2022 Diamond Award Recipients
Student Affairs is pleased to announce the 2022 Diamond Award Recipients. These are genuine Temple diamonds - passionate about scholarship, devoted to service, and dedicated to leadership. We know they will go on to change the world. Congratulations!
1. Zakaria Alyan
Zakaria Alyan, born in South Philly and raised in Palestine, is graduating with a major in Biology and a Genomics in Medicine certificate in hopes of becoming a trauma surgeon. Zakaria co-founded Health-Link Society (@healthlinksociety), a community service-orientated organization, which recently launched its national branch. He has also participated in research at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, served as a blood program leader for Red Cross, and has interned at Temple University Hospital. Ambitious for the future of healthcare, Zakaria seeks to further his education at Temple with a Master's in Health Administration.
2. Alisha Arora
Alisha Arora is a senior Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience Major with a minor in Healthcare Management. She serves as the Honors Peer Mentor Coordinator for the Temple Honors Program and as a HEART Peer Educator for the Wellness Resource Center. She is a CARAS Grant Recipient for her neuroscience research at the Social Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory. She plans to continue her passion for clinical work and health advocacy by attending medical school.
3. Robert Bryant
Robert Bryant studies Communications with a concentration in International Communications and Spanish with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. Bryant is a member of the National Communication Association Honorary Society and the National Collegiate Hispanic Honorary Society. Outside of class, Bryant is an anchor for two Spanish TUTV programs, Update Ahora and Lo Último, and is a member of the Temple Marching Band. He holds positions as an Owl Ambassador at Undergraduate Admissions, an Educational Technology Partner at the Center for Advancement of Teaching, and a Peer mentor at Klein College of Media and Communication. In the future, he hopes to work internationally utilizing his language and communication skills acquired from Temple.
4. Joei Camarote
Joei Camarote is a junior psychology major and cognitive neuroscience minor from South Philadelphia. She currently works in Temple’s Leadership & Career Studies program mentoring students with intellectual disabilities. She is also a research assistant in Temple University’s Cognition & Learning Lab where she is investigating whether different types of parent-child interaction lead to improvement in children’s spatial and language skills. Additionally, much of her free time is devoted to Temple’s chapter of Active Minds, where she serves on the executive board as the general body meeting coordinator and leads biweekly meetings about the importance of reducing the stigma around mental health.
5. Ray Dunne
Ray Dunne is a graduating senior who has spent his four years heavily involved in student media. This past year, he helped guide WHIP Radio, Temple's student run radio station, back into the studio and back into the field as the station's general manager. His involvement also extends into Klein College's TUTV as a student worker and anchor/reporter for OwlSports Update. In all these roles, he's tried to build on the success of those before him and create opportunities for those who will come after him.
6. Guercie Guerrier
Guercie Guerrier is graduating with a bachelor’s in biology and a minor in sociology of health. Her research experience includes working at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine’s Fels Cancer Institute for Personalized Medicine and the Center for Asian Health. Guerrier has earned several awards and scholarships including MARC-U-STAR Scholar and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund Scholar, and the Dr. Carl and Margaret Burk Award. She has volunteered at MANNA and Temple Hospital through At Your Service, and has served as a CST peer advisor, an Owl Team orientation leader and a university resident assistant. Her goal is to be a physician-scientist whose research positively impacts traditionally medically underserved communities.
7. Abigail Hong
Abby Hong is a junior Public Health major from Pittsburgh, PA. She has been an Owl Team Leader, Honors Admissions and Transitions Team (HATT) member, Honors Peer Mentor, HEART Peer Educator, and Service Immersion Program (SIP) experience leader. Off campus, she’s an intern at Philadelphia’s Office of Homeless Services and works with young adults that have lived experience with homelessness. In the future, she would like to work for non-profit organizations that address health concerns amongst underserved and marginalized communities.
8. Wassy Jalal
Wassy Jalal is a junior at Temple majoring in Spanish with a minor in Biology and a certificate of specialization in Spanish & Latinx Studies for the Health & Human Services Professions. During his time in North Philadelphia, he has had an interest in Urban and Global Health while working with diverse underserved populations. In his free time, he spends time with friends and family. He enjoys challenges and strives to learn something new every day.
9. Brianna Kline-Costa-Chavez
Brianna Kline-Costa-Chavez is currently a senior political science student with a minor in global studies. This semester, she is working as a Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Awards scholar to conduct research on the human rights consequences of anti-terrorism legislature in the Middle East. After graduation, Brianna intends to earn a Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in global affairs. Ultimately, she hopes to synthesize all her interests, experience, and background, and either work for an international NGO or domestically in the non-profit sector, specifically serving immigrant and refugee communities.
10. Lindsey Moppert
Lindsey Moppert is a senior Broadcast Journalism major from Media, Pennsylvania graduating in May. She has been covering Temple athletic teams as a reporter since her freshman year and has been anchoring for the past two semesters for OwlSports Update. In addition, she is a two-year captain of Temple’s cheerleading team, a member of Temple’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and the vice president of Temple’s Sports Media Society for Women. She has worked with 97.3 ESPN, The Sports Fan Base Network, PHL17 Morning News, the AAC Campus Connect Program, and the basketball programs at Lafayette College, Temple University, and Drexel University.
11. Cassie Navalta
Cassie is a senior public health major from Boston, MA. She has been on Temple’s Division I fencing team for the past four years and is currently co-captain. She has worked as a community outreach intern in the Office of Congressman Dwight Evans and is now a program facilitator with Girls Inc. Cassie plans to earn a Master’s in Public Health and wants to help advance the health of all populations with equity. She has relied on and is grateful for the support of her teammates, mentors, professors, and family.
12. Isabella Payne
Isabella Payne will be graduating in the spring of 2022 as political science major with a history minor, and in the fall she will be attending school at Georgetown Law. Her professional and academic focus has been on disability rights, much of which has been driven by her younger brother’s struggle with vision loss. While at Temple, Isabella interned with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, worked for Temple’s Institute on Disabilities, helped to create the Americans with Disabilities Act Student Taskforce, and played on Temple’s women’s club lacrosse team. After law school, she hopes to work in the public interest as a civil rights attorney specializing in disability rights law.
13. Tyler Perez
Tyler Perez is a senior secondary education and English major with a minor in history. During his time at Temple, Tyler was a Diamond Peer Teacher, the acquisitions intern at the Temple University Press, a tutor at Spells Writing Lab, and editor of The Temple News, which became his second home on campus. His writing has been published in numerous publications, and he won two state-level honors for his writing in The Temple News. Tyler was also the recipient of several awards in the English department and recently received an award for his research. After graduating summa cum laude, Tyler plans to teach high school English with a focus on social justice advocacy in the School District of Philadelphia.
14. Katie Perrone
Katie Perrone is a senior political science and history major with a minor in global studies. She is a Policy EcoLead with Temple's Office of Sustainability, a Local Climate Action Planning Intern with Warrington Township, and the Director of Sustainability for Temple Student Government. Additionally, she has completed multiple environmental research projects at Temple, including a Diamond Research Scholar project studying the history of Philadelphia's first Earth Day. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career at an environmental nonprofit organization.
15. Olivia Quartey
Olivia Quartey will be graduating this spring with a Sociology of Health degree from the College of Liberal Arts. She has served on the executive board of the Black Professional Health Association for two years and is the past recipient of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Award and the Sociology Prize recognizing her research about barriers that underrepresented minority pre-med students face. She plans to pursue a career in medicine as a physician and a champion for promoting health equity.
16. Areebah Rahman
Areebah Rahman served as an Owl Team Leader, through which she formed bonds with over 175 students and represented Temple. She has been a mentor in the DREAM Program to close the opportunity gap for children in low-income housing and has served as co-president for Leadership, Education, and Development in Science (LEADS), which performs science experiments for students in North Philadelphia schools. She is also Senior Science Editor of Grey Matters Journal, Temple’s first undergraduate neuroscience journal. As a MARC U-STAR Scholar, she performed research on the metabolics and lipid metabolism of glioblastoma multiforme under the mentorship of Dr. Dianne Langford within the Department of Neural Sciences. In Fall of 2022, she will matriculate into Brown University and NIH’s PhD program in neuroscience.
17. Kristen Rice
Kristen Rice is a graduating senior majoring in Communication Studies and minoring in History. Kristen serves as the President of the Community Garden Club implementing the North Philadelphia compost bins and Pollinator Garden on campus. Additionally, she served as the social media manager for Temple Honors and for Temple University Rome. Kristen is an avid photographer, and has assisted in shoots with NPR and Nat Geo, along with several shoots at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Kristen also loves to sew and hike in her free time.
18. Shanelle Robinson
Shanelle Robinson is a graduating senior Human Development and Community engagement major, from Philadelphia, PA. She currently serves as President of Temple's Main Campus Programming Board, as a Vice Secretary of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, as a student administrative assistant at Temple's Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and as a dedicated student leader inside and outside the classroom. She believes that hard work, staying inquisitive, and passion are key elements to success. Her advice for her peers is to get involved and push yourself; development and growth happens when you are faced with new challenges and new experiences.
19. Nikita Sajeev
Nikita Sajeev is a cellular & molecular neuroscience major and Spanish minor. Originally from Oregon, she quickly found a community at Temple through her classes and extracurriculars, discovered a genuine passion for the brain, and founded Grey Matters Journal (@greymatterstu), an undergraduate neuroscience publication. After she graduates, she will be returning to the west coast and moving to La Jolla, California, for a research fellowship prior to medical school.
20. Anna Shumaker
Anna Shumaker is a senior in the College of Education and Human Development studying Human Development and Community Engagement with a concentration in Community Education and a secondary major in Spanish. Throughout her time at Temple, she has been a Resident Assistant, Conversation Partner at the Student Success Center, Vice President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Director of Campus Engagement for HootaThon. She has also worked as a volunteer Literacy Coach with Tree House Books, a food distribution volunteer with Juntos and Mighty Writers, a tutor with Puentes de Salud, and as the Workforce Initiatives Intern with Congreso de Latinos Unidos. After graduation, Anna will be serving as an AmeriCorps member with City Year in Chicago.
21. Bradley Smutek
Bradley Smutek is a senior history major from Hanover, Pennsylvania. During his time at Temple University, he wrote an honors thesis, was a member of the Greek & Latin honors collegiate society, worked as a Diamond Peer Teacher, and served three years as a Resident Assistant. Most notably, Bradley served as Student Body President for the 2021-2022 school year, and his administration primarily focused on issues relating to COVID-19, campus safety, and addressing basic needs. Bradley is graduating summa cum laude and is continuing his education at the James E. Beasley School of Law beginning in the fall of 2022.
22. Mia Stavarski
Mia Stavarski is a senior art therapy major and psychology minor within the Tyler School of Art and Architecture. She became the Chapter President of Active Minds at the beginning of the pandemic and has served the community by advocating for students' well-being through presenting programs, attending advisory board meetings, promoting resources, among other responsibilities. She has continued her mental health advocacy on campuses nationwide by becoming a Chapters Team Intern and Student Ambassador with Active Minds National. Mia has also served the Temple community by interning at the Resiliency Resource Center with Tuttleman Counseling Services as well as becoming an Honors Peer Mentor and a Student Ambassador with Tyler Admissions.
23. Sophia Tran
Sophia Tran is a senior psychology major with a minor in global studies. During her four years at Temple, she had the opportunity to serve as President of the Psychology Majors Association, Peer Buddy Director of Best Buddies, and as the Chief Internal Services Officer for Temple Student Government. She has also interned at the Tuttleman Resiliency Resource Center and was a mentor for the Institute on Disabilities. Her time at the university helped pave her way to a career in speech-language pathology, helping individuals find one of the most important assets available to them: a voice.
24. Rachel Winter
Rachel Winter (she/they) is a student in the Temple University Honors Program from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is double majoring in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience and Spanish Language, Literature, and Linguistics and is planning on pursuing medical school after completing her degrees. Rachel is driven to reduce barriers to healthcare and has worked extensively to support unhoused and substance using community members in Philadelphia.