Hakeem grew up in Kingston, Jamaica before coming to America to finish high school and go to college. He is a joint concentrator in Computer Science and Statistics with a secondary in African and African-American Studies. He is now devoted to promoting critical, helpful, and respectful dialogue within diverse communities like Harvard College.
Cengiz is a senior at Harvard College, pursuing a joint concentration in Social Anthropology and Government, with a secondary in Philosophy, and a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. He was born in Baku, Azerbaijan; raised in Istanbul, Turkey; and lived in Hong Kong, just before coming to Harvard. His research is mainly focused on capitalism, religious ethics, business culture, and phenomenology, and he is of the firm belief that Harvard Foundation is one of the rare institutions that can truly act based on first principles, and realise subjectively positive changes through the implementation of social theories and philosophies of justice.... Read more about Cengiz Cemaloglu
Jasmine is from Bangkok, Thailand and is a prospective concentrator in Government and Economics. Her passion for diversity inclusion stems from her belief in the importance of interracial cooperation in increasing social capital to generate economic and human development. The awareness of issues of social justice is imperative in addressing humanitarian concerns that transcend cultural borders, and she hopes to find ways to redefine the "common good" of Western conception to be one that accommodates all races, genders and cultures in a 21st century that demands social change.
Dylan de Waart strives to facilitate dialogue between people of disparate backgrounds and beliefs to further cooperation in our increasingly global community. He has pursued his passion by founding Global Buddy, an NGO connecting schools internationally to promote cultural understanding and global friendship through peer-to-peer interaction. He is inspired by his own multicultural upbringing, comprised of Dutch, South Asian, and Surinamese influences from his parents, that has taught him to look for the underlying reasons between conflicting opinions and bridge the gap between them. He’s excited to apply that philosophy to his intercultural and race relations work at the Foundation.
Olutoyin grew up in the suburbs of Southern Virginia, where topics like diversity were rarely discussed. Only when she arrived in her later years of high school did she begin to passionately advocate for cultural acknowledgement and social justice. As a woman of color, she wishes to bring light to the issue of racialized misogyny and how the many systems of oppression affect the daily lives of her peers. She seeks to use the Foundation as a platform to utilize Harvard's diversity, so that every individual in the Harvard community has the chance to understand both themselves and others more deeply.
Jess is biracial and grew up in South Dakota, where there were few diverse communities. Now at Harvard, she is excited to be able to connect with other people who share her commitment to social justice. She is passionate about the importance of diversity and looks forward to making an impact in related issues at the Harvard Foundation. When she’s not at the Foundation, she spends some of her free time writing, volunteering, and talking about dogs.
Devontae Freeland was brought to equity and inclusivity work through the exploration of his identity at the nexus of Afro-American, queer, and middle-class communities in the Northeast. Devontae's specific interests lie in the ways in which social movements and student activism elicit progress through public policy changes. His work at the Foundation prioritizes planning programming that will encourage members of the greater community to confront intersectional systems through their academic study and action-based community dialogue. In addition, Devontae occasionally lectures and consults on programming and curricula at diversity conferences and youth organizations in greater New England. A Social Studies concentrator in Dunster House, Devontae hails from the great dtate of New Jersey and in his free time enjoys a freshly brewed café con leche and a plate of Garden State tiramisu.
Kacey Gill was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She is concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on race relations internationally and domestically. Her goal at Harvard is to make sure that minorities feel like their voices are being heard, and they have a space on campus. ... Read more about Kacey Gill
Brenda is a freshmen intern from Omaha, Nebraska. She plans to pursue a concentration in Psychology with the Education Extension. She has goals of becoming an International Educator, and is very passionate about education inequality. Attending Harvard has created an incredible opportunity to understand and study both the education system and the concept of diversity in this community. She is passionate about creating an impact in the community through dialogue that challenges for the purpose of growth and social justice.
Anant is a native of Southern California. After experiencing racial hate in what he thought was a diverse and welcoming community, he became more aware of the role that race plays in our daily lives. At Harvard, he is particularly passionate about the intersection of mental health and diversity. Through the Foundation, he hopes to work toward creating dialogue between different communities by bridging gaps in understanding.
Nuha grew up in Bronx, NY to a Gambian immigrant family. He is a freshman intern passionate about public education reform in the United States. In an attempt to illustrate his goals, he says, “All I want is the equity of opportunity to succeed for minorities across the board—I don’t like that the narrative of the successful minority is always portrayed as an exception to the race at large.” In a further attempt to investigate the systems of inequality facing young minorities in public school systems, Nuha intends to concentrate in sociology with a specialization in the inequalities in race and ethnicity. Nuha eagerly joins the Harvard Foundation with an impassioned curiosity in fostering inclusivity through intercultural relations on campus.