loyo
Plainview, MN
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Biology Alexandra Navarro
El Paso, Texas
GAAP
MSRP PodLeader
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Brain and Cognitive Sciences Tiwalayo Eisape
Jackson, New Jersey
Recruit
Chemistry James Levi Knippel
Two Rivers, WI
MSRP ARC
Chemistry Axel Vera Sanchez
San Sebastian, Puerto Rico
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Diana Dumit
Santiago, Dominican Republic
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Miela Gross
Del Mar, CA
GradCatalyst
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Lelia Hampton
Atlanta, GA
GAAP
GradCatalyst
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Alvaro Sahagun Chicago Heights, IL
GAAP
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Health Sciences and Technology Christian Landeros
New York City, NY
GradCatalyst
Recruit
Health Science and Technology Claudia Varela
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Master of Business Administration (Sloan) Christy Fernandez-Cull New York City, NY
GAAP
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Master of Business Administration (Sloan) Nnamdi Nwabudike
Lagos, Nigeria
Recruit
Master of Business Administration (Sloan) Kasie Uddoh
Cambridge, MA
GAAP
GSOC-AC
Recruit
Mechanical Engineering Dan Oropeza
GradCatalyst
MSRP ARC
Mechanical Engineering Michael West
Rancho Cucamonga, California
GAAP
MSRP ARC
MSRP PodLeader
Recruit
Media Arts and Sciences Ayse Guvenilir
Clifton Park, NY
GradCatalyst
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Media Arts and Sciences Randi Williams
PG County, Maryland
GAAP
GSOC-AC
MSRP PodLead
MSRP ARC
Nuclear Science and Engineering Erica Salazar
Houston, TX
Recruit
Physics Enid Cruz-Colón
Guayama, Puerto Rico
GAAP
Recruit
Supply Chain Management Catherine Ballali
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
GSOC-AC
Recruit
Institute for Data, Systems and Society -Technology Policy Program Ilham Ali
Muscle Shoals, AL
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Institute for Data, Systems and Society -Technology Policy Program Alejandro Jimenez Jaramillo
Eagle Rock, CA
GAAP
GradCatalyst
Institute for Data, Systems and Society -Technology Policy Program Sade Nabahe
Tucson, AZ
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Recruit