These are our FOP LEAFs—FOP Leaders of Equity, Access, and Fellowship. Feel free to turn to them with any questions or concerns that relate to inclusivity, diversity, access, and belonging in the context of FOP. You can also turn to them with application-specific questions, or just to chat. :) We love our leaders!
Hello there!! I'm Luca, a junior concentrating in chemistry and environmental engineering. I lead my first fop trip this fall and it was so much fun!!! (even though we did have a couple oopsies...) I'd love to chat with anyone about issues of queerness, specifically trans and nonbinary identities, or anything else! Not EDI related, but I can also talk about dealing with the emergency situation we had on my fop trip in case you are nervous about dealing with that stuff. Yay fop!! :D
Maya McDougallmayamcdougall@college.harvard.edu Hey! I'm a junior in Adams house from Pennsylvania. I live on a farm and also happened to lead a FOP trip to a farm this year –– crazy stuff! I would be happy to discuss race in the context of FOP with anyone who has questions. Woohoo!
Hey everyone! My name's Jackson Walker and I'm a junior in Dunster studying appleid mathematics and global health and health policy. The intersectionality of being a low income queer person of color who enjoys hiking has been interesting and beautiful to unravel over the course of my time as a FOP leader, so feel free to email or text me about any of the above! Also feel free to just text me, I love talking!
What's up, y'all. I'm a senior from Miami living in Pfoho (quad is love, quad is life) studying Econ and Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. Aside from being a FOP leader to 9 beautiful FOPpers, I am involved with the Cuban American Undergraduate Students Association, so I'd be happy to speak with any Latinx individuals about diversity and inclusion at FOP. I became a FOP leader last year and led an intermediate backpacking trip. Of all the activities I do on campus, FOP has been perhaps the most rewarding, so y'all are in the right place. Also, if you're someone who fidgets, then learning how to make cool knots is huuuuge. My favorite meal on FOP is Gado Gado, but I made really bad Gado Gado for my FOPpers this year because our stove broke on the last day, so I'd love to talk about food, but maybe go to someone else for help making it! Except pancakes. I love making pancakes!
Happy to talk to anyone about FOP, life, or both!
Hi! I'm Ella, a senior in Pfoho (in spirit) studying Integrative Biology with a secondary in English. I'm an international student from Nairobi, Kenya - so if you're international, please say hi! If you aren't international, please still say hi! I didn't go on FOP as a first-year, so if you're in the same boat, I'd love to talk through any concerns you might have, or de-mystify any slang words (what is a co? what does chow mean?) Other than that I'd be happy to discuss gender, sexuality, mental health, and being low-income in the outdoors, in FOP, and at Harvard. FOP has taught me so much about compassionate leadership and I'm so excited to welcome new folks into our community!
HELLO!! My name is Rick, and as advertised, I am a LEAF! Being on my FOP trip and later becoming a leader were and continue to be the most meaningful experiences I have had at Harvard. They remind me daily what it means to embrace growth, guide and give space, and hold others with love and care.
I'm happy to chat about anything FOP or Harvard-related (LGBTQ experiences in FOP, coming from the Midwest, and my campaign to permanently install peach melba tea cake in the dining halls, to name a few). :~)
Hello! My name is Emma and I am a senior studying Applied Math with Computer Science. I freaking love FOP, and consider my training trip and the trip I led this past fall to be my favorite experiences in college thus far. I also recognize that FOP is incredibly daunting both mentally and physically (!) and as somebody with no formal outdoors experience outside of my own FOP trip, I was hesitant to apply. I would love to talk about why being an amazing FOP leader has nothing to do with being able to name a single New Hampshire peak above 4000', how to reconcile socioeconomic status with traditional groups of people in the outdoors, and building confidence managing people in tricky situations, both for FOP and in general :)
My name is Andrew, and I would be so happy to talk all things FOP with you! Here at Harvard, I'm concentrating in History & Literature and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. I love reading and writing, doing stuff outside, and spending time with friends. Ask me about diversity and inclusion efforts within the leader community and FOP's role in building resilient communities on campus!
Hellooo my name is Conlan and I'm from Minneapolis, Minnesota! FOP has been an incredible place for me to grow in lots of different ways over the last few years and I'd love to chat about it. I'm interested in changing and expanding the dialogue about the outdoors at Harvard and would be happy to talk about different ways of experiencing the outdoors (emphasizing accessibility and emotional safety). Also, please feel free to just reach out to chat about anything on your mind! Excited to get to know y'all :)
Hi! I'm Nish (the fish), a current senior in Mather and I LOVE FOP! FOP has been a wonderfully fun and inclusive way to make a lot of new friends, learn how to be a leader, and have many cool outdoor experiences. One of my favorite FOP memories was seeing the stars after fuzzy cheesecake on my last FOP trip. Last year, I almost didn't apply for FOP because I was scared I wasn't "outdoorsy" or "athletic" enough. I didn't think I could fit the description of a leader in the outdoors. But, learning how to be a FOP leader has taught me that leadership comes in all forms, and that the outdoors is a space for everyone, regardless of background. FOP has really shown me that I have the ability to learn outdoors and leadership skills, and more than anything that I belong. If you have any concerns/questions/fears about inclusivity and belonging in FOP and other outdoors communities, I would love to talk to you more. I'd also love to talk about any questions you have regarding gender inclusivity on FOP. So stoked to welcome you to the FOP family and for more fun outdoor adventures!
Helloooooo future FOP leaders! I am a junior in Pfoho concentrating in OEB! I have two dogs and three siblings, and I'm from Newton, MA. I love to talk about all things FOP, whether it be training, leading, or the community as it functions during the year. FOP has been the most meaningful experience and community for me in college, and I hope it can be the same for you, but I also have felt the exclusivity of the outdoors. If you have any questions regarding my experience with race, gender, and accessibility in the outdoors, and how these interacted with my experience on FOP and in the community, please reach out! I also love Crocs, Trader Joes, 2000s hits, and the Quad, so hit me up if you wanna chat about any or all of the above!
Hi y'all! I'm Sonia and I'm a senior in Lev (but currently home in Texas) studying stem cells but also trying to get more into environmental/climate science. I had pretty much zero outdoors/backpacking experience before participating in FOP as a first year and was pretty unsure if I could lead a trip in the future. Looking back, FOP has been one of the most impactful experiences in my Harvard experience and has challenged my leadership and confidence in the outdoors while introducing me to some of the most hard-working and caring people on campus. Please reach out if you want to talk about applying without backpacking experience, feeling uncomfortable in the backcountry, being a first gen, low income woman of color both in the outdoors and at Harvard, or what leading either in-person or virtual FOP trips are like in general. I would love to talk with you about any of your questions or concerns or curiosities, so please reach out!
Hey cool cats & kittens! My name is Sarah and I’m a senior in Lev studying physics and math. I lead FOP for the opportunity that the outdoors gives for people to step away from the buzz and connect and process with others! Growing up in Brooklyn, NY with parents with physical impairments, I had never gone hiking/camping or spent any time in the backcountry before going on FOP as a first year. Leading with FOP has been one of the most empowering experiences that I’ve had, and I’m so glad that I took the leap and applied! Happy to talk through leading with little previous outdoor experience, mental health, gender, any other experience or identity, or just giving general guidance and advice on the application process!