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Hometown: Lennox, CA
House: Lowell House
Activities: The Harvard College Democrats, Fuerza Latina, Latinos for Obama, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Young Democrats of America, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, Knights of Columbus, Lennox Educational Advancement Foundation, and The American Project among others.
Interests: I like running, traveling, listening to all kinds of music (alternative, rap, r & b) and dancing to most things (merengue, bachata, salsa, and top 40). I like pupusas, horchata, sushi, tamales, and jugo de tamarindo, and am also a Diet Coke Addict. My best day? Running, beach time, and hanging out with friends in Los Angeles.
Hottest cause: Tied = Education and the Economy
Summer Plans: I ran, read, started a immigration reform 501(c)(4) with a few friends and have worked on campaign-related work on the weekends for President Obama, Elizabeth Warren and a few other folks. I had the honor of working at the White House this summer.
Favorite metro Boston location: Park Street (State Politics, History, Shopping, Ice Skating, Movie Theaters, and awesome ice cream all in one place!)
Your life in a gchat status: Currently: Trying to figure what he forgot to do
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Short bio: Adan is a rising senior in Lowell House who strongly dislikes having too much free time. He is the current president of the Harvard College Democrats, the current College and University Director for the Hispanic Caucus of the Young Democrats of America, the Head Delegate for the Harvard Caucus of the Latino Ivy League Conference, and the political director emeritus of Fuerza Latina. He is also a proud member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity (the premiere Jewish fraternity), and the Knights of Columbus. Adan was born in raised in Lennox, California. His parents immigrated from El Salvador because of the civil war and started a family that also includes Adan's cute six-year-old sister, Brenda. His all-time favorite series is The West Wing, but he also watches Battleground, How I Met Your Mother, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Parks and Recreation, and Dora the Explorer. I believe in the power of social and political movements to truly make change. I also really really really like rum & raisin ice cream, honey bunches of oats cereal, Yogurtland, and red velvet cupcakes (esp. if they're from Susie Cakes). You will earn my utmost respect if you are familiar with Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.
Nickname: Gordita, la gordita
Hometown: San Diego,CA
Concentration: History? Anthropology? Social Studies?
Activities: Being a DRCLAS intern, BRYE 1-2-1, Reading, Boxing, sleeping, eating, being a first generation college student
Interests: Music, fishing , the beach
Hottest cause: Equality in the educational system! Dammit
Summer Plans: Going to Tokyo for a few weeks to visit my brother, then I'm going back to SD, gonna watch Netflix see the sunlight and feel human again.
Favorite metro Boston location: Park Street?
Your life in a gchat status: Umm
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: This Bridge Called my Back, Gloria Anzaldua/ Cherrie Moraga
Short bio: Alicia is a rising sophomore in Quincy House. She is biracial (Mexican/ white).
Hometown: Altadena, CA
Concentration: History of Science: Medicine and Society
House: Dunster House
Activities: The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Usher at the Institute of Politics, anything with my blockmates or MMIH, locked in my room being anti-social, and discovering a problem, researching it, writing about it, and then moving on to another
Interests: Consumer electronics, learning about other cultures, Jesus Christ, listening to top 40 (at least I'm honest), MMIH, making and hearing overly dramatic analogies that provide witty social commentary, Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, myself, race, free will, social equality, HUDS, being happy, Illuminati, making substantive impact in whatever field I choose to enter into, tea, acknowledging my privilege as a male, going to Harvard, speaking Spanish, sleeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppping
Hottest cause: Mass Incarceration; Educational outcomes and disparities between Native and Immigrant Blacks;
Summer Plans: Studying abroad in Peru; participating in Spanish immersion, volunteering at the National Children's Hospital and National Neoplastic Institute, and performing research on biomedical equipment used
Favorite metro Boston location: Harvard Square
Your life in a gchat status: Anyone wanna just talk
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: East of Eden
Short bio: Aubrey is a rising sophomore in Dunster House and enjoyed FUP during his freshman year. He is excited to be helping freshmen as they make their transition to Harvard! Aubrey is from Los Angeles; well, from a suburb 20 minutes (without traffic) from LA called Pasadena. Ya know, Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl? Ok, Aubrey is from a small town north of Pasadena called Altadena. Aubrey grew up the youngest of five and is a triplet! Of his triplet siblings, one is a boy and the other is a girl, so they are not all identical. His siblings and he all chose to attend school on the east coast. His brother Charles attends American University and his sister Nicole attends Barnard College. While Aubrey attended private school, his siblings went to public school in Pasadena. This experience had a tremendous effect on shaping his worldview. He loves consumer electronics, everything about Peru except the traffic, Law and Order: SVU, but won't admit that he watches New Girl. Aubrey intends to concentrate in History of Science and, like 90% of his entering freshmen class, wants to be a doctor in the future. For whatever reason, he does (or at least he thinks he does) his best studying when he is locked in his room. Although he wants to get involved in many different programs and would tell you he has many passions, he has a passion for nothing more than getting great rest.
Concentration: Visual and Environmental Studies
House: Home Sweet Co-op
Activities: Making/talking about/seeing/making/finding art, directing and facilitating performance, theatre, dance improv (with the modern company!), spoken word, music, peer counseling, interning at the women's center, thinking about gender, cooking and eating, making mundane things into competitions with myself so I do them faster, taking the fungwah, sleeping, hiding behind hair
Interests: Whales, Criminal Minds, ALIAS how could they stop making it, making Explosions in the Sky my life soundtrack, gender performance/ gender diversity/ gender complexity, pushing the boundaries of artistic disciplines: video projection in live performance, installation performance art, dance and photography, taking everything really slow.
Hottest cause: Art for social change
Summer Plans: Apprenticing artists in New York, then going to a artist-activist conference in New Orleans
Favorite metro Boston location: South Station
Short bio: I'm Bex, and I'll be a junior when I meet you (unless you're not a fuppie... in which case no guarantees). I can't wait to meet all of you, and sincerely hope that we'll have a good fup!
Hometown: Amherst, MA
Concentration: History and Literature and the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Activities: Athena, CAARE (Consent & Assault Awareness Relationship Educators), PAFing, researching old books
Interests: feminism, folk music, coffee shops, theater, the color red, Drake, middles of nowhere
Hottest cause: Confronting post-feminism and post-racialism
Summer Plans: thesis research, other research, running Summer Athena's gender-empowerment collaboration for amazing SUP campers
Favorite metro Boston location: Simon's Coffee, Porter Square
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Getting Mother's Body, Suzan-Lori Parks
Short bio: Camille Owens is a rising senior who is very nerdy and thrills at reading and doing her homework. She is a Hist & Lit and WGS concentrator who mostly studies African American fiction and performance, and who has big dreams of producing a thesis this year. She loves the quad and all the wonderful people who live there with her. Her aspirations after college are unspecific but definitely include co-parenting a cat named Betty Shabazz-Owens-Chou.
Nickname: C-Money (or see monie) courtesy of past FUP Leader and general life changer Karla Reyes, and sometimes Camille calls me Baby Chou
Hometown: Lower Merion, Pennsylvania (Bala Cynwyd to be specific)
House: Pfoho (quad life best life)
Activities: PBHA all day every day (Officers, Summer Urban Program, Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment, driving vans), PAFfing with Camille. Ask me about service and advocacy at Harvard!
Interests: driving around aimlessly (in a twelve passenger van preferably), working with/being inspired by youth, grassroots community organizations, student activism, Asian American activism/movements, Grace Lee Boggs and Yuri Kochiyama, Dorchester, coffee and overpriced coffee shops, reflecting on social justice issues, water ice, lychee flavored things, gmail labels (and a color-coding system), shoes without laces, bright colored nail polish, bubble tea, queer and feminist (and queer feminist) blogs, and long breakfasts
Hottest cause: breaking down the prison-industrial complex, changing the education system (without privatization), youth-led revolutions, queer rights
Summer Plans: Working with the Summer Urban Program (teaching, kids, teens, community partnerships, deep service experiences, LOVE)
Favorite metro Boston location: Fields Corner, Dorchester
Your life in a gchat status: talking to people on the internet makes me anxious
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: On Beauty, Zadie Smith
Short bio: Carolyn comes to Boston/Cambridge via the Main Line, aka suburban Philadelphia. She is a senior (what?) living in Pfoho with some FUPpies who changed her life three years ago; however, she spends most of her time in the Phillips Brooks House (too much time one might argue). She loves to talk about PBHA, service, advocacy, activism, and Harvard's relationship to the community, and she would love to see all of you in the building at some point! When she manages to leave PBHA, she can sometimes be found in the Women's Center (free coffee), the Gato (basically free coffee), or coffee shops around the square (overpriced coffee). She also likes to talk about the prison system (and how crazy it is), Asian American activism, feminism, visions of social change, and how to stay sane at Harvard. She is excited for her fourth FUP and to meet all the new FUPpies!
Concentration: Af. Am.
Activities: Propagating Being-- in spite of the threat of Nonbeing
Interests: Nihilism and Existentialism; oppression and liberation; possibility and impossibility
Hottest cause: Liberation
Summer Plans: Buenos Aires
Favorite metro Boston location: Atlantic Ocean
Your life in a gchat status: Let's Stay Together
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: A Black Theology of Liberation (Cone); The Origins of Totalitarianism (Arendt)
Short bio: Since my birth some twenty years ago, I've been consumed by upholding: sagacity in spite of mendacity; audacity in spite of pusillanimity; Being in spite of Nonbeing
Hometown: Hooksett, NH
Concentration: Engineering Sciences (Mechanical)
House: Cabot (QUAD LYFE!!!!)
Activities: Rugby, CHANCE (basically tutoring high school students to prepare them for college apps and SATs), ridiculous engineering projects (like balloon supported tents for disaster relief shelters!), being a lamonster, working on robotic insects (aka the best research job ever)
Interests: listening to old school hip hop and R&B, queer rights, race, Will Smith, watching television shows or movies involving heist, trying to use science and math to improve society/life, working with kids, religion, organizing things, Berryline
Hottest cause: Education and mentoring youth
Summer Plans: Working in the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory on a robotic cockroach
Favorite metro Boston location: Davis Square
Your life in a gchat status: Invisible
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Invisible Man or The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Short bio: Dani hails the famous town known as Hooksett, NH (ok so maybe not that famous) with her parents, little sister, and two Puerto Rican street dogs (who are both black and white just like her!). She loves loudly colored shoes (especially when they are Air Force Ones) and watching addictive television shows like Grey's Anatomy, Fresh Prince, NCIS, and 30 Rock. Dani intends to concentrate in engineering sciences (and for this reason can typically be found in Lamont at any time, usually the third floor). Although involved in tutoring and mentoring programs in the past, she hopes to become more involved in education and education reform issues, and social activism as a whole.
Nickname: Darsh, Darshvader, D-Pain
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Concentration: Social Studies
Activities: Harvard Global Health and AIDS Coalition, Advocating Success for Kids (ASK), Harvard Model United Nations (HMUN)
Interests: writing, Kentucky basketball, spicy food, meeting new people, dancing, long drives, cheese and crackers, Drake
Hottest cause: Access to healthcare/health equity
Summer Plans: Helping with projects in Lima, Peru to combat drug-resistant TB with Partners in Health
Favorite metro Boston location: The Commons!
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Mountains Beyond Mountains
Short bio: Darshali is a rising junior in Quincy House hailing from the Bluegrass State. She is interested in eventually pursuing a career in medicine and in the ways activism can (does, must) influence the formulation and implementation of health policies. She's super excited to lead FUP 2012 because she remembers all the amazing people she met during her FUP, among them almost all of her blockies! She's glad to be part of such an amazing community and can't wait to share the fuplove with FUP 2012!
Hometown: Austin, TX
Concentration: Social Studies & Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Activities: PBHA, PAF-ing, art-ing when I can , reading feminist and other social theory
Interests: compulsive coffee and tea drinking, baking, breakfast for lunch, service, ceramics/painting/drawing, public transportation systems and urban development, intersectionality, South Asian post-colonial identity, getting to know others and their stories
Hottest cause: feminism, fusing theory and activism/practice, youth power, immigrant identity & ESL
Summer Plans: Teaching English in Ecuador, and learning even more from the people I meet there!
Favorite metro Boston location: Central Square & Fields Corner!
Short bio: Dipona is a rising junior originally from Austin, Texas, the small blue dot in a red state! Accordingly, she retains a love for the outdoor music scene and good Tex-Mex. Colors and the weather really affect her mood. Dipona had her "feminist click moment" before she turned ten, when she realized that boys and girls have incredibly different life circumstances. Since that time, her understanding of feminism has developed and deepened but has continued to ground her evolving personal theories of action and change. She believes in keeping it real, as well as the power of passion, anger, enthusiasm, and human connection. She is so so excited to meet and get to know the next generation of FUPpies!
Nickname: Angel Descended From Heaven Made To Bring Smiles Onto Everyone's Face
Hometown: (Very) Pharr, Texas
Concentration: Government/International Relations (But I'm mostly concentrating on Life and Its #struggles)
Activities: Harvard University Band (Prop Crew), RAZA, Harvard University Mariachi Veritas, FUP Steercom!
Interests: Muzzzzaaaaiiic, Jazz, Tumblr, Making a person smile, Armed Forces, and More!
Hottest cause: Human Rights and Ethical Practices
Summer Plans: TEXAAAAASSSSSSS!!!!, Keylatch Summer Urban Program, FUP Steercom
Favorite metro Boston location: Constantly changing, but Arnold Arboretum for now!
Your life in a gchat status: How do I work this damn thing?!
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Anne of Green Gables, 1984, NANCY DREW!, any and all poems by Dorothy Parker
Short bio: Considered a Jill-of-all-trades, I do, listen, talk, am a little bit of everything, so don't freak too much when you meet me! This is where I'm supposed to illustrate all of my 'qualities,' but, what's the fun in me just telling you about myself? That's like me telling you the world's going to end before we're even legally allowed to drink (for those 93'ers) or that Santa Claus is not real (Sorry!). Get to know me, it might be one of the greatest experiences of our lives (ever).
Nickname: Eduardo Mateo Escalon Garza Pantel O'Ryan jkjklol it's Eddie
Hometown: Calipatria, California
Concentration: The Comparative Study of Religion
Activities: Harvard-Radcliffe RAZA, PBHA's Men's Empowerment Prison Education Program, Fuerza Latina, Keylatch Afterschool Program, I'm also the receptionist at Phillips Brooks House so if you need to know your copy code or where your mailbox is I am you man.
Interests: Social change and communities of faith, the Quakers, Latin Literature, ethnic studies, borders, deserts, protest art, agriculture and gardening, old books, thrift stores, swap meet, yard sales (yes, I like old stuff), coffee(yes that is a legitimate interest), local restaurants, memes and other viral internet things.
Hottest cause: Social justice in rural communities, immigration, the criminal (in)justice system, mobilizing communities of color and faith, social Christianity, water rights and rural/urban relations
Summer Plans: Senior Counselor at PBHA's Native American Youth Enrichment Program
Favorite metro Boston location: Revere Beach
Your life in a gchat status: CaN wE pReTeNd ThAt AiR PlAnE$ iN tHe NiGhT $kY aRe LiKe ShOoTiNg $tAr$? I cOuLd ReAlLy U$e A wI$h RiGht NaO.
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Short bio: Eddie was born just outside of Fresno, CA but grew up in a tiny town in California's Imperial Valley about an hour away from Arizona and 30 minutes away from the US-Mexico border. Prisons and agriculture were the two big industries that dominated his hometown and that has really helped shape his understanding of social justice. He's a junior in The Study of Religion. In spite of the highs and lows in the history of religion he thinks communities of faith are still important in organizing. He has two dogs (Hopey and CeeCee) and three cats (The Christmas Kitty, The Little Kitty and Meany because his mom is really bad at naming cats). He loves pigs because he used to raise them in high school; yeah he's kind of a country bumpkin. You can probably find him answering phones at Phillips Brooks House or waiting in line for coffee. He's really excited about FUP 2012(his first FUP) and he can't wait to meet the class of 2016!
Hometown: Sacramento, CA
Concentration: Government (maybe?)
Activities: Student Labor Action Movement, Responsible Investment at Harvard, Harvard College Democrats, Keylatch Tutoring, essentially anything political and liberal.
Interests: Queer Rights, Latin America (LOVE traveling), Labor issues, socioeconomic inequality, NORCAL PRIDE, Activism, Eating (as often as possible), most any liberal or activist issue.
Summer Plans: Interning in Bogota, Colombia for la Alta Consejeria para la Proseridad Social, a government agency working to reduce extreme poverty.
Favorite metro Boston location:
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: A People's History of the United States (oops, not a novel)
Short bio: Gabriel is a rising sophomore who will live in Lowell house next year. After a crazy summer in Bogota, Colombia, Gabriel is thrilled to get back to Cambridge and lead FUP!!! Gabriel came from Sacramento, California, (of which he still has incredible pride) from a Colombian mother and a Haitian father (random, I know). He is fascinated by socioeconomic inequality, especially in Latin America. He is thinking about concentrating in government, but he will probably change his mind. He finds Harvard amazing, rewarding, and frustrating, all at the same time! He spent too much time camping outside with Occupy Harvard last fall, but is still very involved with Labor issues and activism on campus. He loved FUP last year, and he cannot wait for FUP 2012!
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Concentration: Government & African American Studies
Activities: Harvard Model Congress, member of Citizenship Tutoring (tutoring Harvard Employees to pass the US Citizenship Exam), Community Action Committee (Chair, using Direct Service to connect Politics and Public Service) and CIVICS (Teaching 5th graders about American Government ) through the Harvard Institute of Politics
Interests: doing Yoga, watching documentaries on Netflix, doing direct public service, reading/watching the news, following American politics, listening to music, being a picky eater
Hottest cause: Universal access to healthcare
Summer Plans: Student Coordinator for the Harvard Summer in Washington Program (organizing fun events relating to Politics and Public Service for Harvard students interning in DC)
Favorite metro Boston location: Copley
Your life in a gchat status: I literally haven't been "visible" in 10 years
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. Du Bois
Short bio: ImeIme (it's totally normal if you're stressing about how to pronounce that, we can talk about it) is a rising Junior in Lowell House. Though she didn't participate in FUP as a freshman, she is passionate about seeing action around issues of social justice. She grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (yes, that's the capital) with her mother and three sisters. The rest of her family lives throughout Nigeria and the UK. Her favorite things includes bad jokes, earl grey tea with 3-4 blocks of ice, driving, hot yoga and her incredible friends. At Harvard, she is very active at the Institute of Politics and especially enjoys their service programs (thinking about the interaction between direct service and the political process is so cool and should happen more often). She's terribly excited to meet the incoming Fuppies, so please excuse her if she talks your ears off.
Nickname: J-swag, Hutt, Jabba the Hutt, Drake-ob
Hometown: Shaker Heights, OH-IO
Concentration: Social Studies
House: oh whatchu know about Q-HAUS!!!!!!
Activities: Citizenship Tutoring, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response liaison, basketball, playing piano, recording music with my roommate, dancing at every possible opportunity, creating awesome meals that are not on the menu at the d-hall, watching SNL Digital shorts over and over and over again, applying for DAPA grants for random national holidays
Interests: "Revolucion es cambiar todo lo que debe ser cambidado."
Hottest cause: Global warming. No just kidding it's democracy
Summer Plans: hesis researching in Havana, Cuba by day/salsa dancing by night
Favorite metro Boston location: wonderland
Your life in a gchat status: f*#^ you, lebron
Short bio: #216bornandraised #JFUP #quincyhousebesthouse #seniorzzzz #studyabroad #cubalibre #hoopstar #getthegovernmentoutofmymedicare #4815162342 #ifyouunderstoodthatlastonePLEASETELLMEYOULIKEDTHEENDING #lazysundaywakeupinthelastafternoon #isaveupallyourboardplusuntiltheendofthesemesterandthenjustgoingtotownonthosemozzsticks #sorryfordougying #letstalkaboutisraelandgetpissedateachother #willsingforfood #excitedforfup2012 #lastfupbeforetheworldends
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Concentration: Social Studies (with a focus in Urban Studies and Governance)
House: Kirkland HAUS (but I like to kick back in Quincy)
Activities: The Food Literacy Representative (I get paid to buy food and share it with others), the Housing Opportunities Program (an organization that grants emergency loans to Boston residents facing eviction.), the Black Students Association, and a bit more.
Interests: Large headphones, Speculoos Spread, Old TV shows (like Taina, My Cousin Skeeter, Hey Arnold, etc), Once Upon a Time (a TV show), Neon Indian, Pharrell Williams, Venn diagrams, water (lots of it), Midwestern things, looking for funny .gifs, venturing into the unknown, walking, and art that's quirky, eccentric, and a little dark.
Hottest cause: Matter of Trust... look this charity up.
Summer Plans: Interning within the House of Representatives (which means I'll be running around the Hill all summer) and volunteering with the Obama campaign
Favorite metro Boston location: Back Bay
Your life in a gchat status: I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough. -M. C. Escher
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig &Yes Means Yes by Jaclyn Friedman
Short bio: Jasmine is a rising junior in Kirkland House. She hails from the great city of Chicago, home to excellent food, great Indie musicians, and this year's NATO Conference. Yes, she does jam to house music, and yes she eats deep-dish pizza. She likes her flamin' hot cheetos with lime and cheese. This girl is a foodie. She likes making up words that don't exist. She's continually finding ways to immerse herself in the field of public service, and a lot of that dabbling has centered on the foster care system.
Hometown: New York, NY
Concentration: Computer Science and Ethnic Studies
Activities: Institute of Politics, Asian American Association, Leaders! (PBHA)
Interests: basketball, football, hiking, thrifting, biking
Hottest cause: Bringing more young women into STEM, fighting for affordable housing
Summer Plans: Teaching and developing curriculum at CodeEd, tenant organizing with CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, and coding with the Data News team at NY Public Radio
Favorite metro Boston location: the Charles river
Your life in a gchat status: let's meet up in person
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Short bio: Jenny is a senior in Kirkland House from Manhattan's Chinatown, where she first got involved with service and advocacy through working with Asian American activist groups. Jenny splits time outside of class in Kirkland dining hall doing CS problem sets and at the Institute of Politics (conveniently across the street from Kirkland). She loves politics, political Asians, using Cantonese and Mandarin politically (you get the picture). She's pumped for an exciting Fall semester of electoral politics, and engaging low-income and people of color communities in the political process. Even more pumped to meet all of the new FUPpies!
Nickname: Josh, Reina, Reina Azteca. It really depends on the context
Concentration: History and Literature of Latin America
House: Gato Rojo (....and sometimes Leverett)
Activities: Throwing queer-friendly parties for Fuerza Latina and qpoc parties for Queer Students and Allies. Giving out free drinks during my shift at the Cafe Gato Rojo (while blasting reggaeton on the sound system). Being ridiculously loud and inappropriate with my block mates.
Interests: Spoken word, creative non-fiction, good non-Starbucks coffee/espresso, queer stuff, Latino stuff, reppin Los Angeles whenever possible, gender identity/performance, street art (i.e. NOT Obey), making homophobic boys uncomfortable with my sexuality and gender identity, and Nicki Minaj.
Hottest cause: The representation/support of marginalized students in higher education.
Summer Plans: Partying in West Hollywood, getting lost in Downtown Los Angeles, road tripping up the West Coast, doing summer research on Latino LGBTQ performance studies at Northwestern U.
Favorite metro Boston location: Boston MGH
Your life in a gchat status: #SwagSwagSwag
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Not really a novel, but-- Loving in the War Years by Cherrie Morraga.
Short bio: Joshua is a rising Junior from Los Angeles (the real Los Angeles). He is young, creative, angry, and oh so fly. He is a queer man of color that is striving to build bridges between the queer and Latino communities on Harvard's campus. Joshua performs various identities, much like Nicki Minaj does. He hopes to someday be a public policy lawyer by day/writer by night. If that doesn't work out, Joshua plans on fathering Ricky Martin's two white, adopted babies--they will have brown hearts. He loves long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners, and late night dancing. He does not like the cold.
Nickname: Studmuffin Supreme
Hometown: New Albany, OH
Concentration: All of the Things (English, Women, Gender, Sexuality, Chemistry, Spanish, etc.)
House: Adams House
Activities: Women's Center, Drinking Tea, Peer Counseling, Queer Students and Allies (QSA), Climbing Mountains, Modern Dance, Baking Cookies, Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan (Traditional Mexican Folkloric Dance)
Interests: Creating community: Recognizing commonalities and celebrating differences both within groups and across boundaries (That should be the title of a dissertation)
Hottest cause: Gender and Sexuality Ish
Summer Plans: Working with the Victory Fund in DC
Favorite metro Boston location: Napping on the banks of the Charles in the Spring
Your life in a gchat status: What's gchat?
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Omigod I can't even: Atlantis by Mark Doty (it's a collection of poetry), Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Wuthering Heights, The Poisonwood Bible, so many many many more
Short bio: I hear his hair's insured for ten-thousand dollars.
Hometown: Newton, MA
House: QUINCY!!! (Penguins forever!)
Activities: Responsible Investment at Harvard, Cambridge After School Program, Math Circle
Interests: Red Sox, Celtics, math, new economics, sleeping in Harvard Yard, South Indian food (dosai! ), frisbee, Radiohead, teaching kids, wandering around Boston, stopping climate change, non-violence
Hottest cause: Getting Harvard to invest our $32 billion endowment sustainably and socially responsibly
Summer Plans: Researching algebraic curves
Favorite metro Boston location: Fenway Park
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: A Fine Balance
Short bio: Krishna is a rising senior in Quincy House. He's lived in the Boston area for almost all of his life, and can't wait to share this wonderful city with all the FUPpies. His relationship with Harvard is hopelessly complicated, especially since Occupy, but he is not at all ready to leave in a year. When he isn't trying to change Harvard, Krishna enjoys thinking about geometry, teaching kids, and playing nerdy games. He loved FUP as a FUPpie three years ago, and is super excited to come back!
Nickname: Les, Dude, LMo
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Concentration: Sociology & Ethnic Studies
House: Quincy (but occasionally Winthrop)
Activities: Harvard-Radcliffe RAZA, Ballet Folklorico de Aztlan, Keylatch Afterschool Program, Fuerza Latina, Latinas Unidas,
Interests: Chicana feminism, mesoamerica, spirituality, radical self-love, dance, ice cream, food in general, BBC programmes, novelas, the Harry Potter-LOTR-Star Wars trifecta, comic books, video games, science fiction, impromptu Disney sing-alongs, making obscure movie references, memes, ratchetness, and watching Quinceanera dances on Youtube.
Hottest cause: Immigration, education, race relations, women's & LBGBTQ rights...
Summer Plans: Keylatch SUP, exploring, and reading all of A Song of Ice and Fire.
Favorite metro Boston location: Maverick
Your life in a gchat status: Hustle.
Novel that you'd recommend to the world:Massacre of the Dreamers - Ana Castillo
Short bio: Leslie J. Montes was born in Culiacan, but grew up in Los Angeles. You can always count on her to remind you of what she did not leave the South Side for. She is part of the 1.5 generation and is neither here nor there. Literally. Most often, she can be found underground, not because she's creepin', but because for some reason everything she loves seems to be located in a basement - The FUP office, the WGS & Social Studies departments, the Women's Center, the Folklorico closet, the Green Room, Winthrop Dining Hall... In her spare time, she enjoys wandering around Boston, trolling in the deep, having movie nights, learning traditional Mexica(n) dances, the internet, and hugging. Leslie is excited for FUP 2012 and will make sure the Fuppies can tell at the Welcome Wagon.
Concentration: Social Studies
Activities: Global Health and AIDS Coalition, Peer Health Exchange, Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, Harvard Political Review, figuring out how to be useful
Interests: reading about politics and the state of the world, debating those topics (especially in public locations), aspiring to be an activist, running, shouting, watching documentaries, health equity, lectures and talks, urban adventures, public transportation, biking, cooking+eating, meeting strangers, spontaneity
Hottest cause: health equity/human equity
Summer Plans: Learning about / working on tuberculosis issues in Lima, Peru with Socios En Salud
Favorite metro Boston location: Fresh Pond!
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: To Kill a Mockingbird, All the King's Men, Random Family
Short bio: Lily is a rising junior from the small town of New York City, where she likes to explore uncharted territory, mostly by foot or bike. She likes to maintain perpetual motion, learn about other people and places, and hopes one day to be a doctor. She cannot read her twin sister's mind. While she spent the week before her freshman year began cleaning bathrooms, she is super psyched to join the awesome FUP community. She's always been told she talks too much and hopes one day that talking will do some good for the world.
Hometown: Briarcliff, NY
House: Dudley Co-op, House of Po-op
Activities: Mission Hill Afterschool, Contact Peer Counseling, International Women's Rights Collective, being a badass intern at the BGLTQ office (visiting is mandatory), balling sooo hard
Interests: dead languages, watching other people do parkour, teaching, reading books with the word "change" in the title, Genghis Khan, drawing nude portraits, Janelle Monae, pantsuits (spectator only)
Hottest cause: Immigrant education and ESL
Summer Plans: Teaching creative writing and college prep in Mongolia, clubbing in Shanghai, teaching English in Guangzhou, and generally sticking out like a loser at a winners' convention
Favorite metro Boston location: The!!!! Aquarium!!!! OMG!!!!!!!
Your life in a gchat status: can anyone tell me what I'm eating right now?
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Jitterbug Perfume
Short bio: Oh haaaaaaaaaay. Lynne is a rising junior/ awkward second-semester sophomore in da co-op (c/o Quincy). Born in the bustling metropolis of Briarcliff Manor in upstate New York, Lynne knew from a tender age that she wanted to participate in a program that appreciated the wonder of acronyms as much as she did. At Harvard, she spends all day looking at inflectional suffixes in dead branches of Germanic and secretly searching for ones that sound like naughty slang words. Outside the classroom, Lynne digs teaching, mentoring, berating people who don't visit her in the BGLTQ office, overdressing and/or underdressing for parties, working those impeccable abs, thinking about identity, and forcing her roommates to re-watch all the most horribly offensive scenes in Disney movies so she can feel better about how much she enjoys them. Lynne also likes Winnie the Pooh and everything about dogs. This is Lynne's first year as a FUP leader, but it totally doesn't show!
Hometown: St. Louis, MO (also Babruysk, Belarus)
Concentration: Officially Slavic Languages and Literatures , but really eeeverything.
Activities: The Crimson, Sustainable Food Project, Vegetarian Society, Harvard Political Review (sometimes), Russian Speakers Association, progressive things.
Interests: Feminism, veganism, languages, cooking, baking, learning, writing, music, the world and finding my place in it. Thinking and evolving. Bollywood movies, Spanish music, Russian music, Hindi music, tellin it like it is, sleeping.
Hottest cause: Feminism, sexual violence, animal rights, the environment, corporate abuse.
Summer Plans: Working at a crazyawesomebrilliant nonprofit in Boston that fights corporate abuse. Editing content for the Crimson. Writing for the Harvard Political Review. Linguistics research. Living on my own and enjoying Boston and the company of my loved ones.
Favorite metro Boston location: hmmm. The North End/Harborwalk! Also Allston.
Your life in a gchat status: <3 REGINA
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Oh man, what a question. I will tentatively say Notes from Underground. Also Their Eyes Were Watching God, my favorite book of all time, which many of you have probably read. If you didn't like it, read it again! Also, all of John McWhorter's linguistics books, which aren't novels, but still.
Short bio: I'm Marina, a rising junior (what???!) and an unbelievably excited FUP leader. My week as a FUPpie in 2010 was almost certainly my most wonderful experience at Harvard so far. I'm a feminist, a passionate vegan, a lover of languages and cultures and human diversity, a writer, an editor, an avid cook, and a ravenous learner. I'm also a lot of contradictory things at once. I'm both a budding activist and a reluctant one because activism is hard and frustrating and reductive. I've grown so much emotionally, mentally, and intellectually over the last 2 years, and I can't wait to share it with this year's FUPpies. I've also been in a relationship with Regina Spektor for six years (actually, it's more like a love triangle between myself, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple).
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Concentration: Applied Mathematics
Activities: PROJECT SWIM (teaching students with disabilities how to swim), QSA (Queer Students and Allies Social Chair, Woot! Woot!), Learning Technology Center (I work here when I have free time), SIC! (Social Innovation Collaborative, yeah it's exactly what it sounds like-- SIC!), Undergraduates Admission Council, dancing!, meeting new people
Interests: The Little Mermaid, chicken waaaangz, Lil Wayne, math, buttons, extensions, sneezing (you'll see what I mean soon enough), mindless movies, Tumblr, Netflix, cheesecake, living lyf3
Hottest cause: FUPPING!
Summer Plans: I'll be working with UNITE HERE! Organizing Beyond Barriers in Boston and living in Davis Square!
Your life in a gchat status: :D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: The Kite Runner
Short bio: Neimy is RIDICULOUSLY excited for FUP 2012!!!! Neimy's motto in life is "You're not fully dressed until you put a smile on :D!" At only 60 inches, Neimy is passionate about equal rights, queer issues, and defying stereotypes.
Activities: PAF (Peer Advising Fellow, helping out freshman adjust to life at Harvard), on the board for Habitat for Humanity helping to organize our yearly domestic and international trips as well as weekend trips in the Boston area. I'm also involved with National Campaign, a voter registration program through the IOP.
Interests: I like listening to music, especially rap and hip/hop. I love being outside, either playing soccer, going on a run, frisbee, or anything active. I play the piano, and I also love to eat food!
Hottest cause: Economic inequality,
Summer Plans: I'll be studying abroad in Buenos Aires
Favorite metro Boston location: The Charles Rivah
Your life in a gchat status: Pset or Party?
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Dresdon Files
Short bio: Noah is a rising sophomore in Winthrop who absolutely loved FUP last year, and can't wait to come back and lead a whole new batch of fuppies! Born and raised in LA, Noah was constantly forced to fend off hordes of celebrities knocking on his door to hang out and take pictures with him. As a Californian, Noah tolerates his east coast friends, but knows that the west is where it's at. Currently Noah is considering a concentration in Biophysics, but is by no means decided. In the coming year, Noah is hoping to become more involved in the IOP, a great resource on campus for anyone interested in anything political.
Hometown: Solon, Ohio
Concentration: Social Studies
Activities: Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, International Women's Rights Collective, Leverett House Public Service Student Representative, Vagina Monologues Director, Research Assistant on international relations, Harvard Alumni Association Undergraduate Representative, tutoring, 3 hour long dinners, picnics by the river, zumba, debating social theory at 3am, gmail, getting creative with HUDS food, brain break
Interests: Coffee, nutella, all things chocolate, travel, theater, dancing to 90s music, Mad Men, How I Met Your Mother, The Daily Show, exploring new cities, sunsets, waterskiing, jumping in puddles in thunderstorms, sleeping till noon
Hottest cause: Homelessness, women's rights, international human rights
Summer Plans: Interning at a foreign policy think tank in Washington, DC
Favorite metro Boston location: Central Square
Your life in a gchat status: Addicted to gchat
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: The Glass Castle
Short bio: Randi is a rising junior and is so excited to meet all the new FUPpies!! Randi grew up in Solon, Ohio (outside of Cleveland) and misses her yorkshire terrier like crazy. She is a social studies concentrator with a secondary in psychology and Spanish citation, and is hoping to go into international development/international human rights/ foreign diplomacy. She has likely learned more from her time at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter than from class, however. She is hopelessly addicted to coffee, gmail/gchat, and Pandora, and hopes to live in six different continents for a significant amount of time each.
Hometown: Claremont, CA
Concentration: Molecular and Cellular Biology
House: Adams = love
Activities: Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Health Leads
Interests: Science, cool sunglasses, science policy, global health, why things work, hipster coffee shops, interesting bakeries, spicy food, ice cream, froyo, milkshakes, things that glow in the dark, people, languages, culture, things that sparkle, brightly colored scarves
Hottest cause: language as a mechanism of empowerment and access
Summer Plans: STEERCOMpletelyawesome, researchhhh
Favorite metro Boston location: Packard's Corner!
Your life in a gchat status: just found five dollars
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: 1984, Giraffes? Giraffes!
Short bio: Reshma is a rising senior from Claremont, California, where it's sunny a lot and they make really good froyo. She lives in Adams house and is concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a secondary in Government. Since she has no idea what she wants to do with her life (other have her own island), she figures that this combination is sufficiently noncommittal that if asked, whatever future path she feels like making up at the time could be at least vaguely related. Reshma really likes ice cream, frequently talks with her hands, and occasionally makes up words. She wants to see the world in 90s-styleTechnicolor and thinks real life should have sound effects.
Hometown: Swarthmore, PA
Concentration: Social Studs
Activities: Community Garden, KeyChange, Roxbury Youth Initiative, Environmental Action Committee
Interests: PHILLY, bagels, exploring Boston on my bike, biking, eating Boston, sustainable and urban agriculture, regional and American identity, globalization and the global justice movement, the East Coast.
Hottest cause: Destroying Neoliberalism and transitioning to a new "economy"
Summer Plans: Working in the Philadelphia mayor's office of Policy Planning and Coordination, researching on education, anti-poverty, public safety, and education.
Favorite metro Boston location: IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION. Mass Ave Bridge, Maverick Square (Eastie), Revere Beach
Your life in a gchat status: Fuck Everything.
Short bio: Sam grew up next to Swarthmore College and went to your typical suburban public school. He struggles with being an environmentalist and a huge meat-eater, but hopes that moving to the co-op will help him curb down his protein consumption. He likes trees and forestry, getting dirty, the concept of sustainability, cheesesteaks, hoagies, Wawa, and being all over the place. Most of the time you can find him working in the garden working (on his tan), and otherwise he is in Petsi Pies or on his bike. After college he would like to fulfill his American Dream and open up a bagel shop in Boston or Philadelphia.
Nickname: S-Killa, Sammy G, Sizzlin Sam (not really)
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Concentration: History and Literature
Activities: Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, AEPi, Fiddle, running, BALLIN
Interests: BALLIN, bluegrass, hip hop, Taylor Swift, fresh kicks, The Game
Hottest cause: Housing/Homelessness, Urban inequalities
Summer Plans: Working at a homelessness/housing agency called Shelter Network in San Francisco
Favorite metro Boston location: Central Square, The Fens, The Charles, CRLS
Your life in a gchat status: Taylor Swift, marry me?
Short bio: Born and bred in Crimebridge Massachusetts, Sam is unnecessarily rap inclined in most aspects of his life. When asked why, he usually quotes The Game, Kanye West, or Rick Ross. Despite his hip hop inclinations, he also has something of an obsession with bluegrass music, go figure. He loves Cambridge and Boston more than is really healthy, so if you ever want to regret you asked a question, or hear enough unabashed love for the two cities poured out to make you sick, ask him about Cambridge or Boston. Now I will close with a line from the esteemed scholar Snoop Dogg, which will accurately describe this coming FUP-- it's gonna be nothing but a gangsta partyyyyy.
Nickname: Sandra Y. L. Korn
Hometown: central Jersey!
Concentration: History of Science + Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality
House: Eliot House
Activities: Student Labor Action Movement, the Crimson editorial board, klezmer music, BAGELS (the Jewish queer organization) Harvard Hillel, occupying things
Interests: leftist politics, socialism, feminism, blogging, eating delicious vegetarian food at Clover in Harvard square, chai tea, responsible investment at Harvard, compulsively buying the Spare Change News every week, occupying things
Hottest cause: students and workers organizing together against the corporatization of higher education.
Summer Plans: exploring Israel, giving tours of Harvard for prospective students, interning at In These Times and Dollars & Sense magazine, and PLANNING THE AWESOMENESS THAT WILL BE FUP 2012 WITH THE REST OF STEERCOM!!!!
Favorite metro Boston location: the escalators that lead down to the Porter Square T stop
Your life in a gchat status: dissent is the highest form of patriotism
Short bio: Sandra is a rising junior in Eliot House and is thoroughly psyched to be coming back for her second year on steercom (thank me for your lunch, fuppies!). She loves exploring the city of Boston, explaining the awesome of crazy interdisciplinary concentrations, giving tours of Harvard, having long conversations in the middle of Harvard Yard at night, and repping the great state of NEW JERSEYYYY and is more than excited to do ALL of those things during FUP 2012. Contrary to popular misconception, her middle initials do not stand for "young libertarian."
Nickname: Shea, Skim, Grumpy bunny, Shanaynay, Shaney
Hometown: Sin City
House: The Gato and occasionally Lev
Activities: CAARE (Consent and Assault Awareness Relationship Educators), International Women's Rights Collective (IWRC), Sexual Health Education and Advocacy Throughout Harvard College (SHEATH i.e. the group that brought you Sex Week!), and I volunteer at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC).
Interests: Terrible top 40 pop, cello, beaches, my awful but fantastic tumblr, pillows, and being one of the gaysians of my fabulous blocking group!
Hottest cause: Communication and CONSENT
Summer Plans: Living on the southern California beach and frolicking with my toddler cousins
Favorite metro Boston location: Davis Square is nice, but I love going across the Charles on the Red Line.
Your life in a gchat status: MERF.
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: That I've read this past year -- Prozac Nation, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Short bio: Shea's a rising junior who's goal in life is to spread the joy of enthusiastic consent. She spends most of her time volunteering with BARCC, the QRC, and the Gato Rojo, usually attempting to keep up with her eccentric and, quite honestly, crazy blockmates. She claims she's aiming for law school (re: when talking to adults), but really, she just wants to run a bookstore/cafe/bar while reading and writing to her heart's content. Also, she's trying out this new nickname "Shea" while experimenting with her gender expression etc. Bear with her.
Nickname: Victor Manuel
Hometown: Hempstead, New York
Concentration: Primary: Sociology, Secondary: Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Ex Premed and Chemistry Concentrator
House: Cabot House!!!
Activities: Keylatch Summer Urban Director, PBHA's Afterschool and In-school Program Officer, Mentor in the Native American Youth Enrichment Program and LEADERS (Teen Mentorship/Workshop Program), Running, Not playing board games, Not Not having spontaneous water fights, jamming to Caribbean reggae and reggaeton
Interests: Working alongside youth and families in underserved communities, the Neighborhood Effect, watching Naruto... but really!, Track and Field, Soccer, etc, graduating college, running sub 3-hour marathon, etc
Hottest cause: Depends on the color of your skin and how much cash money you gotz.
Summer Plans: I'm currently co-directing a summer camp in the South End of Boston which serve low income families within the South End and Lower Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston.
Favorite metro Boston location: East Boston!
Your life in a gchat status: smh
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: Gender Outlaws
Short bio: Yo! Victor Flores was raised in Hempstead, Uniondale and Roosevelt in New York. As the oldest son to a single mother who immigrated from El Salvador, Victor is proud of his Central American and Latin@ heritage. Victor is entering his senior year at Harvard College at Cabot House (originally lived in Thayer dorm). He has absolutely no idea where he will end up in one year as he can end up anywhere between the Dominican Republic and Boston. Nevertheless, I look forward to meeting madd people and forming new relationships during my last undergraduate year. I also like eating ketchup with my rice, beans, and pupusas!
Hometown: Bangor, ME
Concentration: Social Studies (major), Linguistics (minor)
House: Dudley Co-op
Activities: Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) Advocacy, Health, & Housing Programming Group Officer, miscellaneous activist projects
Interests: Praxis, political economy and philosophy, critical theory, history, language, psychology. Folk jams, espresso, pasta, the cold, plaid. Typesetting, reveling, nerd-ing out, troublemaking, doubting everything.
Hottest cause: Human beings
Favorite metro Boston location: Charles MGH
Novel that you'd recommend to the world: The Grapes of Wrath
Short bio: William is a rising junior from the wild lands to the north. While pursuing agricultural work in the Apennine Mountains in Italy, his peripatetic father, a generally stolid, cynical, and critical WASP, met and fell in love with William's mother, a generally expansive, idealistic, and compassionate Italian. Predictably, William was born some time thereafter, and today is trying to reconcile the contradictory cultural and personal traits he inherited. William assures you that he is "great once you get to know [him]" and he looks forward to welcoming you to Harvard, "such as it is."