“My name is Isaac Anaya I am a 4th year Anthropology major from Cleveland Ohio of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent. I am an aspired forensic scientist interested in criminal and civil cases. I am interest in human culture and our variations. I wish to help my community by promoting education and encouraging others to be the best, and in short, be the best I can be for myself and my love ones. I take much pride in myself for being a first-generation college student and I want to give back and help other students be success as well.
My hobbies include gaming, social media, listening to music/podcasts and taking naps!”
Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco
“My name is Carlos Edill Berríos Polanco. I was raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico and moved to Ohio to go to The Ohio State University. I am studying English, with a focus on Creative Writing and a French minor.
I am currently the President of the Puerto Rican Student’s Association and was heavily involved in the revitalization of the University-wide Council of Latinx Organizations.
My passions are making jokes and writing.”
“I was born and raised (for part of my life) in Dallas, Texas but I have lived in Ohio for about 11 years. I am a part of the Young Scholars Program (YSP) here at OSU. One of my passions is traveling and I love learning about different cultures. I speak both English and Spanish. I absolutely love cookies and cream ice cream and sour candy. I have a dog (Shih Tzu) named Peluchin. My favorite color is blue and my favorite animal is the dolphin.”
“My name is Andrea Castillo-Beroes. I am a senior studying Health Sciences with a minor in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies. I am Venezuelan and love my Hispanic culture. A couple things that I am involved in is that I am group fitness instructor. I teach dance, cycle and strength here at Ohio State. I am also a facilitator for the Emerging Leaders Institute. I am very excited for what next year has in store!”
“My name is William Colon-Soto and I am Puerto Rican. I am a second year Biology major in a Pre-Med track. I am excited to participate as a mentor this year because I want to help in any way possible the next generation of Latinos students here in OSU. As a mentee last year, I had a tremendous experience and now I wish to provide all I have learn in LLDI.”
“My name is Johana Coronado, currently second year from Cleveland Ohio of Guatemalan descent, majoring in Public Affairs, looking to specialize in Education Policy and a minor in Latinx Studies. I was a previous mentee for the Latinx Leadership Development Institute. I have also involved with the Latinx Student Association, Lideres Avanzado in Cleveland Ohio, a Young Scholars Program Scholar Ambassador and a proud member of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. I have also been to the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference and have been published in ¿Que Pasa, OSU? Fall Edition of 2017. I hope to continue getting involved with the Latinx community to help students feel connected and help OSU feel like a home away from home. I hope to attend Grad school in the future and to further my knowledge in education policy and enhance public schools systems.”
“My name is Gabrielle Elders and I’m from Dayton, OH. I’m a second-year majoring in biology and minoring in Spanish on a prevent track. I’m the Vice President of the Puerto Rican Student Association (PRSA) and like to listen to music, play soccer, and hang out with friends in my free time. In the future, I hope to attend graduate school for veterinary medicine.”
“I am a Bolivian-adopted Mexican 4th year pharmacy student. I work at the OSU Medication Management Program Clinical Pharmacy as a certified pharmacy technician. I have been in many organizations that have a focus on catering to first year students to make sure they find a home in OSU.
I was a part of LLDI my first year, and have since then been part of many other organizations. I was the Director of Academics and Learning on the Morrill Tower Activities Board and the Director of Logistics and Technology of the National Residence Hall Honorary BID team. Aside from LLDI, I also serve as a Latino Early Arrival Program Peer Mentor.”
“My name is Tania Gray. I am originally from Los Angeles, CA and the daughter of a Peruvian mother and Dominican father. I’m a senior at the Fisher School of Business pursuing a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing, with a minor in Design Thinking. I’m also the President of Alpha Psi Lambda, which is the Nation’s first and largest Co-ed Latino fraternity.
I’ve recently found my place and purpose on campus, which is to reach out to the Latinx community and give back in any way that I can. My previous leadership in student organizations, involvement on campus, and years at the university have provided me many tools and resources that I hope to share with my mentee(s), so that they can see and utilize the best Ohio State has to offer.”
“My name is Sofia Herrera, I am a third year and a first generation student pursuing a B.S. in public health and a dance minor. I am also a pre-med student, with aspirations of one day pursuing an MD/MPH dual-degree. I grew up in Milwaukee Wisconsin, but Panama home, often returning to visit.
I will also be serving as VP of membership for the Latino Student Association for the 2018-2019 school year.”
“I am a double major is Spanish (Latin American Literature and Culture) and Public Health (Sociology). I am also a double minor in Andean and Amazonian Studies and History. My family is from Peru and I am fluent in Spanish! I am passionate about Latino culture and Afro Latino history. On my spare time I enjoy experimenting with makeup and learning new tips and tricks!”
Evelin Nunez-Rodriguez: Lead Mentor
“I am a rising senior majoring in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and dual minors in Popular Culture and Latino Studies. I have a passion for culture and social justice. My profound commitment to mentoring and serving the Latinx community within the OSU community, comes from a drive to assist others in discovering and strengthening their own identity. I am a first-generation college student and know that there have been many people guiding me on my joinery, and I want to do the same. As a native from Cleveland Ohio, I have found great love for the city of Columbus, and have found my home away from home at The Ohio State University.”
“My name is Daneyliz Rodriguez and I am double majoring in journalism and economics. I plan to attend graduate school after graduation. I speak three languages, including Spanish, English, and Italian and love culture and travel. I am an LLDI mentor because I have a passion for education and helping others; I hope that I can be a great role model to my mentee and make their transition into college easier.”
“I am originally from San Diego, California. I am Mexican from mother’s side and African American from father’s. Currently I am third-year student studying Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Humanitarian Engineering. This past summer I worked with John Deere as a Manufacturing Engineer at the electronic solutions facility in Fargo, North Dakota. Apart from LLDI, I am highly involved with the Society of Hispanic and Professional Engineers where I serve as the organization’s secretary. Also I am a peer leader for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.
I decided to attend Ohio State as it was an opportunity for me to step out of her comfort zone. I wanted to experience the Big 10 atmosphere while also pursuing her undergraduate degree in the STEM field. I am excited to be back as a mentor for our LLDI Cohort!”
“I am a second-year undergraduate studying computer science engineering. I am half Mexican and white. I love dogs almost as much as I love sports. I don’t dance. I think the best way to feel good is to look good. I travel, a lot. What I lack in knowledge I make up for in confidence. Columbus born and raised, but I love long walks on the beach. Buckeye for life!”
“My name is Victor, I am from Youngstown, OH. I am of Puerto Rican and Ecuadorian decent. I am majoring in Nursing with a minor in Spanish. I am a E-Board member for Mundo, and volunteer as a Young Scholar Ambassador.”
“Hi, I’m Ayanna and I’m a second-year psychology major & studio art minor! I’m a part of LLDI, LEAP, TGA, APsi, and LSA. I enjoy dancing, singing, acting, drawing, rock climbing, and playing video games! I’m very passionate about a lot, but I go on hours long rants about aliens, marvel comics, and conspiracy theories. I hope to go to graduate school and become a counselor.”