Student Life

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 nuexperience@northeastern.edu with any questions or to be connected!

Lineyah Mitchell

Lineyah Mitchell

Pronouns: She/Her
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!

Nicole Mongillo

Nicole Mongillo

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
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.

 

Andrea Griffin

Andrea Griffin

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
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

Santiago Tolentino Pacheco

Pronouns: He/Him/His
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.

Shandy Ndjigue

Shandy Ndjigue

Pronouns: She/Her
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!