Daniel Diaz Nilsson



As a first-generation Hispanic college student, Daniel understands the difficulty of navigating the college process. He knows how overwhelming it can be and the power additional support and resources can have on moving a person from struggling student, to becoming a star and mentor to others. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys time with his wife and daughter and has a goal of finishing a marathon (26.2 miles) in each state of the country (50 in 50).

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Keiona Word

Graduate Assistant


Keiona is a graduate student in the Higher Education Administration and Student Affairs program. She is from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Keiona aspires to work with underrepresented students of color and plans to become Dean of Students at an HBCU.

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Alex Silverio

Graduate Assistant


Alex is a graduate student in the HIED program here at KSU. She was born in Mexico but has been living in the U.S. since she was 12 years old (yes, I can speak Spanish!). Once she graduates, she aspires to work with international students and possibly live abroad.

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Rasheed Jones

Student Assistant


Rasheed Jones is a senior exercise science major, with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy/ Pre-Occupational Therapy. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to obtain his Master's in Kinesiology. He presented at the 2019 Midwest regional annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

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Olivia Hughes

Student Assistant


Olivia is a junior here at Kent State University, majoring in Integrated Health Studies with a concentration in Health Sciences, with a double minor in Healthcare Ethics and Public Health. After graduation, she plans to attend a Physician Assistant graduate program to become a neonatal physician assistant. Fun Fact: Her favorite fruit is the kiwi, but she is allergic.

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Kamille Pierce

Student Assistant


Kamille loves to help people and is driven to work with children. On campus she serves as a peer mentor for the Kupita Transiciones Program. She is also the co-captain and choreographer for Barefeet Dance Tribe.

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Amaya Kender

Student Assistant


Amaya is a first-generation freshman, majoring in exercise science with a concentration in physical therapy. Her goals are to balance studies, work and social life. She desires to become a DPT and help many recover from their injuries. Her job at the DOD office is one step closer toward helping her reach her goals.