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Issue 4, December 2012/ BLACKTALK January 2013

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Issue 4, Dec. 2012/ Jan. 2013

BLACKTALK The Off icial Newsletter of the Harvard Black Student Association

In This Issue: Wait, What Just Happened?................pg. 2 You Don’t Want to Miss This.............pg. 4 The Talented Four.....................................pg. 5 Membership and Sponsors..................pg. 9

Share Your Talents! Every month, BlackTalk will recognize one student from each class as one of the “Talented Four”. Read their story to learn about their journeys and successes.

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Issue 4, Dec. 2012/ Jan. 2013

Wait, What just Happened? Black Faculty Community Dinner

Election Night Watch Party

We met in the SOCH and connected with several black Harvard faculty members over a delicious Bertucci’s dinner.

We were avidly watching the screens in the Queen’s Head Pub on November 8th, election night. Needless to say, there was much celebration.

Affirmative Action Talk After all the drama and controversy of affirmative action that surfaced on campus, it was nice to have a cross-cultural conversation on the subject.

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Wait, What just Happened? Harvard-Yale Weekend

December BSA Meeting

We partied it up, enjoying several black functions including the BSA’s Pregame Breakfast and “LoungeGate” - the tailgate at OM Lounge. And by the way, we won The Game.

At this second BSA general meeting we discussed the possibilities for black social spaces on campus.

Primal Scream Mixer We kicked off the exam season with a mixer in Straus Common Room, just before the traditional Primal Scream run.

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You Don’t Want to Miss This! Calender of Events Join the BSA’s Relay for Life

Team Today!

Jan. 18

Houses and Dorms Open for Spring Term on campus

Want to be in D.C. for the Inauguration?

http://main.acsevents.org/goto/HarvardBSA

Jan. 21 The 57th Presi-

dential Inauguration. Washington, D.C.

Jan. 28

Spring Term Begins, First Day of Classes

There is a required $10 registration fee. It is directly donated to the American Cancer Society. The relay is an annual student-run, all-night “walk-a-thon” fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We form teams and raise much-needed funds for cancer research. This year’s Relay will be on April 5th, 2013. You can donate without attending the April event! To sign up as a participant and join our team, go to http://main.acsevents.org/ goto/HarvardBSA and sign up to join our existing team.

The BSA will subsidize a bus to the inauguration for those in the Boston area interested in going to the events whether they have a ticket or not. There will be free events in Dc during that time. Don’t let not having a ticket stop you! The bus will be leaving on Sunday the 20th, as early as 8 am. Sign up soon using this form!

Black History Month! The BSA will be organizing programming in honor of Black History Month during Feburary. Look out over the BSA list for upcoming announcements.

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Freshman of the month

Paige Woods Class: 2016 Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina Concentration: Joint Concentration with African and African American Studies and Social Studies Dorm: Matthews Extracurriculars: Freshmen Representative for the Association of Black Harvard Women, member of the Kuumba Singers, and Black Christian Fellowship

Share with us your talents and accomplishments. In high school, I was a four time state champion singer in the North Carolina American Association of Teachers of German annual German Day competition (twice first place, second place, and third place). I was also captain of the volleyball team, the program director for the prom planning committee, and a teacher’s assistant/junior counselor for Winston-Salem State University’s Girls Empowered by Math and Science.

I was the first student to ever get accepted into Harvard in my school’s history. I am Black Sophisticates Hair Magazines’ “Role Model” for the upcoming December/January edition. I love planning things. Whether they be birthday parties, get-togethers with my friends, etc.

What advice would you give to underclassmen regarding academics, advising, seeking opportunities, and/ or extracurricular life? Know what makes you you and don’t be afraid to bring your unique perspective to the forefront of discussions. Never engage in any activity simply because you think it will “look” good. Always remain true to your interests and desires when you decide which activities or organizations to get involved with. Don’t feel rushed

into making lifelong goals your freshmen year- shop different classes, explore various organizations, and spend time finding out things about yourself. You will not fail at life simply because you do not have an internship with Goldman Sachs during your freshmen J-term. Relax and use wisdom.

What advice would you give to someone aspiring to similar greatness? Realize that God has a unique purpose for each us. Therefore, do your best and leave the rest to Him. page 5


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Sophomore of the month

Latoya Stewart Class: 2015 Hometown: Queens, NY Concentration: Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology Secondary Field: Global Health and Health Policy Citation: Spanish House: Dunster Extracurriculars: Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers (Treasurer), Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children, Association of Black Harvard Women, BSC Tutor

Share with us your talents and accomplishments. My first leadership role at Harvard was serving as a freshman representative for HSBSE. I currently serve as treasurer of the organization, and I enjoy working with the HSBSE board to form a support network for

undergraduates in STEM. I have many other interests, such as singing, dancing, and learning new languages, and I’m really grateful that Harvard has provided the resources for me to explore these interests!

Describe one great summer you’ve had while at Harvard. This past summer, I had the privilege of interning at the New York Stem Cell Foundation, which really opened my eyes to the promise that stem cell research has for curing the major diseases of our time. I learned a great deal about a variety of topics that ran the gamut from somatic cell nuclear transfer to generating patient-specific human bone grafts to treat/

repair damaged bones. Working alongside some of the most talented and innovative scientists in the nation was truly an amazing and rewarding experience! At the end of the summer, I was added as an author of a paper on nuclear genome transfer, which has recently been published in Nature.

What advice would you give to someone aspiring to similar greatness? Continue to pursue excellence in ALL that you do. Avoid comparing yourself to others. I know this can be challenging at times, especially at a place like Harvard. But instead, follow Dean Smith’s advice: “Don’t compare—connect.” If you need help, ask for it! Finally,

always seek ways in which you can give back to your community, whether here at Harvard or in your hometown. Be thankful, count your blessings, and appreciate those who have helped you get where you are. page 6


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Junior of the month

Jasmine Omeke Class: 2014

Hometown: Chicago, IL Concentration: Social Studies with a focus in Urban Studies and Governance House: Kirkland Extracurriculars: The Food Literacy Project, MIT S.T.E.M. mentoring, Housing Opportunities Project, Intern for Joe Kennedy

What advice would you give to someone aspiring to similar greatness? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are plenty of resources at campus at your finger tips. However, it’s hard to know how and when to use certain resources.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to faculty and other students to learn about different opportunities.

What advice would you give to underclassmen regarding academics, advising, seeking opportunities, and/ or extracurricular life? Don’t compare yourself to others. In your academic pursuits, evaluate what works for you and what doesn’t. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box either. Sometimes looking at what other people are doing hin-

ders our own natural progression. Sometimes a well needed round of self-reflection can help orient you in this fast paced environment.

Share your Describe a transformative experience you’ve had while at Harvard. Well I will be studying abroad in Berlin. I can’t wait!

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Senior of the month

Nyamagaga Gondwe Class: 2013 Hometown: Silver Spring, MD Concentration: African American Studies and Linguistics (Joint) Secondary Field: African-American Studies House: Winthrop Extracurriculars: Kuumba, Women’s Center, Alberta V. Scott Mentoring Program

Share with us your talents and accomplishments. My accomplishments are as follows: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (Spring 2011 - present) Kuumba Tour Manager - Organized, Planned, and Executed Kuumba’s Spring 2011 Tour to Bermuda

Competed in the first BlackCAST Poetry Slam (Spring 2010) Harvard College Women’s Center Undergraduate Intern (Fall 2010 - present) Teach for America 2013!!!

What did you do to prepare for these accomplishments and develop your talents? I learned from the examples of venerable upperclassmen. Matthews Mmopi (‘11) encouraged me to apply to work for the Women’s Center and was President of Kuumba the year I ran Tour. Spencer Hardwick (‘11) a current TFA Corps Member in Dallas helped me prepare my application and interviews for Teach For America. Kristin Smith (‘11) encouraged me to apply to be a Mays Fellow. José Oliva-

rez (‘10) helped me get over my fear of public speaking to do that first poetry slam. I have had a lot of awesome role models since I got to Harvard who have set the bar super high. I’m also still learning to find what I’m interested in. I’m still discovering my talents - especially when it comes to stuff like artistic expression - but I can only find out what I’m drawn to if I try new and different things.

What advice would you give to someone aspiring to similar greatness?

What advice would you give to underclassmen?

A great person once told me: “Do Better. Be Better. Rise.”

Stay Black and Graduate.

Describe a transformative experience you’ve had while at Harvard. My semester in Brazil was extraordinary. It was a healing time after a stressful sophomore year. It was a learning experience as I got to be around non-Harvard college students who afforded me new perspectives on many of my views of

the world. I met many amazing people and created lasting relationships. I think everyone should study abroad at least once.

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Share Your Talents! Every month, BlackTalk will recognize one student from each class as one of the “Talented Four”. Look for their stories in the monthly newsletter. Nominate yourself or someone else for the talented four here or e-mail publications@harvardbsa.com for details.

BSA Membership Dues

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$20 Academic Year $35 Lifetime membership with free black card $40 Lifetime membership with free black card & T-shirt

The BSA would like to thank the following sponsors:

That’s a Wrap! E-mail us at publications@harvardbsa.com for inquiries, comments, etc. on this month’s newsletter. Send us pictures, ideas, etc. that you would like to see in future installments of BLACKTALK. We love to hear from you! WWW.HARVARDBSA.COM Newsletter Edited by Ahsante Bean page 9

BSA December/ January Newsletter 2012-2013  

BSA December/ January Newsletter 2012-2013 Edited and Designed by Ahsante Bean

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