Student Profiles - Class of 2022
Among the more than 19,000 graduates in the Class of 2022, we highlight exceptional students from each of our schools and colleges.
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Tisch School of the Arts
Rodney D. Anderson’s road to the Tisch School of the Arts Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music began around age 12 in his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas. Local dancers noticed his gift and encouraged him to visit their studio, where he was invited to train for free. Rodney’s talents took him to competitions across the South, which ultimately revealed his passion. “Music is what I love most,” he remarks. He began recording his own songs, using his mom’s closet as his studio. Everything came together when he was admitted to Tisch’s Clive Davis Summer High School Program with a full scholarship. “It changed my life,” he remembers. “Everyone from the professors to the guest lecturers made me realize this was where I needed to spend my next four years.”
Messages such as, 'Somebody represents me,' are the greatest things I could have received at this stage of my life.
During his time at NYU, Rodney found an incredible community of artists and mentors. His most impactful lesson came from JD Samson’s course, Stagecraft. “I learned how to step outside myself in a performance. When you consider others’ perspectives and mix them with your own, you can connect with more people.” At the same time, he found a deep sense of self, especially as a Black and queer man. “I’m most proud of the times I did not follow the lead or fold under pressure,” he explains. “Messages such as, ‘Somebody represents me,’ are the greatest things I could have received at this stage of my life.” This fall Rodney’s work will be on full display as Disney+ debuts a new show he helped produce. In the meantime, he plans to continue freelancing to expand and hone his crafts. “I’m excited to work on as many projects as I can,” he says.
Featured Class of 2022 Graduates
Graduates' names are listed below in alphabetical order by school.
- Leila Marhamati, College of Arts and Science
- Meredith Louisville, College of Dentistry
- Troy Gibbs-Brown, Gallatin School of Individualized Study
- Leila Awad, Graduate School of Arts and Science
- Vladislav Sviderskiy, Grossman School of Medicine
- Rosalie Garro, Leonard N. Stern School of Business
- Anna Hackel, Liberal Studies
- Shekinah Dosunmu, Long Island School of Medicine
- Tatyana Brown, NYU Abu Dhabi
- Yiling Shi, NYU Shanghai
- Seth Kerr, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
- Rosabel Wu, Rory Meyers College of Nursing
- Kate Porterfield, School of Global Public Health
- Johari Frasier, School of Law
- Tien Nhat Nguyen, School of Professional Studies
- Jennifer Bryant, Silver School of Social Work
- Rumaisah Wajid, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
- Kathy Ching, Tandon School of Engineering
- Callie Holley, Tisch School of the Arts
College of Arts and Science
As a History major at the College of Arts and Science, Leila Marhamati focused her studies on women’s experiences in early modern Great Britain (1500–1800). For her senior thesis, she researched the impact of England’s inheritance customs by examining the autobiographical writings of four 17th-century noblewomen. Beyond her major, Leila is graduating with a double minor in English and Creative Writing. Not content to limit her growth to in-class work, she was very active in NYU’s extracurricular community. Leila was a member of multiple book clubs (including a Jane Austen one led by Professor Wendy Lee), served as the managing editor of NYU’s undergraduate history journal, The Historian, and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in Manhattan and the Center for Fiction in Brooklyn. She took part in the 2019 Writers in Paris program, submitted an application for a Fulbright scholarship, and even started writing a novel. Leila is excited for everything that will come after graduation. “I hope to attend grad school in England as a Fulbright scholar,” she says. “But even if that doesn’t work out, I’m definitely pursuing a master’s degree in History. And ideally I’ll finish my book sometime soon.”
College of Dentistry
Ever since she can remember, Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) graduate Meredith Louisville has been interested in health and science. Instead of a career in medicine, she decided to pursue a career in dentistry because of the creative handiwork required in the field. “I chose to become a dentist because it’s a very hands-on job,” says Meredith. “Plus, there’s a strong artistic aspect to dentistry that I really enjoy.” After earning a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and a master’s degree in Oral Health Science, Meredith chose to enroll in the DDS program at the NYU College of Dentistry because of its distinguished reputation and exciting location. In addition to her coursework, she gained valuable clinical experience in Dr. Morey Gendler’s group practice. Outside the classroom Meredith served as a peer tutor for her cohort and as the outreach coordinator for NYU’s chapter of the Student National Dental Association, an organization that fosters community and provides academic and social support for Black and historically marginalized dental students. She also volunteered with Saturday Academy, a college preparatory program for underrepresented high school juniors and seniors. After graduation, Meredith will complete her general practice residency at New York Medical College on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Gallatin School of Individualized Study
A graduate of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Troy Anthony Gibbs-Brown concentrated his degree on environmental arts theory, through which he explored the relationship between humans and the environment and considered the positive effect we could have on the earth by merging our creative expression and environmental knowledge. He dove deep into coursework that combined ethics and philosophy ideologies with curatorial studies and identity representation. “My classes ranged from Ecological Field Methods to The Pleasures and Perils of Contemporary Exhibitions,” says Troy. “This area of study definitely found me. The work I do never feels like work because it revolves around how we perceive the world, how we treat the earth we come from, and how we value our time on this planet.” Troy was part of the NYU Greek Life community and worked as a volunteer for the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, an organization that provides support for children battling pediatric cancer and their families. He also cocurated a digital exhibition for the Gallatin Galleries that focused on the artistic interpretation and communication of experiences with climate crises, and he presented his research on the suitability of the Hudson River for migrating lion’s mane jellyfish at the virtual Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Following graduation, Troy hopes to pursue a master’s degree, and eventually a doctoral degree, in Arctic and/or Marine Ecology.
Graduate School of Arts and Science
Leila Awad, who is graduating from the Graduate School of Arts and Science with an MA in Near Eastern Studies, can trace her interest in the Middle East to her Lebanese background and her curiosity to understand the historical and political processes that have shaped the region over time. The protests she experienced during an undergraduate year abroad in Beirut also impacted her. “Witnessing hundreds of thousands of Lebanese from all walks of life unite against systemic corruption greatly amplified my desire to further my understanding of the region,” says Leila. During her time at NYU, Leila studied Arabic as part of a Foreign Language and Areas Studies fellowship and conducted research on Lebanese migrants. She also had the chance to travel to Palestine with her peers from the NYU School of Law. When reflecting on her academic career, Leila credits her parents for all her success. “Anything I achieve is because of the foundation they’ve fostered in me and the encouragement they’ve given me to follow my instincts,” she says. “I’m immensely grateful for their unwavering trust and friendship.”
Grossman School of Medicine
Vlad Sviderskiy is graduating with an MD/PhD from the Grossman School of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He chose the MSTP at NYU because of its collaborative environment, exceptional clinical and scientific training, and demonstrated ability to produce successful physician-scientists. “In each of these categories, the MSTP at NYU exceeded my expectations,” says Vlad. While pursuing his degree, Vlad trained at three major hospitals in New York City: Tisch Hospital, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, and the Manhattan campus of the VA New York Harbor Healthcare System. This varied and widespread training gave him the opportunity to work with diverse patient populations and experience different medical environments. In addition to his coursework and training, Vlad also conducted research on anticancer therapies and mentored middle school and high school students interested in science and medicine. After graduation, Vlad will complete an intern year at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center before starting a radiation oncology residency in the Oliver Langenberg Physician Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Graduating with a BS in Business and Political Economy (BPE) from the Stern School of Business, Rosalie Garro made the most out of the interdisciplinary nature of her program. In addition to traditional business classes like accounting, finance, and marketing, she also took a number of courses on topics such as politics, government, and economic theory. “The BPE curriculum gave me a well-rounded perspective on many issues facing the world today,” says Rosalie. “It also gave me room to complete a minor in Spanish and take electives on other subjects I’m passionate about, like sustainability and human rights.” In addition to her in-class pursuits, Rosalie served as vice president of the 2022 Stern Student Council and as treasurer and director of community engagement for the student-run Economic Development Group. She also worked as an orientation leader and Cohort Leadership Program guide. Rosalie completed internships in marketing, fintech, politics, and consulting and conducted research on food insecurity in the United States. She also studied abroad at NYU London. Rosalie will soon begin her professional life as a management consulting associate at PwC.
During her time at NYU, BA in Global Liberal Studies student Anna Hackel took a range of classes that pushed her outside of her comfort zone, classes that explored topics such as the Anthropocene, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, ancient Islamic texts, and the United Nations. Her studies culminated in a senior thesis exploring the influence of legal representation on immigration hearings in the United States. Outside of her in-class pursuits, Anna served as the president of the Alliance for Environmental and Social Justice and copresident of Untold Herstories. She was a Liberal Studies student leader as well as a resident assistant in Lipton Hall. Beyond campus, Anna volunteered with UNICEF and interned at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs. After graduation, Anna hopes to gain valuable experience working for a human rights nonprofit before pursuing a graduate degree.
Long Island School of Medicine
When applying to medical schools, Doctor of Medicine graduate Shekinah Dosunmu chose the Long Island School of Medicine because of its emphasis on primary care. “I knew I wanted to specialize in a field that involved a primary care component,” says Shekinah. “And NYU Long Island seemed like the best place to prepare me for success in that endeavor.” During her time at NYU, Shekinah dove deep into topics like biology, anatomy, and physiology and immersed herself in clinical rotations in internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. To balance her intense academic and clinical schedule, Shekinah made time for extracurricular pursuits as well. She was a member of Bibliophiles Anonymous, a student-run club where she could discuss topics beyond medicine with other medical students, as well as Social Media Liaisons, which helps NYU Long Island maintain its online presence. She also worked as a mentor for the Envision Scholars Program, a support program for underrepresented high school and college students who are interested in medicine. Next up for Shekinah is a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
NYU Abu Dhabi
Tatyana Brown, who is graduating with a BA in Social Research and Public Policy and uses both “she” and “they” pronouns, chose her major because of her interest in power structures, social justice, and the world at large. In addition to their major-specific courses, Tatyana utilized NYU Abu Dhabi’s vast resources to explore their creativity in classes on ceramics, filmmaking, and creative writing. She also dove head first into extracurricular and community-based activities. Tatyana is a cofounder of AZIZA, a student-led organization that builds community and resources for Black women and gender-expansive people in Abu Dhabi, and a cocreator of the Implementation Committee on Race, Diversity, and Belonging (now the Inclusion, Equity, and Action Committee) on campus. They also worked for the Black Feminist Project, participated in NYU’s Faculty Innovation and Anti-Racism Microgrant progam, performed poetry at open mic nights, and completed an undergraduate research fellowship with the NYU Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation. Tatyana plans to spend the next few years working for and supporting organizations that use the arts to advance critical thinking about race and gender. She then hopes to leverage her experience in the pursuit of dual master’s degrees, one in Africana Studies and one in Fine Arts.
Yiling Shi, who is graduating from NYU Shanghai with a double major in Business and Finance and Social Science and a minor in Public Policy and Management, considers herself a multidisciplinary learner with broad interests in various academic topics. “I love to connect the dots,” says Yiling. “I love finding the similarities and differences between topics like urban studies, sociology, public policy, economics, business, and finance.” At NYU Shanghai, Yiling conducted research on accessibility as it pertains to public services in urban environments. In addition to her research, Yiling served as secretary of the student-run Youth League, as a student ambassador for NYU Shanghai’s Diversity Initiatives team, and as deputy secretary-general of NYU Shanghai’s 2019 Model United Nations Conference. During her time studying away at NYU Washington, DC, in 2020, she also assumed the role of a student leader for the International Student Group. Following graduation, Yiling will begin her professional career as a business analyst on the financial services consulting team at Ernst & Young.
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Army veteran Seth Kerr served six years in Nairobi, Kenya, and Landstuhl, Germany, before enrolling at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. “Living abroad, I had the opportunity to see how cities work and don’t work, especially in transportation,” he explains. “It sparked my thinking and made me want to help cities in the United States function better.” He chose to study urban planning at Wagner because of its broad, multidisciplinary approach that integrates urban planning with public policy, public administration, health policy, and more. In addition to his coursework, Seth gained experience as a New York Metropolitan Transportation Council September 11th Memorial Program intern and a John D. Solomon fellow at New York City Emergency Management.
Rory Meyers College of Nursing
“Nurses can do anything,” exclaims Rosabel Wu. “We are leaders who can be at the forefront of changing people’s lives.” Inspired by the faculty, alumni, and fellow students who make up the NYU Meyers College of Nursing community, this San Francisco Bay Area native grew to become a vital leader at NYU as her studies deepened her passion for pediatric oncology. Rosabel served as president of the Undergraduate Nursing Student Organization. She was also a co–vice president on the board of directors for the Nursing Students’ Association of New York State, where she planned their annual state convention. Alongside her studies, Rosabel gained experience at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s pediatric inpatient unit. “This is one of the most vulnerable populations,” she says. “They impacted me as much as I impacted them.”
School of Global Public Health
If you ask Kate Porterfield about her dream job, she will tell you it doesn’t exist yet. “I’m interested in how education can be used as a tool in climate health,” she explains. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Kate enrolled in the Global Liberal Studies program at NYU and continued her studies in the dual master’s program in Environmental Public Health Sciences at the NYU School of Global Public Health. As she started her master’s studies, she also began teaching fifth grade. While her academic and professional work may not seem connected at first, they are integral to one another. “We can increase nonpublic health-based audiences’ understanding by making information more accessible,” she explains. “That’s where I see my skill sets merging in the future. Mass education and communication have the potential to build bridges.”
School of Law
After studying physics and theatre arts as an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johari Frasier came to New York City to pursue a career in musical theatre. Everything changed with the 2016 election, when he felt called to be of service. He realized he could pivot his training as an actor—his honed ability to conduct thorough research and make a compelling case—toward practicing law. “I chose the NYU School of Law because of its strong public interest focus that a lot of other schools don’t have,” he explains. Serving as the managing editor of the N.Y.U. Review of Law & Social Change and interning at The Center for Popular Democracy and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice are a few of Johari’s accomplishments at NYU. After graduation, Johari will work with The Bronx Defenders for two years through an Equal Justice Works Fellowship. He explains, “There are currently massive barriers to voting, and everyone should have the opportunity to exercise this right. I will help New Yorkers who are currently on parole or going to be on parole register to vote.”
School of Professional Studies
Can sports change society for the better? If you ask Tien Nhat Nguyen, the answer is a resounding yes. His deep understanding of the field’s potential to inspire began with watching professional Saigon Heat basketball games in his hometown, Phu My Hung, Vietnam, and continued throughout his sport management studies at the NYU School of Professional Studies (SPS) and internships with the Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. and Paris Basketball. “Sports can be joyful and meaningful entertainment,” he remarks. “And sports can change the world. They bring people together, improve health, and teach new skills.” Tien has brought this same passion for community to SPS by serving as vice president of the SPS Undergraduate Student Council and leading the team that launched the school's Replay podcast.
Silver School of Social Work
Jennifer Bryant has always had a desire to help people, but she found her calling as a social worker when she worked with the New York City Department of Correction on Rikers Island. “I saw how much of a need there is for quality social workers,” she remembers. “I knew I had to get into the field.” The Brooklyn native and mother of four describes herself as a “boots-on-the-ground” person” with a passion for using her clinical training to work directly with families from historically marginalized communities impacted by the criminal justice system. Receiving the Adaptive Leadership Fellowship is one of Jennifer’s many accomplishments at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Hailing from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Rumaisah Wajid chose the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development because of its reputation for creating a strong, interdisciplinary community. Once she began her applied psychology studies, she discovered public policy, and she combined the two to create a path toward her future. “The knowledge I’ve gained will become building blocks for more effective policymaking and social change,” she explains. As an undergrad, Rumaisah has taken advantage of many different internship and volunteer experiences, including volunteering as a youth research contributor at UNICEF, where she wrote a piece for their Global Development Commons platform about Yemeni children and parenting during the civil war. In it, she explores how the war has impacted child attachment styles and its potential repercussions for political and economic development. She has been a tireless advocate and leader in many ways at NYU, including through the University Leadership Honors Program and the Steinhardt Sophomore Honors Seminar. She also served as the president of the Residence Hall Council at Third North and participated in Steinhardt’s Undergraduate Student Government. Rumaisah will pursue her graduate degree in Public Policy and Administration.
Tandon School of Engineering
If you recently visited Tandon’s MakerSpace, you were likely greeted by Kathy Ching, who has worked there as a teaching assistant since 2017, when she was still an undergraduate in the Integrated Digital Media (now Integrated Design and Media) program. Now finishing her graduate degree in Computer Science, Kathy wants to bring the same spirit of shared knowledge and inclusivity to her own small business. Her mission? To promote woman-identifying and historically marginalized communities, especially high school girls, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. “There is a need to create a more productive, healthier environment,” asserts Kathy. “By fostering mentorship, we can create a path forward.”
Tisch School of the Arts
Houston, Texas, native Callie Holley has always been a multitalented creator. But it was not until she started studying at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts that she discovered the ways she wants to use her talents to create a better world. Callie’s path at Tisch began with a major in Theatre with a concentration in musical theatre and expanded to include a minor in Producing. “My dream is to have my own production company,” she says. “I want to create content for film, television, and the stage that is accurate, authentic, and inclusive of varied representations of the Black experience.” As a recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, Callie heads next to the University of Birmingham to immerse herself in Black studies. Then she will attend Royal Holloway, University of London, to pursue her master’s in Producing for Film and Television.