Contact Info

Mailing Address:
PO Box 55071 #13825
Boston, MA 02205-5071

Email Address:

(815) 301-6733

Official Group Page 


2012 Winner: Brian Boursiquot, '14

Brian Boursiquot is a Biomedical Engineering concentrator living in Pforzheimer house.  He has been involved in the Black Men’s Forum since his freshman year and is currently on the planning committee for the organization’s largest annual event, the Celebration of Black Women banquet.  Because of his interest in teaching, several of Brian’s other activities have revolved around education.  During his freshman year, he co-taught weekly science experiments to a class of first graders through his involvement in an organization called Experimentors, and he assisted in the teaching of Astronomy to boy scouts as a part of Merit Badge University.  Over the summer he worked with Boston Refugee Youth Enrichment, a summer program for students of immigrant families, and led a class of preteens and young teens.  Most recently, Brian worked as a Course Assistant for Math 1b, a Calculus course for Harvard students which he had taken the year before.  Brian's plans for the future are still undecided, but he has seriously considered both medical school and graduate school for a PhD in science or engineering.


2012 Winner: Lanair Lett, '14

Lanair Lett is a Chemical and Physical Biology concentrator and lives in Currier House. Since freshman year, he has been very involved with the Harvard Black Students' Association, serving as Arts and Entertainment Chair for the 2011-2012 year. In the BSA, he focuses on providing programming that unites and inspires the black community of Harvard. He also works as an undergraduate researcher in the Harvard Stem Cell and Regenerative Department, where he uses his considerable talent in the fight against diabetes.  He will be spending the summer continuing this important work through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Fellowship (HHMI EXROP).  After graduation, Lanair will pursue graduate studies in medicine, hoping to contribute to the eventual discovery of a diabetes cure.


2011 Winner: Danella Debel, '12

Danella Debel is a History of Science concentrator who lives in Mather House. Since her freshman year, she's been deeply involved with Harvard's Institute of Politics and currently serves as chair of its CIVICS program. Its mission is to provide a background in American government to elementary school students in the Cambridge and Boston community, emphasizing the means by which governmental institutions impact the daily lives of students, encouraging them to get involved in the civic process. Danella helped lead a CIVICS service trip to Mississippi, where she worked with a local college prep program to promote taking an active role in civic life, particularly around issues of civil rights. As a testament to her dedication to these matters, she will be spending the summer as an intern in the State Department’s Office of Civil Rights - a role that will unquestionably provide insight into her contemplated career in law.


2011 Winner: Eric Smith '13 

Eric Smith is Government concentrator and a member of the Currier House community. He answered the call to serve early in his career at Harvard when he joined the board of the Black Men's Forum as Freshman Representative. After assuming a new board position upon the departure of one of his colleagues, he showed such leadership that his peers elected him president of the organization for the following academic year. That vote made him the youngest BMF president in the history of this vibrant and increasingly dominant campus force. Under Eric's guidance, BMF has built on its existing efforts by adding two new service-based symposiums, one of which is centered on World AIDS Day while the other is focused on eliminating world poverty. A native of Michigan, he aims to return after college to found a non-profit dedicated to creating educational and vocational opportunities for the people of this region, and to obtain a post-graduate degree in management at some point in the future.


2010 Winner: Maya Espada ’12

Maya Espada is a Social Studies concentrator living in Winthrop house. After graduating, she hopes to attend law and public health school while working towards a joint J.D./M.P.H degree. Maya is currently the co-director of ABHW’s mentoring program, the Alberta V. Scott Leadership Academy, a dancer with the Harvard Radcliffe Modern Dance Company, and an active member of CityStep, a program that teaches dance to students in Cambridge Public Schools. The Deshaun Hill and Harvard Stephens Scholarship will help Maya cover her student contribution so that she can spend more time focusing on her work in the greater Boston area. She feels very honored to receive this award and would like to thank the Winthrop house tutors and the fellowship advisors for being absolutely amazing!