OLR Student Advisory Board
The Office of Learning Resources first convened its student advisory board in Fall 2015. The OLR Student Advisory Board provides consultation and support for the services and programs offered to all Penn students through this office and comprises a diverse representation of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Current OLR Student Advisory Board Members
Kanitra Alston is a graduate student studying Reading, Writing, and Literacy within the Graduate School of Education. She is from Springfield Township, the suburbs of Montgomery County; however, she is now calling West Philadelphia her new home. Kanitra serves as Coordinator of the Penn Reading Initiative, a tutoring program which partners with schools within the West Philadelphia area. She holds three years of experience as an educator for individuals with behavioral and learning needs and has also designed several youth events focused on civic engagement and affirming/extending their interests.
From Cleveland, Ohio Daniel Gonzalez (C' 20) is an active member in the First-Generation Low-Income community at Penn. His roles outside of the OLR Advisory Board include being Social Chair for Questbridge, Co-Mentorship Chair for Penn First, Peer Counselor for the Penn College Achievement Program, and Tour Guide for the Kite and Key Society. For Dan, meeting with a learning instructor freshman year was key to adjusting to Penn. Now, Dan sees the advisory board as an opportunity to make a great resource even better! In his free time, Dan enjoys biking throughout Philadelphia and cooking comfort food.
Lisa is from Caguas, Puerto Rico. She's a sophomore in the School of Nursing interested in pursuing a Global Health minor. On campus, she is a member of PennFirst and an active sister of alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing volleyball, and meeting new people. As a member of the OLR advisory board, she is excited to work on promoting available resources to Penn students.
From the suburbs of Chicago, Jakub Jarmula is planning on majoring in Biology and hopes to pursue a career in medicine. He enjoys watching hockey, playing tennis, exploring Philadelphia, and cooking. As a PennCAP Peer Counselor, Jakub is looking forward to continuing to work with the Office of Learning Resources to promote their programs and resources for all Penn students.
From Toledo, Ohio, Rick is a freshman in Wharton. He plans on concentrating in either finance or real estate. Rick is a member of the Student Health Advisory Board on campus and is also involved in the Corporate Strategy and Business Development club as well as the Joseph Wharton Scholar program. Through the OLR Student Advisory Board, Rick hopes to help promote the Weingarten Center and its resources amongst undergraduates by breaking down the stigma surrounding it.
Jason is a sophomore in Wharton. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Jason knew that he wanted to promote the well-being of the student body at Penn. As an Undergraduate Assembly representative and a member of the OLR Student Advisory Board, he has worked on improving student conditions at Penn. Jason is also the Executive VP for the sophomore class and is involved with Penn UNICEF. He loves to meet new people and in his free time enjoys playing tennis.
Adam is a first-year student in the Education Policy MSEd program at the Graduate School of Education. He is from South Glastonbury, Connecticut. Adam is a member of the Equity and Access Committee, where he is the Deputy of Access and Belonging. He hopes to make Penn a more inclusive, supportive, welcoming, and accessible place through his work on the committee. In his free time, Adam enjoys eating diner food and working with his greyhound, Noodle, on therapy dog training. Before coming to Penn, Adam received a BA in Psychology from the University of Connecticut as well as an MS and Sixth Year Certificate in School Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University.
Jesse is a freshman in the college from Fayetteville, Arkansas majoring in economics. On campus, Jesse is involved with the University Honor Council, the Admission Dean's Advisory Board, and the Dining Advisory Board. When he's not studying or participating in clubs, Jesse enjoys exploring the city of Philadelphia, watching basketball, and spending time with friends. Jesse is excited to work with the Office of Learning Resources to promote their programs and resources to Penn students at all levels.
Khizrah is a sophomore in the College, majoring in Mathematical Economics and possibly minoring in Chemistry and/or Data Science. She is an international student coming from Lahore, Pakistan and currently serves as the Chairperson of the International Mentorship and Orientation Committee in the Assembly of International Students. She is also a board member of the Penn Pakistan Society and can often be found playing rugby at Penn Park with the Penn Women's Rugby Team. In her free time, Khizrah loves to find new places to eat and also loves to curl up with a good book to read.
From Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Liqhwa Ncube is a junior in the College who is still undeclared but premed. Her transition into Penn has been a good experience because of the resources Penn has to offer, especially the Weingarten Learning Instructors! She hopes to share and raise an awareness of these resources to ensure the success of others, especially international students. Besides the Office of Learning Resources Student Advisory Board, she is a PENNCAP peer counselor, PHIN, the historian of the New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir, andExternal Liaison for PASA. She is also a member of AIS.
From Rochester Hills, Michigan, Kuvam is a sophomore majoring in mathematics and chemistry. As a part of the OLR Student Advisory Board, he hopes to promote awareness of the Weingarten Center and empower other students. In his free time, Kuvam enjoys exploring the larger Philadelphia community.
Park is a second-year doctoral student in Operations, Information, and Decisions at Wharton. Originally from Bangkok, Thailand. He enjoys traveling and photography and has visited 14 countries to learn local history and culture. Besides his passion for food and optimization, Park is interested in employing quantitative and data-driven approaches to empower both education system and teaching-learning methods. At Penn, he is also involved with the Intercultural Leadership Program, Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Program, and TEDxPenn. Prior to joining Wharton, Park studied Computer Engineering and Applied Mathematics-Economics at Brown and got his SM degree in Optimization from MIT.
From Columbia, Maryland, Jennifer is a sophomore in Wharton planning to concentrate in business analytics and marketing. On campus, Jennifer is a board member of the Wharton China Business Society and is involved with the Chinese Student Association, Student Federal Credit Union, and her sorority Sigma Psi Zeta. In her free time, she enjoys singing with Keynotes Acappella, traveling, and spending time with friends. Jennifer is excited to work with ORL on promoting its services and contributing to the academic wellbeing of Penn students.
We are grateful to our members who previously served:
Interested in Joining the OLR Student Advisory Board?
Any interested Penn students should contact Ryan Miller, Director, Office of Learning Resources, for more information about Board membership.