Twelve students posing in front of the WMU sign in the Bernhard Center.

Program Mentors

Academic Mentors

LeAnn Chin

LeAnn Chin

academic mentor LeAnn Chin

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: music, Chinese, psychology
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Major: music therapy
Year in school: senior
Interests: playing musical instruments, gardening, traveling
Why I want to be a mentor: I desire to provide help and support to students in need, and on top of that, to enhance their college experiences by sharing my own experiences with them. Being a mentor allows me to develop and improve my skills, such as active listening, questioning, and problem-solving.
Career goals: I am striving to become a Board Certified Music Therapist, to serve and provide joy to others.
Advice: Have fun and enjoy your college experience, while making the best out of it.
Quote: "Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." – 1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV

Sandra Espinoza Montes

Sandra Espinoza Montes

academic mentor Sandra Espinoza

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: psychology, sociology, Spanish
Hometown: Wapato, Wash.
Major: counseling psychology
Year in school: graduate
Interest: social justice
Why I want to be a mentor: I want to become a mentor because programs such as this one is the reason why I got accepted into a doctoral program, thus, it is important for me to give back and serve students.
Career goals: My professional goals are to establish a public mental health counseling facility and a culturally-based substance abuse prevention program in my community. I want to become the first bilingual Latina psychologist that will address the needs of my community and I intend to provide a safe environment for Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) by hiring psychologists who look like them and who share my values of racial justice and decolonization.
Advice: Seek help from family, friends, and community.
Quote: "Sometimes we must choose between what is right and what is easy." – Albus Dumbledore

Menuka Ghalan

Menuka Ghalan

academic mentor Menuka Ghalan

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: mathematics, economics, intro chemistry, intro biology, intro computer science
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal 
Major: computer science
Year in school: junior
Interests: reading, traveling, dancing, music
Why I want to be a mentor: Knowledge only increases when you share. We are all in this college experience together and by supporting and guiding each other, we can excel. I want to help students find their niche and fulfill their goals.
Career goals: To become a software engineer.
Advice: Believe in yourself. There is nothing more beautiful than being absolutely honest and confident in yourself. Having a little faith in yourself amidst all the adversity and challenges takes you far.
Quote: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Theordore Roosevelt

Aqdas Khan

Aqdas Khan

academic mentor Aqdas Khan

Pronouns: he/him/his
Subjects: psychology, mathematics, statistics
Hometown: Kolkata, India
Major: behavioral sciences
Minor: statistics
Year in school: junior
Interests: mental health, clinical psychology, diversity, travelling, movies, music, TV shows, fashion, arcades, food
Why I want to be a mentor: I want to help people adjust to college since, as an international student, I understand how hard it can be. I want to help people succeed both personally and professionally in college and in life. Seeing freshmen, especially students who have the odds working against them, succeed would be very satisfying.
Career goals: I want to become a therapist and a university professor. I'd like to work with the 16-30 age group and specialize in mood disorders and grief counseling. I am also very interested in learned helplessness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Advice: My advice is building a support system and reaching out for help when you need it. Understanding that one is not alone is very important. Taking care of your mental and physical health and being focused on achieving both short and long term goals are important.
Quote: “In order to lead a full life, you have to experience the full range of human emotions.” – Brene Brown

Katie Powers

Katie Powers

academic mentor Katie Powers

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: mathematics, education courses, psychology, general education courses
Hometown: Jackson, Mich. 
Major: early childhood education
Year in school: senior
Interests: sewing, painting, crafting, camping, being outdoors, watching movies
Why I want to be a mentor: It will allow me to make a significant impact on someone's life and college career. It will also help give me some experience in the field of education and learn more about how to better help others. I want to be a positive influence on someone's college experience.
Career goals: I plan to become a second grade teacher.
Advice: Don't be afraid to be yourself. You were born to be you and nobody else. Embrace how unique you are!
Quote: “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Rupak Rana

Rupak Rana

academic mentor Rupak Rana

Pronouns: he/him/his
Subjects: biology, chemistry, general education courses
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal 
Major: nutrition and dietetics
Minor: chemistry
Year in school: senior
Interests: watching movies, reading books, working out, soccer
Why I want to be a mentor: I want to become a mentor because I am interested in helping students using my own academic and college experiences. I think sharing experiences and knowledge is a great way to develop your skillset.
Career goals: I want to become a sports dietitian in the future and work with sports leagues.
Advice: Never limit yourself to your circumstances.
Quote: “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.” – Albert Einstein

Lexi Yanez

Lexi Yanez

academic mentor Alexis Yanez

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Subjects: biology, chemistry, nursing, sociology, Spanish
Hometown: Shelby Township, Mich. 
Major: nursing
Minors: sociology, Spanish
Year in school: junior
Interests: Reading, nature, outdoors, traveling, exploring, and learning about other cultures.
Why I want to be a mentor: I want to make a positive impact on others. I want to learn how to help and teach others to better themselves since I will be doing this in my future career. I also want to meet new people and make connections with other students and faculty.
Career goals: To become a registered nurse.
Advice: My advice to my students is to be your own best friend throughout your educational journey. Although things can get challenging, never give up and try to stay focused on your end goal. Try your best with the resources that are available.
Quote: “All of our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Graduate Interns

Abosede Odukoya

Abosede Odukoya

graduate intern Abosede Odukoya

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Ogun State, Nigeria 
Graduate Program: educational and global leadership
Interests: reading, traveling, cooking, dancing, music, movies
Internship goals: To help in supporting the creation and implementation of strategies that promote a healthy and inclusive culture in and outside the university.
Career goals: To be a leader who can assess problems and design solutions that will guide education into the future.
Advice: The sky is your limit if you believe in yourself. Time is of the essence, use it wisely.
Quote: “Knowledge is power. Knowledge shared is power multiplied.” – Robert Boyce

Jasmine Warren

Jasmine Warren

graduate intern Jasmine Warren

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Battle Creek, Mich.
Graduate Program: higher education and student affairs
Interests: I love traveling, hiking, music, African American culture, food, holistic health and road trips!
Internship goals: I value the importance of education, whether it be on campus, in the community and in personal life. I want to work with diverse populations, specially Black and Brown students for various resources on and off campus. I also wanted to collaborate with different programs to help coordinate and connect with others for a common goal.
Career goals: Work in a university that serves underrepresented students.
Advice: Knowledge is infinite. Always be curious about the world.
Quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou