BSA Leadership

The executive board of Harvard's BSA is a team of dedicated students that work to foster an environment that promotes and supports black students on Harvard's campus. 

2021-2022 Executive Board

Rothsaida Sylvaince | President 

Rothsaida is a junior from Everett, Massachusetts studying History and Science & Computer Science. Her goal as President is to create a stronger sense of community amongst all Black students. She plans to achieve this through implementing town halls, community standards, multilevel mentorship opportunities, and increased access to academic and professional resources for members of the BSA.

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Michael Omole Vice President

Michael Omole is from Pembroke Pines, FL but currently lives in Quincy House. He is a member of the class of 2024 and concentrates in Environmental Science and Public Policy with a secondary in Computer Science. As Vice President, he wants to foster a strong BSA community by hosting regular events and connect with a larger network of Black students at other schools.

Susan Takang Treasurer

Susan is a Junior studying History & Science with a secondary in Global Health & Health Policy staying in Dunster house. As treasurer, her goal is to efficiently manage the BSA finances to support BSA events and members. Her aim is to create environments for Black students to thrive and truly enjoy their time on campus.

Mara Sims | Secretary 

Mara is a sophomore in Dunster House from central Ohio. As a board member this year, she looks forward to supporting any and all efforts to maximize connection and growth in the Black community.

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Elyse Martin-Smith Outreach and Inclusivity Co-Chair

Elyse (she/her) is and incoming sophomore in Pfoho from Charlotte, VT. She is passionate about blending the arts, activism, and academics through her work. As inclusivity/outreach co-chair, she hopes to foster an inclusive BSA community through the exploration of identity and interconnection with events such as Ballroom and through intimate conversations and trainings. When she's not at a BSA event, you can find Elyse performing with BlackCAST, at the IOP, playing and singing music with the Black Arts Collective and more!

Alexis Logan | Outreach and Inclusivity Co-Chair

Alexis is a sophomore living in Winthrop House from Coral Springs, Florida. She is considering getting a joint concentration in Sociology and African American studies with a secondary in Psychology. As one of the inclusivity chairs she looks forward to helping BSA foster an environment where all black students can feel safe and at home.

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Angie Gabeau Special
Events Chair

Angie Gabeau is a sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts. She lives in Winthrop and plans to concentrate in Sociology. In her Special Events position in the BSA, Angie hopes to strengthen the ties within the BSA community and carry out fun events throughout the year. She hopes to be inclusive of all identities while she plans out events and hopes to instill a comforting and welcoming environment.

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Emeka Ezike   Programming Chair

Emeka is in Quincy House and is a member of Class of 2024. He is from Chicago, IL and is concentrating in Computer Science. As Programming Chair, he hopes to foster camaraderie across class groups in the Black student body through engaging events and programs.

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Taina Rico | Public
Service Chair

Taina Rico is delighted to serve as the Public Service Chair for the 2022-23 academic school year. She was raised in Brockton, Massachusetts, but now she is currently living in Leverett house in her junior year. Her concentration is History of Science with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. As the Public Service Chair, she is super excited to open more opportunities for the Black Community to get involved with the Boston/Cambridge communities at large.

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David Lewis Political Action Chair

Norah Ostin   Alumni Chair

David Lewis is a rising junior in Quincy House, from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. He is pursuing a concentration in social studies with a focus on the intersection buddho-daoist philosophies of the mind and racial capitalism, as well as a secondary in Computer Science and a citation in Japanese. His goal as political action chair is to organize the black community to fight and protest to preserve race-conscious admissions, promote unity among all genders and ethnicities, bring in black political speakers, and fight rape culture on campus.

Norah Ostin is a sophomore from Pittsburgh, PA. She is in Dunster House and plans to concentrate in Economics and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. As Alumni Chair, Norah hopes to strengthen relations between alums and undergraduates. She also looks forward to photographing the Black community at BSA events.

Justin Folks | Development Co-Chair

Justin is a member of the Class of 2025 from Pembroke Pines, Florida. He will be in Winthrop House and intends to study Government and Economics. As one of the Development Chairs for next year, Justin's goals are increasing the number of funds brought in through sponsors and overseeing an in-person career expo.

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Tahj Johnson Development

 First-Year Representative

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Tahj Johnson serves as BSA’s Development Chair as a Sophomore in Kirkland House. He is concentrating in Government and has strong interest in US foreign policy. His ultimate goal is to provide the black students of Harvard with access to professional programs as well as connections to professionals in their desired fields.