Meet the CRCers

Peggy Chang, Director & Assistant Dean of the College for Engaged Learning

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At the CRC Peggy works with the CRC student staffers and various deans, faculty members, departments on the center's ten academic and peer-advising programs. She also supports the undergraduate advising services offered by the Dean of the College office, and specializes in supporting student transitions from sophomore to upper class studies and co-curricular pursuits. In 2014-2015, she begins offering advising support for students exploring the new Engaged Scholars Program, an initiative of Brown's strategic plan, "Building on Distinction."

She has facilitated discussions and workshops about academic success, activism and leadership, and public interest / nonprofit careers. She is a co-author of Providence's Benefit Street (Arcadia Publishers, June 2013) and a recipient of the Association of American Colleges & Universities / Bridging Theory to Practice seminar grant.

Prior to this, for twelve years she was the Executive Director of the Venture Consortium, a group of colleges committed to offering programs for students and resources for consortium faculty and staff about experiential learning for social responsibility. She started her career in higher education as Coordinator of Brown's then named Resource Center from 1994-1996. She graduated from Brown with an A.B. in American civilization in 1993 and completed her masters degree in Public Humanities (at Brown) in 2013. 

Originally from Long Island, New York, she lives in Warwick, RI with her husband and two sons.

Lianne Blinn '15, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

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Lianne Blinn is in her senior year of college from the far off land of Connecticut. As a psychology concentrator, Lianne is interested in pursuing a career in which she can work with adolescents and college-aged students. Lianne is a Poler Bear and can often be found pole dancing in studios or on the Main Green. In addition, she loves all types of dancing, particularly her happy dance. She absolutely loves discussing all things leavtaking, so if you have any questions about taking a leave, definitely stop by her office hours or shoot her an email!

Wayne Woo-Hyun Byun '16, Independent Studies Co-Coordinator

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Wayne is a junior from Seoul, South Korea. At Brown, he has been exploring the intersections between philosophy, history, and anthropology, and his own independent study in Historical Epistemology has shaped immensely his current academic concerns. He is excited to discuss with you your own educational interests and values and perhaps find a way to develop them through an independent study.

Benjamin Chesler '15, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

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Ben is a young social entrepreneur who believes in the power of dedicated people to change the world. On campus, he has been involved in a host of social ventures, including the Food Recovery Network and the Social Action House.  He’s passionate about ideas that change the world for the better.  When he’s not working on a social venture, you can probably find Ben hanging lights in a theater, or off in the woods somewhere hiking and reconnecting with nature.  He also enjoys taking leave and pretending he’s a real person.  In his spare time, Ben is a junior concentrating in Economics (and possibly Social Innovation as well).

Manuel Contreras '16, DUGs and TiA Co-Coordinator

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Manuel is passionate about using social change frameworks to create a socially just world. He has worked in the Brown Center of Students of Color as a Minority Peer Counselor and coordinator of the Third World Transition Program. As a Social Innovation Fellow in the Swearer Center for Public Service, Manuel has launched 1vyG, the inter-Ivy, first-generation college student network. He's also involved in the Admissions Office as a Minority Recruitment Intern, and works in the CRC as the DUG and Theories in Action Conference Coordinator! He's also help light the braziers on the Woonasquatucket River during WaterFire!

Sophia Dalce '15, DUGs and TiA Co-Coordinator

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Sophia Dalce is a senior from Edison, New Jersey studying International Relations. At Brown, Sophia is a Residential Counselor in East Andrews, the Co-President of Students of Caribbean Ancestry, the Campus Campaign Coordinator for Teach for America as well as the Event Intern for the CareerLab. At the CRC, Sophia works alongside Manuel Contreras to help coordinate the DUGs and Theories in Action Conference. Feel free to come by and learn more about the active DUGs available or the Theories in Actions conference.

Lauren Galvan '16, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

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Lauren Galvan was born and raised deep in the heart of McAllen, Texas, and is now a junior concentrating in an IC called Mental Health and Healing. MH&H breaks down the topic into biological, psychological, social, and spiritual correlates in order to better understand mental health issues in a holistic and interdisciplinary way as well as to improve healing methods and gain more knowledge about them. Lauren enjoys spending quality time with her parents and family back home but also likes to explore Rhode Island's beautiful landscapes while school's in session. Stop by her open hours to chat about peace, love, and Independent Concentrations. She'd love to help you design your very own!

Camisia Glasgow '15, Fellowship, Intership & Research Experiences (FIRe) Advisor

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Camisia comes to Brown from Decatur, GA–a small city enclosed by Atlanta. While here, she’s spent a lot of time elsewhere– in Argentina, coupling theoretical inquiries with on the ground observations of race relations, histories, and identities in formation. She thanks the many fellowship, internship and grant opportunities at Brown for enabling her deeper intellectual pursuits and transnational community ties. She hopes to get all students dreaming big and thinking practically about how to accrue meaningful experiences through Brown and beyond. She looks forward to working with others to find the opportunities that best support their interests and to support them as a resource at anytime in the application process. She’s passionate about food, mindful living, multilingualism, engaged scholarship, and the capacity for critical education to render systemic change. She’d love to talk about any of this or more anytime she’s in the CRC.

Amelia Grant-Alfieri '15, Careers in the Common Good (CCG) Coordinator & Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

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Amelia is a senior from Miami, Florida. At Brown, she combined her interests in visual art, neuroscience, and cognitive science to create an IC titled “Visual Art and Perception.” In her free time, she has been both BOLTer and BOLT leader, recently taking a group of sophomore students into New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She currently plays on the women’s club ultimate frisbee team and used to play on the club soccer team. At the CRC, she helps coordinate Careers in the Common Good and Independent Concentrations. Passionate about education, she has worked with CityArts Providence and Riverzedge Arts in Woonsocket. Looking forward, she hopes to explore illustration and science education, applying her interdisciplinary experiences to improve the visual communication of current scientific issues, may it be public health or environmental science.

Chinezi Ihenatu '15, Matched Advising Program for Sophomores Co-Coordinator

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Chinezi Ihenatu is a senior from Baltimore, MD pursuing a degree in neuroscience. She is involved in programs in the Third World Center and is a mentor for the New Scientist Program for a second year. As a one of the co-coordinators for the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores, she believes that a mentorship is one of the most important relationships a college student can have. To be a mentor is to be both an advisor and a friend. Additionally, she has volunteered a “Mega Mentor” for the Women in Science and Engineering Program. During the summer months, she works in neurovirology and behavioral neuroscience labs, focusing on research on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She is ultimately interested in the intersection of social justice and science.

Marguerite Joutz '15, Brown Conversation Liaison & Special Projects Coordinator

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Marguerite Joutz is from Kensington, Maryland. After a lot of soul searching, she decided to concentrate in Economics. She is particularly interested in the role of philanthropy in society and wants to learn how to make effective decisions, especially within the context of higher education. Marguerite co-founded the Re-Orientation program in fall 2012 and also serves as the lead facilitator of the Brown Conversation. She is incredibly grateful for the CRC's support in both of these endeavors and can't stress enough how important community is at Brown. Marguerite is most likely to be found in Faunce and/or the Bookstore Blue State; feel free to say hi!

Zoe McWatters '16, Brown Alliance of Leave-taking Mentors (BALM)

Zoe McWatters is a senior Biology concentrator from Los Angeles. She is launching the Brown Alliance of Leavetaking Mentors this fall along with Ricardo Mullings and Peggy Chang, in the hope of building a support network for students returning from all types of leave. Zoe returned from leave last fall and is currently perfecting the art of navigating academia with a chronic medical condition. She loves playing on the Women's Volleyball club team, working as a Brown EMT recruit, taking classes at RISD, and adventuring with the BOC. She would love for you to email her to talk about anything related to leavetaking or to dogs!

Ria Mirchandani '15, Independent Studies Co-Coordinator

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Ria Mirchandani is from Mumbai, India, who came to Brown absolutely clueless about the one thing she wanted to major in. She is still clueless about that one thing, because she now wants to major in everything. Alas, she finally settled on Computer Science and potentially an Independent Concentration in Politics, Philosophy and History. Ria probably holds the record for the most classes shopped (~46 a semester) and longest time spent under a beret (9 years and counting). The only thing she likes more than the idea of Independent Studies is hot chocolate and would gladly talk to you at length about both.

Ricardo Mullings '15, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

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Ricardo Mullings is a senior from Brooklyn, New York studying Mechanical Engineering. He took a medical leave in Fall 2012 and spent that time at home recovering for a healthy return in Spring 2013. As a Co- Leaving Coordinator/Peer Advisor, he hopes to help peers who are going on/returning from leave.

Elizabeth Ruben '15, Gap Year Community Organizer

Elizabeth is a senior from Wallingford, Connecticut concentrating in English literature. She took a gap year between high school and Brown during which she spent time abroad studying in Barcelona and time at home volunteering as a squash coach and tutor for an after-school enrichment program for students in New Haven, CT. In addition to volunteering at the CRC as a Gap Year Coordinator, Elizabeth enjoys learning about, talking about, and obsessing over sharks. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Elizabeth is excited to be a part of the growing gap year student community here at Brown and she loves hearing what students did during their gap years, so feel free to send her an email and say hi!

Anna Stacy '17, Digital Media and Archives Coordinator

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Anna Stacy is a sophomore from Bayville, New York, though she spent the last three years of high school in Andover, Massachusetts. Because she's interested in learning about how people work, she is pursuing a dual concentration in neuroscience and anthropology. She is currently performing research on the structure of extinct lemur brains. Outside of the classroom and the lab, she is on the board of Shakespeare on the Green and Brown University Gilbert & Sullivan, and she volunteers at Miriam Hospital. She can generally be found in rehearsal for an upcoming production. 

Ivy Sokol '15, Independent Concentrations Peer Advisor

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Ivy is a senior pursuing an Independent Concentration in Social Innovation with a specific focus on racial inequality in education. She runs an organization called Moving Mountains that provides multicultural environmental education programming for Providence public high school students. Ivy spends most of time thinking about identity in the classroom, kickboxing, and planning her next meal.

Alexandra D. Urban '15, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

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Alexandra is excited to be studying Educational Neuroscience, an Independent Concentration that applies how we learn biologically to improve teaching methods. She enjoys friends, travel and adventures - ask about her Brown International Scholars Program research in New Zealand this past summer!  Alexandra also spends her time as a member of a co-ed literary fraternity on campus, a participant in the new initiative on healthy early childhood development known as TRI-Lab and a photographer for the BDH. Drop by her open hours so she can help you design your very own IC!

Neel Yalamarthy '15, Matched Advising Program for Sophomores Co-Coordinator

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Neel is a senior hailing from the beautiful state of Michigan. He is concentrating in Political Science, but has a wide variety of interests, both inside and outside of the classroom. At Brown, Neel is the Managing Director of Brown Motion Pictures and advises as a Community Assistant for the Office of Residential Life. Neel once spent a week living in a hut deep inside Brazil's Amazon Rainforest, but most recently spent his summer working on a sports documentary based out of Brooklyn, NY. Neel will be co-coordinating the MAPS program this year, so stop by to talk about sophomore advising or anything else!

Our 2015-2016 staffers will be posted during the summer!