Diversity Fellows 2019-2020

Chelsey Clark

I am a second year Ph.D. student in Psychology and Social Policy originally from Atlanta, GA. I received my B.S. in Psychology from Yale University in 2017 where I also worked intimately with various diversity organizations on campus and the Yale Afro-American Cultural Center. At Princeton, I am involved with the Black Graduate Caucus and the Graduate Women of Color Caucus. My research focuses on topics related to identity and belonging, social norms, prejudice reduction, and field experimentation. Generally, I am interested in understanding and communicating the psychological experience of marginalized people in spaces in which they are underrepresented. I am excited to serve as a Diversity Fellow for the chance to incorporate my understanding of relevant research as well as my personal experiences as woman of color in working to build a dynamic and supportive diversity program for Princeton students. Email Chelsey.

 

Hadiya Jones

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Hadiya Jones is a Sociology PhD student at Princeton University and an UNCF Mellon Mays fellow. She graduated from Spelman College in 2015 with a BA in English and Sociology. Since being on Princeton's campus, she has been involved with the Black Graduate Caucus, the Graduate Women of Color Caucus, and the Princeton Pupp program. Currently, she researches black women who develop their own web series as a lens to investigate larger questions concerning race, class, and identity. Broadly, she plans to incorporate the sociology of culture with intersectionality theory, new media studies, and critical race studies. Email Hadiya

 

 

 

 

Chris Tokita

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I am a hapa native of the eastside of Los Angeles, and I am currently a 4th year PhD candidate in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I use computational and mathematical models to study how societies--from ants to people--organize themselves. As a multiracial individual who grew up in a diverse community, I have grown to strongly value diversity, particularly in institutions of higher learning, where accessibility and inclusion are not always guaranteed for individuals from underprivileged backgrounds. In addition to being a Diversity Fellow, I serve on my department's Diversity, Inclusion, & Climate Committee and try to remain active in local politics. I received a B.S. from Yale University in 2014 and then spent two years working in federal science policy in Washington D.C. before starting graduate school. Email Chris

 

 

 

Erin Flowers

Having spent the majority of my childhood in rural Florida, one of my favorite activities was to go out stargazing at night. I never lost that childhood passion for astronomy, and after receiving my bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Columbia University, I am currently a second year graduate student in the Astrophysical Sciences department, researching worlds beyond our own. As passionate as I am about science, I am equally passionate about scientific outreach, especially when it comes to teaching and mentoring people from historically underrepresented groups. Currently, my outreach efforts include running public observing nights and teaching with the Prison Teaching Initiative. I hope to help improve the diversity and inclusion of Princeton and other academic communities in New Jersey at large. Email Erin.

 

 

Kristina Solorio

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I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California after my family moved there from Mexico. I was raised to always prioritize my education above anything else since my father did not have the opportunity to attend high school. I received my B.S in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016, and I am now a third year PhD candidate in the Molecular Biology department where I study structural biology via X-ray crystallography. Since I am the first person in my family to pursue a PhD, I relied heavily on guidance and mentorship from others with similar backgrounds in the field. My journey has made me realize the importance of mentorship and I am determined to help create a supportive and inclusive environment for the other underrepresented graduate students here at Princeton University. Email Kristina.

 

 

 

Jaime Sanchez

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As a first-gen college/grad student and first-gen American, I believe diversity and inclusion is all about building community and supporting each other in this journey through academia. I'm currently a second-year PhD student in the History Department, where I focus on 20th Century U.S. political history. Before Princeton, I was based in our nation's capital working in the labor movement, and prior to that I went to college at the University of Chicago (MMUF and Quest Scholars hmu!). I am a proud son of Mexican immigrants, born and raised in Fresno, California. Email Jaime.