Student Diversity Advisory Council

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Contact Jasmine Johnson to submit your application:

Jasmine Johnson, Program Coordinator
ATTN: Student Diversity Advisory Council
Email: [email protected]
Mail: 800 West Campbell Rd; AD 26
Office: AD 3.207



The Department of Institutional Diversity Initiatives serves as a liaison to support the activities of the Student Advisory Council such as identifying meeting spaces, providing refreshments, facilitating communication between members and implementing the programs recommended by the student leaders.

The Purpose

The purpose of the advisory council is to provide the students' perspective, input and advice to the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement. The council will address the elements of student diversity, concerns, activities and programs to increase awareness and understanding of each other, and to move beyond simple tolerance to embrace and celebrate the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

  • To provide student perspectives on key school issues
  • To highlight major institutional diversity achievements and concerns at UT Dallas
  • To support new diversity programs, initiatives, and projects
  • To improve public perception of diversity at UT Dallas
  • To create effective communication with the multiple campus organizations at UT Dallas


Nourani-Dargiri, Alireza (President)

Nourani-Dargiri, Alireza

I am currently a senior political science major, and I am a cross country student-athlete for the University. Diversity and inclusion are very important to me and hit home at a very personal level. For my career goals, I see myself taking one of two tracks after law school; I would either become a lawyer and work towards more inclusion and tolerance, or I see myself working in public policy. For the former, this could mean becoming a civil rights attorney or an immigration lawyer, and for the latter this means I would become a politician or be an aid to a politician because much of the change that happens in our world comes from government.

Ayesha Ahmad (Vice-President)

Ahmad Ayesha

My name is Ayesha Ahmad, and I am a senior biochemistry major and psychology minor in the UTD graduating class of 2019. I have been involved with the SDAC since spring of my freshmen year, and have been lucky to be a part of a driven discussion and take action to further diversity on campus and across the nation. Besides the SDAC, I am involved in research on campus and service-based organizational work, primarily with UNICEF at UTD. I love participating in on-campus events and have greatly enjoyed the experiences UTD has offered me. I look forward to wrapping up my senior year with the SDAC. Besides schoolwork, I spend most of my free time with my family and friends and enjoy reading, napping, and doing mehndi (henna).

Nicole Peters (Historian)

Nicole Peters

Nicole Peters is a speech pathology and child learning development double major in the graduating class of 2021. She is part of the UTD softball team, a Residential Life peer advisor, and a member of NSSLHA. She has really enjoyed being a part of SDAC and helping make a difference here at UTD. Her other hobbies include hanging out with her friends, playing sports and spending time with her family and pets at home in Allen.

Viktor Vasilev (Secretary)

Viktor Vasilev

I am a pre-med student at UTD majoring in biology. As a sophomore, I am not only involved in SDAC but am also a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. In my free time, I enjoy working out, spending time with friends and volunteering. My interests outside of college include football, kayaking and watching TV crime shows

Active Student Organizations

The group embraces the principle that diversity is essential to reaching higher levels of excellence in the multicultural, multi-ethnic and diverse character of the United States in the 21st century. For more information, those who are interested should contact Jasmine Johnson at [email protected].