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Presidential Hosts: David Johnson '16 & Ivania Zepeda '16


About the Hosts Program

The program provides the opportunity for students to connect with University leaders, alumni, and invited community guests. These student hosts represent the diverse opinions, thoughts, values, and realities of the Brown experience. Meeting and greeting guests at University events and ceremonies, these student hosts are the ambassadors and representatives of the University. Presidential Hosts are committed and dedicated students. They are nominated to serve Brown by faculty, staff and current Presidential Hosts.

The work entails meeting and greeting at lectures, receptions, private dinners, and award ceremonies. Hosts also assist with the logistics of an event to ensure that it runs smoothly. The Office of University Event & Conference Services relies on Presidential Hosts to give visitors a sense of the qualities and the unique ideas of the Brown student community. In turn, Hosts gain valuable interpersonal skills and an opportunity to learn more about planning and executing events.

Each year, the Office of the President and University Events & Conference Services work together with a select group of Presidential Hosts. The application process is both competitive and rigorous. The Presidential Host role requires lots of effort, enthusiasm, energy, poise, and time. The role of a Presidential Host is very important. Hosts represent the student body, and Hosts are often the first and last contacts that visitors or community members have with Brown.

Join us in congratulating David and Ivania!


David Eugene Johnson '16
David Eugene Johnson ’16 was born in Harlem, New York and grew up in a town called Greenwood Lake, located in upstate New York. He is concentrating in Neuroscience with a focus in education. His dream is to attend medical school and conduct autism-related research.  At Brown, he participates in various groups, such as the Black Student Union (this year, he holds Community Service Chair), the Brotherhood, the Cognitive Neuroscience Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG), and the Minority Peer Counselor Program at the Third World Center. He has also participated in the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM). He credits his strong drive and willingness to succeed with his mother's consistent encouragement to be humble. He firmly believes that humility is an essential human trait and a major component of personal and professional success.
Ivania Zepeda '16
Ivania Zepeda ’16 was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She intends to double concentrate in American Studies and in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. Currently, Ivania works for the Third World Center as a Minority Peer Counselor, providing mentoring and support for first year students of color. Ivania also volunteers for the Sarah Doyle Women Center and serves as a Cap Fellow for Intensive Portuguese. In her spare time, Ivania blogs for ‘I’m First,’ an online community founded by the Center for Student Opportunity to provide first-generation college students with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college. Her other interests include: dancing Salsa and running marathons with her mother. After Brown, Ivania hopes to attend law school to serve as an advocate for her community.