Meet Our Student Ambassadors

Temitayo Arikenbi

Temitayo (Tayo) Arikenbi is a second-year doctoral student in Information Systems. He is also pursuing a master’s degree in Economics. His dual-degree program typifies the transdisciplinary nature of academic studies and opportunities at Claremont Graduate University.

Tayo’s area of interest is in data science and analytics modelling for value optimization in organizations. He is a fellow with the Digital Learning Lab of CGU’s Office of Information Technology, where he facilitates workshops on the use of basic technologies available to students, such as PowerPoint and Python. An international student himself, Tayo is invested in helping new students from outside the U.S. settle in and maximize the opportunities that being a Claremont student offers them.

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Francis Assenga

Francis Joseph Assenga is a full-time Ph.D. candidate for Economics and Political Science in the Division of Politics & Economics (DPE) at CGU. Francis holds a Master of Science in Finance from University of Strathclyde in U.K. and in Economics from The Open University of Tanzania. He worked for 28-years as a central banker in the Bank of Tanzania. Francis is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a certified director.

He is a member of various professional bodies and social organizations, which includes the following: Western Economic Association International (WEAI), American Economic Association (AEA), Board of Accountants and Auditors (TZ), Tanganyika Law Society, UNI Global Union, Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Strathclyde Alumni Scotland (UK), and Balanced Scorecard Institute.

Francis assumes a few roles at CGU. He is currently the Treasurer for the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and serves as a Student Ambassador for the Enrollment Services division. On his spare time, Francis enjoys mentoring, jogging, walking, and watching soccer.

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Nicole Dawson

Nicole A. Dawson is a 2nd year MBA Candidate with a concentration in Supply Chain Management and Marketing. She earned her B.S. in Computer Science at the prestigious historically Black college, Spelman College, in Atlanta, Georgia.

Nicole is a Toyota Supply Chain Fellow and the leader of several organizations on campus, including the President of the Venture Capital Club at the Drucker School of Management and President of the newly formed INFORMS club for Claremont Graduate University. This past summer, Nicole interned with Lowe’s Home Improvement as an E-commerce and Product Merchandising Intern where she interacted with the supply chain sourcing organizations to improve the e-commerce business and better serve Lowe’s customers.

Nicole’s hobbies include mentoring and supporting her hometown of Chino, California by exposing minority youth to entrepreneurship and careers in IT and supply chain through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Jia Fu

Jia Fu is a Master’s student at CGU majoring in Art Business. She is an international student and received her first master’s degree at Xiamen University in China.

Jia has background in graphic design and is interested in cross-culture communication, contemporary art market, and media. Her current research is focused on understanding the phenomenon of artist branding.

Outside the academic setting, Jia enjoys board games, yoga, and exhibition visiting.


Irene Liu

Irene Liu is an MBA (Master of Business Administration) student at Drucker School in Claremont Graduate University. With a background in architectural design, she focuses on real estate finance in her MBA program.

Irene is extremely interested in urban development and global lifestyles. She loves to share international travel and Airbnb stay experiences.

During this pandemic, Irene enjoys sweating on hiking trails in Claremont!


Kriti Saxena

Kriti Saxena is in her 2nd year of the Drucker MBA program with a concentration in Finance. She earned her bachelor’s degree in commerce from India.

Kriti is passionate about working for a cause and it motivates her to wake up every morning knowing that she is doing something for a greater purpose. She likes to explore and make the most of all the resources that are available to her at CGU. She is also a part of GSC and likes to volunteer at events on campus.

As an international student, she understands the hesitation to reach out and would like to bridge this gap by being a student ambassador. When she is not studying, Kriti enjoys cooking and biking. She also loves chasing sunsets. Her personal belief is to “adapt, overcome and improvise”.


Therese Julia Uy

Therese Julia Uy is a second-year M.A. Community-Engaged Education and Social Change student.

She is currently a Student Ambassador to the School of Educational Studies and a receptionist for Student Services at Claremont Graduate University. Therese Julia received her B.A. in English with a minor in Civic Engagement from UCLA. She is a 1.5 generation Filipina-American, and her research interests include literacy education and healing justice.

In her down time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and knitting.