Sheldon K.X. Reid ’96, GSE ’98
Director

Taina Rico ’24
President

Hey! My name is Taina Rico (she/her) and I am so incredibly honored and excited to be serving as Kuumba’s president for the 2022-23 year. I am a junior living in Leverett House studying History of Science with a secondary in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights on the pre-med track. To me Kuumba truly is a family I am proud and blessed to be a part of. Home is defined as a place that offers safety, security, and stability. Kuumba has been this place for me and so much more. Outside of Kuumba, I volunteer and dabble in photography for an organization called We Got Us and I serve as the public service chair for the Black Students Association at Harvard. Sending so much Kuumbalove; I can’t wait for an incredible year with you all! 

 

Julian Handler ’24
Vice-President

My name is Julian Handler, and I am a junior in Kirkland. I am concentrating in Integrative Biology and considering a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I joined Kuumba in my freshman year to surround myself with a supportive community that celebrates Black culture and music. I loved growing the community as we transitioned to having in person rehearsals, social events, and performances last year when I served as Recording Secretary. When I am not singing as a bass in Kuumba, I am involved with other activities such as CIVICS, the Harvard College Democrats, and We Got Us. I also enjoy reading, running, and playing games with friends and family. I am excited to continue expanding the Kuumunity and bringing back old traditions such as our winter tour.

 

Faith Woods ’24
Treasurer

 

Khalila Lord-Arond ’25
Recording Secretary

My name is Khalila Lord-Arond. My pronouns are she/they. I am a Sophomore in Kirkland House and concentrating in Neurobiology with a secondary in Film. I fell in love with Kuumba at first sight/sound and am so grateful for the opportunity to have a greater role in continuing the traditions and love that Kuumba spreads everywhere we go. I hope to help continue the rebuilding of Kuumba as we navigate the covid-19 pandemic in a new way this year, and cultivate a great sense of community among all of Kuumba’s members.

 

Anika Allen ’24
Corresponding Secretary

My name is Anika, and I am a junior in Adams House. I’m concentrating in Neuroscience and pursuing a secondary in African American Studies. Kuumba has been such a rewarding experience, and I am thrilled to be serving as Corresponding Secretary this year. Outside of Kuumba, I enjoy reading, climbing, and drawing.

 

Angie Gabeau ’25
Director of Publicity

My name is Angie, and I am a sophmore in Winthrop. I’m potentially concentrating in Sociology and seeking to have a secondary in Computer Science. Learning about Kuumba the history has been one of pleasures of Harvard my freshman year. Although COVID-19 has definitely impacted our growth, I am committed to bringing Kuumba back to it’s glory days. Outside of Kuumba, I am a part of the Harvard Black Student Association and the Crimson. I am so excited to be on board!

 

Seychelle Doyley ’24
Librarian

My name is Seychelle “say-shell” I’m a Junior in Winthrop House studying BioEngineering. I’m interested in bio-inspired materials, a field that combines my love for nature and innovation. I’m excited to serve on board this year and give back to this wonderful organization because Kuumba has supported me and brought so much comfort during my Harvard journey. I look forward to playing my part in preserving the music and highlighting the voices that have served Kuumba’s rich legacy.