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!
Alejandra Medina Fernandez
Alejandra ‘24 lived almost her whole life in Venezuela, a country located in South America. She came to the United States in 2018 due to her native country’s economic and political issues. Alejandra was 15 years old when she began her junior year in Freedom High School in Tampa, Florida but ended up graduating in Orlando from Lake Nona High School. She got the Principal’s Honor Roll the four semesters she was a high schooler in the United States while volunteering for I AM HOPE Inc., where she worked with homeless students to help them graduate and get into college. She is now majoring in Psychology at UCF and pursuing a Personal Trainer certification from NASM. She is part of the Special Events Committee of the UCF Latin American Student Association and is an intern in the Mental Health Association of Central Florida taking the role of a Guardian Advocate for people with mental illnesses. She is also working as a preschool gymnastics instructor in Reflex Gymnastics in Orlando, Florida, and loves working out, reading, and finding ways to motivate and be motivated by people. In the near future, she aspires to combine her knowledge of the science of the mind and behaviors with her knowledge of fitness and nutrition principles to help individuals achieve a better relationship with food, physical activity, and overall health.
Brianna 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.
Alamgir 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.
Eliana is a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies on a Pre-Medical track. Born and raised in Cape Coral, FL, Eliana loves to write poetry, flash fiction and create mood boards on her free time. Besides being an Odyssey Ambassador, Eliana is also an SG Senator under the College of Sciences and a U-LEAD Student under the LEAD Scholars academy. She is also a Peer Coach for the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science, Eliana plans to attend Medical School to specialize in Pediatric Endocrinology.
Emma is a senior Psychology major on a Clinical Track, with minors in Statistics, & Crime, Deviance, and Law. She is from Fort Pierce, FL and is excited to serve as the Odyssey Ambassador’s coordinator for Marketing and Outreach. Emma is currently an APA undergraduate member and an NSLS member. She spends a large amount of her time providing a voice for others, like her, who have struggled with chronic illnesses, disabilities, or are members of the LGBTQ+ community. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school and to continue on a Clinical Psychology Track. In her free time, Emma can be found talking to her cat, reading, making music, or browsing the aisles of her local craft store for inspiration.
Jasmine is a sophomore majoring in Biotechnology and minoring in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She is from Hampton, Virginia and graduated from Gateway High School in Kissimmee, Florida with her IB diploma. At Gateway, Jasmine was a part of National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Best Buddies. At the University of Central Florida, Jasmine is currently a part of the Compass/Excel program. After graduation, she plans to become a medical laboratory scientist with hopes on working with BionTech SE, a biotechnology company. When Jasmine is not studying, she is most likely at the beach or shopping.
Sarah is a senior at UCF from Melbourne, Florida. She is majoring in Health Services Administration and minoring in Legal Studies. Sarah is currently participating in the Honors Undergraduate Thesis program. In addition, Sarah is a member of several organizations here at UCF including the Mediation Team, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, and Kappa Delta Sorority. After Undergrad, she plans to attend Law school. In her free time, Sarah loves to read, run, go to the beach, and spend time with her friends and family.
Eshani Patel, Class of ’23, grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida and moved to Orlando in Fall 2019 to begin her undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida. Eshani is currently majoring in Health Sciences Pre-Clinical track with a minor in mathematics. After graduating, she plans to attend medical school and purse optometry and become an optometrist after graduation. Outside of class, she is a member of Our Med Journal, a blog designed by pre-med students to discuss health related topics. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, hanging out with her friends and family, and going to the beach
Kashish 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.
Giovana 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!
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.
Sam is a Biology pre-medical senior, first generation transfer student currently working on her bachelor’s degree. She is Puerto Rican, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to Florida at a young age. She enjoys roller skating, watching Disney movies, playing animal crossing & reading books. She is a huge Harry Potter fan (Slytherin!) & loves going to Universal Studios. She is a member of Pre-AMSA, LMSA+, LASA, Late Knights committee, & the Harry Potter club. Sam wants to attend the UCF College of Medicine and go on to become an obstetrician gynecologist.
Matt is a junior from Tampa, Florida currently majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Medical Sociology. They are planning on attending either pharmacy school or medical school after graduating. Their interest in healthcare blossomed after participating in an Honors interdisciplinary seminar that discussed how different systems of oppression affect health outcomes for different groups. In addition to the Odyssey Ambassadors program, they are currently involved in Circle K International, which is one of the largest collegiate service organizations in the world. In Circle K International, Matt has served as editor for the UCF club, district editor for the state of Florida and the Cayman Islands, and service committee chair on the international level. They are excited to serve this year as the treasurer for the Odyssey Ambassadors program to plan ways that the Odyssey Ambassadors can financially support efforts to make UCF a more diverse and inclusive institution.