"Tara Raghuveer is a senior concentrating in Social Studies, with a focus on contemporary American immigration and urban social problems. She is originally from Kansas City, Kansas. She joined the UC as a sophomore Currier representative (after losing the election freshman year), and served on the Student Life Committee, as the vice chair of the Student Relations Committee, and as an appointee to the student-faculty committee on campus safety. Tara believes in the UC's potential to positively impact the life of every Harvard student, so long as the UC thinks critically and works excellently to address the most relevant student issues. This semester Tara aims to build a strong and supportive community on the Council, to be a strong advocate for student empowerment regarding endowment-related questions like the Social Alternative Fund and divestment from fossil fuels, to expand gender-neutral housing to all upperclassmen houses, to sustain critical campus dialogue on mental health and sexual assault policy, to reform the UC budget to better address growing student demands for funding, and to develop an active UC alumni network. Outside of the UC, Tara builds sets for the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, doodles portraits of her classmates, bikes, and dreams of starting a hot sauce venture.
Jen Zhu is a senior joint concentrator in Government and Sociology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She's been on the Undergraduate Council all four years at Harvard. Jen's brought coffee to Flyby, co-wrote The Case for a Student Center which was used by President Faust to successfully fundraise capital to build the student center, pushed for Lamont 24/7, organized UC Outings for students to provide alternative social options, and worked directly with administration to plan Wintersession. With Tara, Jen advocated for a social option fund launched this past July and wrote memos on emergency communications following the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt and a guns control policy memo commissioned by U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. This year, Jen hopes to help students navigate healthcare during implementation of the Affordable Care Act, improve Harvard's policy on sexual assault, increase environmental sustainability, and continue working on the issue of mental health on campus. She loves talking to and meeting people and hearing new ideas, so say hi, shoot her a message, or stop by her office hours on Fridays from 4-5 PM in Lamont Café!
Kevin is a sophomore living in Adams House (also known as Best House), pursuing a concentration in economics. As a proud native Bostonian, Kevin had to travel great distances before arriving on campus last fall (two miles to be exact). As a member of FiCom, SLC, and SIC, he is dedicated to improving student life on campus and bringing about new student initiatives. In addition to being a representative on the UC, Kevin is an associate for the Harvard College Consulting Group, the social chair for the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Association, and works as a marketing account manager for Harvard Student Agencies. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys boasting about his tan complexion (please see "sarcasm"), overusing parentheses, eating, singing, eating, driving, eating, saying “wicked”, talking to strangers (sorry Mum), and writing run-on sentences.
Tamara is a sophomore in Adams House, concentration in Social Studies with a secondary in History of Art and Architecture. I serve on Education-Comm and am more interested in listening to student voices on campus and making the wide variety of activities and information available at harvard more unified-accessible in one place! I love eating cookie dough and having meaningful conversations with friends. I’m a big advocate of taking time out of “Harvard,” to appreciate the important things in life. I am objectively convinced that Sri Lanka is the most beautiful place on earth.
Jen lives in Cabot House and is deciding between OEB and HEB for her concentration. On the UC, she is interested in working on Quad Lockers and Harvard/Yale Coordination. Her hobbies include: traveling and sight seeing, running, swimming, and playing the piano
Jenny is a sophomore concentrating in Applied Mathematics with a secondary in Computer Science. Raised amidst evergreens and raindrops in Seattle, Washington, she is now in the warm embrace of Château Cabot. On the UC, she hopes to work on projects that will equalize quality of house life, better integrate technology that will improve student life, and increase student representation across campus. Outside the UC, she is active in the Institute of Politics, PBHA’s Strong Women Strong Girls, and The Advocate. In her spare time, she likes to attend music concerts, eat cheesecake, and watch Netflix original series. She has yet to do all three at the same time, but she believes you can do anything if you just believe in yourself.
C.C. Gong is a junior from sunny Orange County, California concentrating in Psychology with a secondary in Economics. She is returning for her third year on the UC, where she has been an active member of the Student Initiatives Committee and Student Life Committee. To improve the student experience, she created the UC Outings program and UC Valentines grant, and spearheaded the Spring Break Grant and promotion of Spring Seed Grants. This year she wants to focus on issues of student mental health and student voice. She wants to ensure that student input is incorporated into a Gen Ed 5-year review as well as the Harvard Capital Campaign. Outside of the UC, C.C. is a Peer Public Speaking Tutor, Student Mental Health Liaison and Ivy Council VP. Her hobbies include photography, dancing and coming up with startup ideas.
Happy Yang is a sophomore in Currier House planning to concentrate in either Government or Economics. She is very excited to return to the UC this year. She is from the beautiful San Francisco, and she just wants to chill. This year, she would like to work on streamlining the bag lunch system and she looks forward to improving campus life!
Sietse Goffard is a junior concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government. He is honored to be representing Currier House in the UC! Last year he worked extensively on improving shuttle service, enhancing dining options while working with HUDS, advocating for campus safety, exploring email privacy issues, reforming the AdBoard structure, and more. This year, Sietse really wants to keep up the momentum in these areas but also explore important, big-picture campus issues. Improving physical and mental health at Harvard, strengthening the referendum process / formal student decision-making powers, and lowering the cost of educational materials required for courses are some of his top priorities. Among his favorite experiences at Harvard so far (besides running for UC, of course) are taking a Science and Cooking class, watching heads-of-state speak at the Kennedy School, and meeting so many amazing friends with diverse talents and interesting backgrounds. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with any thoughts or suggestions!
Dike [pronounced: dee-kay], a New Rochelle, NY native, is a junior in Dunster House concentrating in Biomedical Engineering. As a member of the Undergraduate Council, The Harvard Crimson, and the Black Men's Forum, Dike has worked to empower students' voices, foster campus-wide discussions, and increase UC transparency. You can catch Dike in the magnificent Dunster Dining Hall eating/working/dancing, or behind the counter at Lamont Cafe.
Mark is a sophomore in Dunster House concentrating in Government with a citation in Japanese. Originally from the beautiful island nation of the Philippines, he now lives in sunny West Palm Beach, Florida. As a member of the Student Relations Committee, he aims to improve communication between students and the Council through more efficient methods so students feel their opinions turn into actions. Outside of the UC, Mark PAFs for Weldtop, works for the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program, photographs for the Yearbook, and is involved at the Institute of Politics. Mark loves exploring Boston, listening to throwback music, and organizing photoshoots on beautiful days.
Shori Hijikata is a sophomore from Sydney, Australia, planning to concentrate in Neurobiology or Psychology. Serving as Secretary on the Student Relations Committee this year, she is eager to improve communication between the UC and the student body, expand the UC alumni network, and increase UC outreach on campus. Outside the UC, Shori stays busy as a member of Harvard's varsity swim team and you'll often find her across the river at Blodgett Pool. In addition, she’s a committee member on the Woodbridge International Society, a Campus Ambassador for the Visiting Undergraduate Students Program and a Health Peer Advisor and Liaison in Eliot House. She also loves traveling, photography and making snow angels in the winter.
Tyler Kugler, a junior in Eliot House, hails from Cape Cod, Mass. An Electrical Engineering Concentrator, Tyler serves on the Student Life Committee (SLC if you will) with a focus on Athletics. In an attempt to recreate the Harvard-Yale experience at every game he attends, Tyler works with the athletics department on game promotions, giveaways, student transportation, and tailgate/event planning. Beyond the UC, Tyler spends his time playing tennis and surfing.
Una [pronounced: Yoo-Na] is a junior concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Government and a citation in Korean. Originally from the world's best city Chicago, Una enjoys overlooking the beautiful Charles River from her window in Harvard's best house, Eliot House. Before matriculating at Harvard, she took a gap year backpacking around Europe and studying in South Korea for a six-month fellowship. Una is intrigued by how the four-way intersection of politics, economics, psychology, and culture affects each and every single life on this planet. On the UC Student Initiatives Committee, she is actively involved in making sure that students can look upon the UC as a resource and ally to ignite their new project ideas. She fully believes that if you can dream it you can achieve it! Outside of the UC, Una loves to sing as a member of Harvard's other UC (Under Construction: Harvard's premier Christian a cappella group), listen to Tchaikovsky, dance to K-pop, play board games, and eat deliciously colorful fruit.
Barr Yaron is a senior Applied Mathematics concentrator representing the best house on campus -- Kirkland House! This is Barr's third year on the council, where she serves as Chair of the Student Initiatives Committee. She has also served as Vice Chair of the Education Committee and a student representative on various student-faculty committees, including the Committee on Undergraduate Education, the Committee on General Education, and the Academic Integrity Committee. Barr is interested in enhancing the student experience through new initiatives, particularly leveraging technology and student innovation to better student life. She is also interested in improving our education through a revamped advising structure and schedule. Things Barr loves (beside the UC): dancing, eating spicy food, traveling, listening to Beyonce, making jewelry, and playing Tetris. Shoot her an e-mail if you want to chat!
Matt is a Senior in Kirkland House, concentrating in Government with a secondary in Italian Literature. As the Chairman of the Finance Committee, Matt is passionate about the UC’s role in financially supporting all 422 of Harvard’s student groups. Originally from Winchester, Massachusetts, Matt is an avid fan of Boston sports teams and enjoys good Italian food, spending time with family and friends, and vacationing on Cape Cod.
Meghamsh Kanuparthy is a sophomore in Kirkland House. He serves as the current UC Secretary. I'm an economics concentrator who enjoys long walks in the DHall while working on psets and sleeping. Sometimes. Feel free to email him if you have any questions or comments about the UC.
Oliver Kim is a sophomore in Leverett House from Singapore and Hong Kong. Concentrating in either economics or computer science, Oliver is also an editorial writer and political cartoonist for the Harvard Crimson and a member of the traveling MUN team. On the UC, he's interested in streamlining the grants process, especially for smaller student groups, and making direct improvements to student life. In his free time, Oliver enjoys watching baseball and musing about philosophy.
Secil (pronounced “say-chill”) is a sophomore from Istanbul, Turkey calling Leverett her new home. She is planning to concentrate in Economics with a secondary field in Psychology. As a member of the Student Initiatives and Finance Committee, Secil is excited about increasing the use of technology to improve student life and communication between the UC, the student body and college administration. In addition to serving on the UC, Secil is active in Leverett HOCO, HMUN (Harvard Model United Nations Conference) Business and the European Society. She enjoys dancing, eating good food and traveling to exotic places.
Hailing from the land of the great Khan, Zorigoo is a Statistics concentrator residing in the Leverett Towers. Standing for a united community among the various houses, he'll try to create more inter-house community spirit through various incentives and events. When he's not busy fretting over his problem sets, Zorigoo is involved with the Harvard Crimson and MUN.
Chisom is a Nigerian junior living in the gorgeous house of Lowell. She hopes to ensure that students organizations have increased access to UC funding, and that there are improvements to the educational structures at Harvard. When she is not listening to Simon and Garfunkel on Spotify, she is doing an Economics pset and when she is not, she is probably sleeping! Outside of the UC, she is involved with the Harvard Africa Business and Investment Club which she is President of, PBHA's Keylatch Mentoring Program, the Catholic Students Association and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Chisom hopes to push for improvements to student life, and would love to hear your ideas!
Dhruv Goyal is a sophomore in beautiful Lowell House and this is his second year on the Undergraduate Council. He is studying Economics with a secondary in Government, and has been very active on campus in a wide variety of organizations. He is part of the Harvard College Consulting Group, Institute of Politics, and the Ivy Council. He is primarily involved with the Education and Finance Committees on the Undergraduate Council and was elected to its Executive Board this year. He aspires to join the government in the future and play a role in shaping the economic policies of India.
Jonathan is a Psychology (Social and Cognitive Neuroscience track) concentrator in Mather house from Seattle, Washington who's been working on the UC Finance Committee to improve the UC grants process and allow Ficom to better serve the student body. A complete music nerd, Jonathan can probably tell you more about rock n' roll than you'd ever need to know. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing the guitar, skiing, fencing, running, reading, playing frisbee, and eating spicy food.
Manik Kuchroo is a Sophomore in Mather House and is concentrating in Neurobiology. Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Manik attended Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge. As a Mather representative, Manik is committed to improving the life of the student body and having the voice of his classmates heard. An avid cricketer, Manik has played in several regional and national tournaments and is currently on the Harvard Cricket Team. When not in class or a UC meeting, Manik enjoys playing cricket, listening to music and traveling.
My name is Tianhao He, and I am a Junior in Mather House concentrating in Sociology from Bethesda, Maryland! On the UC, I serve on the Education and Finance Committees, and I also sit on the Wintersession Student-Faculty Committee. I am passionate about building on the work of the UC in expanding J-Term and Spring Break opportunities for students to engage with faculty and classmates in ways that are enriching both academically and socially. I am very interested in thinking about ways of reimagining the Harvard undergraduate educational experience in ways that bring together students from all different class years, concentrations, and Houses, who may not have otherwise met. Outside of the UC, I intern at the Harvard Law School's Legal Aid Bureau, I mentor students through the Harvard Allston Education Portal, and I am an Executive Board member of the Harvard International Review. I am passionate about the intersection of public service, law, and public policy. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching baseball and tennis!
Ava Nasro is a sophomore living in Pfhorzheimer House. She is concentrating in biomedical engineering with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She serves as chair on the Student Relations Committee and is interested in student outreach on the UC and working on exploring new communication outlets. She is passionate about strengthening internal council relations as well through creating a new alumni database. When she's not busy photoshopping pub graphics or updating social media, she like to run along the Charles River, go on Friday Whole Foods trips, and spend hours on food blogs.
Leah Singer is a Sophomore in Pforzheimer House who is fully enjoying "Quad Life." She is a member of the Financial Committee of the UC, and you can find her Wednesday nights giving undergraduate organization grants underneath Annenberg. Leah is interested in Social Anthropology and Government. She is passionate about improving the quality of the Harvard experience, whether it be about shuttle service, social spaces, or Froyo flavors. No issue is too small; she would love to hear your suggestions or concerns!
Rebecca Hu is a sophomore in Pforzheimer House planning to concentrate in statistics with a secondary in neurobiology. Hailing from the sunny state of California, she likes to spend her time dancing, enjoying music, and soaking in the sun. On the UC, she is involved in the Student Life Committee and Student Initiatives Committee and especially aims to initiate more quad community events and improve communication between the UC and the rest of the student body. Apart from the UC, Rebecca is involved in the Harvard Crimson, Eleganza, and the Harvard College in Asia Program. She's free to sit down and chat (and maybe grab some froyo) at any time, so don't be afraid to say hi!
Brett Biebelberg is a Quincy House sophomore studying government. His work on the Council has involved administrator engagement, reform of internal governance, and addressing issues ranging from mental health to house renewal. Brett's most focused work lies in the realm of campus safety and preparedness. He welcomes discussion and looks forward to talking with students throughout the year. His ideal HUDS meal starts with a nacho bar and ends with chocolate graham pie.
Dimiter Radonov is a sophomore in Quincy House concentrating in Statistics. He is from Tiburon, California. He is a member of the Education Committee with a strong interest in fostering dialogues between faculty and students. In his spare time, Dimiter enjoys reading, traveling, and skiing.
Florence (she also answers to Flo) is a junior representing Quincy. She studies Earth and Planetary Sciences and conducts research on carbon sequestration and ancient climate change. EPS has given Florence a wonderful advising experience and lots of personal attention for any academic question she has, and she hopes to help more students have that type of academic experience by improving advising as Vice Chair of the Education Committee. She also serves on the Council of Student Sustainability Leaders, where she works on designing plans to operate Harvard in a more environmentally-friendly way. Outside of the UC, Florence captains the Mock Trial Team, works at the Institute of Politics, and dances in the Asian American Dance Troupe. She hopes to hear from you about climate change, Game of Thrones, non-SEC football, or anything you like!
Eva Stojchevska is a Junior concentrating in Government, with a secondary in Psychology. She is originally from Skopje, Macedonia. She cares a lot about increasing student input on issues the UC tackles, gender parity in leadership, and improving student life at Harvard. Some of the projects that she's worked on include the introduction of a laptop loan program in the libraries, the simplification and expansion of the room reservations system, and the extension of MBTA hours on the weekends. Outside of the UC, Eva is involved with the International Relations Council and the Woodbridge International Society. She loves traveling, Sunday morning brunches, running by the Charles river, and debate. Eva is probably the best Italian-food eater in the world.
Jackie is a sophomore from Lynnfield, MA and is joint concentrating in Slavic Studies and Government. Besides representing Winthrop on the UC, she is a PAF, dedicated member of the Crimson Key Society and the college president of the PBHA program Best Buddies. Jackie enjoys running along the Charles, Veggie Planet and throwback music from the 90s. Jackie is interested in merging technology with education. Her campaign goals were to work with the UC to create a platform where Undergraduates could access more resources online: (take out, course selection, student online endeavors).
Jordan Weiers is a sophomore in Winthrop House concentrating in Social Studies. Originally from Savage, Minnesota (it's a crazy place!), Jordan enjoys watching Desperate Housewives and taking selfies with the life-sized Michelle Obama cutout he and his roommates have. He also works at the Harvard Shop, and is the REP (Resource Efficiency Program) rep for Winthrop. His favorite extracurricular thus far at Harvard was working on the Elizabeth Warren campaign during freshman fall. Jordan is excited to try to move gender-neutral housing forward this year on the UC.
I'm Ingrid and I'm a Freshman living in Pennypacker. I'm so excited to be working with the UC through the Finance Committee as well as the Student Life Committee. Aside from representing Crimson Yard in the UC, I spend a huge part of my time in the startup industry, working on my corporation Global Ventures as well as getting involved with Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. I also love dancing--latin, ballet, anything! If you ever want to talk to me, stop by Pennypacker 43 or email me at email@example.com!
Riya is excited to proudly represent Crimson Yard as a resident of Wigglesworth. She's from the beautiful state of Vermont with green mountains, cows, maple syrup and Ben&Jerry's(you're welcome). On the UC, Riya can't wait to implement her ideas to improve the structure of communication between students and the activities/groups on campus; work on building a stronger community through inter-yard activities; and enhance Harvard's social and physical environment. She also loves staying involved with the IOP, doing community service, playing the violin, being outdoors, laughing a lot and eating food. Riya wants to hear your ideas and work together to make your time at Harvard unforgettable!
Giora Ashkenazi is a freshman from Israel living in Canaday house in Oak Yard, still undecided about what he wants to concentrate in. Before he came to Harvard, he served for three years in the Israeli army, and later worked in informal and early-childhood education both within and outside of Israel. He's interested in addressing mental health issues on campus, and other student-life issues in general. In his free time he likes to play the piano, swim, or just hang out with his good friends.
Lola/Nina Luo is a freshman from Canaday D and the Heartland of America. She's interested in building a UC alumni network and advocating for gender-neutral housing. In addition to UC, she's also an analyst for Harvard College Consulting Group and comping The Advocate and debate. She loves it when this seemingly mechanized world reveals its softer, sillier side. She spends her time looking for fellow kooks and compiling lists of zeugmas.
Vimal is a Freshman residing in Thayer, and hails from the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas, though because he is also a native of Michigan and a former resident of Wisconsin, he is a fan of an unusually large number of professional sports teams. Outside of the UC, he plays quizbowl with the Harvard College Bowl team and is involved with Dharma (Harvard’s Hindu Students Association). He loves geography and history, but is also interested in the sciences and aspires to a career in medicine and global health. He also enjoys writing poetry, running, and playing tennis. Through his work as part of the UC, he wants to make sure students get out of the Harvard bubble and engage the Cambridge and Greater Boston communities. He looks forward to representing the people of Oak Yard and wants to hear from his constituents about issues that matter to them.
Juan Castano is a Freshman Representative for Elm Yard and lives in Weld 42. He was born in Bogota, Colombia but has grown up in Miami, Florida. He is also a quadruplet. Juan is interested in concentrating in Government and is currently a member of the Finance Committee. He is devoted to representing the voices and concerns of Elm Yard within the Undergraduate Council. Specifically, he would like to improve student life at Harvard and ensure that all of the UC resources are used to benefit students. Juan is also involved in the Institute of Politics as a citizenship tutor and is part of the Law Society. Outside of these activities, he works at LASPAU helping individuals in Latin America gain access to graduate schools in the US. Above all he is grateful and excited to represent his freshman class!
Kevin "X" Xiong is a proud Matthews resident and Elm Yard representative from Cambridge, MA. This year, he is working on creating more social opportunities for freshmen, expanding shuttle services to the airport before academic recesses, and serving on the Finance Committee to ensure that all student organizations have access to UC funding and support. As Rules Chair, he also hopes to collaborate with students and the council on proposing meaningful and relevant referenda to further student discussion on campus-wide issues. Outside of the UC, Kevin plays guitar, volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and sings a capella with The Harvard Lowkeys (http://theharvardlowkeys.com/)."
Laura is freshman who wants to concentrate in everything. She is interested in bridging the gap between the UC and the student body from both ends, and believes that by making the UC a more representative student council, the UC can accomplish even more relevant projects for Harvard College. When she's not coxing on the Charles or pretending to do work in Lamont, you can probably find her weaving through the tourists in the yard. In her free time, she likes to invade other entryways, rock climb, eat noodles, and struggle over riddles and puzzles. She loves meeting new people, so if you see her, say hello!
Akshar comes from Rajasthan, India but currently lives in Manila, Philippines. He is a freshman who calls Lionel his home. Interested in Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, and Engineering, Akshar hopes to one day have his own startup. On the UC, he serves as the Vice Chair of Grants on the Finance Committee helping to manage the funding of student groups on campus. He also hopes to foster a greater sense of community within Ivy Yard and voice their ideas, concerns, and feedback to improve our freshman year and life at Harvard. He’s always looking for a great conversation and is excited to meet many of you!
Charles Scherr is a Freshman living in the great Straus-B. He is originally from New York, New York, where he graduated from Horace Mann School. Charles is committed to improving student health on campus, interested in the sleep, nutrition, and exercise habits of Harvard Undergraduates. Outside of the Undergraduate Council, Charles fulfills his love for good food and travel by writing for "Let's Go", the student travel guide, and is a passionate long distance runner, competing in marathons and half-marathons in New York and Boston.
Stephen Turban represents Ivy Yard and the great state of Missouri on the UC. He enjoys studying chinese, Hummus, and kicking back with his 400 closest friends. Stephen first became interested in student government, when he was accidentally voted onto student council as an exchange student in Taiwan. He hopes his basic command of the english language, will allow him to be more effective at Harvard for the coming year. .