Connect with a UEP Ambassador

Choosing a graduate program is a big decision. At Brown, we’d like to make the process a little easier. Brown UEP Ambassadors Katya, Nisha and Alicia are current students in the 13th cohort of the Urban Education Policy master's program. They are happy to give you insight into our community, from elective selections and internship placements to life in Providence and apartment searches.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions you may have by clicking on each ambassador's name. 


LIVE CHAT with Katya daily from 3-6 p.m. EST and on Wednesdays from 1-3 p.m. EST; with Alicia on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. EST; or with Nisha on Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. EST.


Alicia Cuomo grew up in Millburn, New Jersey. She graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2014 with a Master's degree in Special Education. She taught 1st grade in an inclusive classroom in Brooklyn, New York for four years. She joined Brown UEP to attain a fuller understanding of issues like racial desegregation, social emotional learning, and data-driven instruction, through the lens of policy and research. She is currently interning for the Director of STEM at Blackstone Valley Prep Academy, a public charter school. At BVP, she is chronicling the use of a Common Core aligned, conceptual approach to teaching fractions in 5th grade and analyzing its impact. Check out the journey at BVP and feel free to contact her.


Nisha Gandhi is from Piscataway, New Jersey and graduated from Quinnipiac University. She is currently interning with an Oxford Consortium for Human Rights & The Global Engagement Fellowship.

What brought Nisha to Brown UEP: "I've always been passionate about educational equality, especially because I was raised in a town where we had very little in terms of educational resources and opportunities. UEP was the only graduate program I found that allowed me to focus on my dedication to mitigating inequalities within the education system while also getting to collaborate with a diverse cohort of classmates who share my interests and approach this very large and complex issue through an interdisciplinary framework."


Katya Rodriguez is from Calexico, California and holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of La Verne.

In the UEP program, Katya is a PPSD School Board Policy intern.

She was inspired to apply to Brown UEP by her upbringing and her desire to improve the education system in the U.S.