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 Student Staff, 2017-18

Paige Brown

Paige Brown

WellsLink Leadership Program Intern & Student Assistant

Email: pbrown04@syr.edu

School/College: School of Information Studies (iSchool)

Major: Information Management nd Technology

Hometown: Queens, NY

Paige Brown is a sophomore information management and technology major at the iSchool. Paige has been connected to OMA since her participation in the WellsLink Leadership Program as a freshman. She currently serves as the program’s intern. Outside of OMA, Paige is a mentor for It Girls, Inc., an organization designed to support young women in the technology field.


Imani Chandler

Imani Chandler

fullCIRCLE Peer Mentor & Student Assistant

Email: ichandle@syr.edu

School/College: Visual and Performing Arts

Major: Fashion Design with a Marketing Minor

Hometown: Sicklerville, NJ

Imani Chandler is a senior and became involved with OMA in her Junior year as a peer mentor with the fullCIRCLE mentoring program. This year Imani returns to fullCIRCLE as a peer mentor advisor. She is very optimistic and excited for another year with OMA.  Outside of OMA, Imani is the health chair with the NAACP and a member of fashions conscience.


Abigail J. Covington

Abigail J. Covington

Social Media Intern & Student Assistant

Email: ajcoving@syr.edu

Major: Writing, Rhetoric, & Composition (dropped Sociology major)

Hometown: Washington, DC Metro Area

Junior Abigail Covington started off as a mentee and member of the WellsLink Leadership Program and has stayed connected to OMA ever since. She serves as the Chair of Internal Affairs for the Black Leadership Network and is a member for the Senior Vice President's Workgroup for Diversity and Inclusion.  Outside of her campus involvement, Abigail runs The New Narrative, a media platform to rewrite, reeducate, and redefine the narratives of people of color.


Diamond Cole

Diamond Cole

Student Assistant

Email: dicole@syr.edu

College: Falk College

Major: Public Health

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Diamond Cole is originally from Syracuse, so Syracuse University felt like the perfect choice for her since she was already acclimated to campus which made her transition much easier. She has also been a part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs since her freshman year of high school. Now being a student at Syracuse University, she is able to access OMA at its full potential. She is a mentee in the fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program, and plans to join most of the programs offered during the rest of her years here. She is grateful to have to have OMA as a support system. 


Oloruntobi Dare

Oloruntobi Dare

fullCIRCLE Peer Mentor & Student Assistant

Email: odare@syr.edu

School: Arts and Sciences & Maxwell

Major: International Relations with a Medical Anthropology Minor

Hometown: Bowie, Maryland

Junior Oloruntobi (Tobi) Dare entered the fullCIRCLE family in her sophomore year as a peer mentor. This year, she will be serving as a peer mentor advisor for the program. Outside of OMA, Tobi is the vice president of internal affairs for the African Student Union, a member of the One World dance team, and a volunteer at Crouse Hospital. Tobi enjoys reading African-American literature as well as modern novels by African authors. This year, Tobi plans to excel in her academics and get to know more students that are a part of OMA. Tobi is also a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship.  


Alice M. Garrastegui Rivera

Alice M. Garrastegui Rivera

Student Assistant

Email: amgarras@syr.edu

School/College:  College of Arts and Sciences

Major: Biochemistry and Medical Anthropology Minor

Hometown: Toa Alta, Puerto Rico

Alice is a senior who became involved with OMA during her first year in Syracuse University by becoming a mentee with the fullCIRCLE Mentoring Program and by working as a student assistant in the office. OMA then rapidly became her home away from home during that year. She then became a peer mentor for fullCIRCLE and had the opportunity to help students with different cultural backgrounds adjust to the challenges of college life at Syracuse. Although not a peer mentor anymore, Alice still does much of the same work as a student assistant in OMA. Outside of OMA, she is an undergraduate research assistant in Upstate Medical University. Alice is also a McNair Scholar at Syracuse University. Her favorite activities on campus are ice skating and attending Orange After Dark activities. Her professional goal is to attend medical school and become a cardiologist.


Tatiana Alessandra Hernandez-Mitchell

Tatiana Alessandra Hernandez-Mitchell

Student Assistant and Dimensions Intern

Email: tahernan@syr.edu

Name: Tatiana Alessandra Hernandez-Mitchell

School: College of Arts and Sciences

Major: Psychology and Forensic Science

Student Organizations: Dimensions Mentoring Program Intern, J.U.M.P Mentor and Psychology Research Assistant

Bio: My name is Tatiana Hernandez-Mitchell and I am a Sophomore majoring in Psychology and Forensic Science. I am from Hackensack, New Jersey. I am the oldest of four younger siblings (three sisters and one brother). I am an Our Time Has Come Scholar. My favorite hobbies are playing basketball, singing, and shopping.


Blair McQueen

Blair McQueen

Student Assistant and WellsLink Intern

Email: bcmcquee@syr.edu

School/College: College of Visual and Performing Arts, Department of Transmedia  Major: Film Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Blair McQueen is a Sophmore film major with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Blair became involved with OMA as a WellsLink Leadership Program mentee. Feeling welcomed and inspired by the support of the leaders of OMA, she joined as the WellsLink Intern for the 2017-2018 year. Outside of OMA, Blair is an Our Time Has Come Scholar and a  National Society of Collegiate Scholars member. Alongside being a cinephile, she enjoys media studies, community service and making people laugh. 


Victoria Payne

Victoria Payne

Student Assistant

Email: vgpayne@syr.edu

School: Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Major: Social Work and Spanish

Hometown: McKinney, TX

Victoria Payne is a freshman studying social work and Spanish in the Falk school of Sport & Human Dynamics. Victoria is new to OMA and is currently a mentee of the WellsLink Leadership Program. She is also a resident of the Multicultural Living Learning Community on campus. Her interests include language, travel, fashion design, community service, dance, and film. Her professional goal is to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist. She is eager to remain involved in OMA for many years to come.


Christopher F Tavares

Christopher F Tavares

fullCIRCLE Peer Mentor & Student Assistant

Email: cftavare@syr.edu