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Brock Parent

Hi! I’m Brock and I am a rising sophomore in the Commonwealth Honors College at UMass from New Bedford, Massachusetts. I am a Social Thought and Political Economy major and am focusing my academics on studying critical race theory and actively dismantling systems of white supremacy. I’m pumped to be living in Amherst this summer and hope to spend most of my time swimming, somewhere on a mountainor eating Black Bean and Avocado pizza from Antonio’s (in any setting).

Brock’s Listening to: Alabama Shakes, MGMT, Tame Impala, and always Vampire Weekend 

Brock’s Reading: Franny & Zoey by J.D. Salinger & Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics, and the Limits of Law by Dean Spade

Brock’s Watching: The Office (again), The Wire, and probably a BBC documentary (watch the one about bears ok)

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Lily Cigale

Hey cuties! My name is Lily and I’m also a rising sophomore in the CHC at UMass Amherst. I’m from Westchester, New York (which is a suburb outside the city) and I’m here on a scholarship for out-of-state students. I am a Public Health major and a Women, Gender & Sexuality studies major so my academic work mainly focuses on health equity for marginalized and underrepresented peoples (specifically queer and women’s health). I am a Peer Health Educator on campus as a member of the Not Ready For Bedtime Players, a sex-positive comedy troupe that preforms during New Student Orientation over the summer and in dorms during the year. I am in a very healthy and fulfilling relationship with the potato burrito from Veracruzana in Amherst (as pictured above). I love the Pioneer Valley so much and I’m super stoked to be spending my whole summer here! You can catch me swimming when it’s too cold to swim, swimming when it’s perfect swimming weather, swimming when there might be snapping turtles, and swimming when everyone is like “Lil we literally don’t have time to go swimming right now could you please stop taking off your pants and get in the car”, and picking flowers.

Lily’s Listening to: George Ezra, Grouplove, The Head and the Heart, Paul Baribeau

Lily’s Reading: Noone Belongs Here as Much as You (Stories by Miranda July), One More Thing (Stories and Other Stories) by BJ Novak, Sula by Toni Morrison

Lily’s Watching: Bob’s Burgers, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt