Graduate Support



Creating Connections Leaders. CoDaC

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 inclusion.

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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. 

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Ana C. Hernandez, Student Relations Officer, Creating Connections

Hometown: Pico Rivera, CaliforniaArea 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

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Jaclyn Kellon, Treasurer, Creating Connections

Hometown:  Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Area of Study and Year:  5th year Doctoral Candidate, Chemistry
Research: The electronic properties and toxicity of nanoparticles for use in consumer goods
Undergraduate Degree and School: B.A. in Chemistry from Goucher College
University or Community Involvement (no more than two): Founder & past president of A Community for Minorities in STEM (CMiS), past member of Rehearsals for Life
Down Time: Reading, working out and keeping up to date on television shows and politics

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Helen Toloza, Internal Communications Officer, Creating Connections

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Area of Study and Year: School of Law, Second-Year Student
Research: Food law and Labor law
Undergraduate Degree and School: B.A. Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies, University of California Santa Cruz
University or Community Involvement: Secretary of Latino/a Law Student Association, Secretary of National Lawyers Guild
Down Time: Cooking, hiking, cross-fit, zine making, and listening to music