Office Phone Number: 848-445-1548
Senior Program Manager
Sara M. Yllescas received her Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in Public Health and during her undergraduate studies was also an ODASIS scholar. She attributes her discipline to the work ethics nurtured from the program. Upon completing her bachelors, she went on to attain a Master degree in International Relations, and further studies at Columbia University. As a master scholar Ms. Yllescas was chosen to be the Student Delegate for the Columbia Interschool Governing Board, and the Co-President of the First generation and Diverse Background scholar Organization. Her commitment for academic inclusion; amplifying university partnerships; and enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration for faculty and students have been her areas of focus. This devotion for inclusion and partnership building led her to work for the Permanent Mission of the Bahamas to the United Nations, where she published a political draft titled, ‘Well-being of peoples in fisheries industry in the Bahamas to achieve UN agenda 2030. Her work was based on the goals outlined in the UN SDGs and addressed the inter-linkage of several goals, namely Goal 3 about health and well-being, Goal 8 about Decent Work, and Goal 5 about Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls. The proposed plan is intended to integrate into the proposal for a National Policy of the Oceans in the Bahamas.
In ODASIS, Ms. Yllescas has a purpose to continue the legacy of enhancing career development and mentoring opportunities for all scholars whiles also maximizing support for all students. Her goal will be to continuously design and implement programs to support student development, including improvements in tutoring programs, STP summer school and improving retention rates for underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.