Fellow:Aishani Nalla

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Aishani Nalla
School (Cohort)
Iona College (2021 cohort)
Majoring in
Occupational Therapy


Aishani Nalla is a University Innovation Fellow, a second year graduate student studying Occupational Therapy at IONA College, and part of class of 2023. Aishani is originally from Rochester, NY but moved to Long Island during her middle school and has lived there ever since. Through the occupational therapy program on campus, Aishani learned about the Hynes Institute and the value of entrepreneurship in healthcare. She participated in the idea hack-a-thon presented every year and won first place for her idea of how to keep college students connected to their campus with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since her first semester, Aishani has always been an advocate for her cohort and became the co-president for the newly established Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity (COTAD) club on campus as well as secretary of the SOTA (Student Occupational Therapy Association. Aishani has been no new member to leadership roles as she took on leadership roles even in her undergrad and even found time to raise a service dog her junior year.

Outside of school, Aishani works at a non-profit that serves people with disabilities as well as works with a student at IONA with Cerebral Palsy once a week. She also volunteers often in the community often advocating for the need for occupational therapy.


-Hynes Institute Idea Hack-a-Thon 1st place winner- Fall 2020 -Hynes IIC- Most resourceful award for the Pocketarm -raised a service dog in my undergraduate at Penn State

Social media profiles

Instagram: Aishanin Snapchat: Aishaninalla Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/aishani.nalla Linkedn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aishani-nalla-she-her-67a504131