2018 Planning Committee
Isaiah Bourne, Class of 2018
Isaiah Borne is a senior studying Chemical Engineering. He was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia and hopes to pursue a PhD when he graduates. He truly enjoys helping underserved communities and facilitating connections that build those groups. Over the past few years, he has been active on campus in a variety of groups such as the Black Students’ Union, National Society of Black Engineers, Chocolate City and a few others. For Isaiah, MC^2 is an amazing opportunity to have conversations that do not usually occur on campus with people outside of one’s normal social circles. He is extremely excited to be on the planning committee for this year’s conference and to help facilitate these programs.
Jennifer Madiedo, Class of 2019
Jennifer is a 3rd year Latina studying Computer Science (6-3) with a minor in music. She is the vice president of the LCC (Latino Cultural Center), social member of La Casa (Spanish House) and musician in MITWE (MIT Wind Ensemble). Some of her favorite things to do parallel her Colombian roots: cooking, dancing, listening to music, and drinking coffee. Especially the coffee.
Kelvin Green II, Class of 2021
Kelvin Green II is a current undergraduate first year at MIT intending to major in Biological Engineering and Physics. Though only a student at the Institute for one semester, Kelvin has made his mark on campus through chairing the Recommendations Committee in the Black Students’ Union, being a member of the UA Committee on Community and Diversity, working in the Office of Minority Education, and by being a member of the 2018 Multicultural Conference Planning Committee. Issues of equity and inclusion are central to Kelvin, and he hopes to help effectuate an important change at MIT, where the community does not merely think about these issues as footnotes in one's educational journey, but as the crux of one's educational experience. Kelvin was born in Round Rock, TX and now lives in Richmond, VA. He is an alumnus of Phillips Exeter Academy, School Year Abroad China, and MIT OEOP's Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program.
Nikayah Etienne, Class of 2019
Nikayah is a junior in Mechanical/Biomedical Engineering. She is originally from Brooklyn, New York. Her family is from a small island in the Caribbean called Dominica. She is involved with many black organizations on campus which includes Black Students' Union, Black Women's Alliance, National Society of Black Engineers and My Sister's Keeper and she is a proud member of Camp Kesem MIT. Her passion is inspiring underrepresented students and she strives to be a change maker in her community and hopefully nationwide. During her free time, she loves to read, watch black-ish and Empire and explore the city.
Tanya Llanas, Class of 2019
Tanya is a 2019 majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. She was born in Dalton, Georgia but lives in Brownsville, Texas and — to help fight off the homesickness — is very involved with the Latino Cultural Center at MIT. She is LUCHA President and the Latino Cultural Center’s Space Manager, and enjoys writing about her experiences as a low-income, minority, and first-gen student.
La-Tarri Canty, Assistant Dean - Multicultural Programs
Dean Canty is the Assistant Dean of Multicultural Programs and was the inaugural Director of the office. 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 Master’s 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, Assistant Director - Multicultural Programs
Alyssa Joseph serves as the Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Programs. In her role, she plans and implements programs that help support the development of students around topics of diversity and inclusion, with a strong focus on social justice. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Sociology and minors in Philosophy and African And African Diaspora studies. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University. Alyssa is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a native of Boston, MA.
Rahje Branch, Graduate Assistant for Diversity Initiatives (Black Student Organizations)
Rahje Branch is pursuing an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management at The Harvard Graduate School of Education. Originally from Los Angeles, CA, Rahje graduated from Pepperdine University cum laude with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Rhetoric and Leadership. For two years, she led Pepperdine’s Black Student Association as the Vice President of Membership (2015-2016) and President (2016-2017). With fierce precision and tenacity, Rahje worked with others in a grassroots collective action movement, charging Pepperdine to strengthen its commitment to diversity and inclusion. In addition to her work at Pepperdine, Rahje’s commitment to serving others is evidenced in her previous work at Hope4Families: A Special Education Law Firm. While interning in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House, Rahje further developed her passion for social justice and education. She is committed to ensuring that all students regardless of race and income receive a quality education. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
Crystal Lopez Haynes, Graduate Assistant for Diversity Initiatives (Latino Cultural Center)
Crystal received her BS degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Social Work at Boston College. Crystal is committed to creating a positive community climate and has worked at various campus organizations while pursuing her degree. She served as a Resident Assistant, supervising and mentoring students also worked at the Women’s Center, where she helped to organize a variety of campus events. Beyond the campus, Crystal has long been involved in community-building organizations including HARC, which provides assistance for Hartford residents with disabilities. Crystal also has a diversified skill set working in various positions across the health, education, and social sectors.
Her commitments are geared toward building and maintaining community and believes in peaceful conflict resolution, where she can employ a process that promotes understanding and a sense of well-being for all.