2017 Planning Committee
Chinonyelum P. Ikeanyi, Class of 2020
Hey! My name is Nonye Ikeanyi and I'm currently a sophomore at MIT majoring in mechanical engineering and minoring in biology. It's my dream to grow up to be a doctor that has a huge impact on the lives of people that may not have the same access to healthcare that we do in America. I'm originally from Southern California and I really love talking to people and learning what makes them tick. MC^2 is one of the coolest opportunities to make genuine connections and talk about things that affect us everyday but we are not always given spaces to do so. Feel free to talk to me whenever!
La-Tarri Canty, Director of Multicultural Programs/Assistant Director of Student Activities
La-Tarri serves as the inaugural Director of Multicultural Programs. She oversees the Black Student Union and Latin Cultural Center. Additionally, she advises the multicultural student clubs and organizations at MIT. She coordinates the Multicultural Conference and Diversity Orientation. She also facilitates trainings and workshops on diversity and inclusion, effective communication, conflict resolution, and leadership development. La-Tarri received her Masters in Student Affairs Personnel and Diversity from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is currently completing her dissertation in her doctoral program at Northeastern University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, singing, and shopping.
Alyssa Joseph, Program Manager for the Office of Multicultural Programs
Alyssa Joseph serves as the Program Manager in the Office of Multicultual Programs. Assisting the Director with the day to day tasks that the office calls for, she also helps develop and implement programs that help support the development of students around issues of diversity and inclusion. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Sociology and minors in Philosophy and African And African Diaspora studies. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. Alyssa is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a native of Boston, MA.
Alain Balan, Graduate Assistant for Diversity Initiatives (Black Student Organizations)
Alain, a son of Haitian immigrants, was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated from New York University in 2014 with a B.A. in English Literature. At NYU, Alain was dedicated to student groups created to support fellow black and brown students, including serving as President of the BSU at NYU. After NYU, he provided free legal services to low-income immigrant New Yorkers. Alain is currently pursuing a Master of Education degree in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Veronica Santana , Program Coordinator for Student Activities and Event Management
Veronica Santana is Program Coordinator of Student Activities & Events Management within MIT’s Student Activities Office. She acts as an advisor for the MIT Class Councils, Class Ring Committee, and the Undergraduate Associations Events Committee. Veronica also offers support and guidance for any MIT student group in the event planning process. She received her Bachelors in Women, Gender, Sexuality studies from UMASS Amherst and served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA at her alma mater through the Massachusetts Campus Compact program. Her work experience has been primarily supporting underrepresented student populations both within Higher Education and K-12 School systems, particularly around areas of service learning, college access, and community building.