UDiversity Spotlight

The "I am UDiversity" Campaign (UDiversity spotlight) is an initiative created in 2013 by Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger's Student Road Map Team 5, in conjunction with DEI. UDiversity spotlight uses print, web and social media to engage campus and community members in moving stories regarding Binghamton University's diversity (UDiversity) past, present and future. The UDiversity spotlight shows that diversity comes in many different forms — it is not only about the hues of our skin but also about our backgrounds, areas of study, interests and passions.  

If you are interested in being featured in the UDiversity spotlight, complete the diversity spotlight form or contact tbarnes@binghamton.edu.  

Share your UDiversity story with DEI by tagging @bingdei or with hashtag #udiversity!


I am UDiversity: Fall 2015 - spring 2016 profiles

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Winnie Chu, Class of 2016

Winnie Chu, a senior, future grad student and aspiring social worker, is UDiversity. Chu, a human development major, is fluent in three languages.

After immigrating to the USA from Taiwan at the age of 15, she devoted herself to fighting for equality and justice. She also has an interest in music and plays the Chinese violin and piano.

Aminata Jaiteh , Class of 2017

Aminata Jaiteh, a Gambian American and a first-generation college student, is Udiversity. She is on the public health track and is an aspiring epidemiologist. 

Jaiteh has always been the go to 'advice girl' for her friends, so she wants to pursue social activism. She loves to read in her spare time and hopes to join NAACP one day.

Isis McIntosh Green
Isis McIntosh Green, Class of 2016

Isis McIntosh Green, a senior and future doctoral student, is UDiversity. A first-generation college student of Pentecostal-Christian faith, McIntosh Green has a strong passion for dance. 

She also has a goal of positively changing the world, which is what guided her to serve as the Binghamton University Student Association Vice President for Multicultural Affairs as a sophomore, a position she held for two consecutive years.

Guardeep Lal
Guardeep Lal, Class of 2016

Guardeep Lal, born and raised in Queens, New York, is the youngest of six children. As the son of migrant parents, Lal is of Punjabi descent. He speaks five different languages.

He aims to become a biology teacher after graduating from Binghamton University. While he came to the University as transfer student, he still exudes Bearcat pride. Guardeep is UDiversity!

Hiroki Sayama
Hiroki Sayama, Binghamton faculty

Hiroki Sayama, a proud U.S. citizen from rural Japan, is Udiversity. Sayama, faculty in the Thomas J. Watson School of Engineering and Applied Science, holds a PhD in information science from the University of Tokyo.

In his free time, Sayama writes for the Ask a Scientist column in the Press and Sun Bulletin. He lives in Massachusetts with family, but commutes over 300 miles to campus because he thinks Binghamton University is great.

Edwin Torres
Edwin Torres, doctoral student

Edwin Torres, a doctoral student in the Decker School of Nursing, is a first-generation college student who studies Type 2 Diabetes in Latinos. He is a lover of all things Yankees baseball. 

As a citizen born in the Dominican Republic who migrated to USA at 13 years of age, he is Udiversity. Torres prides himself on patient care. He truly enjoys caring for his patients.  In addition, he loves connecting with students while serving as an advisor to the Men of Color Scholastic Society (MCS2) and Marie E. Mahoney Nursing School group.

Bradlee Vasquez-Valdez
Bradlee Vasquez-Valdez, Class of 2017

Bradlee Vasquez-Valdez, a junior human development major, is UDiversity. He is bilingual, fluent in Spanish and English. He serves as a resident assistant, a member of Quimbamba Latin Dance Team and previously as a SHADES executive board member.

As a previous Late Night Drag Show competition winner, Vasquez-Valdez aspires to help improve the living conditions of underrepresented communities.

Yang Xu
Yang Xu, master's student

Yang Xu, a master's of accounting student in the School of Management, is UDiversity. Xu completed her bachelor of arts degree in administrative management at East China University of Political Science and Law.

She is a native Chinese speaker who started speaking English at age 7 and loves playing piano and badminton.  On campus she serves as a graduate intern for the Multicultural Resource Center.  Yang is Udiversity!



I am UDiversity: Fall 2014 - spring 2015 profiles

Aisha Daraja
Aisha Daraja, Class of 2014

As a Muslim student of Ghanaian and Nigerian descent, Aisha Daraja is UDiversity. The only girl in a family of seven children, Daraja loves piña coladas and getting lost. She prides herself on being hard to surprise and unable to get lost, as well as on her ability to always remember years. When you see her out at social gatherings, she will not be on that dance floor because she cannot dance.  

And if all of that was not enough, Daraja is trilingual; she has spoken three languages since the age of 3.

Karen Coronel
Karen Coronel, Class of 2014

Karen Coronel, the first female in her family to graduate from college, is UDiversity. While Coronel is of Ecuadorian descent, she loves all types of cultural food. 

Coronel traveled to 10 different countries during her four years at Binghamton University and is a strong advocate for women's equality everywhere!

Kim Jaussi
Kim Jaussi, Binghamton faculty

Kim Jaussi, associate professor in the School of Management, holds a PhD in organizational behavior.

Jaussi is a single mom and lives on a farm. She attended school in Los Angeles and now consults for Fortune 500 companies in her "free time." She has also raised skateboarding chickens, trained horses and coached Olympic equestrians.

Jaussi believes that her students make the job unbelievable! Kim Jaussi is UDiversity.

Edison Alulema
Edison Alulema, Class of 2016

Edison Alulema, a native of Queens, New York, is double majoring in economics and sociology, and he is UDiversity. Alulema is of Ecuadorian and El Salvadorian descent, and plays the flute and traditional South American music. He also serves as a mentor at Johnson City Middle School and is a member of the Binghamton Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Team.

Alulema is interested in learning about other cultures and world views. He believes in equality, regardless of race, gender, identity, ethnicity, color or sexual orientation. 


Last Updated: 2/16/17