FLAAG Team Members

Juan Carlos de la Guardia, headshot on dark background

Juan Carlos de la Guardia | FLAAG President
Being from Panama and having been immersed in different communities, I am aware of the challenges that students from diverse backgrounds are faced with. FLAAG provides a platform to bring about awareness and educate the Boston College community about inclusion, acceptance, and the overall value of having students with different perspectives.

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Paige Friedlander | Community Engagement Head
I am a part-time MBA student and am excited to support the graduate community through FLAAG. Currently, I am the talent manager at MassChallenge where I support inclusive hiring and onboarding, and am part of a team leading the I.D.E.A. (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility) working group at the organization. Outside of work, I also serve on the Alumni and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion council for my alma mater St. Lawrence University.

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Christopher Peng | Community Engagement
I’ve always had a passion for equitable treatment for all. I’ve championed multiple CSR initiatives to help achieve a triple-bottom-line of environmental, social, and community advances. FLAAG represents who I am as a person and the idea of spearheading social and racial justice initiatives at Boston College falls in line with my vision of the triple-bottom-line. Envisioning a future where diversity and inclusion thrive requires diverging from the current social norms and becoming a member of FLAAG is the first step towards seeing that vision through.

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Priscilla Vele | Community Engagement
I believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are not possible until we address and acknowledge systemic systems of oppression. I am a daughter of immigrants and a first-generation high school graduate. I have experienced first-hand that some systems were not created for people like me. I am honored to be a part of FLAAG because I am passionate about creating more opportunities for students like me. I am excited to be a part of driving change for a more equitable and inclusive environment for the next generation of students at the Carroll Graduate School of Management.

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Kanal Patel | Committee Head
I am invested in creating a strong foundation for an equitable environment at Boston College with the help of the FLAAG team. I was born in India, raised in Toronto by immigrant parents, and completed much of my education in the United States. Diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity are pertinent to sustain a culture where everyone’s differences are not only acknowledged but also celebrated.

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Emily Redfern | Committee Member
Hi everyone! I am a dual degree Masters in Social Work/Masters in Business Administration student in my second year of the program. I am very much looking forward to working with FLAAG to support and enhance the mission and efforts of Boston College towards diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially in collaboration with our white allies and advocates on mindfully creating a safe and inclusive environment for all.

Alejandra Trejo | Committee Member
FLAAG is important to me because it focuses on making policy-based changes to create more inclusive and supportive learning environments within the Boston College Carroll School of Management. As a Latina in business, I understand the value that diversity and inclusivity can bring to creating more engaged, collaborative, and innovative teams.