Office of Diversity and Inclusion student advisory board that allows students to discuss and provide recommendations on diversity and inclusion topics and how to enrich the student-learning environment across UCF. Perspective students will meet to discuss their experiences as UCF students and discuss issues of concern of their peers. Odyssey Ambassadors will have opportunity to enhance their leadership competencies, explore various facets of diversity, exhibit knowledge of diversity and inclusion as ambassadors for ODI, and serve as mentors for the “UCF Young Knights Mentoring Program.” The students will also be trained to facilitate courageous conversations around equity, inclusion, and diversity.
* 2.75 GPA
* Year-long program (until you graduate)
* Sophomore Standing
* Mandatory Bi-weekly Meetings on Wednesday at 4:30pm -6:30pm
(Understanding student schedules may cause conflict, please try to keep this time frame free from other commitments.)
* Vice Chair
* Marketing Coordinator
* Social Events Coordinator
* Service Events Coordinator
* Outreach Coordinator
* Mentorship Liaison
Meet our 2021 Odyssey Ambassadors!
Abigail Reynolds ’22 grew up in Fort Myers, Florida, and moved to Orlando to start college in Fall 2018. At the University of Central Florida, she studies political science on the international relations track, with minors in economics and philosophy. Abigail currently serves as a peer advisor at the Office of Honors Research and is a student in the Research and Mentoring Program ’22 cohort. Her main interests lie in African politics, and she is currently working on an Honors Thesis studying the impact of health crises on democracy in sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of class, she is an active member of several student organizations, including the International Relations Club and the United Nations Association. Upon graduation, Abigail hopes to pursue a master’s degree in either international relations or African politics and, ultimately, she looks forward to working in the United States State Department as a civil or foreign service officer.
Alamgir Hossan is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering program at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He was born and grew up in Chittagong, Bangladesh, and received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Applied Physics, Electronics, and Communication Engineering from the University of Chittagong in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Alamgir was an Assistant Professor with the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, University of Chittagong before joining UCF in 2017. In 2019, he received an MSEE degree from UCF, where he is currently working toward his Ph.D. degree also in Electrical Engineering with focus on microwave active and passive remote sensing. Since 2017, he has been a Graduate Research Assistant with the Central Florida Remote Sensing Laboratory (CFRSL) at UCF, where his research includes geophysical model and retrieval algorithm development, and intersatellite radiometric calibration/validation. Mr. Hossan is a student member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society, IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society, IEEE Signal Processing Society, IEEE Young Professionals, and NASA GPM Intersatellite Calibration Working Group (X-CAL). Alamgir plans to continue his research in satellite remote sensing to advance the Earth and climate science studies.
Brianna Harriott is a senior from Sunrise, Florida currently majoring in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical track. After graduating, Brianna has aspirations of becoming a Physician Assistant specializing in family medicine. Her interest in medicine began in high school when she volunteered at her local hospital, where she assisted doctors and patients. Brianna is a Lead Scholars Alum and is involved in APPA (Association of Pre-Physician Assistants) & CSA (Caribbean Students’ Association) on campus, where she is a mentor. In her free time, she enjoys painting, baking, and playing tennis.
David Katz ‘23 comes from Orlando, Florida and graduated from Olympia High School as an AP Scholar with Distinction. At Olympia, David was the President of the Science National Honors Society and actively partook in events for the Titan Market and the Student Support Foundation. He also participated in the APEX Academy, National Honors Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Technical Honors Society. At University of Central Florida, David plans to pursue a major in Chemistry on the Biochemistry track with a minor in Environmental Studies. He is an intern with the Florida PIRG, a member of the American Sign Language club, and is carrying out research under Dr. Kolpashchikov and Tatiana Fedotova. After graduation, David plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in research of photosynthetic devices and gene therapy for plants.
Giovana Potiens is an international student from Brazil and has graduated from UCF with her bachelor’s degree in Finance in 2019 and is now in the second semester of pursuing her master’s degree in Data Analytics. She also works at UCF Global and loves to get involved on campus and connecting with diverse students! Giovana is currently serving as Vice President for both the International Student Association (ISA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) at UCF. In her spare time, she loves to cook, spend time with friends and family and go to Disney theme parks! Throughout her time at UCF, Giovana has always been passionate about mentorship and professional development for international students. She is very excited to be an Odyssey Ambassador and to make UCF a more inclusive and diverse institution!
Lia Fiore is a junior psychology major from Orlando, Florida. She is a current member of the Burnett Honors College at UCF where she serves as a Team Leader Coordinator for Honors Symposium, Honors Orientation Ambassador, and front desk and admissions office assistant. With the BHC, she helped co-found the Dean’s Leadership Council, and currently serves as its coordinator, working with students and faculty to ensure the council’s mission is being met. She has been active in the national co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega since 2018, and currently serves as president of the UCF chapter. In her free time, she enjoys reading fiction, watching and discussing movies, hanging out with her friends, and giving back to the community through service. After graduation she plans to pursue her master’s degree in higher education with an emphasis in diversity and inclusion.
Kashish Pathak is currently a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She is from Tallahassee, Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rickards High School. She is also a recipient of the IB Diploma. She currently works at the UCF Student Union as an Event Services Associate and is also an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Chemistry 1B. Her goal is to go to Med school and pursue Anesthesiology and become an anesthesiologist after graduation. She is also very interested in behavioral forensics and is planning to combine those two fields of study for her future. She is a trained dancer and is part of UCF Knights Kangna which is a Bollywood fusion dance team. Her hobbies include cooking and baking and paragliding.
Kristen Ng is a third year (Junior) student, majoring in Nursing and minoring in Computer Science from Wesley Chapel, Florida. She is currently working as an UCF Resident Assistant and a medical scribe for Advent Health. She enjoys coaching Special Olympics gymnastics and volunteering as a professional baby “cuddler” in the NICU. Her other affiliations include Burnett Honors College and Village Book Builder where she serves as a mentor. She hopes to become a family nurse practitioner, with research in medical simulation technology after she graduates. When Kristen is not working, she is attempting to cook/bake and strolling around campus.
Sierra Urbaez is a junior Chemistry major set to graduate in Spring ’22. Born and raised in Davie, FL, Sierra is a lover of cross stitching, Disney World, and the beach. As president and founder of the new RSO Knights Advocating for Chronic Illness, she is a disability advocate. With an interest in forensic science, she hopes to earn a job at a crime lab upon graduation.