Graduate Diversity Ambassadors

The Graduate Diversity Ambassadors are current MIT graduate students who partner with OGE Diversity Initiatives 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.

Department Name Hometown
Aeronautics and Astronautics Arthur Brown
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Aeronautics and Astronautics Alvin Harvey
Aztec, New Mexico
Aeronautics and Astronautics Stewart Isaacs
Cincinnati, Ohio
Aeronautics and Astronautics Cadence Payne
Shelbyville, Kentucky
Architecture Mohamed Ismail
Los Banos, Cavite, Philippines
Biological Engineering Bianca Lepe
Los Angeles, California
Biological Engineering Shelbi Parker
San Angelo, Texas
Biology Amanda Cruz
Rocklin, California
Biology Alexandra Navarro
El Paso, Texas
Biology Anna Yeh
Chemical Engineering Daniela Espinosa-Hoyos
Havana, Cuba
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Ifueko Igbinedion
Palm Desert, California
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science   Josué López
Lynwood, CA
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Sebastian Pineda
Galveston, Texas
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Candace Ross
St. Leonard, Maryland
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Gladynel Saavedra Peña
San Sebastián, Puerto Rico
Health Sciences and Technology Lucy Hu
Thousand Oaks, California
Health Science and Technology Claudia Varela
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico
Mechanical Engineering Phillip Daniel
Durham, North Carolina
Mechanical Engineering Kaitlyn Gee
Alameda, California
Mechanical Engineering Aaron Michael West Jr.
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Media Arts and Sciences Pedro Colon-Hernandez
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Media Arts and Sciences Randi Williams
PG County, Maryland
Sloan Isaac Santos
Copan, Honduras
Urban Studies and Planning Dasjon Jordan
New Orleans, LA
Urban Studies and Planning Stephanie Peña
East Lansing, Michigan
Urban Studies and Planning Darien Williams
Jacksonville, Florida


*Grad Diversity Legend: The Graduate Diversity Ambassadors above were involved in the following Grad Diversity programs during the academic year.

GAAP Graduate Application Assistance Program
GradCatalyst GradCatalyst Facilitator
GSOC-AC Graduate Students of Color Advisory Council Representative
MSRP PodLead MSRP Pod Leader (fka Program Assistant)
MSRP ARC MSRP Application Review Committee (ARC)
Recruit Recruitment Conference Representative