Diondra Peck is a junior living in Winthrop House, concentrating in Biomedical Engineering with a Secondary in Computer Science. Her particular interests in biomedical engineering are computational anatomical modeling, medical imaging systems, and image analysis software development. Throughout her time at Harvard, she has worked at both The Rowland Institute at Harvard and The Harvard Biorobotics Lab as a research assistant helping to develop applications of computer science and linear algebra for biological and biomedical image processing. Her post-grad plans are to pursue an MD/PhD in Biomedical Engineering and work at the intersection of interventional radiology and computer science, expanding the potential for non-invasive diagnoses and procedures. Always eager to encourage an interest in STEM studies, especially in other black girls, she has delved into leadership and participation in organizations such as The Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers and Science Club for Girls. Diondra is honored to receive this scholarship, and standing in the legacy of Deshaun Hill, Harvard Stephens, and the other recipients further motivates her to continue pursuing her goals and giving back.
Jordan Alston-Harmon '17 is a Government concentrator with a secondary in Sociology living in Adams House. After spending his freshman year at Northwestern University, he transferred to Harvard with a determination to make a difference in his new community. During his first semester at Harvard, he was appointed as co-chair of the Politics of Race and Ethnicity (PRE) initiative within the Institute of Politics (IOP). There, he helped organize weekly discussions between politicians, professors, and PRE members on political issues that intersect with race, such as mass incarceration and immigration. During his two semesters leading this group, he helped increase African-American, Native American, Latino, and Asian representation in the historically homogenous IOP by collaborating with cultural groups on campus. Additionally, Jordan travels off campus once a week to participate in the Youth Prison Tutoring program within the Phillips Brooks House Association. As the son of a single mother, mentors have played an incredibly important role in his life, so this opportunity to mentor young men at a local juvenile detention center has been especially fulfilling for him. Jordan is incredibly passionate about studying law, politics, and government and plans to attend law school after graduation. He is incredibly grateful to be a recipient of the Deshaun Hill & Harvard Stephens Memorial Scholarship and hopes to honor their legacy with the remainder of his time at Harvard and through his future endeavors of ameliorating racial inequities in the legal system.
Jumai Yusuf ’15 is a Neurobiology concentrator on the Mind Brian and Behavior track who is also pursuing a secondary in the Dramatic Arts. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, she now calls Ashland, MA home and is a proud resident of Dunster House. Science and art have always been huge interests of hers, so she has split her time at Harvard between working in research labs and directing shows. In an obvious expression of her devotion to these dual interests, she founded the student organization Science Theater at Harvard College (ST@HC). The mission of ST@HC is to bridge these two often disparate communities, and to create theater that deals with science, technology and its wide implications on society. In the Fall of 2014, with the support of BlackCAST, she created a show called Negative which explored racial stereotypes in a world where the social status of Black and Whites are flipped. In the spring of 2014, she hopes to start research for a Neurobiology thesis, while continuing to direct the sci-fi webseries Absent, and producing the latest ST@HC show. Though she does not know what her future will hold, she hopes that both science and the arts will always remain a huge part of her life. She is grateful and honored to join the legacy of scholars rewarded by the Deshaun Hill & Harvard Stephens Memorial Scholarship.
Fatima Mubarak ’15 is a chemistry concentrator living in Adams House. She is proud of her work as a research assistant with the Betley group at Harvard, where her research focuses on developing rationally designed trinuclear metal complexes that mimic enzymes found in nature. Fatima also works as a lab teaching fellow for the Harvard Extension School’s introductory organic chemistry course. She hopes that this position will help her to infuse her students with some of the awe she first felt when she truly recognized that the models she drew on her problem sets represented reality in a reaction flask. Although Fatima clearly values the sciences, she also believes that the arts play an important role in understanding our world, and it is for this reason that she serves as the Senior Arts Editor for Muslimah Collegian, a web publication targeted towards adolescent Muslim women. She remains undecided about her plans after graduation, but is strongly considering pursuing a doctorate in chemistry. Fatima is excited to discover what the future will hold.