People

2020-2021 Executive Team

Bex Nelson - President

I'm from Mebane, North Carolina, and I'm an undergraduate in the Class of 2021. I'm double majoring in Applied Mathematics (Course 18) and Business Analytics (Course 15-2) and I (used to) live in East Campus on a hall called Putz. I love sailing on the Charles, playing the clarinet, reading, and baking lots of desserts! This is my third year in Addir, and I'm excited to spend another year making new friends and having intense conversations.

Favorite Fictional Character: Mara from the Empire Trilogy by Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts

Favorite Self-Care Activity: Playing video games and eating sorbet

What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans): Something by The Beatles! Wait, maybe not "Something" but just, something

Elliot Barnhill - Treasurer

Hello! I am a Course 8 with a minor in 21L, and I came into MIT as a ‘21 but am now a ‘22. I’m from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I regularly fool myself into thinking I’m an indoors person but always realize I’m passionate about spending time in nature. I love backpacking, hiking, canoeing (never kayaking), and really anything that can get me outside. I am a devout Catholic and love visiting really old churches. This is my second year in Addir and I’m looking forward to meeting new people and hearing new perspectives!
Favorite Fictional Character:
Tom Bombadil (LotR)
The most incredible place I've visited:
Saint Peter's Basilica
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire (preferably from a tradition other than you're own).:
Rev William Barber II
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans):
Dreams Come True by Brandon Flowers

Valerie Chen - Secretary

Hello! I'm an undergrad interested in all things HASS, majoring in political science (read: I have no idea what I want to do). I love to read and go on walks, as well as watch comedies/documentaries. At school I enjoy working in the library/with SaveTFP or doing theater tech. Excited to discuss deep wide-ranging questions here! p.s. my bio pic was taken for a class assignment!
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Hg - Mercury
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
reading in the shade of a tree with a gentle breeze/some clouds. or just lying there and listening
The most incredible place I've visited:
all the gorgeous sunsets, seeing mountain ranges and rivers from a plane
Accomplishment you're most proud of:
cut my own hair this year xD

Marwa Abdulhai - Campus Engagement Chair

Salaamu Alaykum (Peace Be Upon You)!
My name is Marwa and I'm an MEng Student studying Artificial Intelligence. I graduated with my Bachelor's in Computer Science this past May, and am really excited about working on robotics, understanding intelligence, and engaging in interfaith dialogue. I am a practicing Muslim & am originally from India, a country with the third-largest population of Muslims (over 182 million)! I love answering questions about my faith and learning about different faith practices, and look forward to engaging more people on campus to discuss faith and worldview!
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Hydrogen
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Making Chaats (Indian Street Food)
The most incredible place I've visited:
Jerusalem
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire:
Nelson Mandela

Anthony Bau - Campus Engagement Chair

Anthony is an MEng student in computer science, after graduating from his undergrad at MIT in mathematics and computer science in 2020. He is a one-year-old monotheist after lifelong atheism, having been convinced into (roughly) universalist Quakerism last summer after a confluence of personal and philosophical crises. Newly planless, he would say he feels like he is at a crossroads in life, but is beginning to think one is never not. He likes conversations with long pauses for thought, community, hot tea, silent prayer, sacred music, improvising on a piano, and rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender again.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Argon
Favorite Fictional Character:
Zuko or Iroh (from Avatar: The Last Airbender)
The most incredible place I've visited:
MIT
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire (preferably from a tradition other than you're own).: Soren Kierkegaard
What would you pick as your "intro music"?
Allegri's Miserere Mei

Elizabeth Choe - Dialogue Chair

Bio:I'm a third-year PhD student in Biological Engineering studying brain cancer and the immune system. I converted to Catholicism during my freshman year at MIT in 2009 and have spent the ensuing years evolving in my spirituality as I learn from other beliefs and traditions. I'm a fan of the 4 M's: Missouri (my home state), music, movies, and memes.
Favorite Fictional Character: Meg Murry from A Wrinkle in Time
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Hand lettering
The most incredible place I've visited: Home
Accomplishment you're most proud of: The Simmons Hall Community Award, a glass award with Spongebob laser-engraved into it

Shaida Nishat - Fellowship Chair

Bio:
My name is Shaida and I’m a ’22 in course 7. I’m a premed, originally from Hamtramck, Michigan, and live in Simmons Hall. I’m slightly obsessed with music, bakeries, and food (ask me about places to eat in Boston/Cambridge!). I am very heavily involved in organizations on campus and also enjoy exploring the Boston area. I’m proud of my cultural roots as a Bengali-American and am also a Muslim.
 
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Hydrogen

Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Jamming out to music!

The most incredible place I've visited:
Notre-Dame Basilica

What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans):
6 Foot 7 Foot - Lil Wayne

Shelia Baber - Fellowship Chair

Bio: Sheila is a human trying to become a better human. Learning how to be kind. Learning how to listen. She is a senior in course 12/8, and fascinated by all things space. She is blown everyday by the fact that we are all part of that space.
Sheila's worldview and spirituality is shaped by the beliefs of people in her life-there are influences from Buddhism, from Protestant Christianity, from Islam and from LDS. Mostly she identifies as a curious person wanting to understand.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Antimony
Favorite Fictional Character:
Ellie Arroway
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Wood carving while listening to a movie
The most incredible place I've visited:
Jordan
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire (preferably from a tradition other than you're own):Carl Sagan, Khalil Gibran
Accomplishment you're most proud of:
GTL Korea-Yeomyung 2020

Hope Dargan - Recruitment Chair

Bio:Sup! I'm Hope, I'm from Deland, Florida and I'm a rising senior studying Computer Science and History with a concentration in Education. After my first year at MIT, I volunteered for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Sweden for a year and a half. Since my return to MIT in 2018, I've been in Addir and appreciated getting to know more of the wonderfully diverse MIT population and understand the traditions and values that guide us in similar and unique ways. In my free time, I enjoy squash (the sport, but also the vegetable), games, reading, reflection and rock climbing.
Favorite Self-Care Activity: I've been biking while in quarantine. It's a good form of mindless exercise and a way to get outside in Florida during the day without immediately wanting to crawl back inside to the comfort of A/C.
The most incredible place I've visited: Jerusalem - it is a city full of fascinating intersections of history, religion and unfortunately conflict.
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire (preferably from a tradition other than you're own).: Rev. Dr. Fatimah Salleh, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X.

Lindsay Sanneman - Service Chair

Bio: My name in Lindsay Sanneman, and I am a graduate student in the AeroAstro department. I am a member of the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT and enjoy thinking deeply about the difficult questions around faith. For this reason, I also enjoy building bridges through Addir and learning about different worldviews in a way that allows me to incorporate new ideas into my own worldview. Outside of research and interfaith dialogue, I also enjoy volunteering with the Cambridge Interfaith Sanctuary Coalition and being on the Church Council at UniLu, my church.
The most incredible place I've visited:Kerala, India
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire (preferably from a tradition other than you're own).:Francis Clooney
Accomplishment you're most proud of:Sticking around for grad school in spite of roadblocks
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans):"There But For Fortune" -Joan Baez

2020-2021 Fellows

Samar Abu Hegly

Talia Blum

Bio:
Talia is a senior at MIT majoring in mathematics. She's usually happy to talk to you about her problems, such as what are the factors of 121, are they unique, and how can anyone do good while contributing to late-stage capitalism. Talia is excited to hear about the rest of the Addir fellows' problems too.

Imane Bouzit

Bio:
I grew up in the Greater Boston area, and I am currently a junior in Course 20. I am looking forward to getting to know my fellow Addir participants and engaging in meaningful discussions in the coming year 🙂

Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Silver

Favorite Fictional Character:
Hermione Granger

Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Spending time with family and friends

The most incredible place I've visited:
Niagara Falls

Steven Burcat

Bio: Steven is finishing up his second year of graduate study in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus in machine design. He enjoys hiking, making, cooking, and learning fun facts. He also loves travel and experiencing other cultures and lifestyles, and he is actively seeking to join a research excursion to Antarctica.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Cobalt
The most incredible place I've visited:
Franz Josef Glacier Valley/ Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere
Accomplishment you're most proud of:
Doing projects on a different continent every summer of undergrad to travel the world without paying for it.
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans):
Finale by Madeon

Kira Buttery

Bio: Hi, my name is Kira and I’m an undergrad from the DC area. I’m majoring in bioengineering and spent the last year UROPing with the Living Wage Calculator website. My hobbies are mostly ways to move around outside—running, biking, hiking, rollerblading, and snowboarding, when I get the chance. Indoors, I like to cook, use a pottery wheel, and go down internet research rabbit holes. I’m excited to join the Addir community and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone!
Favorite Fictional Character: Lisa Simpson
Favorite Self-Care Activity: A long run and dark chocolate
The most incredible place I've visited: The Visionary Art Museum (an eclectic museum for artists without professional training)
Accomplishment you're most proud of: I was gifted a tea bag from the purse of one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people

Maryann Chidume

Bio: I am Maryann Chidume and I was born in Atlanta but grew up in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. I am one of six kids and- thanks to my parents' strict rules- my house was the go-to place to find me outside of school activities, church, and sports. In free time- which I have a lot of as an avid procrastinator- I enjoy dancing, cooking, spending unhealthy amounts of time on social media, and sleeping. I am beyond excited to discuss anything faith-related and I cannot wait to dive in!
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Manganese
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Sleeping
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: C.S. Lewis
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans): One, two step - Ciara featuring Missy Elliott

Cece Chu

Bio: I’m a senior studying Electrical Engineering (and Computer Science). Also deeply interested in life outside of circuits and code.
Favorite Fictional Character: Prince Andrew from War and Peace
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Baking bread
The most incredible place I've visited:: Denali
Accomplishment you're most proud of:: Making 1000 crepes in one day with my best friend

Alena Culbertson

Bio: Hi! I'm Alena, a 2022 studying urban planning and education. I'm originally from central Illinois - my hometown is literally named Normal! At MIT, I live and cook in French House and find creative outlets with the MIT Shakespeare Ensemble and Centrifugues a cappella group. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, baking, and spending time around plants.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Iron
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Climbing a tree
The most incredible place I've visited:: Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans): Electric Lady - Janelle Monáe

Simon Ganales

Bio: Simon is a rising Junior from West Hartford, Connecticut. He is studying 2A-6 (MechE and CS). His hobbies include cooking, exercising, and playing anagrams. He took two gap years before coming to MIT, which he spent living in the old city of Jerusalem learning about Jewish tradition.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Gallium
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Brushing my Teeth
The most incredible place I've visited:: Bryce Canyon was nice
Accomplishment you're most proud of:: Made an online version of a game i like playing (anagrams) so i could keep playing with friends in quarantine

Nina Gerszberg

Bio: Hi everyone!
I’m Nina. I’m from northern New Jersey. I’m a course 6 (so I’m kinda a sellout). I enjoy weird philosophical/ spiritual discussion at 3 am. Looking forwards to meeting you!
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Ni (Nickel) and Na (sodium)
Favorite Fictional Character: Ender wiggin
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Movie
The most incredible place I've visited:: Bermuda
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Dalai lama
Accomplishment you're most proud of:: Winning a hackathon​

Fatima Gunter-Rahman

Bio: Hi, I’m Fatima! I grew up in Northern Virginia and am a graduate student in the Health Sciences and Technology program. I completed my undergrad in computational biology in 2020. I love reading, hiking (walking?), and singing. I'm a practicing Muslim and very excited to learn more about other faiths through Addir!​
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Fluorine
Favorite Fictional Character: Ove (A Man Called Ove)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: London Fog at A4
The most incredible place I've visited: Luzern, Switzerland

Katherine Guo

Bio: Hi, I'm Katherine! I'm a sophomore studying mechanical engineering with a strong interest in history and government. I grew up around the world, literally hopping from continent to continent, but my favorite place that I've lived so far is Toledo, Spain. I was raised first as a Catholic throughout my childhood through schooling but since moving back to the United States, have primarily identified myself as a nondenominational Christian.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Neon
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Yoga, calling old friends, reading old letters
The most incredible place I've visited:: Mussenden Temple, N.Ireland
Accomplishment you're most proud of:: Touching my toes with 2 weeks of practice

Katherine Huang

Bio: Hi! I'm Kat, a sophomore studying some major-minor combination of Comparative Media Studies (CMS), Computer Science (6), and Public Policy (11). I grew up a commuter rail ride away from MIT, and in my free time, I enjoy writing, dancing, drawing, and making websites. For 3 years, I ran an organization introducing high schoolers to science communication and bridging complex ideas with our everyday lives. With Addir, I'm excited to pursue a spiritual kind of bridge-building with people of all backgrounds!​
The most incredible place I've visited:: Big Sur, California
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Thich Nhat Hanh
Accomplishment you're most proud of: I've been published in the Boston Globe
What would you pick as your "intro music"? Take Me Home, Country Roads (orchestral remix)

Aviva Intveld

Bio:
Hi! I'm Aviva, a sophomore studying the geosciences with interests in art history and languages. At MIT I'm active in my sorority as Director of Watchcare and Programming, am an associate advisor for Terrascope, and work as a tour guide at the List Visual Arts Center. I identify as a Conservative Jew, a big tea AND coffee person, and love to hike, read, and listen to music.​
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Titanium
Favorite Fictional Character: Lyra Belacqua from Philip Pullman's series His Dark Materials
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Painting, especially landscapes and nature scenes
The most incredible place I've visited: Lake Kinneret, Israel
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: e. e. cummings

Anika Kamath

Bio: I'm Anika and I'm a junior in AeroAstro (with a soft spot for astro). I love exploring but am irrevocably lazy, so I do my best to reconcile these traits. I enjoy reading fiction, learning choreography from Youtube videos, and baking healthy versions of my favorite desserts so I feel less bad eating them all in one sitting. I'm excited to share ideas, beliefs, questions, and thoughts and discuss everything imaginable with Addir.​
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Bromine
Favorite Fictional Character: Mark Watney
Favorite Self-Care Activity: climbing trees while listening to loud music
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans): How Far I'll Go (Alessia Cara Version) from Moana

Sebastian Kamau

Bio:
Hi, I’m Sebastian! I’m a PhD student in the Media Lab studying ecological engineering and culturally congruent technology development. I was born in Kenya and grew up in Ohio. Love being outside and always on the hunt for new ways to cook up veggies.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Carbon
Favorite Fictional Character:
Lilith Iyapo (in "Dawn" by Octavia Butler)
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Biking
The most incredible place I've visited:
Amboseli National Park - Kenya

Sami Kaya

Bio:
Just a guy from Turkey trying to peek into the great wonders of our universe
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
K
Favorite Fictional Character:
Sherlock Holmes
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Reading
The most incredible place I've visited:
Uskudar/Istanbul
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans):
No leaf clover by Metallica

Jess Knapp

Bio:
Jess is a junior in course 20 (Bio engineering for those of you who don't have the numbers memorized yet). In her "free time", she is the president of the women's gymnastics team, teaches at Tumblekids Watertown, and likes to sing and perform. She's also written so many theatre bios that she doesn't know how to write a bio in first person POV anymore.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Bismuth
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Braiding my hair or making friendship bracelets
The most incredible place I've visited:
Adam's Grove at URJ Camp Harlam
Accomplishment you're most proud of:
Being called the "sunshine" of my team

Andrew Komo

Bio:
Hello! I'm a junior majoring in math, computer science and economics. I also have interests in philosophy, especially ethics and epistemology. I love reading, but my reading list is still growing a lot faster than my read list.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
H
Favorite Fictional Character:
Winnie-the-pooh
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Spending time with friends
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire (preferably from a tradition other than you're own).:
Martin Luther
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans):
Mack the Knife (Bobby Darwin version)

Eric Lehnhardt

Bio:
In order from most to least likely to change, I am a coffee-drinker, a board-game enthusiast, a scientist, an engineer, a Star Wars fan, a musician, a husband, a father, and a follower of God. ​
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table):
Carbon
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Making music, especially with others
The most incredible place I've visited:
Beaches outside of Lagos, Portugal
What would you pick as your "intro music"?:
Wagon Wheel (Darius Rucker cover)

Min Liew

Bio: Hello!! I am a rising junior majoring in course 10. I am from Malaysia. I like to bike and love spending a good day reading by a lake. When I am not working on schoolwork or simply distracted(and not Duolingo-ing), I mostly find myself thinking about food and spending the next hours grocery shopping as I love to cook (and eat)! I look forward to having discussion with all of you to deepen my understanding and relationship with both myself and the world.​
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Silicon
Favorite Fictional Character: Dale Cooper from Twin Peaks
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Breakfast
The most incredible place I've visited:: HOME(Malaysia)
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Aldous Huxley
Accomplishment you're most proud of:: a quart of milk everyday
What would you pick as your "intro music"?: The grande duel-parte prima

Sharon Lin

Bio: I'm Sharon, a rising senior studying course 6-2 (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science) and living at pika. I'm involved in research at CSAIL and with the cybersecurity club. On the side, I'm interested in filmmaking and creative writing, especially memoir and poetry. My family is Buddhist, but I'm interested in learning about other religions as well - I read the Bible, the Quran, and the Book of Mormon for the first time this year!
Favorite Element: Uranium
Favorite Fictional Character: Villanelle (Killing Eve)
The most incredible place I've visited: Uluwatu, Bali
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Chade-Meng Tan
Accomplishment you're most proud of: Ocean Vuong once told me he liked my poem!
What would you pick as your "intro music"?: Quelqu'un m'a dit - Carla Bruni

Alex Miller

Bio: I’m Alex. I love oceans, oceanography, ocean robots, space, astronomy, and space robots! love searching for the fractal-like complexity hidden in simple things around me. At MIT, I take classes in courses 8, 6-2, and 12, and live at the pika, where we practice consensus-based decision-making! I am so excited to learn about the world for the rest of my life, and I am excited to learn about you folks too!
Favorite Element: Neodymium
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Building something beautiful!
Favorite Fictional Character: Sean Maguire, Murph
The most incredible place I've visited: Quinault Rainforest
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Paul Horowitz, Rachel Carson
What would you pick as your "intro music"?: So many options!!!!!!!!!!!! Mahler Symphony 4, Mvt 3. Or perhaps the Emerson Quartet recording of the Mendelsohn Octet.

Marla Odell

Bio: Marla Odell is an undergraduate studying Computer Science, Economics, and Math at MIT. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, she loves rainy days, coffee, and Grey's Anatomy. She is currently a researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory studying interpretable and explainable machine learning algorithms. Outside of class and research, Marla enjoys rowing, baking, and playing board games.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Mercury
Favorite Fictional Character: Wall-E
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Walking the Esplanade
What would you pick as your "intro music"?: "Can't Hold Us" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Anna Rose Osofsky

Bio:
I'm from Silver Spring, Maryland, and I study math and music. I am an Orthodox Jew and spent a year in Israel studying before coming to MIT, where among other things, I got to spend a lot of time learning/studying Tanach (Hebrew Bible), which is one of my favorite things to learn. I love math and math humor, music/playing piano, running, hiking, teaching, animals (especially dogs), and cooking, especially for family and friends.
Favorite Self-Care Activity:
Baking
The most incredible place I've visited:
Israel, middle of the desert
What would you pick as your "intro music"? (To be played as you're walking out on stage to your thousands of adoring fans):
"That's Mathematics" by Tom Lehrer

Brandon Perez

Bio: I was born and raised in Georgia in a Christian home. I am a practicing member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My faith has played a huge role in shaping who I am today. At MIT I study Electrical Engineering/CS (course 6-2). In my spare time I like to listen to music, play piano, and watch re-runs of key and peele sketches.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Argon
Favorite Fictional Character: Marty McFly
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Music
The most incredible place I've visited: Washington DC
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Gandhi
Accomplishment you're most proud of: I won the spelling bee in middle school. Never forget.
What would you pick as your "intro music"?: Nice for What by Drake

Maisha Prome

Bio: Hi! I'm Maisha, a senior in Biological Engineering. Growing up in both New York City and Dhaka, I identify as a Bangladeshi-American Muslim biology-geek. I love arts and crafts of all kinds and have so many hobbies, I've lost count, but a few of them are knitting, crocheting, reading fantasy, writing poetry, and baking!
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Aluminium
Favorite Fictional Character: Artemis Fowl
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Baking cookies
The most incredible place I've visited: Tràng An, Vietnam
What would you pick as your "intro music"?: Animal Crossing background music

Katie Przydzial

Bio: I'm a '23 who grew up in Philadelphia and doesn't really know what she wants to do with her life. I enjoy spending time outside and am trying to improve my tree climbing skills this summer. Religious learning and growth was a really important part of my high school experience and I am looking forward to being a part of Addir and learning more about others’ experiences!
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Carbon
Favorite Fictional Character: either Pierre Bezukhov (War and Peace) or Elle Woods (Legally Blonde)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: listening to music while staring at the ceiling
The most incredible place I've visited: Sedona, Arizona
Accomplishment you're most proud of: getting chosen to lead a retreat in high school

Áron Ricardo Perez-Lopez

Bio: I'm Áron, a rising super-senior and M.Eng. student from Hungary and Cuba. I started out as a Chemistry and Biology major, but now I'm studying Computer Science and Comparative Media Studies (Education) with Mathematics. On campus, I'm most involved in my living group, the Number Six Club, a co-ed literary fraternity, as well as The Tech, MIT's student-run newspaper. I enjoy taking more classes than would be considered sane. To make sure that I have no spare time on top of that, I occasionally get involved in events of of other student groups, like the Lab for Chocolate Science, MIT Model United Nations, or the International Students Association.
Favorite element (from the periodic table): Molybdenum
Favorite fictional character: Elsa of Arendelle
Favorite self-care activity: Reading
The most incredible place I've visited: Barcelona, Spain
Accomplishment I'm most proud of: Making my friends believe that I'm a walking encyclopedia.
What would I pick as my "intro music"? Revolution by The Beatles

Keili Tucker

Bio: I am a '23 in Concourse planning to double major in 11 and 24-1. I grow more and more unsure of what I want to do with my life by the day, but I look forward to the journey! I’m from Spring Hill, Tennessee. My hobbies include reading, writing, sewing, and baking. I don’t consider myself a religious person, but I love having long conversations about the meaning of life and other related big questions. I’m super excited to learn about some new perspectives through Addir! Can’t wait to get to know you all.
Favorite Fictional Character: Kimmy Schmidt
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Listening to podcasts or music while taking really, really long walks
The most incredible place I've visited: Hana, Hawaii
Accomplishment you're most proud of: Keeping up with monthly Spotify playlists since 2017

Kathryn Yammine

Bio: Hi, my name is Kathryn and I'm a graduate student in the Chemistry department. I grew up in Columbus, OH and Beirut, Lebanon. I play handbells, and enjoy baking all sorts of desserts in my free time.
Favorite Element (from the Periodic Table): Selenium
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Baking cookies!
The most incredible place I've visited: White Beach, Lebanon
Accomplishment you're most proud of: Teaching myself how to play flute during quarantine

Addir Coordinator

Adam Reynolds - Addir Coordinator

Adam first came to MIT as an undergraduate in 1997. He spent his days as an MIT student studying physics, rowing on the crew team and enjoying Greek life—giving little thought to God or spiritual pursuits, but now he is making up for lost time. Adam serves as the Assistant Chaplain in MIT's Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life. Adam wants to help students to explore the wonderful and tragic mystery of what it means to be human through mining religious and spiritual traditions for wisdom, seeking connection with the Divine and strengthening the muscles of self-awareness, relationship-building, emotional literacy and self-care.
Favorite Element: Bohrium (Neils Bohr was a boss)
Favorite Fictional Character: Don Gately (Infinite Jest)
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Chocolate! especially the liquid forms
The most incredible place I've visited: Iceland (especially the many incredible waterfalls)
Accomplishment you're most proud of: 14 years of marriage with two kids and still in love ❤
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Rumi, Abraham Joshua Heschel
What would you pick as your "intro music"? White and Nerdy' by Weird Al

Addir Interns

Alex Baskin - 2020-2021 Intern

Bio: My name is Alex, but here’s a secret: that’s actually my middle name. I am a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School and the resident caretaker at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center. My spiritual aspiration is to laugh at myself as much as possible. I grew up in New Jersey, and I came to this here Boston to do my undergrad at Tufts; I majored in philosophy. I spent my twenties working with American study-abroad students in India and at a meditation center in western Massachusetts. I love to move my body--to music or in silence. I am excited about interning with Addir this year. Let’s do virtual coffee!
Favorite Fictional Character: Ilana Wexler
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Ranting about the problematics of 'self-care'
The most incredible place I've visited:: parts of myself I had forgotten about
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Boots Riley

Manato Jansen - 2020-2021 Intern

Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Manato and I am a second year MDiv student at Harvard Divinity School. I was born and raised in Japan, and spent my undergraduate years at Calvin University in Michigan, where I served as the college’s interfaith intern. The love I had for my work there landed me in Boston, and now with MIT Addir! Maps, cats, new foods and languages all bring me joy. My hope is to continue pursuing hospital and/or college chaplaincy in the future. Looking forward to learning and growing with you all this year!
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Exploring Google Maps, Browsing and Buying Maps at the Store, Planning New Adventures
The most incredible place I've visited:: The blue city of Chefchaouen, Morocco
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Eckhart Tolle
Accomplishment you're most proud of:: Learning the Arabic writing system in 3 days! (Handwriting is still a work in progress though...)

Sarah Belflower - Summer 2020 Intern

Bio: My name is Sarah and I'll be a Chaplain Intern with Addir this summer! I was born and raised in Georgia and have lived in Cambridge for the last two years, attending Harvard Divinity School and working towards my Master of Divinity degree. In my spare time, I like to paint mediocre watercolor art, play D&D, catch up on fun reading, or get lost in the dozens of time-sucks on my phone and PC.
Favorite Fictional Character: Lip Gallagher
A Religious/Spiritual/Philosophical Leader that you deeply admire: Brandy Daniels, James H. Cone, Clarence Jordan, my peers at HDS.
Favorite Self-Care Activity: Skin care, lighting my favorite candle, and going down a YouTube rabbit hole.
The most incredible place I've visited: A Yayoi Kusama travelling exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum.
What would you pick as your "intro music"?: Black Sheep - Gin Wigmore

Fellows from Previous Years

2018-2019