People

Sruthi Palaniappan, President

Sruthi is a junior in Winthrop House concentrating in Government with a secondary in Education. This is her third year on the UC, and she is currently serving her second term as Chair of the Education Committee. She is excited to continue bringing unwavering energy and passion to support members of our campus in navigating the complexities of Harvard, uplift student voices, and create tangible change!

Julia Huesa, Vice-President

Julia is a junior living in Lowell House from rural North Carolina, although her “home” is also in the Basque Country of Spain, where her parents are from and most of her family still lives. At Harvard, she studies Social Studies with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy, and is looking forward to increasing transparency and coordination in all proceedings of the UC, as well as in creating spaces across campus where students can show up for each other with a sense of urgency.

Allison Chang, Adams House

Allison is a first-semester senior concentrating in Applied Math with a secondary field in Visual and Environmental Studies. She is a member of Three Letter Acronym (TLA) Improv and the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Allison is proud to represent Adams House on the UC, where she'll be focused on making the Harvard extracurricular experience as open and accessible as possible. Her likes include that one Paris Hilton ASMR video, colored pens, and roasted cauliflower. Her dislikes include most horses and certain birds.

Key Interests: Arts, Financial Accessibility, Student Relations

Daniel Inge, Adams House

Dan is a junior in Adams House who is concentrating in math/computer science. He lives in Liverpool, England. This semester he is interested in backing common sense proposals that have the most direct impact on the student body. Feel free to come and speak with him anytime!

Key Interests: Student Relations

Brandon Martinez, Cabot House

Brandon Martinez is a proud first-term representative for Cabot House. As a junior, he has had the opportunity to work with the UC on past reforms, including its most recent electoral reform to legislative and executive races, and is excited now to serve as a voice for other community organizers and innovators. As a representative, he would like to institute open survey and feedback channels so Cabot and quad students have a direct voice in student government. Then, he would like the Council to establish direct lines of input with the UC and the faculty and administration, so that they can collaborate on projects like the Multicultural Center in Harvard and make our ideas a reality. He believes that the UC should always give students the means to understand the workings of their school, and wants to be part of the change that makes that possible.

Key Interests: Multicultural Center, Educational Equity, Advising

Tauheed Islam, Cabot House

Tauheed is representing what is objectively the best House at Harvard. As a Cabot UC Rep, his mission will be to bring his House and the Quad closer together to build a stronger community on campus. He wants to make Harvard a place all of us can enjoy and make the most out of, some of which includes not having to pay as much as students do for printing and laundry. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to talk, he is just a (770-367-2429) phone call away!

Key Interests: Student Life, Event Planning, Quad Life

Chris Fechisin, Currier House

Chris Fechisin is a sophomore living in Currier House concentrating in Physics and Math. He is from Roanoke, VA, and is particularly interested in advocating for rural students, STEM concentrations, and improvements to the way students engage with and perceive Harvard College.

Key Interests: Rural Students, STEM Concentrations, Student-Admin Relations

Michael Shadpour, Currier House

Michael Shadpour is one of the Currier UC representatives. He is from Los Angeles and concentrates in Chemical and Physical Biology. He is interested in enriching quad life and community, as well as minimizing the hassles associated with living in the quad (he's looking at you, shuttle system).

Key Interests: First-Gen/Low Income accessibility, Student Life, Quad-Struggles

Victor Agbafe, Dunster House

Victor Agbafe is a senior representing Dunster House. This is his fourth year on the Undergraduate Council and he is excited for some of the great initiatives and debates that the Undergraduate Council will have the chance to engage in this year. He wants to focus on revamping the Undergraduate Council alumni network and implementing reforms within the Finance Committee. Most importantly, he wants to spend as much time as possible getting to know my constituents and hearing their unique stories. If  you would like to ever talk about the UC or anything else feel free to email him at Victoragbafe@college.harvard.edu!

Key Interests: Finance/Grants, Event Planning, Mentorship, Mental Health, Inclusion, Education, Health, Community Building

Gevin Reynolds, Dunster House

Gevin Reynolds is a senior in Dunster House studying Neurobiology with a secondary in Government. On the Council, he is excited to represent Dunster and to serve as Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Black Caucus. Outside of the UC, he is involved in IMs and sits on the Board of the Black Students Association.

Key Interests: Finances/Grants, Race Relations

Jakob Gilbert, Eliot House

Jake is interested in comedy, creative writing, and the performing arts. He is currently the captain of Three Letter Acronym (TLA) Improv and a writer for the Lampoon. As an Eliot House rep, he plans to promote students' abilities to get involved in comedy and the arts at Harvard. He believes in chipping away at the historically supported infrastructure of inequity in Harvard's social spaces and extracurricular scenes. And his interests include breakfast.

Key Interests: Accessibility in the Arts, Mental Health, Sexual Assault Prevention, Finances/Grants

Meg Leatherwood, Kirkland House

Meg Leatherwood is a junior from Powdersville, South Carolina and a resident of Kirkland House. As a member of the UC Finance Committee, Meg prioritizes the general well-being of undergraduate student organizations and seeks to secure long-term sustainability for the many groups contributing to Harvard's diverse campus life.

Key Interests: Finances/Grants, Student Life, Academic Advising

Ifeoma White-Thorpe, Leverett House

Ifeoma White-Thorpe is a sophomore representative from Leverett house. She is the former Student Relations Committee Chair and the former Vice Rules Chair of the Council. She is the current Chair of the Black Caucus. In her time on the council, she has focused on social and publication based initiatives. This semester, Ifeoma intends to extend the reach of UC publications throughout the student body and administration through town halls, infomercials, and general web based publications.

Key Interests: Educational Equity, Mental Health, Racial Equality, Educational Pursuits

Samyra Miller, Lowell House

Samyra Miller is a member of Lowell House. This semester she would like to tackle issues related to access to social spaces on campus.

Key Interests: Diversity and Inclusion, Educational equity, Social Spaces

Sanika Mahajan, Mather House

Sanika Mahajan is a sophomore in Mather House likely concentrating in Social Studies with a secondary in Global Health/Health Policy. She is so excited to serve on the UC this year, and will be focused on requiring sexual assault prevention training for club leadership, increasing Title IX information for Visitas pre-frosh and for hosts of any registered parties, combatting mental health stigma and coordinating with CAMHS and peer counseling groups to offer training, aligning the new schedule and dining hall times, and a UC advocacy path students who seek support on a specific project. Outside of UC, she sings in the Radcliffe Choral Society, is in the South Asian Association, and works for Breaktime, a company combatting the cycle of youth homelessness in Harvard Square.

Key Interests: Sexaul Assault Prevention, Mental Healthcare Accessibility, Advising, Low-income and Minority Equity, Student Advocacy

Dhilan Ramaprasad, Mather House

Dhilan is a sophomore from Tennessee, and now he is living in Mather house! If he is not knee-deep in a pile of resistors and capacitors, you can probably find him performing with the Glee Club or eating Taco Bell. But no matter what—no matter where he is—I am always proud to let the world know that MATHER IS A GOOD HOUSE.

Key Interests: Everything education (scheduling, curriculum, liberal arts mission); videography

Conner Williams, Mather House

Conner Williams is one of the UC reps from Mather House! His key goal this semester is to increase the publicity of and contribute student feedback to the UC initiatives that the UC passes this semester. So much awesome legislation happens, but due to the relative lack of public awareness, so little of these opportunities are used or contributed to by the students. He wants to change this.

Key Interests: Student Feedback on the Council, STEM Majors Changes, Town Halls, Campus Presence

Clifford Courvoisier, Pforzheimer House

Clifford “Scotty” Courvoisier is a junior in Pforzheimer House concentrating in cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology. This coming semester, Scotty’s focus will be on the expanding accessibility and inclusivity at Harvard. It is his belief that students should not change to fit the mold of Harvard. Rather, it is the College that should change to accommodate the needs and diversity of the student body.

Key Interests: People, talking to people.

Cade Palmer, Pforzheimer House

Cade is a class of 2021 student in Pforzheimer House pursuing a degree in government with a secondary in economics. He is interested in working to make student government run efficiently and effectively on campus in addition to improving student life.

Key Interests: Free Printing, Hot Breakfast, Student Life

Sung Kwang Oh, Quincy House

Sung Kwang Oh is a sophomore in Quincy House. He is excited to represent the People's House the 2018-2019 school year. Sung is passionate about meeting new people and hearing people's stories, and he looks forward to making sure everyone's voices are equally heard on campus. Outside of the UC, Sung helps with the Harvard Crimson, the campus daily newspaper, and mentors at the Harvard Ed Portal.

Key Interests: Mental Health, Education, Policy

Phiroze Parasnis, Quincy House

Phiroze Parasnis is excited to be the UC Representative for Quincy House. Over the past year, he has tried to pinpoint issues that are important to the Harvard community. As your UC representative, his goal is to create a community at Quincy where everyone feels safe and accepted. He will strive to help BGLTQ, international and first-gen students better integrate into the community by advocating for Gender 101 and economic-class based workshops for more students. Moreover, he hopes to fight in favor of shopping period, work to expand BoardPlus, reform opening days and create a comprehensive calendar for all Harvard comp processes. Additionally, he hopes to support existing UC initiatives like free storage for all houses. He will hold office hours in the d-hall to hear about the issues that matter to you.
 

Key Interests: Diversity & Integration, Sexual Assault Prevention, First-Year Experience, BGLTQ and International experiences, Financial Accessibility of all Resources

Rushi Patel, Quincy House

Rushi is representing Quincy house. Last year, he started a summer storage subsidization program for SEF elgible students in houses that don't offer free storage; while the project was successful, the financial needs of even a quarter of the students weren't able to be fulfilled by the capacity of the grant. This year, he wants to expand the program to make free summer storage in these houses a reality. Also, according to the results from a mental health climate survey he helped create last year, institutional mental health resources are very distant. He wants to help personalize them so that students can better take advantage of them. 

Key Interests: Financial Accessibility, Mental Health, Inter-organizational Collaboration

Shivani Aggarwal, Winthrop House

Shivani Aggarwal is one of the Winthrop UC Representatives. This coming semester, she hopes to push for initiatives that make accessing mental health and academic support resources easier and more convenient, as well as student-life improvements.

Key Interests: Mental Health, Advising, Academic Resources

Noah Harris, Crimson Yard

Noah Harris is a first-year student representing Crimson Yard (Wigglesworth, Greenough, Pennypacker, and Hurlbut) in the council. He serves as Secretary of the Finance Committee, where he schedules finance meetings and answers questions about the grant process. Harris is passionate about fostering first-year social life and about being a voice for Crimson Yard.

Key Interests: Finances/Grants, Social Life

Seoyoon Kim, Crimson Yard

Seoyoon is a freshman in Pennypacker representing Crimson Yard. She is from Phoenix, Arizona, and as of now, she hopes to concentrate in HDRB (human developmental and regenerative biology). As a UC rep, she hopes to foster a greater sense of community, especially among the first years. One of her main priorities is ensure that students feel that their voices matter on campus, and she'll advocate for your opinions whenever the UC makes decisions. She also wants to increase the availability and quality of mental health resources, particularly for freshmen making the transition to college. She is always open to feedback and concerns, so feel free to reach out to her - she would love to hear your thoughts!

Key Interests: Event Planning, Mental Health, Community Building

Melody Wang, Crimson Yard

Melody is a first-year living in Pennypacker from Georgia who represents Crimson Yard. She hopes to continue working on the umbrella sharing initiative spearheaded by the FYCC and securing additional mental health resources, such as a First-Year Mental Health Counselor.

Key Interests: Improving residential life, event planning, educational equity, advising, increasing accessibility to resources

Rachel Reynolds, Elm Yard

Rachel Reynolds is a first-year in Matthews planning on studying Social Studies with a secondary in Psych. She joined the UC because she knew she wanted to have a personal hand in improving the experience of every student on campus in the most extensive way possible, and she's loved every minute of it! She is currently serving as Parliamentarian on the Exec Board and am on the First-Year Class Committee and Rules Committee. She is also a writer for the Crimson Flyby, an after-school program volunteer with PBHA, and loves spending time with friends at the Berg or in Cabot library. Feel free to talk to her anytime about any questions/comments/concerns/good jokes you may have!

Key Interests: Freshman Experience, Internal Structural Reform, Student Relations

Jack Swanson, Elm Yard

Jack Swanson is a first-year representative for Elm Yard on the Undergraduate Council. He is from a small town in North Carolina, and plans on concentrating in Government. He is beyond excited to work with the UC this year to advocate for first-year issues! He is specifically interested in how first-years fit into Harvard and how the UC can reform many of the structural inequities that currently exist on campus. Please reach out at anytime—he'd love to speak about whatever is on your mind!

Key Interests: First-Gen/Low-Income Advocacy, Financial Accessibility, Structural Reform, First-Year Inclusion, Social Spaces, Educational Equity

Jenny Gan, Ivy Yard

Jenny Gan is a proud member of Straus House! She is beyond excited to serve as Ivy Yard's UC representative and help improve the student experience at Harvard. This semester, she will serve on the Academic Life Committee and push for improved freshman advising, more diversity in faculty hires, and a textbook exchange program at the College. For the freshman of Ivy Yard, she hopes to be a liaison to the administration to voice student concerns. You can find her at office hours in the Collaborative Commons in Smith Campus Centers on Sundays from 10AM to 12PM. Outside of UC and in my spare time, she likes to run, do hot yoga, scrapbook, and travel!

Key Interests: Educational Equity, Advising, Freshman Experience

Grey Johnson, Ivy Yard

Grey Johnson lives in Straus C! As a member of Ivy Yard, he is excited to see the UC be a transparent and accessible part of student lives especially for freshman. He would like to make life in Ivy Yard, and Harvard as a whole, more enjoyable, convenient, and inclusive!

Key Interests: Education, Racial and Queer Justice

Jaron Zhou, Oak Yard

Jaron Zhou currently represents the students of Oak Yard in the UC! This year, he is heavily focused on achieving simple, common-sense improvements in daily life, such as installing water refill stations in every entryway, subsidizing laundry, and creating an online database of dorm and House floor plans. He plans to concentrate in Government at Harvard and hopes to attend law school in the future and become a statewide and federal public servant. In his free time, he enjoys studying electoral maps, swimming, and playing water polo, and creating custom Lego battleships.

 Key Interests: Mental health services, sexual assault prevention, finances/grants, increasing youth political involvement, business/marketing, public relations, soical outreach, and surveys/polls.