Concentration: Social Studies
Bio: Ivel is a rising junior concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in Constitutional Jurisprudence. In addition to working with the QSA, Ivel is also a staff writer for the Harvard Political Review and a member of Harvard’s Small Claims Advisory Service. Ivel is deeply passionate about LGBT equality. Before Harvard, Ivel served as a board member for Charlotte-NC’s largest LGBT-youth support group, Time Out Youth. Most recently, Ivel has served as a community organizing intern with Equality-NC and as an undergraduate intern with Lambda Legal, the nation’s largest and oldest legal organization working to achieve equality for people in the LGBT community and for those living with HIV/AIDS. When not preoccupied with academic work or extracurricular involvements, Ivel enjoys watching and re-watching episodes of the PBS hit series, Downton Abbey.
Concentration: Applied Math and Statistics
PGPs: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Neimy is a rising sophomore living in Quincy House. Her motto in life is “You’re not fully dressed until you put a smile on !” At only 60 inches, Neimy is passionate about equal rights, queer issues, and defying stereotypes. Neimy also serves as a coordinator for the Queer Resource Center, a campus ambassador for the LGBT pre-professional Out for Undergraduate Business Conference, and a member of Harvard’s newly established Queer Advisory Council. She has also worked with LGBT youth in the Greater Boston Area as an intern for the Massachusetts Commission for LGBT Youth. Some of Neimy’s favorite things include steak, chicken wangz and social justice.
Cultural Diversity Chairs:
Concentration: Women Gender and Sexuality Studies
Bio: A member of the Class of 2016, Kirin is involved with gender rights’ activism as co-director of the Harvard College International Women’s Rights Collective and works at the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations. She is actively involved with sexual health education and believes that no issue can avoid being intersectional, something we must use to build bold coalitions.
Gender Diversity Chair:
Bio: Kapena is a Native Hawaiian Aztec Reina in Cabot House. A joint-concentrator in Music and Statistics hailing from Los Angeles (the *only place* where palm trees, skateboarding teens, oddball bohemians, and the occasional movie star appear), Kapena likes long walks to the fridge, dismantling hegemonic power structures, QUAD LYFE, and playing his Renaissance lute. When not werking for QSA, GLOW, or the Office of BGLTQ Student Life, you can find Kapena with his headphones on twerking to a sick Bach fugue on Cabot lawn, or in HRO rehearsal.
Bio: is a first-year Economics concentrator from Raleigh, North Carolina, the world’s best place ever (if you don’t agree, he has a wealth of information to prove you wrong, so don’t even try, but actually). He is an avid supporter of the Democratic Party and anything that is sparkly. When Powell’s not doing stuff for QSA or College Dems, you can find him destroying his roommates at Super Smash Brothers, awkwardly rambling about cars, or bashing the state of South Carolina.
Bio: Howdy everyone! As a Harvard undergraduate, I’ve worked extensively with government-related issues through the IOP and other organizations and I hope to bring some of that experience to the QSA as one of your political co-chairs. Although this is my first time serving on the board, I have great ideas that I look forward to advancing over the year in order to bridge the gap between the realms of LGBTQ issues and politics. I look forward to working with you so that we may make our visions become realities. Feel free to contact me with ideas or comments!
Concentration: Social Studies
Bio: Hey everyone! My name is James and I am a rising sophomore concentrating in Sociology and working towards a citation in Spanish. I’m originally from the San Diego area in southern California. I lived in Hollis Hall as a freshman and am excited to say that I will be living in Currier House next year with some of my closest friends. Outside of academics, I tutor local elementary school students in Boston and am on the board of the Queer Students and Allies group here on campus. In my free time I enjoy doing activities with my friends like heading down to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston or just grabbing a bite to eat in Harvard Square. I’m not quite sure what the future holds for me but am currently pursuing law school. I am very excited for my first term with the QSA as secretary and hope to make a positive impact with my time on the board.
Bio: My name is Kenneth. I’m from Mesa, AZ (a suburb of Phoenix) AKA Mormonville. I’m a sophomore in Adams House, probably concentrating in Linguistics. My preferred gender pronoun is “he,” but I’ve been called “girl,” “gurl,” and–my personal favorite–”quuuuuuuuuuuuuurl” [pronounced /gə˞:l/, "gurl"]. I typically come off as serious and on task, which leads people to the mistaken conclusion that I am intelligent and capable. I am actually absurd, silly, and a cat. When I’m not being ridiculous, I’m probably napping, caffeinating, listening to sad indie music, or looking at pretty pictures on the interwebs.
Communications and Conference Chair:
Concentration: Social Anthropology
Bio: Brianna is a first-year queer woman living in Holworthy who will likely concentrate in Social Anthropology and Women’s/Gender/Sexuality Studies. She hails from the bitter cold land otherwise known as Syracuse, New York. She is an avid reader, writer, poet, dancer, singer, humorist, and lover of life.
Concentration: Biomedical Engineering
Bio: Brian is a first year from Orlando, Florida living in Hurlbut Hall. He is potentially concentrating in biomedical engineering or music or house husbandry. As one of the social co-chairs, Brian hopes to plan events that are exciting, inclusive, and unique. While not working on QSA events, Brian also serves as one of the co-presidents of Sex Health Education and Advocacy throughout Harvard College (SHEATH). An avid classical tenor, Brian’s biggest obstacle in life is not singing in the shower, which apparently “disturbs others.”
Bio: Manny is a senior concentrating in Chemistry and living in Leverett House. Manny comes from a city called East Chicago, Indiana. Yes, you read that correctly – Indiana – though he identifies more as a Chicago native. In addition to the QSA, Manny is a involved with several other groups on campus, including Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever (GLOW), Leverett HoCo, and the Nogales Summit for Youth Leadership. Though is a pre-med student, he recently discovered a passion for education. Manny is a really social, spontaneous guy that is always down for a good time. He loves tennis, volleyball, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.
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