Meet the Mayors

Diamond Village: Riya Chakraborty (Email:

Riya Chakraborty is a Doctoral student in Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Florida. She is from the ‘city of joy’, Kolkata, India and has been a part of Diamond village community since August 2018. She has completed her bachelors degree in English literature and triple masters degrees in English literature, Education and English Language Teaching from India. Prior to joining the PhD program, she was working as an Assistant Professor in a Teacher Education college in India since 2013, working closely with the pre-service and in-service teachers specifically in rural India with her strong interest and passion in curriculum development and coordination, educational management, supervision, developing mentor-mentee relationship through academic advising and support.

Riya considers the Diamond village and the gator community as her second home away from home and cherishes the new relationships that she builds and nurtures with the community members. Beng re-elected as the Mayor of the village for the second consecutive academic year, she would continue striving towards maintaining a safe and healthy living environment to foster meaningful co-existence of the gator community. Her objective lies in building strong relationships among the residents with friendly ties and bonding through love, care, concern, and sense of responsibility towards each other in need. Riya feels privileged and honored to continue her service as the Mayor of Diamond Village with all the trust and support of the graduate residents and is enthusiastic to take her student leadership to new heights by being the representative and ‘voice of the village’. She pledges to put her best foot forward with all her dedication to contribute positively towards the welfare of the diverse and international student community and help towards developing an inclusive multilingual & multicultural environment!!

“Strengthen the community ties, let’s hope for a better living! Go Gator Community!!”

Corry Village: Kavya Nair  (Email: )

Hello Gators, my name is Kavya Nair and I am from India. I am pursing PhD in Rehabilitation Science at the College of Public Health and Health Professions. My research is focused on pediatric onset neuromuscular genetic disorders. I joined UF in Fall 2016. I have been living in UF graduate family since 2012. UF graduate housing provided me with unique opportunity to connect and make friends from across the globe, learn their culture and enjoy a wide variety of cuisine. I am very excited to serve as the Mayor of Corry village. I will serve the student community with best of my abilities, and without any discrimination or bias. Go Gators!

University Village South:  Lakshitha Perera  (Email: )

Lakshitha Perera is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry. He is from Sri Lanka and graduated from University of Colombo with a B.Sc. in Computational Chemistry. Soon after graduation he served as a Temporary Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo during 2016-2017. From the time he was an undergraduate student, he was passionate to help people and work with different groups. As a result, he played an active role and have held multiple positions in various student, charitable, and community organizations; in collegiate, national and international level. These experiences have allowed him to develop a robust set of leadership skills required to successfully operate in an organization. Lakshitha joined UF in Fall 2017 to pursue his graduate studies and since been an active resident member of the University Village South community. As an international graduate student, Lakshitha firmly believes and gratefully acknowledges the important role, the graduate and family housing at UF, and its diverse residential community has played in his many academic and professional successes at UF. Hence, he considers this opportunity to serve as the Mayor of the University of Village South, as a privilege to work alongside his fellow residents and the rest of the Mayors’ Council, to uplift the living conditions at graduate and family housing.

Tanglewood Village:  Manoj Choudhary  (Email: )

Manoj Choudhary is Doctoral student in Plant pathology, College of Agriculture and life science. Prior to joining UF, he worked as scientist with Indian council of Agricultural research (equivalent to USDA) in India. He worked with farmers and farmer’s organizations for sustainable disease management in ecologically imperative manner.He always had a strong passion to serve community, where he spends most part of my daily life. As a Tanglewood Mayor, his moto will be “Promote unity in diversity”. He believes, resident voice is the best vehicle to drive any cause, for creating the best experience during stay. His goal is to make sure that every resident has memorable stay at multicultural graduate and family housing.

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