Associate Director, Prehealth Advising & CAPD Program Assessment & Evaluation
Aleshia leads the Prehealth team and manages assessments for the Career Advising and Professional Development Office. She holds a PhD in Health Professions Education from Simmons University, an MA in School Counseling from Assumption College and a BA in Biology from Colby-Sawyer College. She also has a Certificate in College Teaching from the Colleges of Worcester Consortium and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Students in Health Professions Education from Simmons University. Experience includes over 12 years in higher education, in both student advising and careers.
What is your favorite place on campus? The infinite corridor. I like the hustle and bustle of the Infinite.
Assistant Director, Prehealth Advising
Akunna assists in leading the Prehealth Advising team, with a primary focus on managing the Prehealth Advising services to MIT students and alumni. He holds a MEd in Educational Administration from UMass Boston and a BA in English from Clark University. Akunna’s experience includes higher education advising and career counseling, along with prior experience advising high school students and teaching.
What has been your favorite MIT moment?
There have been many, but most recently, being awarded MIT’s Infinite Mile Award for Everyday Leadership. It’s such a great honor to be recognized for my work by my amazing colleagues.
Prehealth & Career Advisor
Ariel helps students develop their educational and career plans, especially those pursuing careers in medicine as well as in the Life Sciences, Biotech, and Pharma career community. Ariel’s background includes extensive international administration in higher education and NGOs in the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She earned her Bachelor’s in Culture & Communication from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Intercultural Theology from Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany.
Do you collect anything? My favorite souvenir to pick up while traveling is a drinking glass from the country. I love seeing which glass guests choose for themselves when they come over for dinner. My favorite glass in the collection is a clay wine glass with an octopus design that I brought back from Cyprus. You can practically feel the Mediterranean sea breeze when drinking from it!
Specialties and InterestsPrehealth AdvisingInternational Careers
Staff Writer and Advisor
A member of the Distinguished Fellowships and Prehealth Advising teams, Julia advises students and alumni applying to the Fulbright US Student Program. She also helps students preparing essays for graduate school applications. Julia has an MS in Health Policy & Management from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Sociology from Harvard University. She is a proud member of the MIT radio station WMBR 88.1fm where she founded the Africa Kabisa radio program.
When you are on campus you should visit: MIT Chapel because of its tranquility and Eero Saarinen architecture.