Meet The Pathways to Inclusive Excellence Students

The Office for Equity and Inclusion coordinates five Wesleyan cohort programs: the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, the Wesleyan Math and Science Scholars Program (WesMaSS), the Upward Bound Math-Science Program, and the Posse Veteran Scholars Program. Together, these five communities make up the Pathways to Inclusive Excellence (PIE).

The purpose of PIE is to increase a sense of community amongst students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to remove obstacles along the pathways to secondary and post-secondary education for students in grades 9 through 16, who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds and to provide opportunities and access to programs that require complex thinking and a complex interdisciplinary understanding of belonging in the pursuit of excellence.

  • Onitra Johnson 2019, Posse Veteran Scholar
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    Hello! My name is Onitra Johnson, I’m a Sophomore majoring in Film and the College of Social Studies. My current career goal is to be a Television and Film Screenwriter. I served in the U.S Air Force and while I was in I was stationed in Italy and South Dakota. I have a wonderful 4-year-old daughter, Jonise, who is amazing! During my spare time, I enjoy playing Roller Derby and practicing Kung Fu. On campus, I’m currently a Patricelli Fellow, I’m a part of a diverse Veterans community, and I enjoy the Screenwriter’s Lounge. Wesleyan has provided me with a great opportunity to learn, grow, and meet a diverse group of students, professors and faculty who support and challenge me.

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach me at ojohnson@wesleyan.edu. I hope you enjoy your time at Wesleyan and I look forward to meeting you!

  • Joanna Korpanty 2018, McNair Scholar/Fellow

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    Hello! My name is Joanna Korpanty, and I am from Bristol, Connecticut (for all you sporty people, that’s where ESPN is). I am a senior Chemistry and Mathematics double major. When I’m not hogging my favorite desk in the Science Library or working for ResLife, I spend nearly all my time conducting research in Professor Calter’s Organic Chemistry lab. The goal of my research is to asymmetrically synthesize a target compound with desirable biological activity, and I am writing a thesis to detail the progress I have made.

    In addition to my research, I serve as a TA for both Organic Chemistry lecture and lab (basically, I never leave Hall-Atwater). As my involvement in the Chemistry department shows, I have a passion for Organic Chemistry, and after graduating from Wesleyan, I plan to attend graduate school. Outside of research, my hobbies include playing with cats and drinking way too much coffee.

    If you want to chat about cats and chemistry or if you have any questions about my experience at Wesleyan, you can reach me by walking into Hall-Atwater and shouting my name. Alternatively, you can email me at jkorpanty@wesleyan.edu. I hope you enjoy your time at Wesleyan!

  • Ann-Dorie Webley 2018, Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholar
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    Hello, My name is Ann-Dorie and I'm from Mandeville, Jamaica. I am currently a Chemistry major and a French minor as well as a work study student, serving as an RA and as a Usdan Services Specialist. When I'm not in the Science Library or Usdan, you can find me in Hall-Atwater where I work in a Chemistry Research laboratory. I am a member of the Caribbean Students Association, the Society for students Underrepresented in STEM, and I serve as a member of the 2018 class council. I enjoy going to the gym and taking all the dance classes that I can fit in my schedule. I have had multiple roles on campus which has allowed me to meet various people and learn to thrive in a host of environments. For a science major, the Wesleyan Experience is truly unique as I have bee able to dabble in so many areas while still focusing on my major. I am happy to answer any questions, academic or otherwise that you may have about life at Wesleyan. Welcome!

  • Kati Young 2019, Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholar
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    Hello, hello, hello! My name is Kati Young (she/her) and I am from Lisle, IL. I’m in my second year pursuing majors in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Science in Society, and College of Integrative Sciences or an Informatics & Modeling certificate and am on track to graduate in three years. Currently, I am spearheading a coalition between WesMaSS (I was a TA for the 2020 cohort’s colloquium), WesWIS (I’m on the Steering Committee), SUSS, and McNair aimed at directly addressing issues surrounding diversity & inclusion within the NSM Division. I’ve also been involved with WSO, STEM Diversity Journal Club, and a TA for Principles of Biology in addition to being co-President of the 2019 Class Council. My admiration of the environment has taken root as an Eco Facilitator Program Coordinator and previously with RFC and Wesleyan Fossil Fuel Divest. As a member of the Interfaith Council, I am also engaged with my own faith community through WACT and Wesleyan Christian Fellowship. I have held various positions including Chemistry Department Assistant as well as Traverse Square and WesReads tutor, and I look forward to being the RA for Substance Free Hall next semester. I can’t live without music, so I sing in Onomatopoeia, dance in Terp shows, and play French horn and trumpet in Second Stage productions such as Sweeney ToddThe Nutcracker, and Pippin. I would be incredibly excited to answer any questions you might have concerning the steps forward the NSM coalition is working towards or anything else that I am involved in—just send an email at kjyoung@wesleyan.edu.