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.

Jazmin Arce

Jazmin Arce

Pasadena, Maryland

Biology, pre-health professions

What does access, diversity and inclusion mean to you?

To me, those words means equity over equality. It is important that everyone is treated equally. But access, diversity and inclusion only become effective when everyone has the same access to the same resources. In society, we have to start acknowledging the privileged vs. the non-privileged. That is why it's important to me to make a difference in our community and have people become more aware of the changes that oppressed groups face on the daily.

Kayla Campbell

Kayla Campbell

Cincinnati, Ohio

Accounting

What impact do you want to have in your role as a Diversity Ambassador?

I would like to leave an impact such that future Buckeyes know that it is okay to be themselves. It is okay to try new things, to grow, to do things they are passionate about that help their community while pursuing their academics.

Natalie Dalea

Natalie Dalea

Hudson, Ohio

English, literature

What impact do you want to have in your role as a Diversity Ambassador?

I want the people I interact with to feel agency over their own lives. I want to encourage people to access kindness within themselves and share it with others.

Tomara Dorsey

Tomara Dorsey

Dayton, Ohio

Public management, leadership and policy; sociology

What is one of your goals as a Buckeye?

I want to re-establish the program for Leadership Initiatives for Women of Color and get my organization, Ladies of Leadership, to have a role in the continuity of the program.

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.

Brianna Hawkins

Brianna Hawkins

Solon, Ohio

International business

What has made Ohio State feel like "home away from home"?

Establishing and maintaining relationships with new friends and mentors through my involvement in different campus organizations and activities has really helped to make me feel more at ease at Ohio State. By working in Dining Services, taking part in ukulele club, living in a learning community as a Morrill Scholar, and representing Ohio State as a Diversity Ambassador, I have been able to form connections and bonds with people who excite me and challenge me in unique ways.

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.

Aseel Houmsse

Aseel Houmsse

Columbus, Ohio

Arabic

What does access, diversity and inclusion mean to you?

To me, access to any institution is key to allowing those from all walks of life achieve the goals and dreams they have. In terms of college, access brings about diversity and inclusion, which should be the goal of any institution.

Kassidy Kiesel

Kassidy Kiesel

Louisville, Kentucky

Operations management

What has made Ohio State feel like "home away from home"?

Ohio State is such a large campus but I knew I wanted to make it feel smaller. I think by joining smaller communities of people I was able to find groups I really connected with. I am not a number or statistic at Ohio State. I feel important, both in my classes and in those smaller communities of people.

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.

Maria Offutt

Maria Offutt

Flossmoor, Illinois

Arabic with minors in French, world politics and public policy

What has made Ohio State feel like "home away from home"?

The amazing individuals that I'm surrounded by, including my friends, mentors and teachers.

Irene Onianwa

Irene Onianwa

Cincinnati, Ohio

Food, agricultural and biological engineering

What does access, diversity and inclusion mean to you?

Access, diversity and inclusion mean to me that everyone has a seat at the table and has a voice that is heard and appreciated. I believe it is a space where everyone can contribute and show their true selves.

Leobeliz Perdomo Blanco

Leobeliz Perdomo Blanco

Milford, Ohio

Social work

What has made Ohio State feel like "home away from home"?

What's made Ohio State home is having an amazing group of friends that I can count on no matter what. Becoming a sister of Alpha Psi Lambda — where I've gotten that second Latinx family — and joining student organizations like the Latino Student Association pushed me to meet new people. For me, it has been about having those friendships that I know will last for the rest of my life.

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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.

Thomas Quan

Thomas Quan

West Chester, Ohio

Economics

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

I just want people to remember me as someone who tried hard to bring a positive light to those around me.

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.

Ginette Rhodes

Ginette Rhodes

Saint Louis, Missouri

Political science

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

I want to be known as someone who tried their best in every segment of life.

Taylor Rogers

Taylor Rogers

Bexley, Ohio

Biochemistry

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

The Diversity Ambassador role is special to me because it lets me help people speak for themselves. Everyone deserves a chance to show that they're going somewhere. Where better to do that than here? My job is to help people become the best they can be. And I love that!

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Kevin Shin

Sokokie, Illinois

Actuarial science

What impact you want to have as a Diversity Ambassador?

I want Ohio State to continue increasing its diversity, and I believe the work I do as a Diversity Ambassador is so important to ensure that all people can feel loved and welcomed to our beautiful community. Being here for three years now, I've already seen the growth in the diversity, but there is room for more.

Yvette Vargas

Yvette Vargas

Cleveland, Ohio

Health Sciences Program

What makes a Buckeye special?

Buckeyes are special because they embody a strong sense of pride and family that lives on far beyond their years on campus. Buckeyes across the globe understand that their experiences here cannot be replicated at any other university and they never take that for granted.

Finnick Vest

Finnick Vest

Troy, Ohio

Art education; women's, gender and sexuality studies

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

I like being able to educate students about their choices after graduation. As a first generation college student, I had to do all of the research myself, and I was really alone in that process. I want students to have someone to go to about their goals and lead them in a positive direction. I feel education has been about empowering those who are already ahead in the pack. As a future educator, I want to empower those who lack access to move forward and succeed.