The FIP team consists of Co-Directors of International First-Year Affaris Max Mezger '20 and Lisa van der Sluijs '21 ("Co-DIFAs"). The DIFAs do the main planning and organizing of FIP and they lead a community of about 45 FIP leaders who are the heart of the program. It is their commitment and devotion to FIP that makes the program such a powerful experience for incoming international students.
In addition, FIP consists of the Director of FIP, Anouska Bhattacharyya, a historian of science who teaches in Harvard's Women and Gender Studies department and at Harvard Summer School, and Jessica Heffernan who is Advisor to International Students and Scholars within the Harvard International Office. Anouska and Jessica, the FIP "adults," work with the student directors.