Carnegie Mellon University

The Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion Team


M. Shernell Smith

Associate Dean & Executive Director
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Everyone has a story and Shernell is committed to ensuring that - at Carnegie Mellon - we are fostering environments for authentic and meaningful exchange. She believes that diversity is meaningful exchange and meaningful exchanges can inspire and empower action toward social change. In moments of quiet mindfulness, you will either find Shernell trying to physically plant something in the local community garden, planting seeds of change and activism in the local community through her various non-profit board affiliations, or planning her next travel adventure.
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Rowshan Lang

Special Projects Manager
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Rowshan returned to Carnegie Mellon in 2019 to serve as the special projects manager with the Center. She believes in creating spaces where people are comfortable being themselves, and hopes that all students see themselves as welcome and important at the Center. She’s a fan of cooking and baking, spending time with family, friends and her dogs, and true crime podcasts.

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Sam Colavecchio

Project Coordinator
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Sam loves being a part of a space where students can bring their full, authentic selves and strives to capture that spirit in the communications and programmatic projects she designs for the Center. In addition to her work in the Center, Sam is also earning a Master of Arts in Design at Carnegie Mellon. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, cooking Sunday dinner for friends, and working on a creative project.


Shadeia Sheridan

Coordinator for Student Engagement and Support
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Shadeia is drawn to the way that people live and socialize to create community, and aims to foster it within existing settings. As an Afro-Caribbean, Black, queer woman, she is passionate about recognizing the intersectionality and holistic view of those she engages with. Her favorite part of the work is being able to connect with and learn from various students. “It is important to draw wisdom from many different places. If you take it from only one place, it becomes rigid and stale.”- Uncle Iroh.


Sueño Viveros

Administrative Coordinator for Business Operations
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Sueño is the Administrative Coordinator for Business Operations for the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, bringing their experience as an operations manager and community organizer, and their passion as a social justice activist. Residing in Pittsburgh, PA, they are Co-Founder of OKRA Ethics, previously served on the board for SisTersPGH, and served a term as the Chair of the Allegheny County Health Department’s Infant Mortality Committee. A subversive intellectual and a black and native import from Cali, Colombia, their life’s work revolves around examining the connection to identity, to community, and to place through the lens of orphans (a colonized identity) and nomads (an ancestral identity).
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Nicole Guccione

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belongingness (DEIB) Associate
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Nicole is excited to be joining the Center staff as a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belongingness Associate. Her role also supports the College of Fine Arts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office, so she is excited to foster collaborations amongst these offices. She recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a major in Euphonium Performance from the School of Music in addition to a double minor in gender studies and ethics. As a social justice advocate, her mission is to advocate for social equity through the arts. Outside of work and music, she enjoys spending time with friends, watching TV, and knitting.

Amber Sestilio

Graduate Student Ambassador
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Coming from a background in Education and Equity, Amber joined the Center team in June of 2023. Drawing on her professional experience working with Queer youth in Florida and her academic experience studying political and intersectional feminist rhetoric in Dietrich, Amber uses her passion for LGBTQIA+ representation and advocacy to support Plateful of Pride and Graduate Women Gathering programming at CMU. When she's not working, she likes to spend her time being creative by using her Cricut to craft all things sparkly or putting together botanical Lego sets.

Kennedy Botts

Student Ambassador
Kennedy has been a Center Ambassador for a little over a year at this point, but she has been coming to the center as a patron for as long as she has been a CMU student. The Center inspires her to be a better version of herself, and foster an atmosphere where others can do the same. Outside of the Center, she is a junior studying Ethics, History & Public Policy, soon to be starting her masters in Public Policy at Heinz College.

Meghna Desai

Student Ambassador
Meghna is thrilled to join the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, where she aspires to cultivate an inclusive community and actively engage in discussions to promote it. In pursuit of her Master's degree, she channels her passion for technology toward the overarching goal of enhancing global security. She likes treating people with respect, takes pleasure in assisting others and learning about new technologies. In her leisure time, you might find her immersed in a book, playing with dogs, cycling, or indulging in the art of pasta making!

Giulia Martorana

Student Ambassador
Giulia is from Los Angeles, California studying physics with a minor in Computer science, and serving as Vice President for CMU SHPE. She has worked at the Center since June 2022, starting as a SAMS Engagement Leader and TA and then as a Student Ambassador. What she loves most about the Center is the genuine sense of community and opportunity to make a real impact. She cherishes the warmth and supportive atmosphere the staff creates. As a first-gen Latina in STEM, the Center provides a place to feel welcomed and offers a sense of belonging. She also enjoy boxing and running, music, and going on random adventures with friends.

Amanda Puentes

Student Ambassador
As a student ambassador of the Center, Amanda strives to contribute in establishing a welcoming atmosphere and promoting inclusivity. Currently, she is studying as a first-year psychology student at Carnegie Mellon with a passion for the social and counseling aspects of the field. She finds amusement from cycling, crocheting, and spending time with friends.

Colby Sisco

Student Ambassador
Colby started his position as a Student  Ambassador his freshman year to connect with a more diverse student community. Now into his fourth year as an undergraduate mechanical engineering major, he hopes to embrace these connections with students and help them navigate their college experience. Originally from Gaithersburg, Maryland, he spends his spare time building projects involving cars, motorcycles, and cycling. He hopes to continue his future work in mechanical design within the field of autonomous robotics.

Anyah Stempien-Smith

Student Ambassador
Anyah is working on her undergraduate degree in psychology, and is celebrating her one year anniversary as a Center Ambassador this semester. Her favorite thing about the Center is the community it fosters. She is a ballroom enthusiast and big fan of roller skating or anything else outdoors, including the animals.

Tina Wang

Student Ambassador
Tina has always enjoyed learning about cultures and languages, which initially drew her to the Center. As a student ambassador, she enjoys cultivating a welcoming and appreciative environment for students of all backgrounds. She love all things to do with the brain, so she's majoring in cognitive neuroscience and minoring in psychology. She is from Palm Harbor, Florida, and in her free time, you can catch her exploring pastry shops in Pittsburgh, fantasizing about snow, playing in the Kiltie Band, and looking for fireflies in Schenley Park.