Envisioning Our Future:
The Changemaker Center
This is an exciting time for the Leadership Initiative and you may have noticed there’s some newness in the air. Beginning in the spring of 2021, we began a thoughtful process to envision the future of the Leadership Initiative. This included internal team reflections, benchmarking, talking with our campus partners, and holding focus groups with students and alumni. Central to this process was the need to articulate clearly our purpose, mission, and contributions to our stakeholders. From there we identified a new name for ourselves, The Changemaker Center.
We have begun and will continue to build out this vision. You will start to see elements of this future unfold through programming, communications, and other engagement opportunities. During this transition you may see us referred to as the Leadership Initiative as well as the Changemaker Center. Either way, our commitment to students’ development remains the central focus of our work.
As we move ahead, we are excited to show you all that becoming The Changemaker Center means for our work to help students realize the world they want.
Meet Our Team
Megan Aguirre serves as the Department Administrator for the NYU Changemaker Center, where she oversees the office management to ensure all members of the LI office are equipped with the resources and support needed to continue working with students in the NYU Washington Square campus. Megan is passionate about People Operations and cultivating an engaging and safe environment for staff and students alike.
Megan holds a BA in Psychology from the University at Buffalo and an M.S.E.d in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College. During her time at Baruch, Megan focused on college access programs and resources primarily for first-generation and low-income students such as the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) which she was part of during her time at UB.
In her role as the Department Administrator, Megan manages the office's day-to-day functions and oversees assessment for programming in Global Awards and the Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellowship. Additionally, Megan serves as an NYU BeTogether Ambassador in which she is committed to taking action to create and share IDBEA initiatives at NYU through student and staff programming.
In her personal time, Megan can be found spending time with her dog Gigi, listening to mystery podcasts, attending concerts, and rescuing cats around her neighborhood.
Department Administrator, NYU Changemaker Center
Luisanna Sosa Caraballo
Luisanna creates experiential programming and provides career coaching to students exploring careers in social impact and oversees the Social Impact Careers Hub. Her roles in postsecondary education and nonprofit helped fuel her passion for creating social impact in the education sector. Luisanna has a BA in Communications and French from the State University of New York at New Paltz and MA in Public Administration from NYU Wagner. When Luisanna is not working, you can find her exploring the NYC restaurant scene, cooking and traveling.
Program Manager, Social Impact Careers Hub
Kurt Davies is the Director of Global Awards at New York University. Kurt has been helping students realize their full potential for the better part of two decades. His current role is born of many adventures through school, careers and the world, from which he has learned to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of a life you love.
He comes to NYU from James Madison University, where he served as the Director of Prestigious Scholarships. He has also worked in the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Villanova University and the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at the University of Pennsylvania. After a career as a travel agent, Kurt returned to college as a non-traditional student, receiving a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and anthropology from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Kurt received a Fulbright grant in 2010 to research post-Soviet language policy in Kyrgyzstan.
When he is not advising students on fellowship opportunities, Kurt is likely to be found in line for discounted theatre tickets, playing tournament Scrabble, or watching UNC basketball. Kurt has lived in seven states and five countries and is particularly excited for this next chapter in New York City.
Director, Office of Global Awards at New York University
Chris Diggs (she/her/hers) serves as the Senior Director of the NYU Changemaker Center, leading the strategy and execution of leadership and scholarship development programs for students at NYU Washington Square with a particular focus on students who seek to be changemakers in their careers and communities and with attention to ensuring access and equity in these opportunities.
Chris earned a B.A. in Political Science and Religion Studies from Lehigh University and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership also from Lehigh. She has held roles at a range of institutions of higher education and has worked within student engagement in career development, residence life, and student advocacy and community standards. She is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and has completed training in Restorative Practices with the International Institute for Restorative Practices and brings those philosophies to her work, particularly through leadership development.
Chris grew up in New York City and enjoys all that living here has to offer, especially now that she has the opportunity to share it with her own family.
Senior Director, NYU Changemaker Center
Bethany Godsoe is Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at New York University. She leads strategic planning for the 500 person Division of Student Affairs and oversees its Office of Research and Assessment. Additionally, Bethany provides oversight for the Center for Student Life, NYU Leadership Initiative, and Wasserman Center for Career Development. Bethany is committed to promoting innovative approaches to holistic student development; cultivating inclusive and engaged communities for students and staff within the Division of Student Affairs; and ensuring that students graduate with the skills, experiences, and relationships they need to thrive in their lives beyond NYU.
Bethany brings two decades of experience at NYU managing high performing teams in enrollment, student services, research, and career and leadership development. Bethany is particularly proud of her role co-founding the NYU Leadership Initiative. Before joining Student Affairs, Bethany served in two critical roles at NYU Wagner: first, as Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services and then, as Executive Director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action.
Bethany has also served as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration at NYU Wagner, teaching Strategic Leadership to the Executive MPA students and The Meaning of Leadership for undergraduates. She received her BA in Anthropology from Cornell University and her MPA from NYU Wagner. Bethany is currently a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy at NYU Steinhardt. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, their three children, and a dachshund named Sonny.
Senior Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
Jason is an award-winning storyteller, designer, consultant, leadership coach and professional entertainment producer originally from Wyoming. He aims to leave people, places and ideas better than he finds them, and has made it a lifelong mission to never grow boring.
Jason serves as the Associate Director, First and Second Year Student Development at the NYU Changemaker Center, overseeing the Special Topics Seminar: Authoring Your NYU Story. He is passionate about empowering students with communication + leadership skills that will help them make a positive impact in their communities.
Jason earned a double-emphasis Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in Business Administration and Creative Writing from the University of Wyoming. He is a thought leader and change agent across higher education, having implemented new programs and strategic institutional changes at Columbia University, Loyola Marymount University and University of California, Berkeley.
Concurrently, Jason serves as a freelance Social Impact and Environmental Sustainability Consultant, working at the intersection of business strategy, environmental best practices and creative + design thinking to help clients like
The Rolling Stones, U2, the Golden State Warriors and LiveNation to be better stewards of the planet through the development and delivery of social change initiatives that have a positive impact on both the world and bottom line.
He is the founder of a lifestyle apparel company- Weekend Society, a consulting collective- Future Blooms Co., and leads a storytelling project called Savage Confetti. In his free time, Jason can often be found outdoors. He plays in a number of competitive, post-collegiate basketball and football leagues, runs marathons, and writes short stories, poetry and short films inspired by humans’ connections to the natural world.
Associate Director, First & Second Year Student Development
Sasha Massey serves as Associate Director of Social Impact Programs at the NYU Changemaker Center, where she manages immersive leadership programs for undergraduate and graduate students at NYU. Sasha is passionate about helping students leverage their leadership skills for social impact and creating pipelines for traditionally underserved communities.
Growing up in the halls of her mother’s Montessori school, Sasha was exposed to the transformative power of education early on. Through her own education and teaching experiences, she has learned that students achieve the highest when their existing skills are seen, affirmed and nourished. It was this belief that brought her to the NYU Leadership Initiative, where she helps students discover and develop their superpowers.
In her role as Associate Director, Sasha manages the NYU's Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellowship, which equips graduate students of color with the skills, knowledge, and networks needed to take up leadership roles in organizations across the social sector. She also manages the NYU Leadership Fellows program, a project incubator program for undergraduate students. In addition to her work at the NYU Leadership Initiative, Sasha is a Math Instructor for Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO), empowering the confidence and capacities of NYC high school students to get to and through the nation’s top colleges.
Sasha holds a Master’s of Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, specializing in nonprofit management, and a BA in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Calgary.
In her personal time, Sasha can be found cooking, reading about cooking, watching shows about cooking and taking trips to her beautiful hometown in Alberta, Canada.
Associate Director, Social Impact Leadership Programs
Shirin Nadira is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at NYU whose research interests include postcolonial literature and theory, theories of globalization and cosmopolitanism, and philosophies of education, and she is currently writing a dissertation on the depiction of university life and international students in contemporary fiction.
She enjoys talking and thinking with real-life students as much as fictional ones and has sought out opportunities to do so through as both a teacher and advisor. Shirin taught high school and college-aged students in Singapore for 3 years and has served as adjunct instructor for NYU’s Core Curriculum at NYU. In addition to advising students on fellowship opportunities at the Office of Global Awards, she is also Assistant to the Director of Undergraduate Study for the Comp Lit department offering academic advising to undergraduate Comp Lit majors.
When she’s not reading or writing, Shirin can be found hunting down cheap eats in Queens, solving jigsaw puzzles, working on getting fluent in Spanish, and dancing salsa.
Assistant Director, Office of Global Awards at New York University
A graduate of New York University with a BA in English and American Literature, Jasmin Nazarian began her career in the publishing and media industries with a focus on digital marketing. Passionate about the power of higher education and student development, Jasmin joined the NYU Leadership Initiative in 2015 in order to contribute to the growth of inclusive communities of support and opportunity for all students. In this role, she is responsible for the department’s communications strategy, media publications, public events, and website and social media content. As someone with who performs both creatively and strategically, Jasmin has proven success in leveraging technology and new media to advance educational equity and student success.
She has planned and executed an array of university-wide events, including NYU Leadership Week, Leadership Conversation Series, and the Lunch & Lead open workshops, intended to expose students to diverse examples of leadership across sectors. Jasmin cares deeply about access to higher education, experiential education, and career development.
Outside of her professional life, you can find Jasmin in the park with her dog Sam, binge-watching a new Netflix series, and experimenting with DIY nails art.
Events and Communications Specialist, NYU Changemaker Center
T Wilkins joined the Office of Global Awards in January 2022 as Assistant Director, Early College Careers. In this role, T focuses on supporting first- and second-year students and students from historically excluded populations in pursuing Global Awards. T has a Bachelor’s in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s of English Education from Teachers College, and an EdD in Educational Leadership from Duquesne University.
Prior to joining NYU, T was the Assistant Director for Education Services at The Door and an adjunct professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College. T has had previous roles with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, the Boys & Girls Club of America, and the National Center for Academic & Dissertation Excellence and has taught at the University of the District of Columbia Community College, Trinity Washington University, the Community College of Allegheny County, and the College of New Rochelle.
Assistant Director, Early College Careers, Office of Global Awards
Chris is currently a freshman studying Sports Management at NYU School of Professional Studies. Being a first-generation college student, he is thrilled to start a new journey like working at the Changemaker Center.
He is an avid FC Barcelona fan and for that reason, his love for sport is like no other. Whether it's playing the sport, watching a game, or even just talking about it, it is a subject that always entices him. He would love to work for a sports organization one day in the near future.
Besides his love for sport, his love for his borough Queens is something he takes pride in as well. Having lived and grown up there, it is a place like no other. It truly is one of the most diverse places in the world. He hopes to get to know the many faces who come by the Changemaker Center and embark on this new chapter of his life!
Camila is an undergraduate student at New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Her primary disciplines cover a broad spectrum, including political science, social justice, public health, and visual arts. She's passionate about writing, animation, and design.
Camila is a dedicated advocate for social justice causes, infusing her work with purpose and a commitment to positive change.
Communications & Design Assistant
Sabrina Colon is currently a sophomore in the Roy Meyers Nursing Program. As a first-generation college student, she is proud to be paving the way for her family and future generations. This journey has taught her the value of perseverance and hard work.
One of her greatest joys in life is helping others through contributing to her community, she is deeply passionate about making a difference. The field of nursing aligns perfectly with this passion, and she's excited to embark on this journey to provide compassionate and quality care to those in need.
Outside of her academic and professional pursuits, she is a vivid animal lover. She has 9 pets in her city apartment, and out of all the animals in her small farm, she has the most love for my first dog, Lucky.
Gabe Flores (He/Him) is a native Chicagoan who takes pride in his working-class background and who hopes to one day be a labor organizer and eventually fight for pro-worker legislation and advocate on behalf of labor.
Gabe received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan where he majored in history with a minor in writing. During his time in undergrad, he joined and moved his way up the leadership ladder of an international non-profit organization where he led a team of excellent student leaders in becoming better leaders, global citizens, professionals, and people! After graduating, he went on to get a Masters in Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management from NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service with a specialization in Advocacy & Political Action.
During his MPA Program, he has interned at the ACLU and even became the school’s student government Ombudsman where he advocates for students and tries to build a better school for everyone!
Graduate Assistant, Social Impact Program & Events
Yollotl Lopez is the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants and a native of the Mojave Desert of California. She came to NYU in 2015 and is currently working on her dissertation about undocumented immigrant narratives.
Global Awards Assistant
Khadijah Muhammad is a south side Chicago native pursing a master degree in Media, Culture and Communication at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Her research focuses on exploring the impact of media skepticism on Black athletes and majority Black sporting events.
Her background consists of working with youth as they pursue their own post-secondary endeavors, she is passionate about helping students become their best selves and reaching their goals.
In her free time, she enjoys staying active in the gym, tap dancing, and exploring the city with friends!
Global Awards Assistant