Student Diversity & Access Fellows
Northeastern University’s Student Diversity and Access Fellows are student leaders dedicated to outreach and support for students with backgrounds that have been historically excluded from higher education, including but not limited to students of color, first-generation students, low-income students, and LGBTQ+ students.
Student Diversity and Access Fellows partner with The Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Northeastern’s Cultural Life to ensure that students from all backgrounds are able to flourish within Northeastern’s diverse and vibrant community. The Fellows support a wide range of programs, with a specific focus on supporting students from underrepresented populations.
Keep reading to learn more about our Fellows, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to be connected!
Hometown: New Castle, Delaware
Bio: I am a first-year student studying Economics and Business Administration. I am a changemaker dedicated to community development through experiential learning, public service, and civic engagement. On-campus, I am a Student Diversity and Access Fellow, Lead Content Strategist on TAMID’s Marketing Committee, Junior Associate for the Huntington Angels Network, and SGA Senator for DMSB. Outside of academics, I love to paint records, explore the city’s art scene, and hope to join the club volleyball team next semester to stay active!
Hometown: Livingston, NJ
Bio: Hey there! I am a second-year Data Science & Biology combined major with a Mathematics minor. I am on campus I work as both a Teaching Assistant and Resident Assistant. As a member of the Hindu Communities of Northeastern, I spend a lot of time at the Sacred Space in Ell Hall, and I love attending events and festivals hosted by the Pan Asian American Council and its affiliate student orgs. I'm psyched to be going on co-op this Fall at Takeda Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge as a Lead Discovery Co-op on their R&D team, and I could talk to you about my take on co-op and the application process for hours. My favorite memory at Northeastern occurred this year when my friend and I went to the North End for an evening out in the city. The narrow brick roads, curbside restaurants, and noisy chatter gave me a taste of Italy from the comfort of Boston. Also, I had perhaps the best pizza of my life (shout-out Regina Pizzeria!) and my first ever cannoli from the world-renowned Mike's Pastry, which will admittedly be a tough act to follow for all subsequent cannoli. My number one bucket list item before I graduate Northeastern is to cook a meal using one of the kitchens in ISEC.
Hometown: Teaneck, NJ
Bio: I am a Health Science major and Global health minor within the Bouve College of Health Sciences, and I am excited to start medical school in the fall after my time at Northeastern. My family is Ghanaian. I am the current president of the Northeastern African Student Organization, co-founder of Black Voices Matter NEU which is an initiative that was started by 11 Black student organizations, a peer tutor, and a member of the Huntington 100 2020 cohort! Some fun facts about me are that I love everything purple, I make YouTube videos, I am a Hunter x Hunter fanatic, and I have danced and played the flute since I was in elementary school!
Hometown: Peabody, MA
Bio: I am a 3rd year English major, minoring in Law and Public Policy. I am also a PlusOne student, so I am pursing my Masters in English as well. I am currently on co-op which I self-developed. Co-op was a big reason why I chose to attend Northeastern. I plan on attending law school so I really wanted some legal experience before I financially committed to that career path. If anybody has any questions about the co-op process and what it means to create your own co-op, I would love to chat! Since I am an English major it's only natural that I share some book recs with y'all. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys made me cry when I first read it. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart still has the craziest plot twist I've ever witnessed. Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi is one of my more recent reads and it is fractured in the most beautiful of ways, (you need to read it to understand what I'm talking about haha). I am also a poetry fanatic. I am the President of the Interrobang Poets, the poetry club here on campus. I've been competing in poetry slams since I was 14 years old so some dope contemporary poets that I read are: Warsan Shire, Safia Elhillo and Porsha O (our very own Boston poet laureate and my former coach!) When I'm not reading and writing I'm baking, (I'm a terrible cook but I make some mean snickerdoodles) collecting sneakers, or probably on duty since I'm an RA :).
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Bio: I am a senior pursuing my BS and MS Chemical Engineering and I am a part of the Northeastern Honors Program. I have been involved with many clubs and activities on campus during my 5 years here including being on the executive board for the Black Engineering Student Society for 4 years, attending other black student org meetings, being a member of the COE visit experience team, spending a semester as a member of the Avenue Magazine and another as a member of the campus art club, among others! Being able to experience so many clubs and events is one of my favorite parts of being a member of the Northeastern Community. As a senior, I’ve also been able to experience a wide range of classes at Northeastern. Even though I’m an engineer, I’ve always had many interests outside of my field and I’ve been really lucky to be able to take classes that reflect those interests, like observational drawing, creative writing, etc. I’ve also been fairly flexible with my academic path, having added and removed minors many times, and even deciding fairly late in my college career that I wanted to pursue my MS in the combined degree program. I’m super excited to be able to answer questions from people who might be feeling like I did when I started college: not sure exactly of the path they want to take, but excited to learn new things in many different fields and really looking for advice from someone who’s gone through it before!
Hometown: Orange, CT
Bio: Greetings and salutations! I’m an ecology and evolutionary biology major. I began my journey at NEU in fall, 2020. While I was nervous to leave home, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be here. I’ve made close friends through the Cultural Inclusion Living-Learning Community and would love to talk to you about finding your fit at NEU. Because I arrived during the pandemic, I didn’t interact with the community in quite the traditional way, but I’m ready to take advantage of in-person events next semester, especially performing arts.
Here’s some highlights from my time so far:
- Favorite class: Intro to Biological, Social, and Environmental Data. I learned many practical and interesting data evaluation skills. Dr. Lotterhos kept the class engaging by constantly working in real-world applications of faulty graphs and misinterpreted data. I was very nervous about course workload/difficulty in college, but it turned out to be completely manageable. If you have any questions about first-year academics, I’d love to chat!
- Favorite on-campus event: Stuff-a-Husky. I met lots of my current friends at this Welcome Week event. It was so fun to let out our inner child together and get an adorable stuffed animal out of it.
- Favorite place on campus: quiet section of the Curry Student Center. A perfect study area that isn’t as formal as the library, with an open atmosphere, and big, squishy chairs you can nap- I mean, study in.
- Favorite place in Boston: Trident Bookstore- As a reader, Trident is heaven. It’s a small business on Newbury Street with a surprisingly large stockpile of books and collectibles.
- Favorite book: How could I pick one? Something fantasy.
- Favorite movie: Almost Famous
- Is cereal a soup: No.
Hometown: Lanesborough, MA
Bio: Hello! I am a 5th year Linguistics major with minors in American Sign Language and Speech Language Pathology and Audiology. I’m always happy to talk about anything and everything Northeastern- having been a campus tour guide for the past four years, I like to think that I have a lot of knowledge to impart.
A (sort-of) movie that I've watched recently and quite literally changed my life was Hannah Gadsby's standup special "Douglas." It was the thing that made me realize that I really could be autistic and put me on the research road to where I am today, proudly embracing my autistic identity. It's been a year since I watched “Douglas,” and my sense of self and personal happiness have only grown since then!
With graduation looming, the things I'm going to miss the most about Northeastern are my Linguistics professors and campus. I've absolutely loved every class I've taken within my department, and my professors never fail to make me laugh. I'm truly going to miss them. It's also going to be hard to leave campus- Northeastern has a beautiful, classic college campus while also being highly accessible to the city, and I'll always have fond memories of sunny days on campus, walking through our green spaces and appreciating all of the public art.
Olanrewaju “Hakeem” Oloritun
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Bio: I am majoring in Industrial Engineering, with a minor in Consulting. The most impactful aspect of Northeastern in my journey has been the mentors that I have come across. Hearing their stories, experiences, and perspectives have given me vital information when it came to my own endeavors in my college career- from starting a student organization to being accepted into Management Leadership for Tomorrow.
Coming in as a freshman, I always heard that was important to have mentors that you could gain insights from based on their experiences. I initially struggled with finding one since I did not know what a mentor was supposed to look like. It was not until I starting engaging with the members of the Black Engineering Student Society, I was able to get a clearer picture of the direction I wanted to take!
As I continue my college journey, I will continue to engage with peers, faculty, and Northeastern professionals to learn from their experiences!
My take on whether cereal is soup—So the definition of soup provided by the Meriam Webster dictionary is “something having or suggesting the consistency or nutrient qualities of soup”. The base of cereal (typically milk but I know people who like to be adventurous) can have the same consistency of broth, the typical base of a soup dish. Therefore, the argument of is cereal a soup is valid.
Hometown: Mequon, WI
Bio: Hi all! I am originally from Mequon, Wisconsin (Milwaukee area) but have also lived in Toronto and Long Island. I am currently a second-year majoring in Chemical Engineering. Some of the clubs I am involved in are the Black Engineering Student Society (BESS), WRBB Radio, Husky Ambassadors, and Northeastern Alliance of Civically Engaged Students (NUACES). One of my favorite memories at Northeastern has to be one of my first memories from the Honors LLC (Living Learning Community) launch. As a first year, I was in the Outdoor Adventure LLC, and to start off the year, we were given a tour through the Arnold Arboretum. I am a mega extrovert, so it was very exciting for me to be able to walk around and float between people while having a bunch of different conversations and getting to know the people who I would be living around for the rest of the year. While speed walking away from people who were trying to make the argument that Wisconsin does not exist, I ran into someone who loves AJR just about as much as I do, and a lovely friendship blossomed with someone who is now one of my best friends. Funnily enough, one of the “Wisconsin isn’t real” people was their roommate and also became one of my best friends (after they admitted Wisconsin is real of course). I have a ton more awesome memories from my time at Northeastern so feel free to ask me about my honors experience, being a woman in engineering, how to get involved on campus, fun things to do in Boston, and/or anything else you think I might be able to answer!
Santiago Tolentino Pacheco
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Bio: I’m a 5th year Pharmacy major. During my time at Northeastern, my identity and my interests have played a huge role into how I’ve shaped my college experience. I identify as Chicano, Filipino, and gay and finding communities that celebrate these parts of me has made college incredibly exciting. Other things that are important to me include the sciences, art, culture, exploring the city, being politically active, and meeting people from all over the world.
On campus, some of my favorite courses have been in Global Health, Cultural Anthropology, and Comparative Health Systems. In most of my pharmacy classes we focus on health on the scale of an individual patient, but these courses have taught me a lot about health in the context of populations, how an individual’s health affects their community, and power of health policy. Outside of class I have been involved with NUBarkada, Northeastern’s Filipino student group, the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), and various pharmacy student organizations. My involvement with student groups has led to some of my most treasured memories at Northeastern and allowed me to meet some of my now closest friends.
Having grown up in a big city myself, I like Boston because there’s so much to see and do. I like to get off campus as much as possible and whether I’m with friends or going out on my own, every week I try to do something I’ve never done before. My favorite places to visit are Boston’s art museums, like the Institute of Contemporary Art or the Harvard Art Museum, the many parks and greenspaces in the city, or the fun, lively neighborhoods around Boston like Dorchester or Somerville. Living in Boston and going to Northeastern for the past five years has been joyous, incredibly valuable, and has prepared me for my next big steps.
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Bio: Hi all! I am a 4th year Political Science student with minors in International Affairs and Religious Studies. While I graduate in Spring 2021, I will be back in September to continue my PlusOne in Security and Resilience Studies. I am also a co-founding member and Vice-President of IGNITE at Northeastern, a board member in the SYEB, and work with Professor Emily Clough on Philanthropic research- if any of these seem interesting to you and you would like to know more, shoot me an email! Aside from the technical stuff, I'm originally from Tampa, Florida, love getting natural vitamin D in the sunshine state, am a huge Disney and Harry Potter fan (go Ravenclaw), and find my greatest happiness exploring and learning about new people and cultures. Along with this, my favorite memory as a Husky (so far!) was the Dialogue of Civilizations I took after my freshman year. Not only did I get to learn what life was like in a new place among unfamiliar people, but I was also able to meet some of my best friends that I still have today. Welcome to Northeastern, Huskies. If you should feel the need to ask questions about majors, minors, study abroad's, Plus One programs, student orgs, research, or really anything else, please feel free to reach out to me!
Hometown: St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands
Bio: Sak paseeeé! I am a 3rd-year Criminal Justice and Psychology student in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. I am originally from St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands, but my entire family is from the island of Dominica. As a first-generation college student, I understand how monumental, yet nerve-wracking attending university can be. I am so excited to be able to speak with students who, like me, are taking such a huge step within their families and discuss all that it encompasses.
At Northeastern, I am mostly involved in the Black student organizations (BSOs) in the John D. African-American Institute (aka “the Tute”) on campus. Specifically, the NU Caribbean Student Organization (NU CSO) has helped me create so many lasting friendships and great memories. From our organization’s trip to Montreal, Canada to performing for live audiences as a member of the NU CSO Dance Troupe, NU CSO has become a staple in my NU journey. Cultural centers are crucial to the NU experience and I want to help prospective/admitted students see that they can find theirs too!
Being a Husky is so much more than just being a student, which as a Student Diversity & Access Fellow, I hope to show what is possible for you at Northeastern University.
**Sak pasé means what’s up or what’s happening in patwa/creole. **
Hometown: Ayer, MA
Bio: Hi everyone! I am a 2nd year Bioengineering major with a minor in Psychology. I am currently the Vice President of Northeastern’s Black Student Association and an active member of Northeastern’s African Student Organization. Some of my favorite events that these clubs host are Hot Chocolate (videos and game show segments about love) and Africa Night (an event where people showcase their fashion, choreography, and a mainstream African singer performs). One of my favorite memories as a Husky has to be the Underwear Run that takes place in the fall because so many people come together to do it even though it sounds like the craziest thing ever. I can’t wait to speak with all the prospective and admitted students! I’m most excited to talk about the amazing career and research opportunities that Northeastern provides. A movie that changed my life is the film A Few Good Men because it’s one of my dad’s favorites and it opened my eyes to the way the power and authority run the world. This one’s tough but if I could only eat one meal for the rest of my life it would have to be seafood boil (specifically crab legs and shrimp). My favorite class at NU so far has been Personality which was one of my psych electives because I learned about the reasons why people act the way they do and how genetics and nurture play a role into who they become. I personally don’t think that cereal is a soup because the liquid that would technically make it “soup” is milk and milk is not a soup. I am looking forward to taking advantage of Global Co-Op so I can finally travel abroad. I haven’t decided where I’m the world I want to go on Co-Op, but my top location is currently Singapore. And before I go, one fun fact about me is that I was born on Halloween!
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Bio: I am a second-year* honors student I pursue a BS in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), and a B.A. in History, Culture, and Law (HCL) with minors in criminal justice, communications, and military science. I am fascinated by international human rights and westernization, and hope I can continue my passion for both by pursuing a juris doctorate with a human right law focus after graduation. I am an active part of Northeastern's campus life, being the founder and chairwoman of the Interdisciplinary Women's Council, the Assistant Vice President for Student Services in the Student Government Association, and the logistics director for Minorities in Philosophy. I'm also a member of the Women's Rugby team and a cadet in ROTC. My favorite class to date has been Phil 1160: Introduction to Economic Justice, a foundational course for PPE and this is solely because my professor, Dr. Serena Parekh, was a phenomenal instructor and made the subject particularly engaging. With my time left at Northeastern, I hope to take more advantage of the cultural centers at Northeastern as well as their research endeavors. I do not think cereal is a soup and would pick a Chicken Caesar salad as the one meal I would eat for the rest of my life if I had to choose.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Bio: Hello, I’m a 4th year student at Northeastern studying business administration with a concentration in Finance. On campus, I’m involved with the Korean American Student Association, Chinese Student Association, Asian Student Union, and the overall Pan Asian American Council (PAAC) community. Within these clubs, I was able to take advantage of a space that provided me with resources, amazing opportunities, and a supportive community of friends. One of my favorite memories from my involvement with these organizations would be setting up and attending a speaker event for Justin Min (Ben on Umbrella Academy) in which he was able to expand on Asian American representation and his experiences within the media. Aside from the plentiful opportunities to hear from inspiring speakers, another favorite memory of mine is the daily lunch breaks I’ve had at Rebecca’s with my friends. The Nicole is the sole reason I was able to make it through a day full of classes.
Nita Ugbedeojo Akoh
Hometown: Kogi State, Nigeria
Bio: My middle name (Ugbedeojo) can be confusing to pronounce on the first go but in an effort to make it easier, it is pronounced as “oog-bey-they-or-jor”! I’m a third-year pre med undergraduate student with a major in Behavioral Neuroscience and a minor in International relations. I'm originally from Kogi State, Nigeria but I spent most of my teenage years in Ontario, Canada! The first time I visited Boston was on my move-in day to Northeastern University and I was FILLED with imposter syndrome! Fortunately, I found a community in Northeastern African Students Association (NASO) where I am currently the Vice President. Being part of NASO enabled me meet new people all over Boston and from different schools! Every year NASO hosts one of the biggest conferences for African students in New England with an attendance of approximately 600 people! I am Sagittarius which requires me to be very extroverted and adventurous, however, I’m also very passionate about my education! I would love to talk to prospective Northeastern students on how to maximize their experience here while achieving their academic goals!!!
Serene De Sisso
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Bio: I am a member of the Class of 2024 studying Business Administration (Finance and Management) and Economics. During the fall term of my freshman year, I had the pleasure of playing Mafia with the Northeastern Black Student Association (NBSA), a club within the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute. Although it had to be virtual, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it was wonderful to meet and play with the upperclassmen with NBSA! They were filled with a wisdom and vibrancy that was rich and refreshing. I would love to talk with admitted students about D’Amore-McKim and its opportunities, clubs within DMSB, logistical details of transitioning to college, and academic preparation. A fun fact about me is that I originally applied to Northeastern as a Sociology major and had dreams of being a college professor and researcher. I ended up changing majors twice (to Economics then to Economics and Business Administration) and am happy where I am now.