iii DEI Fellows
"Through collaboration & input from all levels of our Integrated Innovation Institute community, our iii Equity in Action committee strives to combat the barriers of inequity that exist in higher education. Each person's contributions are not only a testament of dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion -- they are also a commitment to doing truly meaningful work with an impact that spans beyond our day-to-day duties. I am excited to be a part of a team that is committed to working together to create an environment of respect and to ultimately contribute to a future that is better for all."
DEI Fellows & Overview
2023 - 2024 Fellows
Nitya completed her undergraduate degree in computer science engineering from New Delhi, India. Innovations that have the potential to change the world intrigue her, and she is committed to take on the challenge of playing an influential role in state-of-the-art technologies, especially in the field of Natural Language Processing, while welcoming the flexibility of her future career path.
Vulnerability is power, hence Nitya strives to be unapologetically herself while asking the right questions to encourage others to share their perspectives. She is an ardent advocate for mental health and loves going to therapy. To rejuvenate, she reads, swims and watches Formula 1.
Neha Suresh Kumar
Neha Suresh is an MSSM student from Chennai, India. She has over 5 years of software engineering experience in a SaaS company and was part of a small NGO, called Mritsa, which promoted clean and green living in the local neighborhood.
Fellowships are awarded for three semesters, with specific responsibilities assigned to fellows each semester:
2023 - 2024 Fellowship Overview
- Begin iii Equity in Action Subcommittee work
- Establish bi-weekly coffee chats
- Participate in Bystander Intervention Training
- Fall iii community event
- Continue iii Equity in Action subcommittee work & bi-weekly coffeee chats
- Plan & facilitate International Student Panel (admitted students)
- Spring iii community event
- Summer Project in Collaboration with Peer Mentors
- Onboarding incoming DEI Fellow
(2024 - 2025 year)
Past DEI Fellows
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023
MSSM, Silicon Valley
Seemran organized and hosted large cultural events, including Diwali and Lunar New Year celebrations, which not only brought the community together, but also fostered a sense of inclusivity and appreciation for diverse traditions. Seemran also organized an event called "DEI Insights in Tech", which provided a platform to explore the intersection of AI and diversity.