Meet our Co-Facilitators

Fall 2020

Alex Adams, Junior, History and Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES)

Alex is a third year undergraduate student double-majoring in History and Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES, for short). After he completes college, he plans to pursue a law degree. Although he doesn’t know exactly where he wants to go, he wants to be involved with public service and politics. He is from Marietta,GA and enjoys writing, learning new things, and playing video games.

Pankhuri Aggarwal, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Pankhuri Aggarwal is a fourth-year student in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Miami University. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in India. She is a recipient of prestigious national and international awards including PEO International Peace Scholarship, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and Gold Medal and Prize of Best Student in M.A. Applied Clinical Psychology.

Mark Cao, Senior, Computer Science

Mark is a senior student with a computer science major and information system minor. Mark loves helping each other and wants to apply his technical knowledge to it. Mark enjoys playing skateboards and traveling. He has been to 4 continents, 12 countries to experience different cultures and religions. He is very willing to use those experiences to facilitate and help people learn from different backgrounds.

Tristen Hall, Second Year Doctoral Student, SAHE/EDL

Tristen Hall is a second-year doctoral student in the Student Affairs in Higher education program. She is passionate about social justice education and interested in researching how people are able to talk across differences, and acknowledge their multiple intersecting identities. Outside of school and work, Tristen enjoys cooking new recipes, spending time with friends and family, and finding ways to be creative through writing or painting.

Kirby Heltman, Junior, Supply Chain & Operations Management

Kirby is a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Supply Chain & Operations Management. She hopes to work specifically in product development and help create effective solutions to issues in the healthcare industry. Kirby is a member of the Miami Club Waterski Team and enjoys spending time between class with friends at the lake.

Jacob Hoeft, Junior, Marketing, Human Capital Management & Leadership

Jacob is a third year undergraduate student double majoring in marketing along with human capital management and leadership. On campus he is involved in the IGD program and is a member of the business fraternity PSE. His career goal is to go into technology consulting and specialize with cloud and AI practices. Jacob enjoys cooking big meals, playing soccer, and making DIY tech projects.

Anjali Jain, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Angie is currently a 5th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program here at MU. Broadly speaking, her research involves examining cultural influences on mental health and evaluating treatment outcomes among adults in both domestic and international populations. Her program of research aims to establish a culturally informed understanding of socialization, emotion, and psychopathology, with practical implications for psychotherapy across the globe. She has loved her time thus far in intergroup dialogue and looks forward to seeing how connecting with students in this space proves useful for all involved in unexpected ways!

Nicole LaPlena, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Nicole LaPlena is a third-year student in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Miami University. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Selime Salim, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Selime is an international student from Bulgaria currently in her fourth year of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She is interested in risk factors for interpersonal violence among women, as well as factors that impact psychological adjustment following victimization. In her free time, she loves spending time with friends, reading, music, and traveling.

Taylor Selman, Junior, Public Health: Policy and Administration 

Taylor is a third year undergraduate student studying Public Health: Policy and Administration with a minor in Community Based Leadership. After they complete their Bachleros they plan on pursuing a Masters degree in Public Health. Taylor’s career goals are working towards decreasing health disparities of marginalized groups and the accessibility of healthcare for transgender individuals. They are from Dayton, Ohio and enjoy weight lifting, reading, and taking care of their plants.

Samuel Colt Van Vleet, Doctoral Student, Social Gerontology

Samuel is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology. He completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Applied Gerontology from the University of North Texas. His research focus is primarily on cumulative disadvantages among underrepresented groups in later life. Outside of work and studies, Samuel enjoys playing music and photography.

Seth Wilensky, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Seth is a first year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program from New Jersey. He is interested in how gender norms, particularly masculine gender norms, contributes to negative mental health outcomes following trauma. He enjoys playing rugby, reading Greek mythology, and wood-working/construction projects.

Spring 2020

Pankhuri Aggarwal, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Pankhuri Aggarwal is a fourth-year student in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Miami University. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in India. She is a recipient of prestigious national and international awards including PEO International Peace Scholarship, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and Gold Medal and Prize of Best Student in M.A. Applied Clinical Psychology.

Aliyah Cruz, Junior, English Literature and Global & Intercultural Studies

Aliyah Cruz is a junior English literature and global & intercultural studies co-major with a concentration in visual and popular media. She also has minors in creative writing, films studies, and women & gender studies. She is passionate about the humanities and plans to research how race is portrayed in fantasy literature. She is a proud dog mom to her shih tzu Macchiato, and in her spare time, she loves watching science fiction and fantasy tv shows and cooking.

Rachel Forsythe, Graduate Student, Master's in Social Work

Rachel is a graduate student at Miami University studying Social Work. She previously attended University of Cincinnati with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Rachel has interests in working with children and families. In the past, Rachel has interned as a court advocate for individuals who have experienced abuse. This experience led to her interest in examining societal gender roles and power dynamics. She also enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. Rachel’s favorite place she has ever traveled is Cork, Ireland. She is also a proud aunt and dog mom!

Shelby Frye, Senior, Sociology/Political Science/Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Shelby Frye is a senior sociology, political science, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies major from Hebron, Kentucky. Shelby loves teaching and creating community amongst students, which Intergroup Dialogue allows her to do. If not in class or at work, you can find Shelby at Kofenya, watching a Shonda Rhimes show, or doing yoga (a newfound hobby!).

Tristen Hall, Doctoral Student, Student Affairs in Higher Education

Tristen Hall is a first-year doctoral student in the Student Affairs in Higher education program. She is passionate about social justice education and interested in researching how people are able to talk across differences, and acknowledge their multiple intersecting identities. Outside of school and work, Tristen enjoys cooking new recipes, spending time with friends and family, and finding ways to be creative through writing or painting.

Anjali Jain, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Angie is currently a 4th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program here at MU. Broadly speaking, her research involves examining cultural influences on mental health and evaluating treatment outcomes among adults in both domestic and international populations. Her program of research aims to establish a culturally informed understanding of socialization, emotion, and psychopathology, with practical implications for psychotherapy across the globe. She has loved her time thus far in intergroup dialogue and looks forward to seeing how connecting with students in this space proves useful for all involved in unexpected ways!

Nicole LaPlena, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Nicole LaPlena is a second-year student in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Miami University. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Courtney Madl, Senior, International Studies/Italian Studies

Courtney Madl is a senior international studies and Italian studies double major from Chicago. As an avid traveler and learner, Courtney’s greatest passion is international education and she is excited to carry her Intergroup Dialogue experience within the field. In her free time, Courtney spends her time watching the Chicago Cubs, cooking, and exploring all things Italian!

Lizzi Pettit, Doctoral Student, Brain, Cognitive and Developmental Sciences Psychology

Elizabeth is a second year Cognitive Psychology PhD student studying computational models of decision making. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town and earned her Bachelor's at UW Madison. Elizabeth spends her free time reading novels, crocheting, or watching the Packer game over a basket of cheese curds.

Ryan Kiehl Price, Senior, International Studies/Global and Intercultural Studies

Ryan Kiehl Price is an International Studies and Global and Intercultural Studies double major with concentrations in Migration, Transnationalism, and Diaspora, and International Development. He is also minoring in French and Political Science. Ryan has spent much of his undergraduate career researching the post-colonial effects that systemic racism has had on identity, the economy, and migration in the Algerian diaspora in Paris, France as he is passionate about diversity, representation, and multicultural understanding. When not conducting research or co-facilitating his ITV cohort he spends his time practicing his photography, watching Netflix and YouTube, and eating Korean food with his friends.

Terry Reid, Senior, Psychology with minor in Management & Leadership

Terry is an outgoing senior finishing his undergraduate/ Psychology degree at Miami University. He hopes to launch his career in the industry of Human Resources, with the goal of developing his skills to be able to propel him to a leadership position in this field. During his time at Miami, one of his favorite topics that aid him daily in his Voices of Discovery class is research in social psychology, specifically group dynamics, and how groups interact with other groups within their social environment. He enjoys spending time with his close friends and family, fitness, and listening to music of all kinds!

Olivia Snyder, Junior, International Studies/Spanish/Latin American Studies

Olivia Snyder is a junior International Studies major, with a concentration in Global Cultural Studies. She is also minoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies. She is passionate about linguistic and cultural diversity, which she hopes to encourage during her time in Intergroup Dialogue. Olivia is trilingual and currently working toward a career in diplomacy or language translation/interpretation. Her hobbies include learning martial arts, watching Brooklyn 99, and (recently) rock climbing!

Gabby Spencer, Undergraduate Student, International and Latin American Studies

Gabby is a 4th year double major in International Studies and Latin American Studies from Pacifica, California. She also works as a second-year RA and serves as the Director of Programming for the Diversity Affairs Council.

Samuel Colt Van Vleet, Doctoral Student, Social Gerontology

Samuel is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology. He completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Applied Gerontology from the University of North Texas. His research focus is primarily on cumulative disadvantages among underrepresented groups in later life. Outside of work and studies, Samuel enjoys playing music and photography.

Kristi Wettstone, Senior, Biology & Premedical Studies

Kristi is a senior Biology & Pre-med major with a minor in political science. She plans on pursuing family practice with a focus on community medicine and primary care. She’s a victim advocate with Women Helping Women and is extra passionate about ending gender-based violence, which she hopes will resonate with students in Intergroup Dialogue. In her free time, she enjoys running and adding to her concerning plant collection.

Fall 2019

akanksha_das200x200.jpgAkanksha Das, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Akanksha Das is a second year Clinical Psychology PhD student in the Anxiety, Cognition, and Emotion Lab in the Department of Psychology. She is passionated about dogs (e.g. spends a lot of her time finding dogs on Instagram), practicing Yoga, and watching Netflix (and Hulu) when she is not engaging in research, clinical work, or facilitating difficult dialogues in the psychology building!

Anjali Jain's headshotAnjali Jain, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Angie is currently a 4th year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program here at MU. Broadly speaking, her research involves examining cultural influences on mental health and evaluating treatment outcomes among adults in both domestic and international populations. Her program of research aims to establish a culturally informed understanding of socialization, emotion, and psychopathology, with practical implications for psychotherapy across the globe. She has loved her time thus far in intergroup dialogue and looks forward to seeing how connecting with students in this space proves useful for all involved in unexpected ways!  

Kathy Lin, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Lizzi Pettit's headshotLizzi Pettit, Doctoral Student, Brain, Cognitive and Developmental Sciences Psychology

Elizabeth is a second year Cognitive Psychology PhD student studying computational models of decision making. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town and earned her Bachelor's at UW Madison. Elizabeth spends her free time reading novels, crocheting, or watching the Packer game over a basket of cheese curds.  

gabby-spencer-150by150.pngGabby Spencer, Undergraduate Student, International and Latin American Studies

Gabby is a 4th year double major in International Studies and Latin American Studies from Pacifica, California. She also works as a second-year RA and serves as the Director of Programming for the Diversity Affairs Council. 

Bao Wang's headshotBao Wang, Masters Student, Student Affairs in Higher Education

Bao Wang is an international student from China. As a second-year MA student in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University, he can attest that studying abroad is a journey to harness potentials, embrace the diversity of the world, and meet a better self in the future.

Spring 2019

Pankhuri's headshotPankhuri Aggarwal, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Pankhuri Aggarwal is a third-year student in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Miami University. She received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University and a master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in India. She is a recipient of prestigious national and international awards including PEO International Peace Scholarship, Sir Dorabji Tata Trust Scholarship for Academic Excellence, and Gold Medal and Prize of Best Student in M.A. Applied Clinical Psychology. 

Courtney's headshot    Courtney RaShad Allen, Doctoral Student, Educational Leadership

akanksha_das200x200.jpgAkanksha Das, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Akanksha Das is a second year Clinical Psychology PhD student in the Anxiety, Cognition, and Emotion Lab in the Department of Psychology. She is passionate about dogs (e.g., spends a lot of her time finding dogs on Instagram), practicing Yoga, and watching Netflix (and Hulu) when she is not engaging in research, clinical work, or facilitating difficult dialogues in the psychology building!

Samuel Hunter, Doctoral Student, English Literature

kpandi_lumeh200x200.jpg    Kpandi Lumeh, Masters Student, Student Affairs in Higher Education

Tone's headshot    Tone McKoy, Masters Student, Student Affairs in Higher Education

Natalee Price's headshotNatalee Price, Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

Natalee Price, M.A., is a third-year Clinical Psychology PhD student here at Miami University. She attended William & Mary for her undergraduate education and is working towards a career in academia. She finds a lot of meaning in researching child emotional development and providing therapy services to children and their families. She thoroughly enjoyed her intergroup dialogue experiences and works to continue engaging in difficult (yet critical) dialogues on inclusion, equity, and social justice. When she isn't working, she's prone to exploring new places, going to way too many concerts, learning about new science-y things, and eating quality food.

Sara Williams's headshotSara Williams, Doctoral Student, Religion, Ethics and Society

Sara Williams is a doctoral candidate in Religion in the area of Ethics and Society at Emory University. She is also Adjunct Instructor of Theology at Xavier University. Sara lives in Cincinnati with her spouse, son, and precocious dog, Lua.