Executive Board & Planning Board Members
Jack Dunkelman, Director of SURGE
Jack Dunkelman is a senior from Goshen, NY majoring in International Relations with a concentration in East and Southeast Asia and minoring in Chinese. He recently spent a semester abroad at the Harbin Institute of Technology studying Mandarin and China-Russia Relations. He spent the summer of 2016 in Beijing working at the American Chamber of Commerce.
Yuan Jun Chee, Deputy Director of SURGE
Yuan Jun Chee is a junior from Singapore majoring in History and International Relations with an East Asian concentration. On campus, Yuan Jun is also involved in the Tufts Daily and the Tufts Singapore Students Association,and has major interests in Korean pop culture and sporting tactics.
Haruka Noishiki is a first year from Japan working on the North Korea Panel. She is looking to double major in International Relations with an International Security Concentration and in Cognitive and Brain Sciences. Out of SURGE, she is involved with the International Club, Japanese Culture Club, the Tufts Daily and Tufts Asian Students Coalition.
Michael is a junior from Iowa City, IA majoring in International Relations and German. He is currently leading the Internal Affairs Panel and has hosted numerous panels in the past. He is interested in current affairs and history. In addition to SURGE, he is a member of the Tufts Debate Society, the Tufts Culinary Society, and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship.
Jennifer Wang is a sophomore from Taiwan double majoring in International Relations and Economics. She spent this past summer in France and Myanmar and is fluent in Mandarin and French. On campus, she is also involved in the Taiwanese Association of Students at Tufts, the Tufts Mountain Club and serves as a First Year Advisor.
Yuze Sui (Arlo)
Arlo is a junior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and Applied Math. He is one of the organizers for the Gender Panel of CUS in 2018. Fun fact about Arlo: He got his English name simply by searching “the coolest English name” on Google.
Tati Doyle is a current junior from San Francisco, CA majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Foreign Policy Analysis. Outside of her work in SURGE, she is a Teaching Assistant in the Computer Science department and works on the LUX Charity Fashion Show. In her free time, she enjoys reading and photography.
Connor Akiyama, Curriculum Director
Connor Akiyama is a first-year from Los Altos Hills, CA who is considering double majoring in International Relations and Economics. In addition to SURGE, he is also involved with ALLIES civilian-military group and the Taiwanese Association of Students at Tufts. Connor also enjoys creating Lego stopmotions and playing tennis in his free time.
Fina Short is a sophomore from Seattle, WA working on the Gender Relations panel. She is majoring in International Relations with a Chinese minor and plans to study abroad in China with Tufts-in-Beijing during fall 2018. On campus, Fina also writes for the Tufts Daily, plays frisbee and enjoys hiking and skiing.
Noah Smith, Logistics Director
Noah Smith is a junior from Edina, MN majoring in International Relations with a concentration in Security. Before Tufts, he spent a year studying with the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship at Beijing No. 80 High School. He is fluent in Mandarin and French. He will work for the US Consulate in Guangzhou this summer, and apart from SURGE he also plays frisbee and sings in an a cappella group on campus.
Peter de Guzman
Peter de Guzman is a senior from Baltimore, MD working on the Gender Panel. He is double majoring in International Relations with a concentration in East and Southeast Asia and in Chinese. Peter has recently spent two semesters studying abroad inHangzhou (Tufts-in-China) and Beijing (Princeton in Beijing). Outside of SURGE, Peter is involved with Tufts Men’s Rugby, Tufts Dance Collective and Tufts Mountain Club.
Edward is a junior from Hong Kong majoring in International Relations with a concentration in East and Southeast Asia and minoring in Economics. Before Tufts, he studied across three continents for primary and secondary school. Apart from Surge, he also serves as the Vice President for the Tufts Chapter of Global China Connection. He enjoys traveling and learning about new cultures in his free time.
Somya Banwari is a senior from Arizona, the Philippines, majoring in International Relations with minors in Economics and Science, Technology and Society. She is pursuing a career in international development, and is fluent in Arabic and Hindi/Urdu. On campus, she is the Managing Editor of Hemispheres, the Tufts Journal of International Affairs. Off campus, she is the founder and coach of the Model United Nations club at Rindge Avenue Upper School and an avid cook.
Brendan Brennan is a first-year from Boerne, TX working on the Internal Issues panel. He is considering a double major in International Relations and Chinese. Brendan will be spending this coming summer studying abroad in China at Princeton in Beijing. Outside of SURGE, Brendan is involved with Tufts Men’s Rugby and is a freelance portrait photographer.
Yicheng Zhang is a first-year from Shanghai, China. He is considering majoring in International Relations and History. Apart from SURGE, he is also involved in ALLIES. He enjoys travelling, studying cross-cultural interaction, and making miniatures.
Reed McMaster is a first-year from Miami, FL who is considering double majoring in International Relations with a concentration in East Asia and Qualitative Economics. Outside of SURGE, he is involved with the Japanese Culture club, the Korean Student Association, and Tufts Rocketry. His interests include studying foreign cultures and languages, traveling, and frisbee.