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
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Architecture Mohamed Ismail
Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines
GradCatalyst
Recruit
Biological Engineering Bianca Lepe
Los Angeles, California
GSOC-AC
Recruit
Biological Engineering Cristina Torres Caban
Puerto Rico
MSRP PodLeader
MSRP ARC
Biology Yamilex Acevedo-Sanchez
Salinas, Puerto Rico
MSRP PodLeader
Recruit
Biology Amanda Cruz
Rocklin, California
GAAP
MSRP ARC
Recruit
Biology Juana Delao
Chicago, IL
GradCatalyst
Biology Christian Loyo
Plainview, MN
MSRP ARC
Biology Alexandra Navarro
El Paso, Texas
GAAP
Center for Real Estate Kayode Agbalajobi
Lagos, Nigeria
Recruit
Chemistry Lindsey Backman Tampa, FL
MSRP ARC
MSRP PodLeader
Recruit
Chemistry James Levi Knippel
Two Rivers, WI
MSRP ARC
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Diana Dumit
Santiago, Dominican Republic
GAAP
Recruit
Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences | MIT-WHOI Joint Program Mara Freilich
Chadds Ford, PA
GradCatalyst
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Ifueko Igbinedion
Palm Desert, California
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Samuel Kim
GAAP
Recruit
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science   Josué López
Lynwood, CA
GAAP
GSOC-AC
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Carla Pinzon
Parkland, FL & Mexico City, Mexico
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Gladynel Saavedra Peña
San Sebastián, Puerto Rico
MSRP ARC
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
Systems Design and Management – Integrated Design and Management A.D. Stinnett
Houston, TX
GradCatalyst
GAAP
GSOC-AC
MSRP ARC
Mechanical Engineering Phillip Daniel
Durham, North Carolina
GradCatalyst
Mechanical Engineering Dan Oropeza
GradCatalyst
MSRP ARC
Mechanical Engineering A. Michael West
Rancho Cucamonga, California
GAAP
MSRP ARC
MSRP PodLeader
Media Arts and Sciences Pedro Colon-Hernandez
San Juan, Puerto Rico
GAAP
MSRP ARC
Media Arts and Sciences Randi Williams
PG County, Maryland
GSOC-AC
MSRP PodLead
MSRP ARC
Nuclear Science and Engineering Erica Salazar
Houston, TX
Recruit
Institute for Data, Systems and Society -Technology Policy Program Sade Nabahe
Tucson, AZ
Recruit
Urban Studies and Planning Stephanie Peña
East Lansing, Michigan
GradCatalyst
Recruit
Urban Studies and Planning Darien Williams
Jacksonville, Florida
GSOC-AC