Steven Kasparek

Steven Kasparek

BGLTQ and Race Relations Tutor
Academic Specialty: Psychology
Steven

Helllloooo Dunster fam! I’m absolutely jazzed to be joining the Dunster community as a tutor this year. My name is Steven, and I’m a second-year Ph.D. student in clinical psychology in the GSAS. First, obligatory background info: I spent the first decade of my life in Ferguson, MO (yes, THAT Ferguson), and later in various neighborhoods around St. Louis. That said, I’m always happy to make space for conversations about systemic injustice and inequality! I was fortunate to be able to attend Middlebury College for undergrad, where I majored in psychology and minored in sociology and gender, sexuality, and feminine studies. Like many of you, I participated in a smattering of things including: conducting basic neuroscience research, singing in an a cappella group (Baritone/Tenor), dancing in an urban dance troupe, performing in musical productions of Les Misérables and Rag Time, and advocating for marginalized and low-resource students as a member of the college’s Institutional Diversity Committee. After graduating I spent a few years doing full-time post-baccalaureate research at the NIH, University of Washington in Seattle, and Harvard before joining the clinical psychology program here in the Stress and Development Lab. Broadly, my research focuses on understanding neurodevelopmental mechanisms underlying the cycle of violence. If you’re interested, you can read more here. As for hobbies: I’m a proud plant dad, aspiring chef, and avid exercise enthusiast. I’m also a performer at heart (but then again, aren’t we all?), so I enjoy singing and dancing. I love taking on new projects, so I’m now working on honing my baking skills and brewing my own kombucha (stop by anytime for a taste!). I believe in the power of authenticity and vulnerability to bridge gaps. So, as a first-generation, queer man of color, I am honored to be serving you as a BLGTQ, Race Relations, and First-Generation Tutor. Please know that I am here for each of you (no matter your entryway), and I will do my best to make your experience in Dunster, and at Harvard more broadly, truly incredible.

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