Multicultural Leadership Council

The Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC) is a council of student body that oversees 35+ culturally-based undergraduate student organizations at Johns Hopkins University. The MLC seeks to increase visibility of these organizations, explore identity development and cultural growth, and foster an inclusive sense of community. Through monthly meetings, leaders come together as a way to engage with each other and further develop their leadership as it relates to their cultural identities. The executive board serves as a resource to all groups within MLC through relationship building, cross-cultural collaboration efforts, and providing grants.

The MLC meets once a month, on the first Wednesday of every month from 6–8 p.m. The Executive Board meets every other Wednesday from 6–8 p.m.

For more information, please contact the MLC at

Executive Board

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Alisha Chen

Hometown: Williamsport, PA

Summer 2020: Interning for a healthcare consulting firm, journaling and reading

Plans for fall: Getting to know more cultural organizations through IAC and MLC and push for more advocacy related efforts!


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Melanie Pillaca-Gutierrez
Director of Internal Communications

Hometown: Parkland, FL

Summer 2020: I’m a Finance & Data Analytics Intern for a local Supervisor of Elections candidate in my county. Since May I’ve been making canvassing calls and helping people register to vote by mail. I’ve also been baking more and learning how to code!

Plans for Fall: This year I’m looking forward to engaging in discussions of allyship and advocacy through MLC!


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Sanjana Boyapalli
Director of Campus Engagement

Hometown: Warren, NJ

Summer 2020: I’ve been working in an Early Childhood Education Lab to help develop and write grant proposals for an Environmental Health project aimed at better understanding how the accessibility of the Baltimore public transit system is impacting health. I’ve also spent lots of time with family and learning to cook!

Plans for fall: I’m excited to continue highlighting all of the great work that our organizations have been doing, build relationships and a sense of community during these crazy times, and really embrace the MLC’s focus on allyship and advocacy.


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Lucas Miranda-Martinez
Director of Advocacy

Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Summer 2020: I took EMT classes in order to volunteer during my senior and gap year before medical school. I also did some work for my research lab and spent a lot of time with my family.

Plans for Fall: I’m looking forwards to make the best out of the current situation. Hopefully I can meet a lot of the multicultural club leaders and also establish the new position within MLC.


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Kai Abiola
Director of Finance

Hometown: Cumming, GA

Summer 2020: I’ve been working as one of the Special Projects Coordinators for the New Student Orientation Core Team. I also had the opportunity to participate in an amazing summer program that helped me develop skills that will hopefully increase my competitiveness for admission to medical school.

Plans for Fall: I’m looking forward to connecting with more of the cultural groups on campus and building a stronger community among all of us.

MLC Student Organizations by Affinity Groups


Black and African

Black Student Union

African Students Association

Eritrean & Ethiopian Student Association

Caribbean Cultural Society

Knotty By Nature



Cuban American Undergraduate Students Association

Puerto Rico Student Association

Organizacion Latina Estudiantil

Brazilian Students Association

Hopkins LEM


APIDA (Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American)

Johns Hopkins Korean Student Association

Filipino Students Association

Singapore Student Association

Hawai’i Students Association at JHU

Korean American Student Association

Japanese American Student Association

Taiwanese American Students Association

Inter-Asian Council

Bangladeshi American Student Association

South Asian Students at Hopkins

Chinese Students Association

Thai Students Association

Vietnamese Students Association

Hong Kong Student Association



Indigenous Students at Hopkins


MENA (Middle Eastern, North Africa)

Arab Student Union

Turkish Student Association

Iranian Cultural Society



Men of Color Hopkins Alliance

Female Leaders of Color

HUH Multiracial Interest Group


JHU French Club

Advocates for Disability Awareness

JHU German Club

Diverse Sexuality and Gender Alliance

Muslim Student Association

Ciao! The Johns Hopkins Italian Club


Intercultural Greek Groups

The Sigma Sigma Chapter of Alpha Phi

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. – Rho Omega Chapter

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated

Intercultural Greek Council

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated