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2013-14 Connections Mentors

Meet the amazingly talented 10 mentors for the 2013-14 academic year.

Lia Berhane

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Anthropology, minor in Biology

Extra-Curricular activities: Presidential Ambassador, Secretary of The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), Developmental Science Research, Historian and Alumni Chair for Sigma Lambda Gamma

Fun Fact: I lived in Africa for eight years 

Michael Chavez


Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Currently undecided at the moment but leaning towards Anthropology and Education Studies

Extra-Curricular activities: DePauw Community Service group, Bonner Scholar, Posse Scholar, and AAAS.

Fun Fact: I won a hula hoop contest at the Taste of Chicago when I was in fourth grade, and the skills are still there!


Ricardo Flores


Hometown: Chicago, IL (Little Village Area)

Major: Sociology

Extra-Curricular activities: HelpDesk Support Consultant, Chicago Posse Scholar, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc., Multicultural Greek Council , Art of Stepping: Indiana Chapter Pro Member

Fun Fact: I love to cook multiple things at once because it keeps my feet moving.


Ronnie Kennedy

Hometown: Queens, NY

Major: Political Science

Extra-Curricular activities: DePauw Debate Society, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Little Theater at DePauw, and the Prindle Institute for Ethics.

Fun Fact: I spent last summer teaching Math at a Summer Academy in Brooklyn to students who could probably out-Math me any day. 

Shavon Mathus 


Hometown: Chicago, IL 

Major: Education Studies Minor Psychology 

Extra-Curricular activities: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. President, Hall Assistant for Campus Living and Community Development (CLCD), Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, Gospel Choir, Campus Tour Guide

Fun Fact: I taught kindergarten at an all girls charter school.

Abbisola "Abbi" Oxley

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York.

Major: My intended majors are Political Science and Black Studies.

Extra-curricular Activities: Association of African American Students (AAAS) as their new Education Chair. I am also a Bonner Scholar, a Posse Scholar, and I will be the new Resident Advocate for the AAAS house.

Fun Fact: I helped the University plan its first Black Women's retreat. I cannot wait to see all of you in the Fall!


Kayanat "Kay" Paracha

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Major: Biology and Womens Studies

Extra-curricular Involvements: Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI),Committee of Latino Concerns (CLC), Compton Center Intern 2013-2014, Bonner Scholar (Volunteer at Asbury Towers Retirement Home)

Fun Fact: I am an only child.

Jah'sway Robinson

Hometown: Bronx, NY

Major: Sociology

Extra-Curricular Activities: Union Board, DePauw Community Service- Student Friend, & NPHC

Fun Fact: I can bedazzle just about anything!

Omobolaji “BJ” Teriba

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Extra-Curricular Activities: DePauw Track & Field Team Member (Sprinter), Association of African American Students Parliamentarian, DePauw Student Government Representative, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.-Keeper of Exchequer (Treasurer)

Fun Fact: I am a sneaker fanatic!   

Tiffany Tran

Hometown: Honolulu, HI

Major: Biology

Extra-Curricular Activities: Feminista!, AAPI Initiative, Compton Center Intern

Fun Fact: I played a water polo match against members of the Australian Olympic team in 2009.