Chair: Dasha Donado
Dasha is a third year dental student in the School of Dental Medicine and holds a Master of Science in Biology with a concentration in Oral Biology from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to starting dental school I worked in the corporate world at a healthcare consulting firm. I was born in Barranquilla, Colombia but moved to Weston, Florida when I was nine. You will often find me dancing with or without music and I enjoy cooking, going out to restaurants (big foodie), hanging out with friends, shopping, and much more. People often describe me as having a colorful personality with a love for helping others.
Co-Chair: Fernando Gama
Fernando is a Ph.D. student at the Electrical and Systems Engineering department. He comes from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he received his electronic engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires. Besides his studies, he is a huge fútbol fan and also loves music.
Vice Chair of Finance: Francisco Saldaña
Francisco is a second-year Master’s student in Nanotechnology. He was born in Mexico City and shortly after beating childhood cancer, moved to the United States. He grew up in Houston, TX and received his Bachelors in Electrical Computer Engineering Technology from Purdue University. He enjoys playing sports, listening to all kinds of music, and is ready to try anything new. He is very excited to be working this year as Vice Chair of Finance as through LAGAPSA, he wants to create an environment where Latinos can nurture and maximize their potential and where they may have a home away from home.
Vice Chair of Programming: Brian Jackson
Brian Jackson obtained a B.A. in Latin American and Latino Studies combined with Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he conducted research on national and quotidian constructs of race in Latin America with a focus on El Salvador. Currently an Africana Studies PhD student, he is interested in concepts of race and identity between Zanzibar and Oman in the 19th and 20th centuries. In addition to his academic interests, Brian is an avid dancer having participated in the national carnivals of both Bolivia and Brazil.
Vice Chair of Programming: Daisy Villa
Daisy is a part-time student at the Graduate School of Education, pursuing her M.S.Ed in Higher Education. She is originally from Los Angeles, California and is the first of her family to attend college. After receiving her B.A in Human Development and Higher Education from Kalamazoo College, she relocated to Philadelphia where she is now working with an organization called Philadelphia Higher Education for Neighborhood Development (PHENND). At PHENND, Daisy oversees a college retention program called Next Steps AmeriCorps. In her spare time, Daisy attempts to recreate her families Mexican traditional dishes.
Vice Chair of Communications: Angie Ocampo
Angie is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology. She was born in Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in White Plains, NY. Her research interests include racial and ethnic relations as well as Latino/a/x immigrant adaptation. One of Angie’s ongoing projects examines the experiences of undocumented Latino/a/x students at elite universities, with a particular emphasis on how institutional-level policies impact their success. Angie is also working on projects about Latino/a/x immigrants’ social position in the U.S., their racial attitudes towards whites and blacks, and return migration patterns of Mexican migrants.
Vice Chair of Media: Lisenia Collazo
Lisenia is a DMD and MPH candidate in Penn’s School of Dental Medicine and Perelman School of Medicine, respectively. She grew up in Allentown, PA until she was ten and then moved with her grandparents to Puerto Rico, where she lived for 12 years. After completing her degrees, she hopes to continue her studies and use her masters in public health to specialize in pediatric dentistry. Apart from her academic interests, she is an avid reader, POP pilates instructor, and obtaining a certificate in makeup artistry.
Vice Chair of Operations: Ana Alvarez
Ana is Ph.D. candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in chemical and biological engineering, she returned home to Chicago to work for Polyera, a start-up focused on flexible electronic displays made with organic materials. After three years with the company, she determined that higher education would provide the best avenue for career advancement. She hopes one day to hold a high level research position in the industrial sector, and remains fond of organic material development.