2021 Cohort

Garin Kim

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Garin is a senior at the College of Arts and Science, majoring in Public Policy and History. Growing up in Queens, New York, has taught her the value of a diverse community and listening to different narratives. At NYU, Garin is a Liberal Studies Student Leader and a Panhellenic sorority member.

Garin passionately educates about and advocates for immigrant and refugee rights. As a first-year student, she participated in a service trip to Atlanta, Georgia, to work with refugee resettlement organizations. This year, she will be a site leader for the service trip. During her sophomore year, she studied abroad at NYU Florence, where she was also able to conduct extensive research regarding refugee and migrant issues.

During her free time, Garin loves to read, travel, and explore new cafes throughout the city.

Garin is working in the Office of Student Conduct.

Ava McLaughlin

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Ava is a senior at the College of Arts and Science, majoring in Comparative Literature, Film Production, and French. She was raised in Houston, Texas, and is a first-generation college student. Coming from a low-income household, she has been able to harbor an appreciation for higher education and the positive impact it has on those who often feel limited. She is interested in encouraging low-income students as well as students with disabilities, especially pertaining to mental health, to apply and succeed in higher education institutions.

Ava has worked at the Writing Center as a peer tutor and is the upcoming Editor in Chief for brio, an undergraduate literary journal. She has also held leadership roles across NYU, including CAS College Cohort President and Director of Halls Events at Broome Street Residential College. Ava is a member of the Poverty and Affluence Committee, Proud to be First mentorship program, and Young Democratic Socialists of America. She has also held internships outside of school at Workman Publishing, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and GKIDS.

In her free time, Ava enjoys reading and writing fiction, watching movies, and FaceTiming her siblings. Ava hopes to work within higher education administration to support access to education for low-income families and students with disabilities.

Ava is working in the Office of Campus Safety.

Jaime Mendoza Martinez

Jaime Mendoza Martinez

Jaime is a senior at the Tandon School of Engineering, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico.

After graduating from high school, Jaime had the opportunity to visit several factories in Italy, Austria, and Mexico. He became acquainted with the infrastructure of the countries he visited and learned the importance of engineering education.  

Jaime is a member of the NYU Hyperloop Vertical Integrated Program where, with his team, he develops a functioning prototype to compete at the annual SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition. He joined the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (NYU SHPE) because of the organization’s constant efforts to welcome students from a Hispanic background and, most importantly, to invite students from other ethnicities to immerse themselves in another culture.

Jaime enjoys horseback riding, reading, cooking, and traveling the world.

Jaime is working in the Office of Global Inclusion.

Ghania Saleh

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Ghania is a senior at the Stern School of Business, majoring in Finance and Computing & Data Science. She was born and raised in Pakistan and is an international student at NYU. As a first-generation college student, Ghania is passionate about making quality educational opportunities accessible and easier to finance for more people.

Ghania transferred from Tandon to Stern after her freshman year. She has worked as an undergraduate Chemistry tutor at NYU Polytechnic Tutoring Center, and has completed internships at financial firms including Gray Eagle Company and M Capital Group. She is also passionate about promoting Islamic Finance as a financial discipline and serves as the current Vice President of Stern’s Islamic Finance Group.

In her spare time, Ghania enjoys spending time with her family. She hopes to work on establishing an organization that would help provide students with counseling services for college admissions as well as financial assistance for college expenses.

Ghania is working in the Office of the Treasury.