Student Advisory Committee

 Engaged Scholarship Student Advisory Committee (SAC)


The SAC is a group of dedicated students who are committed to the misson of engaged scholarship. The Committee has been hard at work ensuring student voice is reflected in the Engaged Scholarship courses; and helping to identify faculty and new courses with possibilities for engaged scholarship, while contributing to the development of innovative assignments. SAC members will continue to work throughout the academic year to grow the Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship at Harvard College, increase student engagement, and provide their valuable input into the development of the Program. 

Meet the 2020-2021 SAC Members!


Che Applewhaite

Born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in London, UK. Che writes, curates, and makes films whilst joint majoring in Anthropology, and History & Literature as an undergraduate senior at Harvard College. He am employed as a Student Guide for the Harvard Art Museums and is a recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship for students of color seeking to enter academia. Che's first film, A New England Document, received its world premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020, the UK’s largest documentary festival. With Mindich, Che is working on increasing student opportunities in activist and socially-engaged scholarship.

Praisdh Chhabria

Prasidh Chhabria is a member of the Class of 2022 in Eliot House studying Applied Mathematics. Engaging in quantitative research across a variety of application areas, at Harvard and in industry, Prasidh is passionate about leveraging quantitative and analytical methods to confront questions of scientific and social significance. As part of the Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship Student Advisory Council, Prasidh hopes to bring the engaged scholarship approach to engineering and the applied sciences, with an emphasis on data-driven methods to objectively understand and tackle issues of public health, human development, and structural inequalities.

Amisha Kambath

Amisha KaAmisha Kambathmbath is a rising junior in Dunster House at Harvard College, originally from the Bay Area, California, concentrating in Social Studies with a Secondary in Economics. As someone deeply committed to a life motivated by justice, Amisha maintains an intense drive and passion for fighting mass incarceration and racial inequity through research, policy, and community engagement. Since coming to Harvard, she has loved diving into opportunities for engaged scholarship on campus, whether that is through extracurriculars such as the Institute of Politics' Policy Program or independent research under the Radcliffe Research Partnership Program. She’s especially excited to work on expanding those types of opportunities and hopes to bridge the gap between extracurricular and classroom learning experiences, as well as increase undergraduates’ exposure to the amazing engaged scholarship pathways on campus!

Jacob LichtJacob Licht

Jacob is a rising senior from Westwood, MA concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology. He hopes to pursue a career in medical research, and he enjoys reading, sports, and following politics. He is excited to join the MPES SAC, where he is incorporating community engagement into the curricula of STEM courses. He believes that now more than ever is the time for scientists to focus on impact-oriented learning, given how the COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated the public health disparities that arise from racial and socioeconomic inequality and our public's mistrust of basic science.

Marilynn Miguel

Marilynn Miguel is a member of the class of 2023 concentrating in Sociology and Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. She brings to the SAC experience with engaged scholarship courses and PBHA's Service Starts with Summer program. She i slooking forward to continuing work in the mission of public servce. 

Allison Pao

Allison Pao is a risinAllison Paog senior at Harvard College concentrating in Social Studies with a focus field in Civics Education. She is a passionate educator and plans to become a middle or high school civics teacher following graduation. Her senior thesis examines how teachers' values and beliefs about citizenship affect the implementation of recent civics education reform in MA. At Harvard, she is a research assistant for the Democratic Knowledge Project (DKP), a group led by Professor Danielle Allen, which is currently developing an 8th grade civics curriculum which is being piloted in districts across Massachusetts. In addition, she is involved in the Harvard Ed Portal, the Harvard Opportunities in Education Program, and the Harvard Education Secondary Student Advisory Committee, among other education related initiatives. She is spending this summer doing policy and advocacy work at Generation Citizen and spent last summer teaching 7th grade Social Studies through the Breakthrough Collaborative in Cambridge. As a member of the MPES SAC, she looks forward to helping faculty develop more engaged scholarship courses related to education.