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Osei Kwadwo Boateng
Graduate Coordinator, First In Class

Osei Kwadwo Boateng is a first-year masters's student in the Sloan Health Administration Program.  He completed his bachelor's degree in Human Biology, Health and Society with minors in gerontology and business in life sciences at Cornell University.  Osei Kwadwo Boaten is passionate about improving health quality and access in low-income communities in developing countries.  He is the founder of OKB Hope Foundation, an NGO that seeks to create awareness about hypertension and diabetes in low-income communities in Ghana.  During his leisure time he loves to play the bass guitar and plays on various bands on campus and across churches in Ithaca.  At Cornell, he serves as a parliamentarian on Healthcare Student Association (HSA) board and a TA for the US healthcare system.  As a first-generation low-income student, Osei Kwadwo Boateng is passionate about motivating first-generation students through sharing his story, giving advise and exposing students to resources needed for their academics.


Sarah Cartagena
Graduate Coordinator, OADI Research Scholars

Sarah Cartagena is currently a second-year graduate student pursuing her MPA degree in Human Rights and Social Justice. At Cornell, she serves as the President for the Cornell Latin American Student Society, and volunteers her time as a TA for the Cornell Prison Education Program. Before attending Cornell University Sarah was a Peace Corps volunteer in Madagascar. 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 as a human rights advocate for an international organization. During her time off, Sarah enjoys salsa dancing, traveling to new places and practicing her Italian and Malagasy.


Philippa Chun
Writing Tutor

Philippa is a graduate student in the Enlgish department and is currently researching the relationship between literature and medicine in the 19th century America.  She did her undergraduate studies in the UK and is still adjusting to life in the US!  She is invested in making higher education more accessible and has taught several freshman courses which combine academia and activism.  she enjoys volunteering with Planned Parenthood, karaoke and travel.


Kenny Escobar
Graduate Coordinator, McNair Scholars

 Kenny Escobar is currently a first-year graduate student pursuing his Maters of Public Health.  He did his undergraduate coursework right here at Cornell, a major in Biological Sciences and a Business Minor for the Life Sciences.  Born and raised in an diverse neighborhood on Long Island, he is passionate in wanting to combat healthcare disparities. 


Muhammad Ali Ilahi
Graduate Coordinator, Student Funding

Ali is a first year graduate student pursuing an MPA from Cornell Institute for Public Affairs.  He has a special interest towards social policy in the developing countries, and has worked on issues of helath, education and human rights in the past.  At Cornell, he serves as an Associate editor for the Cornell Policy Review and is the treasurer for the Graduate Pakistan Society.  Ali aspires to work for international development organizations after graduating with a specific focus on the developing countries.  In his free time, he likes to explore Ithaca and its surroundings, likes to hikes with his friends.


Elsbeth Kane
Graduate Coordinator, Student Funding

Elsbeth is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree here at Cornell with a concentration in Food Systems and Health.  She graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Biology.  After completion of her MPH she will pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, and she hopes to use her tranining in public health and veterinary medicine to address global health challenges related to food and animal production.  Elsbeth is motivated by the many wonderful opportunities that OADI students and student organizations pursue, and she looks foward to assisting with the funding process.


Matt Kilbane
Writing Tutor

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Matt received a B.A. from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in poetry from Purdue University.  Currenlty, he is a Ph.D. candidate in English at Cornell, where he studies twentieth-century poetry, music, and media studies.  At Cornell and Purdue, he has taught courses on contemporary literature, creative and expository writing, and popular music.  Passionate about the pursuit of excellent writing in its many forms, he is eager to work with students on their essays, reports, personal statements, cover letters, or any other variety of writing project. 


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."


Gary Slack
Writing Tutor


Gary is a third year doctoral student in the English department, where he researches the Black Arts Movement and its impact on fiction, storytelling, and folklore.  Originally from New Orleans, Gary received his undergraduate degree from Dillard University, a historically-black university.  Becuase of his background at an HBCU, Gary understands the need for developing a strong coalition between teachers, mentors, and students of color at Cornell - instilling a kind of diversity that is meaningful and substantial.