Diversity Ambassadors

Go ahead and ask us!

Diversity Ambassadors are current Ohio State students who were in your shoes not too long ago. They're here to give you an authentic and honest perspective on the Ohio State student experience. They have a lot of experience and knowledge to share, so go ahead and ask! Email diversityambassador@osu.edu.

Wahaj Ali

Wahaj Ali

Columbus, Ohio

Biology

What makes your role as a Diversity Ambassador important to you?

My role is important to me because I love helping other people and being able to work with students that have so much potential. They just need the resources and information to succeed, and I can help provide that.

Daniel Estelle

Daniel Estelle

Flossmoor, Illinois

Materials science and engineering

What do you want to accomplish as a Diversity Ambassador?

During my college decision process, Diversity Ambassadors helped me feel confident in my choice. After seeing how much they helped me, I want to share my experience with families to give them confidence and reassurance on whatever decision they make. By sharing these experiences, I hope to show students that no matter their history, they can reach their full potential.

Summer Fagan

Summer Fagan

Columbus, Ohio

Anthropology; classics

What does access, diversity and inclusion mean to you?

To me, these words mean helping guide our society to a state in which everyone who seeks to better or change their quality of life has not only the opportunity to do so but also access to the resources to do so. In many instances, this starts with access to a quality education, which is something Ohio State can offer.

Ric-kell Holmes

Ric-kell Holmes

Smyrna, Georgia

Biology, pre-health professions

What makes your role as a Diversity Ambassador important to you?

This role is so incredibly important and special to me because I am able to help those who think that college might not be something attainable, as I did at one time. With this role we are able to reach out to underrepresented students and make sure they have someone in their corner who believes they can do anything.

Sean Honesty

Sean Honesty

Schaumburg, Illinois

Biochemistry; political science

What does access, diversity and inclusion mean to you?

In the capacity of the work I do as a Diversity Ambassador, those words mean the ability to create and maintain a space where individuals of all backgrounds and ways of thinking have equal opportunities to express their ideas and themselves for the betterment of our community.

Jimmy Nash

Jimmy Nash

Cleveland, Ohio

Health Sciences Program

What is the legacy you want to leave at Ohio State?

I want my legacy at Ohio State to be one built on the principle that just as much as one’s hand is reaching forward, it should be reaching back to help others coming up. Additionally, I want to serve as an example for other Black/African American males that education, leadership and service are ways that we can not only uplift ourselves as a group but our people as a whole.

Placeholder image

Ben Powell

Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Sports industry

What makes a Buckeye special?

A Buckeye is someone who takes pride in who they are and is not afraid of any challenge or obstacle.

Deja Reid

Deja Reid

Columbus, Ohio

Middle childhood education

What does access, diversity and inclusion mean to you?

These words mean that various populations are sought out and represented on campus through enrollment, but also through programming and acknowledgment. It's very important to make opportunities like being a Buckeye available to underserved and underrepresented students. Once those students are accepted and get to campus, it is just as important to provide resources to make them feel comfortable and at home. Each student should have the opportunity to feel like they are valued and belong at The Ohio State University.