Cohort 2019-2020

Aida Behmard
Aida Behmard
Graduate Student, GPS. Project: Caltech Graduate Admissions and Enrollment Report.
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"To me, diversity and inclusion means celebrating and promoting diversity within the Caltech community..."

Joshua Zak
Joshua Zak
Graduate Student, CCE.

"To me, diversity means recognizing that a collective is made up of individuals and that it is important to the efficacy of the collective to include of a wide range of identities and lived experiences."

Kim Pham
Kim Pham
Graduate Student, CCE.

"Diversity and inclusion means creating a space where folks are welcomed and ensures that they do feel welcome."

Krystal Vasquez
Krystal Vasquez
Graduate Student, CCE.

"Diversity and inclusion in STEM and academia means not only will I one day be able to see more people who represent my various identities in positions of power, but that their diverse perspectives will be valued and uplifted rather than ridiculed."

Marcus Lee
Marcus Lee
Graduate Student, MCE.

"To me, diversity and inclusion means that everyone sees themselves represented in the positions around them."

Megan Kuroda
Meghan Kuroda
Staff, Assistant Director of FASA.

"Through the Fellowship Advising and Study Abroad office, I want to be an ally and be there to help students pursue all opportunities, to hear their concerns, and to advocate for them when I can."

Michele Judd
Michele Judd
Staff, Executive Director of the W. M. Keck Institute for Space Studies.

"Inclusion and Diversity means honoring the uniqueness of everyone, and recognizing the value of the different skills, styles and capabilities each person brings to the table."

Rachel Zimmerman
Rachel Zimmerman
JPL, Public Engagement Specialist.

"Diversity and inclusion is about making sure everyone has a chance to participate in everything Caltech has to offer.  Education is the gateway to a successful career as a scientist."

Shannon Esswein
Shannon Esswein
Graduate Student, BMB. Project: Global Women's Breakfast.

"Diversity & inclusion means creating spaces, conversations, opportunities and communities that welcome, value, support and respect those with different viewpoints, backgrounds, appearances, and preferences."

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Livia Morais
Postdoctoral Scholar, BBE. Project: LGBTQA+ socials and Equity & Title IX Seminar Postdocs training per division.

"As a postdoc in Caltech, I acknowledge the privilege and challenges of my position, and am actively looking into practical ways to support these goals."

Cam Buzard
Cam Buzard
Graduate Student, CCE. Project: Interfaith Discussion Group.

"Oftentimes diversity and inclusion means to me caring about who people are beyond their work."

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Julie Kelly
Staff, Executive Director, Rosen Bioengineering Center. Project: Enhancing diversity and inclusion within the Biotechnology Leadership Program (BLP).

"Diversity and Inclusion are such broad topics and are described and interpreted so differently based on gender, race, ethnicity, religion, upbringing and so much more."

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Adam Blank
Teaching Assistant Professor, Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

"To me, diversity and inclusion means caring about all populations, but paying special attention to marginalized people (in particular, students) who might not always feel safe in the spaces they are in."

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Davin Malasarn
Staff, Lead Writer, Presidential Communications.

"On a practical level, I believe that diverse viewpoints are necessary to find solutions to the pressing problems of our time. On a more emotional level, I want our society to be able to live in harmony."

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Deepan Kumar
Graduate Student, EE.

""VASUDEVA KUMTUMBUKAM", a time-less Sanskrit wisdom which means "THE WHOLE WORLD IS ONE FAMILY" captures the essence of what Diversity and Inclusion means."

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Gina Panopoulou
Postdoctoral Scholar, PMA.

"As we discuss shifting campus culture to be more inclusive, the CCID and CPA are both leading the effort to organize, educate and communicate with post-docs. I wish to contribute to the culture shift that must happen in the post-doc realm."

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Gwendolyn Bailey
Postdoctoral Scholar, CCE.

"Intolerance and unconscious bias against minorities (in all senses of the word) is still pervasive. Even a 1% unconscious bias against a minority group results in significant disadvantages when compounded over time."

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Helen Wexler
Graduate Student, EAS.

"I am particularly passionate about improving institutional support and a culture of inclusion for student graduate parents. I believe that the current lack of support for this population poses a significant long term challenge for women in STEM on campus."

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Roberta Carvalho
Staff, Department Administrator (CMS). Project: Making Annenberg Accessible.

"For me, diversity means to accept and respect everyone without judging their gender, sexual preference, background, and race. It is to be open to learning about different cultures and points of view."

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Katherine Mason
Staff, HR Customer Service Specialist.

"Diversity means strength and beauty. No one person has all the answers and so inclusion of different cultures, experiences, and beliefs is valuable to solving the problems we as mankind encounter, such as climate change and hunger."

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Sydney Garstang
Staff, Outreach Manager. Project: Making Annenberg Accessible.

"To me, diversity means that there are many different potential voices in a 'room', so to speak, and inclusion is meant to ensure that all voices are heard and encouraged."

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Kimberly Berry
Staff, Lab Coordinator/Admin Assistant RP lab.

"In my own life, I try to live and work so everyone can live life as freely and fully as possible."

Kitty Cahalan
Kitty Cahalan
Staff, Outreach Program Manager.

"My role at Caltech is to bring Caltech scientists into the community in various ways, and I have always prioritized bringing programming to schools with higher populations of students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields."

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Kristin Briney
Staff, BBE Librarian.

"We have huge power in the library to support our students, faculty, and staff. A foundational principle in libraries is that we provide
access to information, no matter who you are."

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Namita Sarraf
Graduate Student, BBE. Project: HerStories: Lives and Lessons from Caltech Scientists.

"We believe in supporting the many intersections of our members' identities, such as (but not limited to) race, sexual orientation, gender expression, socioeconomic class, and immigrant/indigenous status."

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Natalia Huezo
Staff, HR Customer Service Specialist.

"To me diversity and inclusion mean to treat everyone with respect and dignity."

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Patricia Lapadula
JPL, HR Communications Manager.

"Working in a very science and fact-driven organization, it can be difficult to get support and interest on social issues that are more complex and less fact-specific."

Olivia Wilkins
Olivia Wilkins
Graduate Student, CCE. Project: Clothing bank for graduate student-parents.

"Diversity and inclusion, (...), mean creating spaces and opportunities that push for equity (and hopefully, justice) and treating people as whole people with both visible and hidden identities that affect them in whatever role they take..."

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Shreya Anand
Graduate Student, GPS.

"Diversity is wide representation along one or more axes of the demographic spectrum. These axes could be race, class, gender, ethnicity, disability, educational status, etc, and they vary based on place and context."

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Tyler Gibson
Research Specialist I.

"At Caltech, our challenge is to incorporate modern notions of diversification in to the context of a competitive academic environment."

Alex Hui
Alex Hui
Staff, System Network Administrator.

"Inclusion and Diversity are extremely important if Caltech wants to be successful in having every student, and faculty to fully contributing their genius ideas together for innovations beyond our limited scope and point of views."

Nicole Cho
Nicole Cho
Staff, Social Media Manager

"A commitment to diversity and inclusion begins with an acknowledgement that all people are not the same, and in recognizing that our differences are not simple nor are they inconsequential."

Liz Jackman
Liz Jackman
Staff, Associate Director of Student Programs.

"To me, inclusion means creating an environment where everyone feels welcomed and a sense of belonging."

Beth Larranaga
Beth Larranaga
Staff, Office Manager, Undergraduate Deans Office

"My goal is to learn how to help make the environment at Caltech more welcoming for everyone, especially those who don't have my experience of privilege."

Camila Buitrago
Camila Buitrago
Undergraduate Student, EAS.

"To me, diversity is unlocking the door to everyone, inclusion is opening the door and helping them walk."

Mary Kennedy
Mary Kennedy
Faculty, Professor of Biology.

"Diversity and inclusion means to me that people of all races, genders, cultures are represented in all parts of the community according to their approximate proportion of the American population (proportions that are changing rapidly)."

Stephanie Yachinski
Stephanie Yachinski
Staff, Director of Entrepreneurial Programs.

"I feel it is time to stop being on the sidelines and begin taking action to support diversity at Caltech."

Sydney Richardson
Sydney Richardson
Undergraduate Student, ME

"I want to be a Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador as I want to help educate and support the Caltech community on diversity and inclusion."