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Meet the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board

AntonioAntonio Agcaoili embodies the values and principles of Hofstra University. Antonio Agcaoili is most well known for his service with the Hofstra Residence Hall Association. He has served in various positions and currently serves as President. Antonio Agcaoili has made waves in his role as President being the first person of color to serve in the position.

Antonio Agcaoili also serves an Undergraduate Senator on the Hofstra University Senate. Initially serving as a Senator at Large he then was nominated to serve as an Undergraduate Senator. Working on various initiatives that include expanding access to news information for student, green campus initiatives as well as increasing the minimum wage for student employees. He currently serves on the SAC (Student Affairs Committee) and is the sole student committee member of SCREAN (Special Committee for Recruitment, Elections and Nominations.)

In September he was nominated to join the DAB (Dean of Students’ Diversity Advisory Board.) There he has expanded his knowledge of the various communities on the Hofstra University campus and has contributed in every way that he can to better the Hofstra experience for all who wish apart of it. Antonio Agcaoili has provided much insight and yet another perspective to advocate for the expansion of inclusivity here at Hofstra.


ZainHey! I'm Zain Farooqui, and am part of the class of 2020. I'm majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. I am involved all around our campus. I am a senator for the Student Government Association and am the Secretary for the Muslim Students' Association.

I am also one of the first Diversity Peer Mentors, something that the DOS DAB helped create last year. Joining the DOS DAB wasn't really something I planned for, but I am glad that I did. I am looking forward to helping make a profound change for students of color, students that are differently-abled, students of various faiths, and students of various orientations and to make all students feel accepted as they are.


BenHello! My name is Ben Martin. I am part of the class of 2019 studying Public Relations with a Fine Arts minor. I am currently involved in transcenDANCE, Student Government Rules and Public Relations committees, club volleyball, rockclimbing club, and the multicultural caucus here at Hofstra. I am also a Resident Assistant in the Netherlands complex and have a job working in the Residence Life office doing digital design and marketing. I am a quiet leader in the ways I participate heavily in my organizations without official leadership roles and I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I come from a background with little diversity and wanted to learn more. My goal in coming to Hofstra was to become more of a worldly scholar than simply a student. For me, the Diversity Advisory Board had been able to expand my horizons and helped to shape my character as a social justice advocate for all underrepresented groups. I believe our influence will help to create a more comfortable environment for all students on campus and increase the general awareness of the importance of acceptance and tolerance in a world where individuality separates us all too much.


SerenaHello! I'm Serena Payne, I'm a sophomore Psychology major and LGBT minor. My main goal here at Hofstra and the diversity board is to help improve the life standards of all students, specifically LGBT students, Trans and Gender Non-conforming students, and low-income students on campus. I also work to improve the standards for mental health services to help our student body. I wish to continue working on activism after I graduate, and bring forth a new way of social change and progress for America.


MaryamHello! My name is Maryam Qureshi. I am part of the class of 2019 studying LEAP: Political Science and Public Policy/ Public Service with minors in Philosophy of Law and Arabic Language. I am currently a fellow for the Center of "Race", Culture, and Social Justice and I am the President of the Muslim Students Association. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I recognize that addressing diversity concerns is a value-added initiative at Hofstra University. As a student activist on the DOS DAB, I have learned that there are so many complexities and nuances to ensure diversity success. The DOS DAB has provided me a supportive network of mentors and peers who are willing to hear my voice and to bring about a real impact in their surrounding. I believe that the unique representation in the DOS DAB will serve to create action plans to promote inclusivity and diverse involvement on campus. Moreover, the DOS DAB can frequently collaborate with the organizations represented in the board to host events for the Hofstra community.


GenesisHello! My name is Genesis Rivera. I am part of the class of 2019 studying Sociology and Political Science. I am currently involved in the Black Student Union and HOLA (Hofstra's Organization for Latin Americans), and Sp!t (Spoken Word Influencing Thought) here at Hofstra and hold leadership positions, including Community Service Chair of the NAACP and Vice President of Hofstra's Mock Trial Team. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I am passionate about equality and making change where change is needed. This diverse group of students is uniquely positioned to be a relatable point of access between students and administration and incite real change on this campus. Ultimately, making Hofstra open and accepting to everyone is the goal of everyone in this group and I am so excited to be a part of that!


LolaHello my name is Lola Solis. I am part of the class of 2019 studying History, Political Science, and Women's Studies. I am currently involved in Campus Feminist Collective as Secretary and Peace Action Matters here at hofstra and I am also a part of the Youth Activist Council with Planned Parenthood. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I always jump at the opportunity to educate myself and others around me on issues relating to diversity. I believe that Hofstra has an incredibly diverse campus full of students with an array of backgrounds and intersections and I want this diversity to be a positive aspect of our campus. So in order to ensure we live in a comfortable and accepting environment for ALL students, we must take responsibility to cultivate and educate in every way possible and I think the Diversity Advisory Board is one of the best places to start making change!


ManaHello! My name is Mana Tadbiri. I am a part of the class of 2019 majoring in Legal Studies in Business, while minoring in Political Science, and Management. I am currently involved in Student Government Association where I serve on the Club Relations and Student Services committees; Phi Alpha Delta International, the pre-law fraternity; Volunteer Pride Guide, and a part of the Up Close Program. In addition to being in various organizations, I work as a Resident Safety Representative with the Department of Public Safety, and have recently been hired as a Resident Assistant for Providence house in Colonial Square for the spring 2017 semester. The reason I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board is because I wanted to ensure everyone on campus feels included and safe regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, or any other way that they define themselves. Through initiatives, outreach programs, and talkbacks I believe the DOS DAB at Hofstra can achieve our goals and make this campus feel like a truly diverse place that is open and accepting of all.


Diversity Advisory Board Alumni

CarrisaHello! My name is Carrisa Anderson. I am part of the class of 2017 studying marketing. I am currently involved in Hofstra's Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentorship Program, Student Government Association and the Black Student Union here at Hofstra. I also serve as a Resident Assistant in Estabook Hall and work as a student aide in the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I have a strong passion for educating students of all backgrounds on the beauty of diversity. As a student leader I have met students of all backgrounds who have not been exposed to cultures other than their own. I am dedicated to educating and cultivating a diverse environment on Hofstra's campus by working with the Diversity Advisory Board on initiatives, outreach events, and engaging programing. I believe that our board can accomplish greatness on this campus and open students' eyes to the wonders of a diverse climate.


RavenHello! My name is Raven Cordice. I am part of the class of 2018 studying Television/Film Production I am currently involved in Hofstra's NAACP, Pride Productions and Hofstra's Up Close Program here at Hofstra and hold leadership positions, including president of Hofstra's NAACP . I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I believe that the only way to see a change is to be the change that you wish to see. Therefore you must be actively fighting and doing the things that you strongly believe in. I strongly believe in changing the current climate on this campus, so that it is a safe space for all students and not some. Students shouldn't have to walk around feeling uncomfortable in a space that is supposed to make them feel at home and prepare them for the real world.


AshleyHello! My name is Ashley Franks. I am part of the class of 2017 with a major in Drama Performance and minors in English and Sociology. I am currently involved in Danceworks and Hofstra Gospel Ensemble here at Hofstra and hold leadership positions, including Orientation Leader for New Student Orientation and Student Aide in the Office of Student Leadership and engagement. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because as a minority student, my worldview is informed by my desire to do advocacy work. The Diversity Advisory Board is a platform on which a group of diverse students can use our own unique experiences to connect other minority students at to more opportunities and resources at Hofstra. My ultimate goal is to have a career in community building and the Diversity Advisory Board has allowed me to gain more experience doing exactly that.


SarahHello! My name is Sarah Harris. I am part of the class of 2017 studying Sociology with a minor in fine arts and psychology. I am currently involved in Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc., the Blue and Gold Program, and the Discovery Program here at Hofstra. I am a founding sister of Omega Phi Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc. and have held the positions of vice president, secretary, treasurer, and public relations. I have been a part of the Multicultural Fraternity Sorority Council in which I have held the positions of president and secretary. I have also been a part of the Interfraternal Fraternity Sorority Council in which I held the position of vice president of communications and the Student Government Association in which I held the positions of spirit chair and senator. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because as a woman and person of color, I wanted to be a voice of the marginalized. I very much enjoy empowering people who feel their voices are silent, especially women. I believe we are all human beings first, therefore we have a responsibility to protect and advocate for others, as well as ourselves. We need to establish an environment for students to feel inclusive and heard.


Hello! My name is Brianna Holcomb. I am part of the class of 2017 studying Public Relations. I am currently involved in Black Student Union, The Hofstra Chronicle, and Up Close Program here at Hofstra and hold leadership positions, including Vice President in Black Student Union and Arts and Entertainment Editor of The Chronicle. I joined the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board because I felt that there was more work to be done at Hofstra to protect and educate the Hofstra community on the importance of diversity. The DAB was created to help bring together the many different cultures, religions, ethnicities, etc at Hofstra to one place and find ways to solve any issues we may have. The DAB has taught me that many of us are facing the same issues here on campus and that we can work together to solve them, helping to create a more inclusive environment. Meeting with this board of students and faculty has given me a newfound appreciation for what makes us all unique. Attempting to clump everyone into small categories instead of acknowledging and learning about what makes them who they are is exactly how we are plagued with problems in our society. Respect, education, and acceptance are what I want to give back through the Dean of Students Diversity Advisory Board.