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Diversity Fellows

Kennon Stewart
Detroit, MI
Kennon Stewart

Email:
kstewart2@tulane.edu

About:
Hey I'm Kennon (he, him, his, himself) and I'm a Junior majoring in Math and Sociology from Detroit, MI. On campus I'm the Vice President for the School of Liberal Arts, an intern in our Admissions Office, and do genetics research at Tulane Medical School. When I'm not working, I can be found at your nearest coffee shop, making the best Spotify playlists at Tulane.

Impana Murthy
Cupertino, CA
Impana Murthy

Email:
imurthy@tulane.edu

About:
Coming from the Cupertino, California, I had the “better than thou” mindset that the Bay Area inevitably gives you if you’ve lived there long enough. But New Orleans exceeded every single expectation I had. Every aspect of it had some semblance of love and culture behind it. The food is incredible, the music is soulful, and the people are among the nicest I’ve ever met. So, when I first stepped into Tulane’s campus, I knew I had chosen my future home well. (Tulane’s rankings in academics, most engaged in community service, and happiest students certainly helped my parents allow me to move 2,000 miles away.) Currently, I’m a Cell and Molecular Biology and Public Health double major on the pre-med track. I’m involved in Center for Public Service and I research downtown at both the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Medical School. It can be a lot of work, but Tulane students are all about the “Work Hard, Play Hard” lifestyle. So, when I’m not studying, I enjoy going to the fly, watching movies at the historic Prytania theater, and exploring the biggest little city in America!

Didi Ikeji
Ann Arbor, MI
Didi Ikejiv

Email:
dikeji@tulane.edu

About:
Hello! My name is Didi and I am a junior from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am majoring in Public Health with a minor in Chinese. I am also a Newcomb scholar. I currently do research at local hospital in a geriatric clinic. I am also passionate about biomedical engineering, mycology, and disparities in women and minority health. Outside of academics I work in the admissions office as an intern. I also am on the executive board for our tour guide association. I play defense on the women's club soccer team, am a member of women in science, engineers without boarders, and am involved with Christian group on campus. My favorite thing about Tulane is the people. I have been with the same group of three girls as my roommates since freshman year. I love exploring New Orleans with them and my favorite thing is to go to food festivals. Everyone on campus is very inviting and I found it super easy to make friends and explore my passions. I am super excited to be leading the programming team and planning fun events for y'all while you visit campus.

Trejon Shelton
Pasadena, CA
Trejon Shelton

Email:
tshelton1@tulane.edu

About:
My name is Trejon Shelton and I am a current junior from Pasadena, CA (right outside of Los Angeles). I am studying International Relations with a minor in Chinese and Management. On campus some things I am involved in are the Green Wave Ambassadors (which are our tour guides on campus), Black Student Union, Concert Committee, and the New Student and Leadership Program (as an Orientation Leader). In addition, I work in the Admission office as an intern at the front desk. So when you stop by don’t forget to come say hi! What I love most about Tulane is the family-oriented community that is present here. When I am at Tulane, I feel at home; and I want to share that same love and happiness with all I come across on this campus. In addition, I can’t be more thankful to be in such a historical, musical, and culturally rich city. There is always something intriguing and exciting going on. The combination of an amazing on campus experience and the opportunity to immerse in all that is ‘The Big Easy’, makes for some unforgettable and profound years in one’s life.

Alicia Buenaventura
Dayton, OH
Alicia Buenaventura

Email:
abuenaventura@tulane.edu

About:
Hey y'all! My name is Alicia (She, Her, Hers) and I am a Sophomore from Dayton Ohio studying Political Science and International Development. On campus I am involved in the Center for Public Service as a Public Service Fellow, the Orchestra as a violinist, the Office of Multicultural Affairs as a mentor, and now, Tulane admissions! Off campus I volunteer as a music theory teacher in an after school program and a receptionist at the Covenant House downtown. What I love most about New Orleans is the opportunities it offers to learn about people, culture, history, and tradition. I could have never predicted that I would learn so much about life from just living in this city itself.  

Aiyana Thomas
Folsom, LA
Aiyana Thomas

Email:
athomas16@tulane.edu

About:
Hey guys! I’m Aiyana Thomas, a sophomore here at Tulane, born and raised in the great state of Louisiana. Although, I grew up outside of New Orleans on the Northshore, visiting Tulane’s beautiful campus always filled me with inspiration. Now that I am here, I am majoring in Anthropology with my primary focus being on archaeology. Alongside, being a diversity fellow, I am also a Spring Scholar Ambassador directly aiding our lovely Spring admits and transfer students! I am also a member of our Black Student Union and our K-12 STEM program which provides necessary STEM education to the New Orleans community through, FIRST LEGO League, Girls in STEM at Tulane (GIST), and Boys at Tulane in STEM (BATS). I am also involved in the Tulane Performing Arts Society (TUPAS) and work daily with the Tulane Theatre and Dance Department on various projects. I could not have imagined how impactful Tulane would be on my love for learning and discovery in a multitude of aspects within and outside of my academic life.

Deja Wells
Grand Prairie, TX
Deja Wells

Email:
dwells6@tulane.edu

About:
I am Deja Wells (She, Her, Hers), and I’m a Sophomore from Grand Prairie, Texas. I am currently studying Political Science while working towards the 3+3 accelerated JD Program here at Tulane. On-Campus, I am involved with the Center of Public Service as a Public Service Fellow and a Community Engagement Advocate, Undergraduate Student Government as a Senator in the School of Liberal Arts, Tulane Athletics as a Manager for our Women’s Basketball Team, and Tulane Admissions as a Diversity Fellow! I’m finally coming full circle seeing that I was born in New Orleans, but I was raised in Texas. Tulane has given me the opportunity to not only grow as a person, but also seek out the knowledge needed to be able to move on to the next level. Tulane being in New Orleans allows for immense opportunity and growth with amazing on campus and off-campus experiences. I can say that I would not be who I am today without being here making memories.

Lucien Mensah
St. Petersburg, FL
Lucien Mensah

Email:
cmensah@tulane.edu

About:
Hey y'all! My name is Lucien (he/him/his) and I'm a sophomore from St. Petersburg, Florida. I'm a Linguistics and Computer Science major, current chair for the Gender and Sexuality Advisory Council, and in the marching band! Coming to New Orleans has taught me so much and has been an experience to help me get more involved back home. Come to Tulane! we'll make it so you find the community you need. :)

Liv Weik
St. Louis, MO
Liv Weik

Email:
oweik@tulane.edu

About:
Hello! My name is Liv Weik (she, her, hers). I am a sophomore from St. Louis, MO majoring in Philosophy and Public Health on the Pre-Law track. On campus I am a part of Students United for Reproductive Justice, Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education, New Student Orientation, and Green Wave Ambassadors. My favorite aspect of Tulane is the ease and flexibility of exploring different areas of study. When I came to Tulane I was completely undecided about my major, but when you're accepted to Tulane, you're accepted to all five of the schools. I was able to try out different classes and discover what I am passionate about! When I'm not on campus I'm usually relaxing outdoors in Audubon Park or The Fly.

Alaa Malik
New Orleans, LA
Alaa Malik

Email:
amalik2@tulane.edu

About:
Hi y'all! My name is Alaa Malik, and I am a junior here at Tulane from New Orleans double majoring in Finance and Cell and Molecular Biology with a minor in Arabic. On campus, I'm a Green Wave Ambassador, an intern in the admission office, involved in religious life, and I just starting shadowing in a research lab! Off campus, I'm an ACT instructor with the Princeton Review and an aftercare counselor at local high school. Being originally from here, I was worried about what it would be like to stay in the same place and go to college, but I could not have asked for a better experience. New Orleans is one of those cities where there is something new everyday, and 3 years later, there is still so much I'd love to try! Also, Tulane has some of the most inspiring and amazing students, so you can literally meet people who double major, have a job, and research, yet you'll still find them out in the city exploring, and that has to be my favorite thing about coming here!