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Francisco Cernada '20

What’s up? My name is Francisco Cernada and I am a sophomore in Winthrop House concentrating in social studies with a focus on race, immigration, and economics. I grew up in Houston, Texas, and my family is from Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. I am a first-generation college student and the first from my high school to go to Harvard. I’ve spent my time here mentoring and tutoring teenage students in Boston, staffing for Harvard Model Congress, and acting with TEATRO. I’m interested in education policy, immigration reform, international relations, and Netflix Originals. I love to run, play soccer, and dance. Let me know if you want to chat about anything to do with the Houston Astros, government, or how to navigate Harvard as a first-gen student!

Flora Chan

Flora Chan

Greetings Class of 2021! Welcome to Harvard! I am a Massachusetts native from “20 minutes outside of Boston.” In 2011, I graduated from Bates College (Lewiston, ME) where I studied economics and met my wonderful partner, Jocelyn. Since college, I earned my master’s degree in Higher Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and served as the Associate Director of Diversity and Community at Amherst College. Currently, I work in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office. My partner, Jocelyn, is pursuing her Ph.D. in English Literature at Boston College. We enjoy cooking, reading, and traveling. My partner and I are both from New England and love exploring the region’s hidden gems. We can’t wait to meet you!

Alison Chapman

Alison Chapman

Welcome to Lionel B! My name is Alison Chapman, and I am a PhD candidate in the English Department here are Harvard! I live with my partner James (a PhD candidate in the Government department) and our large and friendly dog Stella (whose concentration is still “undeclared”). I’m originally from Toronto, Canada. Most of my time is devoted to proctoring, teaching, and working on my dissertation, but I also love baking and going on long walks with my dog. I can’t wait to meet you, and introduce you to the best dorm in Harvard Yard!

Shomesh Chaudhuri

Shomesh Chaudhuri

Originally from Canada, I graduated from Harvard College as a member of the Class of 2011. I concentrated in Biomedical/Electrical Engineering, minored in Economics, and was a member of the men’s varsity soccer team. I’m currently a member of the Jenks Vestibular Physiology Laboratory where we develop vestibular neuroprosthetics and conduct research in vestibular sensory signal processing.

Christie Chiu

Christie Chiu

Hello! I grew up in the small town of Bedford, MA and completed my undergrad at MIT, so needless to say, I love the Cambridge and Boston area! Currently, I am a graduate student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences working on my PhD in atomic physics. Apart from physics and physics outreach, I love ice skating (especially on Boston Common!), playing volleyball, sailing on the Charles river, ballroom dance, and shopping. Arts and crafts are also a hobby of mine, especially those on the quirkier side such as watermelon carving or mathematical sculptures. I'm absolutely thrilled to be a freshmen proctor and cannot wait to meet you!

Kendell Clement

Kendell Clement

I studied Computer Science and Bioinformatics at Brigham Young University, and after my graduation in 2009, spent a year in Berlin, Germany studying and doing research. While in Germany, I went on an epic roadtrip from Berlin to Venice on which I set a new personal land speed record on the Autobahn. It was good that I got that out of my system, because my driving speeds have been somewhat restricted ever since coming to Boston three years ago to study medical engineering in the Health Sciences and Technology PhD program at MIT and Harvard. I currently study epigenetics, specifically in development and tumorigenesis.

Kendall Clites

Kendall Clites

A true Texan at heart, I left Austin in 2010 to attend Wellesley College where I studied Music with an emphasis on choral conducting. Now, I orchestrate administrative work as a project manager at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard over in my favorite Cambridge spot, Kendall Square. Outside of work, I spend most of my time outdoors with my husband and our dog, leading the women’s organization at our church, singing with the Metropolitan Chorale and the Boston Pops, and checking out the local options for dairy-free sweet treats. I love sunshine, country music and all things choir, so I’m an easy ticket sell for any of you who will be singing in groups on campus!

Tyler Clites

Tyler Clites

Welcome to Harvard! I was born and raised in New Hampshire, and studied engineering at Harvard as an undergraduate. As a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program, I currently have the world’s best day job. I get paid to build robotic legs and design neural controllers for both animal and human patients! If you get a chance, ask me about my goats. After my freshman year of college, I spent two years in Brazil, and am now fluent in Portuguese. My wife Kendall and I were married in 2013. Kendall studied music at Wellesley, focusing in choral conducting, and is an avid pianist. Together we enjoy discovering new restaurants, sailing, hiking, and playing board games. We share our home with a two-year-old Samoyed puppy named Daisy, who is extremely excited to meet you!

Joanna Cornell

Joanna Cornell

Welcome, Class of 2021! Hailing from Maryland, I graduated from Yale in 2012 with a B.A. in Economics and East Asian Studies. After college, I moved to New York City, where I worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and volunteered with Apex for Youth and New York Cares. I'm currently in my third year of the JD/MBA program at Harvard and love traveling, going on adventures, being active, curling up with a good book, and watching trashy TV. I'm so excited for my third year as a Thayer proctor and look forward to meeting you all!

Gabriel Cunningham

Gabriel Cunningham

Hello all, and welcome to Harvard! I graduated as a member of Harvard College's Class of 2013.5 with a concentration in Social Studies. After graduation I moved to Detroit to work in venture capital and entrepreneurship as a Venture for America Fellow. Now I'm back at Harvard as a student at Harvard Business School. I am originally from Takoma Park, Maryland, played rugby on the Harvard Rugby team, and met my wife Amanda in Stoughton as a freshman. I will be living in Straus with Amanda and our sweet, sweet dog Lucy. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Jeita Deng

Jeita Deng

Welcome freshmen!! I was born and raised in Cambridge, MA and later went on to attend boarding school and undergrad (Amherst College) all in MA; I'm pretty much a Massachusetts girl through and through. As a result, I'm a fan of all things New England, namely the beach, the Museum of Fine Arts, apple picking and the Boston Ballet. However, my one true passion is eating and I love trying the many restaurants that Boston, Cambridge and Somerville have to offer. When not I’m enjoying the wonders of New England or relishing in a culinary adventure I serve as the Director of Financial Planning and Budgeting at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I live in Hurlbut basement with my husband, Donald, our 1 year old son, Aiken, and our adorable dog, Sasha. This is my fifth year as a proctor and I am certain that it will be the best because of all of you!

Ziyun Deng

Ziyun Deng

Welcome, Class of 2021! I am a Ed.D Candidate at the Graduate School of Education, studying Human Development and Psychology. My research is about how children learn their mother tongues and how to help adults learn second/foreign languages efficiently. Outside of academics, the three things I love most are traveling, traveling, and traveling, especially exploring the history, culture, and people's lives of a foreign country. I also enjoy movies, musicals, and almost all kinds of performing arts. Looking forward to meeting all of you!