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EOP Student Ambassadors

EOP Student Ambassadors

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Student Ambassadors mentor their fellow students, create a student EOP support network of EOP students across the SUNY system, advise the Chancellor on strengthening the program, and help inspire more students to seek opportunities through EOP. The inaugural class of 2021-22 is comprised of the following 21 EOP students from 20 SUNY campuses.

Bridget Aduasare
Bridget Aduasare
University at Albany
Human Biology

Ahmed
Adnan Ahmed
Fulton Montgomery Community College
Business Administration (Marketing)

Antwi
Cassidy Antwi
SUNY Canton
Criminal Investigation

Chaudhary
Raj Bala Chaudhary
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Computer Engineering Technology

Edwardse
Kiearra Edwards
SUNY Empire State College
Psychology

Farrell
Janel Farrell
Alfred State College
Human Services Management

Franco
Mateo Franco
NYS School of Industrial & Labor Relations at Cornell University
Industrial and Labor Relations

Golfo
Gabrielle Golfo
SUNY Oswego
Public Relations and Gender & Women's Studies (Double Bachelors)

Harvey
Giovanni Harvey
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Communication and Information Design

Jenkins
Brianna Jenkins
Broome Community College
Liberal Arts - Individual Studies

Louis
Markenson Louis
Nassau Community College
Criminal Justice

Luna
Daniel Luna
SUNY Delhi
Business Marketing

Munoz
Nathaly Munoz
SUNY New Paltz
Digital Media Mgmt. Major with minor in Art Studio and Deaf Studies

Nanabawa
Saaima Nanabawa
Stony Brook University
Psychology

Petion
Josue Petion
SUNY Fredonia
Communications Video Production & Business Finance

Rodriguez
Samuel Rodriguez
SUNY Oneonta
Political Science & Criminal Justice

Ruiz
Rocio Ruiz
SUNY Geneseo
Communication (Journalism & Media)

Savage
Galileo Savage
Binghamton University
Political Science/Pre-Law

Torres
Leandra Torres
Purchase College
Theatre & Performance

I Williams
Iyanna Williams
Buffalo State College
Special Education & Childhood Education with concentration in Urban Studies

S Williams
Shania Williams
University at Buffalo
Media Studies with concentration in Production

Bridget AduasareX

Bridget Aduasare is a junior majoring in human biology at the University at Albany where she has been named to the Dean’s List every semester. Bridget is an active member of the U Albany EOP community where she mentors younger students and participates in CSTEP and Project Excel. She loves watching anime in her free time as well as lifting at the gym to relieve the stress school gives. A native of Ghana, who was raised in the Bronx, Bridget also loves cooking Ghanaian food. She looks forward to working with her fellow ambassadors as well as anyone she meets along this journey.

Adnan AhmedX

Born and raised in New York City, Adnan Ahmed is a second-year student at Fulton-Montgomery Community College majoring in business administration (marketing). His parents migrated to the city from Yemen in their twenties. Adnan is a student athlete who is an "FM Raider" on the basketball team. Adnan aspires to become a pro basketball player after he earns a four-year degree. He is active in FMCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and assists the athletic director with various activities. In 2020, he was a recipient of the Norman R. McConney Jr. award for EOP Student Excellence.

Cassidy AntwiX

SUNY Canton senior Cassidy Antwi was born in Ghana and moved to the Bronx with her family at the age of 11. A criminal investigation major, Cassidy’s ultimate goal is to work as a medical examiner. She became a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon, the EOP National Honor Society in April 2021. In addition to her studies, she also immerses herself in campus life. Cassidy serves as the student senator for the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society for criminal justice majors. She is also vice president of the Styled club on campus and serves as a member of SUNY Canton's College Activities Board. Cassidy fell in love with the college’s rural setting during a campus visit and chose Canton because of the stability, financial support and hands-on staff.

Raj Bala ChaudharyX

Raj Bala Chaudhary is a sophomore majoring in psychology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). Raj was born and raised in Queens and graduated from Richmond Hill High School in June 2020. During Raj’s first year at SUNY Poly, she joined the Student Government of Utica (SGU) and became the director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. In her role as a residential advisor for first-year students, Raj is responsible for the LGBTQ+ suite and works with residents of Hilltop Hall to plan events and host other programming initiatives. She is committed to bringing awareness to those who are under-represented and establishing a sense of community.

Kiearra EdwardsX

Kiearra Edwards of The Bronx is a freshman studying psychology at SUNY Empire State College. Her goal is to become a social worker. Kiearra emerged as a leader at Empire before her first semester began by joining the Freshman Advisory Board during the EOP Summer Program. She describes herself as “a pretty funny character” who knows how to put people at ease. She is honored to be a part of the inaugural group of EOP Student Ambassadors.

Janel FarrellX

Alfred State College senior Janel Farrell is pursuing a degree in human services management with a minor in psychology. The Harlem native aspires to become a child life’s specialist, author and an entrepreneur. She has immersed herself in campus leadership opportunities including: residence assistant, EOP mentor, vice president of the campus Step Club and Student Senate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She was inducted in Chi Alpha Epsilon, the EOP National Honor Society. Janel enjoys trying new foods and traveling.

Mateo FrancoX

Mateo Franco is a sophomore student from Ossining, NY attending Cornell University. He is majoring in industrial and labor relations, hoping to pursue minors in business and leadership, and eventually attend law school. As the first in his family of five to attend college, Mateo hopes to enable the college experience he has been able to be a part of with others who might not otherwise have the opportunity. He currently serves as an EOP peer mentor and participates in the Cornell Political Union and the Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. Mateo previously worked as an intern in the office of NYS Assembly member Sandy Galef.

Gabrielle GolfoX

Gabrielle Golfo, from The Bronx, is a senior double majoring in women and gender studies and public relations at SUNY Oswego. Gabrielle serves as president of Chi Alpha Epsilon, the EOP national honor society, director of community outreach for the Student Association and has worked as a teacher assistant. What Gabrielle loves most about attending SUNY Oswego is the genuine relationships she has been able to form with students and faculty. As a first-generation college student, she is “beyond thankful for the academic support and financial aid EOP provides for students like herself who show promise to succeed in college.”

Giovanni HarveyX

Giovanni "Gio" Harvey is a senior majoring in communications and information design at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly). After graduating from Thomas R. Proctor High School in Utica, Gio attended Fulton-Montgomery Community College (FMCC) where he majored in communications and media broadcasting. While a student at FMCC, he served as a senator on the Student Senate and as a founding member of the President’s Council for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. He continues his advocacy for students at SUNY POLY where he was elected to serve as president of Student Government at Utica. Gio worked with SUNY Chancellor Malatras and proposed the SUNY EOP Student Ambassador Program as a way to build on the success of EOP by strengthening peer mentorship and networking for students from historically excluded and underserved backgrounds.

Brianna JenkinsX

Brianna Jenkins, a Bronx native, attends SUNY Broome Community College where she is majoring in liberal arts and individual studies. After completing her studies at SUNY Broome, Brianna plans to transfer to Binghamton University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in human development. Brianna served as an EOP peer mentor during the 2021 EOP Summer Program. She works a part-time job while attending college full-time. Brianna has stated her strong commitment to working with a diverse population of students to promote equal opportunity for all regardless of race.

Markenson LouisX

Markenson Louis is a Haitian- American who lives in Freeport but was raised in Hempstead, Long Island. He is majoring in criminal justice at Nassau Community College where he serves as president of the Honors Club and treasurer of the Caribbean Students Organization. He also served as a peer counselor for incoming freshmen during the 2021 EOP Summer Program. Markenson describes himself as "hardworking, determined and a person who works well with others.

Daniel LunaX

Daniel Luna is a sophomore from The Bronx. Daniel’s parents are both Dominican and he will be the first in his family to finish college. He is majoring in marketing at SUNY Delhi, where he holds several leadership positions. Daniel served as an EOP peer associate for new incoming EOP freshmen during the summer program and has worked on the Help Desk of SUNY Delhi’s IT department. He currently works as an EOP peer mentor and has expressed his gratitude for the program. Daniel hopes to make a difference in the lives of his mentees and be someone they can come to and trust.

Nathaly MunozX

Nathaly Munoz is junior studying digital media management with a double minor in art studio and deaf studies at SUNY New Paltz. Her pronouns are she/her and hers. She was born and raised in the Washington Heights community in New York City. An Ecuadorian and American, Nathaly is a first generation college student. One fun fact about Nathaly is her love of taking pictures! Despite the pandemic, she put her talents to use by keeping the SUNY New Paltz EOP Instagram page active and engaging. She serves as the public relations chair for the Caribbean Latin Coalition, a SUNY New Paltz organization with an on-campus space dedicated for art and discussion about Latin American and Caribbean culture and as secretary of Realistically Embracing All Ladies, a women’s empowerment club.

Saaima NanabawaX

Saaima Nanabawa is a senior at Stony Brook University where she expects to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in May 2022. She seeks a career in nursing and is currently working as a medical assistant off-campus. Saaima has consistently been named to the Dean’s List while participating in the campus’ Pre-Nursing Society, working at Stony Brook Childcare Services in the infant-toddler program and volunteering at Stony Brook University Hospital. Saaima speaks Gujarati and Hindi. She credits EOP as being “the gateway to being a successful student these past four years.” She is grateful for the program and excited to be a part of this new opportunity as an EOP Student Ambassador.

Josue PetionX

Josue "Josh" Petion attends SUNY Fredonia where he is a senior, double majoring in communication: video production- film and business administration- finance. Josh’s hometown is Canarsie, Brooklyn. On campus, he has worked as a resident assistant, tour guide and student ambassador. He also participates in Enactus, an entrepreneurial group, the campus television station and the Black Student Union. A fun fact about Josh is that he has been shadowing and interning on Wall Street since he was 17-years- old. He had the unique opportunity to work alongside the United Nations and the IMAX Movie Corporation on a project that targeted the UN's Sustainable Goal 2, ending world hunger. Josh aspires to bring change to his community by providing academic support, extracurricular activities and sports to neighborhood youth one day.

Samuel RodriguezX

Samuel Rodriguez is a junior at SUNY Oneonta, dual majoring in political science and criminal justice. He was born and raised in the Dominican Republic until the age of 12 and later migrated to New York, specifically, the city of Yonkers. On campus, Samuel works as an EOP assistant recruiter in the Office of Access and Opportunity Programs and is also community service chair for the Brother’s For Empowerment Club. During his free time, Samuel likes to work out and be involved in campus activities. He looks forward to his new role as an EOP Student Ambassador.

Rocio RuizX

Rocio Ruiz is junior at SUNY Geneseo majoring in communication (journalism and media). She is a first generation Latinx from Freeport, Long Island who has been involved in many leadership opportunities on campus including: working as a resident assistant for Diversity, and Inclusion Community Educator, EOP peer mentor and EOP peer tutor. She also serves as executive producer and host for a public affairs program at the college radio station. Rocio is passionate about advocating for underrepresented communities. Nowhere is that passion more fulfilled than with EOP. Since she arrived at Geneseo, she has expressed gratitude for her EOP advisors and student mentors who supported her through everything from academic difficulties to self-doubt to celebrating her achievements. Rocio is grateful for the gift of belonging that EOP has given her and is proud to call herself an EOP student. As an EOP Student Ambassador, Rocio seeks to “empower, guide, and connect with future generations, especially those in search of the strong support system she has found in EOP.”

Galileo SavageX

Harlem native Galileo Savage is an undergraduate student at Binghamton University, Class of 2024. He is an aspiring lawyer who is majoring in political science, with a concentration in global and international affairs. Galileo has taken on many intentional student leadership roles with the hope of bringing awareness to systemic issues plaguing his home and school community. He is working to achieve equity and equality to obtain the best outcomes for his community. He currently serves as president of his university's Hinman College Council. Galileo also works as an EOP peer mentor. He spent the summer of 2021 interning with JMacForFamilies, an organization he has come to love because the work aims to help and empower families in their quest towards remaining intact and/or supporting reunification without delay. He is currently a member of their advisory board.

Leandra TorresX

Leandra Torres is a senior at Purchase College majoring in theater and performance with a concentration in directing and also minoring in film. A resident of The Bronx, Leandra has been very involved in campus life. She has worked as a resident assistant since her sophomore year, has served as an EOP peer mentor, is the social media director for the Zumba Club and is a member of Latinx Unidos. Leandra is preparing to go to graduate school and pursue her love for directing but wants to remain involved with student life in grad school and life.

Shania WilliamsX

Shania Williams is a sophomore at the University at Buffalo. The 18-year-old, self-described Scorpio from Brooklyn was born and raised on the beautiful island of Barbados and after first visiting America in 2016 she came to stay in 2018. She is currently in an undecided major but will soon change to a major in media studies with a concentration in production as she believes one day her movies will be on the big screen. Growing up, Shania always enjoyed the process of creating a video and in 2020 she started her very own YouTube channel. Her desire to be involved in the EOP Student Ambassador Program stems from the experience she will receive from having to publicly speak and converse with people she has never met. Shania says “without her faith in God, her mom, and her will to never stop fighting, she would not be where she is today.”

Iyanna WilliamsX

Iyanna Williams is currently in her junior year at Buffalo State College. She transferred to Buffalo State in the fall of 2019 after spending one semester at community college in NYC. She is an exceptional and childhood education dual major with a concentration in urban studies. Iyanna aspires to become an elementary school principal in an urban environment. One of her passions in life is to help youth from historically excluded communities maximize their potential in this world. Iyanna works as a peer engagement mentor and a freshman mentor. She also works as a lead youth counselor at COMPASS House Inc., a drop-in shelter for homeless adolescents. Iyanna loves two statements that all students learn at Buffalo State: “EOP, WE ALL WE GOT”, and “EOP HOLD IT DOWN”. She said “I am here to “hold it down, because EOP holds me down.”