Jesse Osmar Najarro Cermeño

Jesse Osmar Najarro Cermeño is an MPH-65 student in Health and Social Behavior. He was born in Boston and raised in East Somerville by his Guatemalan-immigrant family. In 2019, Jesse graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health and French from Tufts University. Jesse comes to this work with experience in community-based health disparities research, immigration law, and student advocacy. As an undergraduate student, Jesse served as a first-generation college and Latine Center student peer leader. Prior to joining the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Jesse worked as a researcher at Fenway Health where he served as a coordinator for three behavioral research studies for communities disproportionately and unjustly impacted by HIV, mainly men of color who have sex with men. Jesse is passionate about understanding and intervening on the structural inequities that give rise to poor health outcomes among marginalized and multiply marginalized communities. Jesse hopes to leverage his knowledge, skills, and lived experiences to contribute to the ongoing work of dismantling systems of oppression, to improve health and wellbeing of marginalized groups, and to create a just and equitable society. Outside of academia, Jesse enjoys spending time with his friends and family, going out to restaurants, listening to music, and spending too much time on Tik Tok.