MARCH 2014


"I, Too, Am Harvard" Campaign Goes Viral
March 2014 Vol. 1
  • Leadership: Welcome New National Board Members & New HBAS LA Co-Presidents
  • Admissions: Help Recruit at the College and Graduate Schools
  • Notable News: Alexis C. Wilkinson '15 Breaks Barriers as First Black Woman to Lead Harvard Lampoon; Inspiring Path of First Black Harvard Head Coach Tommy Amaker Chronicled in SB Nation; Harvard Hosts Second Ivy Plus Symposium to Attract Minority Ph.D Students; "I Too am Harvard" Campaign Creates a Buzz
  • HBAW: Area Hotels Almost Completely Sold Out, Remind Your Classmates & Register Today

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Welcome Our New National Board Members

Gaspar David Stinfil, MBA '12

HBAS Treasurer

Gaspar David Stinfil works in J.P. Morgan's Investment Bank. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, he served as a project manager within a leading private distribution firm. Gaspar transitioned to J.P. Morgan after earning his MBA from Harvard Business School where he received the C. Bruce Johnstone Fellowship. Gaspar also earned a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Political Science from Howard University. In addition to serving as the Treasurer of the Harvard Black Alumni Society, he serves as an inaugural Junior Board member for the Harlem Educational Activities Fund and as a voting member of the Board of the Harvard Business School Summer Venture in Management Alumni Association.

Amarachi Enwereuzor, AB '05

HBAS Development Director

Amarachi Enwereuzor graduated in 2005 from Harvard College with an A.B. in Sociology and Economics and earned her MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She is a Director of Brand Strategy at TIAA-CREF, based out of the company's Philadelphia office. Previously, Amarachi worked at Credit Suisse, The Walt Disney Company, the Advisory Board Company, and Nike, and founded an internet startup company.

While at Harvard, Amarachi served as the Co-Chair of the Black Arts Festival, Junior Parent's Weekend, and the Eliot House Senior Gift campaign. She remains active with the College as a volunteer with the Harvard Fund, having served in various roles, and also as a volunteer interviewer with the Harvard Schools Committee.
Amarachi was born in Nigeria and raised in New Jersey from the age of 4. She currently resides in Philadelphia, PA where she also teaches indoor cycling classes, and enjoys staying active (biking, running, yoga, pilates, the occasional triathlon), cooking, reading, and creating fun playlists for her spin classes.

BJ Merriewether, AB '09

HBAS Development Programming, Partnerships and Events

BJ Merriewether graduated from the College in 2009 with an A.B. in Psychology. BJ is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. At the College, he played Varsity Football and served as President of AMBLE, Assistant Producer of the Eleganza Fashion Show, and Co-Director of the Phillips

Brooks House Association's Roxbury Youth Initiative. As a professional with expertise across the finance and sports, media, and entertainment industries, BJ most cares about building impoverished minority communities and doing his part to reduce the achievement gap by working to build smarter and stronger communities.

Monica Clark, AB '06

HBAS Communications Co-Chair

Monica Clark graduated from the College in 2006 and earned a J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. As an associate in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, LLP, Monica focuses her practice on mergers and acquisitions and other transactional matters. She regularly volunteers at the DC Bar Small Business and Advice Clinic and helps run a civil rights restoration clinic with Advancement Project. She also serves as Co-Chair of Latham's DC office Multicultural Promotion & Attainment Coalition (MPAC). While atttending Georgetown Law, she served as Senior Notes Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, in which her article "Challenging Privilege Claims in Congressional Inquiries" was published in 2010. Monica is a member of the Junior League of Washington and a regular contributor to "The Write Practice," a blog that was voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers by WritetoDone in 2011 and 2012 and boasts over 135,000 monthly subscribers.

New HBAS LA Co-Presidents

The Harvard Black Alumni Society of Los Angeles will be led by co-presidents Afaf Ibraheem, A.B. '11 and Stevena Jackson, A.B. '12.

Afaf Ibraheem, A.B. '11

HBAS L.A. Chapter, Co-President

Afaf Ibraheem is an associate at a Los Angeles-based private equity fund. Prior to that, she worked as an investment banking analyst in New York. Afaf graduated from Harvard College in 2011 with an A.B. in Psychology and a language citation in Arabic.

Stevena Jackson, A.B. '12

HBAS L.A. Chapter, Co-President

Stevena Jackson earned an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies, specializing in Film Production, in 2012. She also completed a secondary field in African American Studies and fulfilled a language citation in Portuguese. As a California native, she returned to Los Angeles and resumed her career in the entertainment industry. Stevena currently writes and produces for film and video.
Help Recruit at the College and Graduate Schools

In addition to the Phone-a-Thon that HBAS sponsors and organizes each year, HBAS will be ramping up efforts to support the recruitment of black applicants across the University.

There are many ways you can help, from calling admitted students to serving on alumni panels in your city.

If you are interested in contributing to these recruitment efforts, please complete this survey by Friday, April 11.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Paris Woods, HBAS Admissions Chair, AB '06, and Tanya Graham, HBAS Admissions Vice-Chair, AB '06, at

Notable News

  • Basketball coach Tommy Amaker has been blazing an inspirational trail as Harvard's first black head coach. His path to Harvard and the tremendous impact that he has had not only on the team, but also with respect to recruiting talented black student-athletes, is chronicled here.

  • "I, Too, am Harvard," the photo campaign highlighting the faces and voices of black Harvard, has created a buzz on campus and beyond. Check out the tumblr here & USA Today story here.

  • Alexis C. Wilkinson, '15, Leverett House economics concentrator, will be the first black woman to lead the Harvard Lampoon, the semi-secret social organization known for its humor magazine. For more details, read on.
  • Two weeks ago, Harvard co-hosted the second Ivy Plus Symposium to encourage more minority students to pursue Ph.Ds. For more details,
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