Creating Connections

About Us

Creating Connections serves underrepresented graduate students across the University of Oregon. We connect students by building a supportive social network that helps them thrive personally and academically. We have a four-person executive board.

Creating Connections is where underrepresented graduate student groups can connect, engage, and partner to serve otherwise unmet needs through social gatherings and community building activities that celebrate diversity and embrace inclusivity.


Hadil Abuhmaid, External Communications Officer, Creating Connections

Hometown: Ramallah, Palestine. 
Area of Study and Year: Media Studies Doctoral Student. First year. 
Research: National identity construction through space and time, with focus on films. Undergraduate Degree and School: Bir-Zeit University, Palestine. Journalism and Political Science. 
University or Community Involvement: Graduate Employee, International Peer Mentor.
Down Time: Hang out with friends, CrossFit. 


Ana C. Hernandez, Student Relations Officer, Creating Connections
Ana C. Hernandez, Student Relations Officer, Creating Connections

Hometown: Pico Rivera, California
Area of Study and Year: Clinical Psychology, 2nd year doctoral program
Research: Early childhood trauma, LatinX mental health, culture and psychopathology
Undergraduate Degree and School: B.A. Neuroscience, University of Southern California (USC); M.Ed. Science Education, University of Notre Dame (ND)
University or Community Involvement: Member, Committee for an Inclusive Community (CIC); Mentor, WGS Joint Undergrad Graduate Mentorship Program (JUMP)
Down Time: Eating tacos, dancing, and cooking with friends


2020 Creating Connections Diversity Dinner