Advisory Board

The OMSA Student Advisory Board exists to support OMSA’s mission by advocating for African American, Asian American, Latina/o, Native American, Multiracial, and Undocumented students at the University. Board members play an important role in shaping policies and procedures at OMSA, as well as representing their constituents in meetings with a variety of Campus & Student Life Administrators.  Members of OMSA's Student Advisory Board are required to meet with the Director of OMSA and the OMSA Staff as a group once every two weeks on Tuesdays from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

For more information about the board, please see OMSA Involvement Opportunities or contact Ronnie Rios.

2013-2014 Advisory Board

Luyi Adesanya

Luyi Adesanya is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the college majoring in Biology (with a specialization in Endocrinology) and minoring in Human Rights. Luyi was born in Dallas, Texas and she was raised in Greenville, IL.  She is a 2010 high school alumn of The Hockaday School (Dallas, Texas). Some of her current involvements include the Student National Medical Association-Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (SNMA-MAPS), the national A Better Chance alumni organization, and the African and Caribbean Students Association (ACSA).


Ketlène Célestin

Ketlène Célestin is a 5th year doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Literature and works on French and Francophone literature, poetics, and philosophy. Specifically, her research explores Creole Cosmopolitanism in Haiti and in France. Born in the bustling capital of Port-au-Prince and raised a New England Yankee who now lives as a global citizen, Ketlène has an even greater appreciation for her place in the world as well as about the meaning of hospitality toward others. She has connected with extraordinary human beings while on Grand Tours throughout Western Europe, North and West Africa, Latin America, The American South, and Canada.

As an OMSA Advisory Board Member, Ketlène hopes her diverse experiences at the University of Chicago, in Hyde Park, and around the world will be of service to Chicago's international communities- be they town or gown.


Jing Chai

Jing was born in China but has spent most of her life in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a member of the Chicago Debate Society, Moneythink, and the Asian-interest sorority alpha Kappa Delta Phi. In her spare time Jing enjoys exploring her surroundings, watching Criminal Minds, and spending time with her cat. Jing is a second-year in The College interested in studying the humanities and social sciences.


Carmin Chappell

Carmin is a first year student in the college who plans to major in Applied Mathematics. Growing up in the diverse Washington DC metro area, she has been exposed to a wide range of cultures. Her interests include music, writing, and activism.


Daphne Chen

Daphne is a third year in the College majoring in Economics and minoring in Creative Writing. She is originally from Hudson, Ohio, but has grown to love Chicago in all its complexity. On campus, she is involved in ArtShould, Spoon, CUSA, and Block 58. In her free time, she appreciates eating at great restaurants, internet shopping, and rereading books.


Victoria Flores

Victoria is a second year PhD student in the Committee on Evolutionary Biology. She was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and is interested in animal behavior. Her current campus involvement includes the Multicultural Graduate Community.


Aerik Francis

Aerik Francis is a 4th year undergrad studying Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies and Political Science. He is originally from Denver, Colorado. He is also involved with the Organization of Black Students and is music director of Make a Joyful Noise a cappella group, among other campus activities.


Arlin Hill

Arlin Hill is a third year in the college and is majoring in Political Science.  Arlin is from Cleveland, Ohio.  He has been deeply involved with OBS since his freshman year and is currently serving as president of the organization.


Erin McFee

Erin is a second year anthropology student within the Department of Comparative Human Development. She grew up in Southern California and also lived in Boston for 13 years. Her research focuses on memory, stigma, and subjective experiences of coexistence between ex-combatants from illegal armed groups in Colombia and members of the receiving communities. Erin is the president of the CHD Student Association and an IMPACT mentor for the University’s Office of International Affairs.


Jacqueline Newsome

Jacqueline Newsome is a second year law student here at the University of Chicago. Upon graduation Jackie plans to work as a public defender. She was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois and studied politics and religious studies at New York University as an undergraduate. In addition to being on the OMSA Advisory Board Jackie is also the president of the Black Law Student's Association and hopes to bridge the gap between the various University of Chicago graduate schools.


Jillian Ojeda

Jillian is a third-year in The College studying public policy and Spanish. She is from Princeton Junction, New Jersey. On campus Jillian is a member of the Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor Track teams, a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority and works with international students in admissions. This will be her third year serving on the OMSA Student Advisory Board.


Karim Pirani

Karim Pirani is a third-year student in the College, who is double majoring in History and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies. He is a native of Chicago. In addition to his student-organization involvement and participation in the Neighborhood Schools Program, Karim also engages heavily with OMSA through its Emerging Minds Project and the OMSA Advisory Board. Having learned from these diverse experiences, Karim is eager to tackle bigger, multicultural issues that affect a wider array of students. He sees the opportunity to serve on the Advisory Board for a second year as an excellent opportunity to accomplish these goals.


Kai Minosh Pyle

Kai is a third year in the College focusing on Native American studies. Kai was born and raised on Oneida territory in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are heavily involved in queer and transgender activism on campus and are currently working to revive the Native American Students Association.


Daniel Ramirez-Raftree

Daniel is a third-year in The College studying Sociology and Romance Languages & Literatures. He grew up in both Rhode Island and El Salvador. Besides studying, Daniel spends his time involved in RSO's (like OLAS and ALMas), engaged with student life, playing capoeira, running & biking, and exploring Chicago. He's not quite sure what he wants to do with himself once college is over, but he's confident it'll work itself out.


Brissa Renovato

Brissa is a third-year undergraduate student studying Geophysical Sciences. She is originally from Guadalajara, Mexico and has lived in a Chicago suburb most of her life.  On campus, she is involved in Alpha Omicron Pi and works at the mineral physics lab on campus.


Christian Sanchez

Christian Sanchez is a third year in the College majoring in Political Science and Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies with a minor in Human Rights.  She is Mexican American, born and raised in Chicago.  This is her second year on the OMSA student advisory board and is also involved in the Organization of Latin American Students and ALMas.


Chris Smyre

Chris Smyre is a dual degree student in the University of Chicago Divinity School and Pritzker School of Medicine. Chris attended Wake Forest University for undergraduate studies. Currently, Chris is involved in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and interested examining the intersection of religion and medicine, and the impact it has on the moral development and practices of physicians.


Kwehnui (Papie) Tawah

Kwehnui is a third-year student in The College, double majoring in Economics and Statistics. He was born in Takoma Park, Maryland, but has lived in over five countries on three continents. His current campus involvements include the Organization of Black Students and Professional Students' Diversity Network.


Alexandria Wilkins

Alexandria is a thrid year in the College. She is studying public policy with a specialization in urban education and human rights. Alexandria was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York , and is a 5710 student intern and the community service chair for the Organization of Black Students.


Chauntay Worsham

Chauntay is a second-year student at the School of Social Administration with a concentration in clinical social work. She was raised in the suburbs of Glendale Heights and Downers Grove, Illinois.  Chauntay is passionate about music, helping children, and making the world a better place.  She is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Cook County Juvenile Court and a Clinical Intern at ChildServ.