People

Sadé Abraham

Sadé Abraham

First-Year Retreat and Experience (FYRE)

Sadé Abraham serves as the Program Director of the FDO's newest pre-orientation program. Born in Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York, Sadé is pursuing her second masters in cognitive neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Committed to finding solutions to today’s most urgent problems, Sadé is currently investigating poverty, economic mobility, and class through the lens of neurocognition, socio-linguistics, and education. Prior to Harvard, Sadé spent five years working in post-secondary education including three amazing years in Abu Dhabi and Dubai serving U.S. institutions in the Middle East. A proud product of several education initiatives like the one she now oversees, Sadé is passionate about creating a supportive, informative, and engaging experience for first-generation students and students of modest means.

James Bedford

James Bedford '20

Co-Chair

Good Day! I’m an English, human developmental and regenerative biology sophomore student who lives on a sailing yacht. On campus, you can probably find me consulting for Harvard College Consulting Group, doing stem cell ALS research at the Eggan Lab, finding cheap tickets to the symphony, spelling colour wrong, or tutoring with the BSC. A peer advising fellow on campus, I’ve yet to choose a career-path or Starbucks order, but, like my co-chair, I’m first-gen, low-income, and love working for first-year students adjusting to college. I’m always open to questions about adjusting to Harvard, summer opportunities, jobs and funding, the Pre-O program, tea, sailing, or all of the compelling reasons you should sign up!

Andrew Perez

Andrew Pérez '20

Co-Chair

Hello! My name is Andrew Pérez, and I am a sophomore in Mather House. Originally considered economics but deciding to follow what I am passionate about, I am studying sociology with a secondary in statistics and a Spanish citation. I am originally from Los Angeles (#WestCoastBestCoast), and my parents are from Mexico. I am the first in my family to go to college, and I have spent the last two years working on first-gen, low-income and Latinx issues through the First-Generation Student Union and Latinx organizations on campus. I have worked numerous jobs on campus: library, faculty research assistant, and hiphop archive researcher. If you have any questions about the pre-orientation program, hiphop, or life, feel free to shoot me an email!

Sonia Alves

Sonia Alves

I have been affiliated with the Harvard community for the past five years. In 2013 I enrolled in the doctoral program at the Graduate School of Education with a concentration in Human Development and Education. I was born and raised in Boston and I earned a BA in psychology and education from Smith College. This will be my fourth year as a proctor and I am super excited to be working with you all!

Laura Amrein

Laura Amrein

Welcome, Class of 2021! Originally from Simsbury, Connecticut, I attended school just across the river at Boston College. I graduated with a degree in Hispanic Studies and completed my Ed.M. in Higher Education here at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I now work in the Admissions Office. Outside of work, you can usually find me curled up with a book, biking around Cambridge, or on the hunt for the best ramen in town. I'm also always up to try a new gym class here at Harvard! This will be my third year as a proctor and I can’t wait to meet you all and make Straus home!

Sarah Anoke

Sarah Anoke

Welcome to Harvard Yard! I moved from Tulsa, Oklahoma to Cambridge in 2005, and have lived in and around the area ever since. Although my social class is '09 (!!), I graduated in 2011 (Mather House) with a concentration in Chemistry. Since then, I have held various jobs and research assistanceships, earned my master's in Biostatistics in 2014, and my PhD in Biostatistics in 2017. Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Outside of statistics, I spend time running, drinking tea, attending live concerts, and eating desserts. I look forward to welcoming the new freshman class in person!

Meaghan Borys

Meaghan Borys

Welcome Class of 2022! I graduated from Harvard in 2011, via Eliot House, the Government and WGS departments, PBHA, and various theater productions. I then moved to California to soak up the sun and earn myself a law degree. I couldn't be more excited to be back in Cambridge proctoring with my partner Sho (see below), in my old freshman dorm. Outside my life in the yard, I'm a judicial law clerk for the MA Superior Court and the oldest of five crazy siblings. You're most likely to overhear me trying to convince Sho to finally adopt a puppy. This could be the year!

Robert Bowden

Robert Bowden

Born and raised in North Jersey, I graduated from Harvard College in 2013 (Kirkland House!) with a degree in computer science and secondary in mathematical sciences. Between college and grad school, I acted as Preceptor in Computer Science, assisting with a handful of CS courses, including CS50, CS51, and CS61. This year, I’m excited to begin my fifth year of the PhD program in Computer Science here at Harvard, and I'm also excited for my fifth year as a freshman proctor in Thayer! I look forward to meeting you all! My door is always open.

Alyssa Britton

Alyssa Britton '21

Hi! I’m Alyssa Britton, and I’m a freshman in Wigglesworth. I grew up in Mississippi, but I’ve definitely grown to love Cambridge already! I’m a first-generation college student, and the first student from my high school to attend an Ivy. I’m definitely pre-med but still unsure which of the life sciences I want to concentrate in. I enjoy reading, painting, drawing, and cheering on the Patriots. If you have any questions about my role in the program, my experience at Harvard, or why Tom Brady is the GOAT, or anything else, please never hesitate to reach out!
Rachel Brown

Rachel Brown

Hi everyone! I am a San Diego native who has been "just visiting" the East Coast ever since I stepped onto Harvard's campus as a member of the Class of 2012. I graduated from the Graduate School of Education last year, and I currently work as an Assistant Director in the Harvard Varsity Club. In my spare time, I like participating in recreational sports and running along the Charles River, creating art for my Etsy store, and hosting friends for dinners and parties. I live with my partner, Jon Rossi, and together we enjoy traveling to warm places, watching cooking shows, and exploring Boston. We look forward to welcoming you to Harvard!

Krystal Cantos

Krystal Cantos

Welcome class of 2022! I’m originally from Long Island, New York and graduated from Harvard in 2011. After college, I worked at the New York State Department of Health’s AIDS Institute. I came back a year later to work on a pediatric HIV study at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and I’m sticking around to pursue my PhD in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer, eating the delicious food my partner Frank cooks up, and playing with our pup Ryker. We look forward to meeting many of you in the upcoming year!