AOCC Team

Student Co-Chairs

Justis Lopez

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Justis Lopez, justislopez@gse.harvard.edu, (also known as DJ Faro) is the founder and Chief Enthusiasm Officer (CEO) of Just Experience LLC, an organization that strives to educate, entertain, and empower communities across the world. As a community organizer he focuses on ways to create spaces of radical joy, justice, & healing through Hip-Hop and the arts. He is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Harvard in Educational Leadership, and recently completed his master’s degree in Education Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania where he focused on creating Joy Labs with Project Happyvism. Before this role he served as the director of alumni affairs at the Council For Opportunity in Education in Washington D.C assisting with community outreach for the national federal TRIO programs supporting low income, first-generation students from under represented backgrounds. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in his hometown of Manchester, CT and has served as a middle school and high school teacher in the Bronx, NY. When Justis isn’t teaching he can be found DJing or dancing down the street. He enjoys long hikes, funfetti cupcakes, and long walks on the beach.

Sari Saint-Hilaire

 

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Sari Saint-Hilaire, ssainthilaire@gse.harvard.edu, is pursuing a master's in Education Policy and Analysis with a concentration in Higher Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Psychology and a certificate in Social Work and Social Welfare in May 2022. At UMass Amherst, she co-founded a club called the First-generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) aiming to create a welcoming environment at her institution for first-generation and low-income students. Sari plans to work as an administrator creating policies to make college more accessible and equitable for students from underrepresented backgrounds like herself. She grew up in Haiti and finished high school in Revere, MA. Growing up in Haiti ignited her desire to learn to change the world through education. Her high school has 4 R's as a leitmotif: Rigor, Relevance, Relationship, Resilience. Sari added another R, Resources making the 5 R's of Education, and with AOCC, invites you to partake in a 6th R, (joyful) Rest.

 

Administrative Support

Dr. Christina "V" Villarreal

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Christina "V" Villarreal, Ph.D. (she, her, hers)

Lecturer on Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education

christina_villarreal@gse.harvard.edu

 

Alex Andres Galindo

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Assistant Director of Student Diversity Initiatives 

andres_galindo@gse.harvard.edu

Andrea Le

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Assistant Director for Community Building and International Student Support

andrea_le@gse.harvard.edu

Crystal Quintanilla

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Student Affairs Administrator

crystal_quintanilla@gse.harvard.edu