Meet the 2016-2017 Diversity Peer Educators!


Patrick Cespedes, Wigglesworth Hall, '20

Patrick is a freshman in Wigglesworth Hall and a Colombian-American, first-generation college student from Southern California. He is currently undecided but is considering a concentration in Philosophy with a secondary in Economics. In addition to being a Diversity Peer Educator, Patrick is the Assistant Director of Administration and Accounts for the Harvard Model United Nations Program. He fears the East Coast winter, but looks forward to his first White Christmas (and lots of hot chocolate)!








Snow Dong, Currier House, '19

Snow is a sophomore in Currier House and an international student from China. She wants to concentrate in Sociology jointly with East Asian Studies, and a secondary in Statistics. On campus, Snow is mainly involved in the Crimson FM magazine and the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR). Her experience as the first student to attend Harvard from her province in China grounded her passion for education and inclusivity. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Y2Y homeless shelter and enjoys figure drawing, spontaneous dancing, playing ping-pong, and exploring Boston.


Mikaela Esquivel, Dunster House, '18

Mikaela is a Junior in Dunster House concentrating in Human Development and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. She is an active member of Harvard’s chapter of Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), planning many outreach events targeting minorities in STEM fields. She has also been mentoring elementary school girls through Strong Women, Strong Girls since freshman year on what it means to be an empowered woman by discussing possible role models. Outside of the Harvard, she is very passionate about global health issues and has done research on the Zika virus and Dengue transmission on Easter Island, Chile and its possible impact on the mainland. Being from the San Francisco Bay Area she loves hunting for new music and artists and dancing.


Maria Jose Perez Franco, Canaday Hall, '20

Maria Jose is a freshman in Canaday who was born in Guatemala and moved to Dallas, Texas when she was 3. She is currently undecided on what she wants to concentrate in, but is thinking about economics or some other social science. Along with being a DPE, she is also on the Latina Empowerment and Development Conference Board as Assistant Director of Operations, and volunteers with two PBHA programs. She is also involved with Latinas Unidas and Fuerza Latina. She hopes to be able to discuss different socio-economic and racial issues that occur at Harvard along with gender inclusivity, and help others feel as if they have a safe-space on campus. She absolutely loves dogs and misses her two chiweenies, so you can probably find her petting the dogs she finds around the Yard.


Julia Huesa, Pennypacker Hall, '20

Julia is a freshman in Pennypacker Hall and a human rights activist from North Carolina. At Harvard, she is considering molecular and cellular biology, neurobiology, psychology, and global health, with a potential secondary in either sociology, women, gender and sexuality studies, social studies, or history and science. At her high school, she was an officer of the Hispanic Cultures’ Club, whose mission was to raise awareness for and celebrate Hispanic and Latin American cultures, and was an active member in a contemporary culture discussion group and Girl Up, a United Nations program that promotes the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries. As a DPE at Harvard, she hopes to continue her advocacy for the inclusion of voices of women, Hispanic and Latinx peoples, and those of any and all disadvantaged groups, in community dialogue. She loves listening to music - Bon Iver, Banks, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sylvan Esso, Beach House, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.


Cat Ibarguen, Winthrop House, '18

Cat is a junior in Winthrop studying History and Literature with a focus on Latin America. Originally from New York, she loves to travel and try new foods! At Harvard, she has been involved with the International Relations Council and the Institute of Politics. She is serving on the executive board of the Latina Empowerment and Development (LEAD) Conference for the second year. During the week, she's most often found in Lamont Cafe, working or "working."


Luca Istodor-Berceanu, Cabot House, '19

Luca is a sophomore in Cabot House and an LGBT activist from Romania. He wants to concentrate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a secondary in Visual and Environmental Studies. At Harvard, he has been an active board member of Queer Students and Allies and last year, as a DPE, he organized discussions around socio-economic status at Harvard. In Romania, he wrote on a blog about being queer in Romania, initiated Super, a film festival in Bucharest showing shorts made by teenagers, and worked with Romania's biggest queer organization. He loves movies (especially Tim Burton, Tarantino & Lars von Trier) and occasionally makes shorts himself.


Anshi Moreno Jimenez, Currier House, '19

Anshi is a sophomore in Currier house who was born in Ecuador but has lived most of her life in Boston. She is majoring in Social Studies with a minor in Psychology. Throughout her time at Harvard, she has been involved with Latinas Unidas and the Latina Empowerment and Development Conference as well as the First Generation Student Union and Harvard Model United Nations. She is a second year DPE and has loved to see how the program is developing. She has helped facilitate different discussions across campus about identity and intersectionality.  She enjoys playing soccer and learning about the law, especially around immigration law.


Darius Johnson, Pforzheimer House, '18

Darius is a Junior in Pfoho from Baltimore, MD. They are concentrating in Philosophy while also completing premed requirements. At Harvard, they have been very highly active in racial activism both through poetry as a member of Harvard College Speak Out Loud and as Director of Harvard Black Community and Student Theater. This is their first year as a DPE, but they are looking forward to the opportunity to work on issues of racial representation, equity, and inclusivity on a broader scale than the work they have already done in the Harvard theater community. They were a co-author and stage manager of "Black Magic" on the mainstage of the American Repertory Theater-- the show highlighted the many intersections of Black/queer/socioeconomic identities and how those identities inform life at Harvard. They are passionate about creating space for marginalized identities to share their cultures, learn, and heal.


Irene Kim, Canaday Hall, '20

Irene is a freshman in Canaday Hall in Harvard Yard. She wants to concentrate in Philosophy and possibly Linguistics. At Harvard, she has been an active Diversity Peer Educator and intend to continue her work in promoting diversity in campus. Previously, she has had experience leading LGBT community activities in her high school and is an ally. In her free time, she likes to chill, Netflix, and also to take pictures.


Kunho Kim, Leverett House, '18

Kunho is a Junior in Leverett House concentrating in Government with a possible secondary in Economics. He is from Seoul, South Korea but spent his middle and high school years in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. At Harvard, he has been an active member of Gaongil (contemporary Korean sociopolitical discussion group), and Mir investment group. He published "20 States on Wheels" a wheelchair accessible travel guide to the United States. He loves traveling, cooking, meeting new people and exploring new exciting things.


Sarah Kim, Leverett House, '18

Sarah is a junior in Leverett House concentrating in Integrative Biology with a possible secondary in Economics. She hails from Philadelphia and can't deny her love for Rita's Water Ice, Wawa hoagies, and all four seasons (the more snow the better). During her time at Harvard, Sarah has found her second home in Harvard's Social Innovation Collaborative (SIC) and her second family through Harvard College Faith and Action. As a past director of Synergy, Harvard's leading social enterprise incubator and international exchange program, past executive board member of SIC, and current director of SIC's First-Year Board, Sarah has been able to continuously re-discover and deepen her passion for social innovation, mentorship, and US-China relations. She is ecstatic to work as a DPE and bring together student voices and experiences on diversity and inclusion at Harvard, specifically regarding mental health, faith, and family backgrounds.


Michelle Liang, Quincy House, '19

Michelle is a sophomore in Quincy House, joint concentrating in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and History and Literature. At Harvard, she is co-chair of IvyQ, an annual queer conference that brings together over 400 college students to imagine a radically inclusive and explorative queer community beyond binaries and the LGB.  Over the summer, she interned for two months in Zimbabwe to work on evidence-based advocacy and write policy briefs.  Currently, as a DPE, she is writing a training module and discussion on respecting different ways of speaking up, beyond the extroverted white cis male voice.  She also led several discussions on racial battle fatigue, identity-based stressors, and safe spaces on campus.


Yong Lee, Currier House, '17

Yong is a senior in Currier House concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Economics. On campus, he is actively involved with Peer Health Exchange, Access Health, Club Fencing, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and the IOP. Through his DPE role, he hopes to make conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion a greater priority on Harvard's campus. As an advocate for social justice, he strives to promote awareness and understanding of these issues through his beliefs, choices and actions. In his free time, he enjoys playing sports, reading novels, and cheering on his beloved Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bulls.


Hannah Lemmons, Holworthy Hall, '20

Hannah is a first-year student from Denver, Colorado who is passionate about social issues, particularly those related to the intersection between race and gender. She is currently undecided about her concentration, but is considering History and Literature with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights or a joint concentration in Social Studies and African-American Studies. Besides working as a DPE, Hannah is the publicity chair of Harvard College’s First-Year Black Table, a subset of the Black Students Association. She also sings with the Harvard LowKeys, one of the College's premier co-ed a cappella groups, is involved with the Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatics Club, and is a member of the Association of Black Harvard Women. If she's not in the office, in rehearsal, or in the library, Hannah usually can be found curled up in her room in Holworthy drinking mint tea and listening to Nina Simone, who is her all-time favorite artist/activist.


Isabel O'Sullivan, Dunster House, '18

Isabel is a junior in Dunster House concentrating in Neurobiology - Mind, Brain, Behavior from Miami, Florida. She is Cuban, Puerto-Rican, and Irish, and interested in discussing how these core parts of her identity fit into the Harvard community. At Harvard, she works in a lab researching cognitive and emotional dysfunctions in mood and personality disorders. Additionally, she has worked with the administration to make the sexual assault policy more clear and accessible to all of the Harvard community. She loves to read about philosophy, and particularly enjoys novels by Albert Camus.


George Qiao, Cabot House, '18

George is a junior in Cabot House studying chemistry and English. He counsels a variety of personal worries and mental health concerns as a staff member of Room 13, and competes in Latin dance with the Harvard Ballroom Team. Hailing from Los Angeles, George enjoys salsa dancing, emotional rambling via poetry, and shamelessly pedantic discussions of film and literature. If you reach out to him, George will enthusiastically accompany you to that film festival or rally you really want to go to, and promises not to be a frosted flake. He believes that d-hall Chinese pork is Harvard's worst culinary blunder since swai fish, and that nothing is more beautiful in his life than being Asian-American.


Micaela Rosen, Weld Hall, '20

Micaela was raised in North Carolina, currently lives in Weld, but, as cliché as it sounds, plans to travel the world. A freshman decidedly Undecided, Micaela is currently mulling over concentrations ranging from Hist & Lit to Chemistry to VES. Apart from being a DPE, she teaches dance to elementary schoolers with CityStep. Soon, you will also be able to hear her jazz shows and news podcasts on WHRB (95.3 FM)! If she’s not chatting in Annenberg, you can generally find her painting in the Carpenter Center, reading in one of the window chairs at Starbucks, or eating J.P. Licks coffee or cookies and cream ice cream.


Maria Tirnovanu, Matthews Hall, '20

Maria is a freshman in Matthews Hall, originally from Romania but who also lived for the past two years in Israel, where she attended an international boarding school. She intends to concentrate in Government with a secondary in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and a secondary in Arabic, but is very open towards other plans. At Harvard, she is a new DPE and incredibly excited about it, an Associate Director of Administration for HMUN, a Resource Advocate for HSHS and you can also find her working at the Queen's Head Pub. She is extremely passionate about volunteer work, which she did in both Romania and Israel in places such as a children's orphanage, an Arab village in Israel, a dog shelter and more. She considers traveling, exploring different cultures and taking crazy adventures in the meantime to be her biggest passion.


Mary Wan, Mather House, '19

Mary is a sophomore in Mather House from Virginia and a prospective concentrator in East Asian Studies. She is devoted to increasing inclusivity on campus and facilitating discussions on topics pertaining to social justice. She is also passionate about women's rights and intersections of race, class, and gender. In her free time, she likes to take naps, read, explore Boston, and box.