Peer Leader Profiles

Meet Our Peer Leaders, Past and Present!


Amber Asumda
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Snellville, GA
Major: International Relations, Economic Development
Student Group Affiliation(s): Tisch Scholars Program, Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC), Alpha Phi
3 words to describe myself: Determined, Dedicated, Diligent

Amma Agyei
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Accra, Ghana
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Student Group Affiliations: Black Student Union, Roti and Rum, and TCU Senate.
3 words to describe myself: Creative, Patient, Persevering


Cheonan Kougba
Graduation year: 2022
Hometown: Gwinnett County, Georgia
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Student Group Affiliation(s): S-Factor
3 words to describe myself: Inquisitive, Spontaneous, Trop


Jaime Givens
Graduation year: 2023
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Major: Civic Studies and Africana Studies
Student Group Affiliation(s): Jumpstart, BSU, CSO, PAA,Harlem Grooves
3 words to describe myself: Loving, Passionate, Ambitious


Joshua Fitzgerald
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Student Affiliation Groups: BlackOut, Harlem Grooves, NSBE
3 words to describe myself: Passionate, Loyal, Versatile


LaPorsha Dees
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Hartford, CT
Major: Cognitive and Brain Science
Minor: Dance
Student Group Affiliation(s): ROTI & RUM, BWC, BSCS
3 words to describe myself: Caring, Silly, Open-Minded


Noble Ohakam
Graduation year: 2022
Hometown: The Bronx, New York
Major: Computer Science (In Engineering)
Student Group Affiliation(s): Men’s Track and Field
3 words to describe myself: Nice, Calm, Sincere



Praise Adekola
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Farmington, CT
Major: Clinical Psychology and Biomedical Sciences 
Student Group Affiliation(s): Jumpstart, BSU, ASO, Pre-Medical Society, MAPS
3 words to describe myself: Big-hearted, Principled, Bubbly


Rodney White
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Major: Film & Media Studies
No student group affiliations
3 words to describe myself: Persistent, Patient, Empathetic



Mahamadou Camara

Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Bronx,NY
Major: Environmental Engineering
Student Group Affiliation(s): Black Student Union (BSU), Muslim Students Association (MSA), African Students Organization (ASO), National society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
3 words to describe myself: 

2019 - 2020

Ali HaddiAli Haddi
Graduation Year: 2023
Hometown: Boston
Major: Computer Science and Visual Art
Student Group Affiliation(s): Melisma Magazine, TUSC Film Series
3 words to describe yourself: outgoing, creative, passionate



Ashley Gomez
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Providence, RI
Major: Undecided
Student Group Affiliation(s): Generation Citizen, Roti and Rum
3 words to describe yourself:
Caring, Passionate, Open


HezekiahHezekiah Branch
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Columbia, SC and Boston, MA
Major: Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Minor in Portuguese
Student Group Affiliation(s): Experimental College Board, Black Student Union, Office for Campus Life
3 words to describe yourself: Innovative, Adventurous, Driven

MaureenMaureen Kalimba Isimbi
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda
Major: Engineering Psychology
Student Group Affiliation(s): International Community, NSBE, ASO
3 words to describe yourself: Maximizer, Futuristic, Developer


JenahJenah Gabby
Grad year: 2022
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Major: Biopsychology
Student group affiliations: Essence
3 words to describe myself: LITTT, classy, compassionate


HarrisonHarrison Clark
Grad year: 2022
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: International Relations
Group: S-Factor
3 words: Persistent, Ambitious, Passionate



PearlPearl Young
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Waterbury, CT
Major: Biopsychology
Student Group Affiliation(s): ENVY
3 words to describe yourself: energetic, caring, creative


KiarahKiarah Hortance
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Methuen, MA
Major: Psychology and Music
Student Group Affiliation(s): Pan-Afrikan Alliance
3 words to describe yourself: AfroLatina, musical, honest


KellaKella Merlain-Moffatt
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Wellington, Florida
Major: International Relations and Africana Studies
Student Group Affiliation(s): COCOA, CSO, ASO, (I don't think Tisch Scholars fits under this, but it it does!)
3 words to describe yourself: Passionate, Headscarves, Artist

EthanEthan Fidalgo
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Randolph, MA
Major: Psychology
Minor : Film & Media Studies
Student Groups: CVSA & PAA
3 Words: Caring, Funny, Reliable


JuliaJulia Williams
Graduation Year: 2022
Hometown: Red Bank, NJ
Major: Child Studies and Human Development
Student Group Affiliation(s): BWC and Burlesque
3 words to describe yourself: Nice, Inquisitive, Open


RayRay Rivers
Grad year: 2021
Hometown: Boston, MA
Major: Computer Science
Student group affiliations: S-Factor, BSCS (Black Students in Computer Science), PAA, BlackOut, OCL
3 words to describe myself: Resilient, Imaginative, Night-Owl

2018 - 2019

Ashley AlphonseAshley Alphonse      
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Major: Political Science and French  
I am a captain on Tufts Mock Trial, a future captain of ENVY (Tufts all female step team), publicity coordinator for La Société française (French Society), a Tisch Scholar, and a Bridge to Liberal Arts Success at Tufts (BLAST) Scholar.

Bruce AhirweBruce Ahirwe
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Kigali, Rwanda
Major: Civil Engineering and Architectural Studies
NSBE : an association of black engineers



Hakeem AdeyemiHakeem Adeyemi           
Graduation Year: 2020
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Engineering Psychology and American Studies
Roots media collective, Men's Frisbee Team, Muslim Students Association, National Society of Black Engineers, African Student Organization, Tisch Scholar

Jheanelle OwensJheanelle Owens
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Spanish Town, Jamaica
Major: Computer Science and Film and Media Studies
National Society of Black Engineers, Caribbean Students Organisation


Lyndon Jackson Lyndon Jackson        
Graduation Year: 2020  
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts
Major: Biopsychology  
ROTI and RUM, Burlesque, Tufts Daily Photography, CSO, MAPS, Health Career Fellows 


Maame Opare-AddoMaame Opare-Addo
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
Major: Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Photography, book clubs!



Mathew PeñaMathew Peña
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Major: Computer Science
I am very into music. I love to walk around with my speakers blasting, bringing energy to the campus.




Michael KoduaMichael Kodua   
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Major: Biology
At Tufts I am a member of S-Factor, Tuft's only all male a capella group that specializes in music of the African Diaspora. Outside of Tufts, when I get the opportunity to go home I am a co-music director and singer for my church's gospel choir. On my free time, i love to watch movies, sing, and play volleyball. Additionally, I love socializing and spending time with my friends.

Phyllis NjorogePhyllis Njoroge
Graduation Year: 2019
Hometown: Dracut, Massachusetts/Nairobi, Kenya/Lansing, Michigan
Major: Cognitive and Brain Science
Burlesque, SOC Open Dance, Tufts NeuroNetwork, Questbridge, First Generation Council, International Club, Human Interaction Lab, Tufts Technology Services, Black Women's Collective, LOQSOCA, NSBE, SWAT, WiCS, and Buddhist Sangha.

Yvane NgassaYvane Ngassa          
Graduation Year: 2021
Hometown: Melrose, Massachusetts
Major: Spanish and Community Health
I enjoy spending my open blocks teaching at high schools for Peer Health Exchange. I also spend my time dancing for COCOA and SOC!