Carolina Araya Chaves
Graduate Coordinator, First In Class

Carolina comes from Costa Rica with a scholarship of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications of her country. She is a CIPA fellow concentrating in Science, Technology, and Infrastructure Policy. At Cornell University she is a part of the Cornell Latin America Student Society. For her professional interests, Carolina aims for topics related to economics and social development, education, infrastructure, and environment.

Sarah Cartagena
Graduate Coordinator, OADI Research Scholars

Sarah Cartagena is currently a first-year graduate student pursuing her MPA degree, with a concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice. At Cornell, she serves as the outreach director for the Cornell Latin American Student Society. Before attending Cornell University, Sarah was in the Peace Corps in Madagascar serving as an English Educator. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Italian from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sarah aspires to work for an international organization providing positive social changes to vulnerable communities. During her time off, Sarah enjoys salsa dancing and traveling to new places.

Yang Li
Graduate Coordinator, Student Funding / DSE

Yang is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing her MPA at Cornell on a fully-funded scholarship from the Chinese government where she worked promoting international trade and investment for eight years. She was also nominated in 2014 for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) which is the premier professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State. Yang hopes to make tangible differences in people’s lives through public policy.

Emily Martin
Graduate Coordinator, Community Development and Social Justice Programs

Emily Martin is an alumna of Ithaca College where she graduated with a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in Communication, Management and Design. She is currently earning an MPA in Public Administration from Cornell University. She has a passion for analyzing the factors that contribute to socio-economic inequality and working to eradicate them.

Carl Moon
Writing Tutor

Carl is a professional writer who is currently completing his Masters of Fine Arts in poetry. He has taught and tutored across a variety of contexts for over a decade, and is passionate about helping brilliant thinkers achieve excellence in communication. He received his BA in English from Bowdoin College, and is a perma-tortured fan of the New York Knicks.

Ismael Oumzil
Graduate Coordinator, Community Development & Social Justice

Ismael Oumzil graduated from Cornell University in May of 2017 and is now a M.Eng student in the department of Biomedical Engineering. His goal is to either complete a PhD program in Biomedical Engineering or begin a career in field of biotechnology. He is an avid soccer fan and loves to listen to music.


Anlly Palacios
Graduate Coordinator, OADI Research Scholars

Anlly is currently a Masters candidate in the Public Administration program, hoping to concentrate in Social Policy. She attended Binghamton University and received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, with a minor in Spanish. Anlly is also a McNair Scholar alumna. She is from Queens, New York and she is passionate about social change and hopes to make a difference in the world through public service. Outside of the classroom, Anlly is a student leader, serving on the executive board for the Latin@ Graduate Student Coalition (LGSC). During her time off, Anlly likes to go to the movies and go on long walks.

Sonora Rodriguez
Graduate Coordinator, Compendium & Database

Sonora is currently a masters student in City and Regional Planning. She graduated with two bachelor's degrees from the University of New Mexico in Chicana and Chicano Studies/Sustainability Studies, and International Studies/Spanish. Born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico she has served her community as an organizer, high school teacher, and board members for several grassroots non-profits. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Planning and return home to understand the complexities of displacement, gentrification, environmental justice and its relation to historic ethnic communities. In her spare she likes to play guitar, ride her bike, and share time with family and friends.

Jaynel Santos
Graduate Coordinator, McNair Scholars

Graduated with a B.S in Environmental Science from UCLA and a current Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) from Senegal, West Africa, Jaynel decided to pursue a dual Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture. With a focus in environmental planning and international development, she hopes to give back to her ancestral countries in Honduras and the Philippines doing work in water resource management and natural disaster risk management.

Having been raised by extended family she has found the importance to endeavor to persevere and the true meaning of delayed gratification. "Believe in yourself even when no one else does. If someone tells you that you can';t do it, prove them wrong."

Xiao Tan
Graduate Coordinator, Student Funding / DSE

Xiao is currently a graduate M.P.A. student at Cornell University, with a concentration in Economics and Financial Policy. She recently graduated from Emory University with a dual degree in Art History and Economics. The analytical skills she gained from studying Economics, and the communication skills embodied in the process of studying Art History have intertwined and inspired her to study and analyze the economic situations of different cultures and sectors. She conducted an honor research on Native American cultures, especially the Hopi and Navajo tribes. Between 2012 to 2014, she also published 5 pieces of fiction.

Youngmin (Min) Yi
Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Students Mentoring Undergraduates (GSMU)

Min is a PhD Candidate in Sociology. Her research focuses on the impacts of institutions that intervene in family systems in the United States--including the criminal justice, immigration, and child welfare systems--on social inequality. Prior to joining the Cornell community, she worked as a policy researcher in Washington, DC, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and French from Wellesley College. Outside of her research and studies, Min enjoys running, volunteering with voter engagement and outreach initiatives, writing, playing ultimate frisbee, cooking, and attending live music performances.

Sanan Isaba Zaman
Graduate Coordinator, McNair Scholars Program

Sanan is a first year fellow at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs. She recently graduated from Boston University this past spring with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. She hopes to work in the UN or a similar international organization to pursue her passion for world peace. She loves traveling and trying different cuisines.