CSU McNair Scholars

McNair Staff


Dr. Reyes Rodriguez

Ángel L. Reyes-Rodríguez, Ph.D.

Phone: 216.802.3391
Email: a.reyesrodriguez@csuohio.edu

Ángel graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, and was a research scholar as part of the post-baccalaureate research education program at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He obtained a Ph.D. in Molecular Virology from CWRU and did a post-doctoral fellowship at Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic. Ángel has been an active member of academic and professional organizations focused on professional development, engagement, and advocacy. He is excited for the opportunity to contribute to the development of a diverse group of future Ph.Ds., bringing together the resources needed to support the McNair Scholars in their academic pursuits.



Khadeja Najjar, M.A.

Graduate Assistant
Phone: 216.802.3360
Email: mcnairga1@csuohio.edu

Khadeja is a two-time graduate of Cleveland State Univeristy, with a B.A in psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology. She has held multiple appointments at CSU, which include serving as an English tutor, TRIO success coach, research assistant, and part-time instructor. She is passionate and invested in minority development, success and well-being, both professionally and personally. As a former McNair Scholar, Khadeja is well acquainted with the long-term, positive impact the McNair Scholars Program can have on a student's academic and career trajectory. As a current doctoral student in the Urban Education Counseling Psychology program, Khadeja is excited to complete her education at CSU (a "vike for life," if you will), and to have the opportunity to participate in the McNair program as a graduate assistant and student-mentor to undergraduate scholars.



Ariel Bell, B.A.

Graduate Assistant
Phone: 216.802.3360
Email: mcnairga2@csuohio.edu

Ariel Bell is a licensed social worker with a BSW from Cleveland State University. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work with a clinical specialization through Cleveland State University's advanced standing program. She is dedicated to championing for equal opportunity, social justice and equality, and upward mobility of marginalized persons. She has provided a proponent testimony before the Ohio Senate for Senate Bill 82 which will be crucial in ensuring schools notify parents/ guardians when their child has arrived in school within 90 minutes. Ariel has made it her life's mission to contribute to post traumatic growth of youth that have experienced traumatic events through her non-profit organization.  She has conducted and continues to conduct extensive research on Evidence Based Therapies Used to Treat Youthful Victims of Sexual Assault. Upon completion of the MSW program Ariel intends to pursue a Ph.D in Urban Education Counseling Psychology from Cleveland State University. 


Klarissa Zeno, B.A.

Graduate Assistant
Phone: 216.802.3360
Email: mcnairga3@csuohio.edu

Klarissa just recently graduated from Cleveland State University in May 2019 with a bachelor’s of arts in Psychology. She was a McNair Scholar, a TRIO Success Coach, and was involved in several different organizations on campus. She participated in undergraduate research with the Healthy Relationships (HEART) Lab since 2017. She spent her senior year working on her honors research project that she developed and carried out herself that looked at the circumstances and experiences women who were pregnant as teenagers had. Klarissa is now currently working on her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Cleveland State. She enjoys spending time with students and showing them the ropes of college life. Klarissa is very passionate about serving the underrepresented population and wants to continue to do so throughout her career. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology after completion of her masters. When she is not in school, she is working full time managing Mitchell’s Ice Cream in Ohio City. Klarissa loves music, spending time with her friends, thrifting, and making people laugh.