Norma Hylton is a Leverett House resident studying Neurobiology on the Mind, Brain, and Behavior track with a Secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. As a pre-med student and a musician, she is passionate about medicine, research, and musical performance. During her time at Harvard, Norma has served as a member of The Harvard Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, organizing peer mentorship and networking events to support minority students in the sciences. She has also participated in global health programs in Chile and Panama, researching foreign healthcare systems and volunteering in under-resourced communities abroad. In addition, Norma plays percussion and serves as the Co-President of the Harvard Pops Orchestra, providing entertainment to the Harvard and Cambridge communities through concerts that combine music, theatrical performance, and comedy. As a student committed to scientific research in neurobiology, Norma works as a research assistant in the Haggarty Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital on a project to investigate alternative therapies for major depressive disorder. After Harvard, she plans to pursue an MD/PhD and continue to work as a physician/scientist at a teaching hospital, providing care for patients and mentoring future doctors. She is honored to be a recipient of the Deshaun Hill & Harvard Stephens Memorial Scholarship and hopes to continue to devote her time to others through mentorship, volunteer work, and tutoring, at Harvard and beyond.
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.