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The Office of Diversity and Inclusion student advisory board 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 the 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.

Requirements:

  • 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.)

Ambassador Opportunities:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Social Events Coordinator
  • Service Events Coordinator
  • Outreach Coordinator
  • Mentorship Liaison

Applications are currently closed.

If you meet the requirements and would like to apply to become an Odyssey Ambassador with ODI please click here or use your smartphone to scan the QR code below.

QR code linking to the Odyssey Ambassadors application

Meet our 2021 Odyssey Ambassadors

Yasin Ajani

Yasin Ajani ’22 grew up in Ocala, Florida and graduated from College of Central Florida with high honors obtaining his AA. Shortly after, he transferred to University of Central Florida where he is a highly motivated student at the University of Central Florida pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics & a minor in Business Analytics, along with participating in Phi Theta Kappa honors society. He currently serves as a Revenue Committee member for ALPFA UCF & Marketing Committee at Odyssey Ambassador UCF. After graduation, Yasin plans to seek opportunities related to financial services and strategic consulting. He is an eager individual who is passionate about financial literacy and developing strategies for start-up companies to flourish.

Renoa Choudhury

Renoa is from Dhaka, Bangladesh; currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida (UCF). She completed her B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Currently, she works in the Wearable Engineering and Assistive Robotics (WEAR) Lab at UCF as a graduate student researcher. Her research focuses on applying the principles of human biomechanics in sensing, actuation, and control of wearable assistive devices. She is trained in Indian classical dancing and enjoys reading fictions. Her favorite book is “The Kite Runner”. She also enjoys sunny days and warm weather. After graduation, she plans to continue her research in movement biomechanics to develop new methods for fall prevention in older adults and people with disabilities.

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.

Chandni Gothana

Chandni Gothana is a junior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Health Sciences on the Pre-Clinical track.  Born in New Jersey and raised in West Palm Beach, she graduated with an IB diploma.  After graduating, she moved to Orlando to attend UCF.  She is a member of Our Med Journal and the Knights of Distinction program.  She has also been a SI Leader for Chemistry 1B for several semesters.  Upon graduating, she plans to attend dental school and pursue a career as a dentist.  Outside of school, she enjoys music, fashion, and coffee shops.

Brianna Harriott

Brianna Harriott

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.

Alamgir Hossan

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 Jacobs

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 Johnson

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.

Wendy Keith

My name is Wendy Keith, a nontraditional, first-generation student and single mother of two from Orlando Florida. I am currently a Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate student looking for the right doctorate program to advocate and research cognition within the therapeutic arts for those with cognitive differences. I am transitioning from an Orlando Health Integrative Medicine Cancer Support Community internship as a therapeutic artist for patients and their caregivers to a volunteer. In addition, I am a professional artist, Art’s teacher and secondary language English online teacher. My professional goal is to provide support to cognitively different communities through advocacy and therapeutic Art practices. I have had the privilege at UCF to be a teaching assistant for the Psychology Departments Capstone course and a research assistant for their career readiness study.

Before coming to UCF, I was an undergraduate SGA Public Relations officer and then the SGA President at Lake Sumter State College. I have over 15 years in retail and customer service management and business ownership experience. I am looking forward to being a team player and advocate for my UCF student community and its diversity by supporting and supplying resources to achieve academic success while having a fulfilling student experience. I currently have the following certificates and education: Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate (ASDC), FL Certified: Guardium Advocate (2020-2021), FL W.A.G.S resource training (2021), UCF Tomorrow’s Faculty Certificate (Spring 2021),  Tesol International Association: Foundational Program for Teaching English Online Certificate, Tesol International Association: Advanced Program for Teaching English Online Certificate,  Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) in China Nov 2020, MS: Interdisciplinary Studies UCF: Interdisciplinary studies in Clinical psychology and Studio Art, BA: UCF: Clinical psychology with a minor in Studio Art, AA: LSSC: Psychology & Studio Art, Associate of Sciences: TTI: Graphic Art and Design Certificate.

Jasmine Lumsden

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.

Isis Madden

Isis is a senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in Psychology on a Neuroscience Track with a minor in Cognitive Science and a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). She was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, but soon moved to Florida and she now lives in Tampa. Isis enjoys to workout, read, and travel and has been to several countries. Besides being an Odyssey Ambassador, Isis is Vice President of the Women’s Student Union, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, and part of the Neuroscience Alliance on campus. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science, Isis plans on pursuing a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology so that she can help people with neuropsychological disorders.

Sarah Mieczkowski 

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

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 Pathak

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 Potiens

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

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

Sallyrose Savage

Sallyrose Savage is a junior originally from Weymouth, Massachusetts, which is about 20 minutes south of Boston. She is majoring in Public Administration with minors in Urban & Regional Planning and Diversity & Social Inequality. Sallyrose hopes to one day pursue law school and work in the public policy sector. Outside of class, she is in the Burnett Honors College, the LEAD Scholars Academy, and is a 4EVER Knights Ambassador. Sallyrose also enjoys her work as a Sport Club Supervisor at the RWC, an Honors Team Leader, and as a Student Assistant for the Learning Institute for Elders at UCF. In her free time, she loves to read, take walks, and explore Orlando.

Sam Torres

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.

Gabriel Vergara

Gabriel is a senior at the University of Central Florida (Rosen College) studying Entertainment Management with a minor in Mass Culture and Collective Behavior. Born in Westerly, Rhode Island, raised all over, Gabriel considers himself from Florida since he attended middle and high school in South Florida. He is a member of LatinX in Animation and the UCF Rosen Film Club. Outside of school he enjoys running in obstacle course races, reading/writing, playing video games, and trying exciting plant-based restaurants. Gabriel is passionate when it comes to telling diverse emotional stories and has always been fascinated by animation and pop culture, so he is pursuing a career as a development executive and writer for film/tv, video games, and animation. His goal is to change the narrative of the entertainment industry from within by advocating for the inclusion of underrepresented groups by normalizing their representation at all levels and creating pathways that make it easier to break into the industry.

Matt Wade

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.