Meet the CRCers

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

Office Hours: Wednesdays 9am-12pm, Thursdays 1-4pm (Campus Center 226)

At the Curricular Resource Center, Peggy works with the CRC student staffers and various deans, faculty and departments on the center's ten curricular and peer-advising programs. As one of the academic advising deans in the Dean of the College office, she specializes in advising about transitions from sophomore to upper class studies and on co-curricular opportunities. She also serves as an advisor for the Engaged Scholars Program in collaboration with the ESP team at the Swearer Center for Public Service. 

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

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.

Natalie Asalgado '16, Matched Advising Program for Sophomores Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: T 10am-12pm, Th 10am-12pm, F 1-3pm

Natalie is a senior, studying Public Health, from sunny Miami, FL. Last year, she lived in a sophomore community as a Community Assistant under the Residential Peer Leader umbrella. She also served as a MAPS mentor, guiding a fellow Public Health concentrator through the process of transitioning from their first to second year and navigating Brown's resources. Natalie is excited to continue working with students in their second year to help them with concentration declaration, internship searches, and more. Stop by her office hours to chat over a cup of tea!

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

Office Hours: T 3-5pm, W 3-5pm, Th 10am-12pm

Wayne is a senior 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.

Kimberley Charles '16, Matched Advising Program for Sophomores Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: M 11am-2pm, W 11am-2pm, F 3-4pm

Kimberley is a senior from Oakland, New Jersey concentrating in Political Science. At Brown, she has worked in the Brown Center for Students of Color as a Minority Peer Counselor and Minority Peer Counselor Coordinator. In addition, she works at Brown CareerLAB where she is a Peer Career Advisor, advising undergraduates on resumes, cover letters, and the broader internship search. Kimberley has worked in both local and international government, and hopes to eventually pursue a career in international human rights law. She is ecstatic about co-coordinating the MAPS program with Natalie, and hopes to help sophomores enjoy the process of navigating decision-making during their second year.

Kevin Dhali '16, Global Independent Study Project (GLISP) Coordinator

Office Hours: W 1-2:30pm, Th 1-4pm

Kevin Dhali is a senior concentrating in International Relations (Security and Society Track). He is a China and Southeast Asia specialist within the concentration, and is currently working on his honors thesis on the topic of China's Contemporary Grand Strategy. He is Chinese Indonesian, and was born in Surabaya, Indonesia; he lived there for 13 years before his family moved to LA in 2007. He enjoys playing soccer (huge AC Milan fan) and watch animes in his spare time (Gintama anyone?) All in all, he really enjoy interacting with fellow members of the Brown community, and he is totally down to get some Korean or Chinese food with you!

Manuel Contreras '16, DUGs and TiA Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: M 1-3pm, T 1-3pm, Th 1-3pm, F 2-5pm

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!

Matthew Dang '17, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: M 2-3pm & 5-6pm, T 1-2pm & 5-6pm, W 4-6pm, Th 12-1pm & 5-6pm

Matt is a senior from Lawndale, California, a city that plants garlic around its perimeter to ward off vampires. He took leave his junior year and went to Chicago for seven months where he learned how to do a front flip, improv theatre, cook for a co-op, and make two minute plays from the Neo-Futurists. On campus you might catch him sleeping in the BCSC. Come talk to him and he will listen and offer you tea.

Lauren Galvan '16, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: N/A for Fall 2015*

Lauren Galvan was born and raised deep in the heart of McAllen, Texas, and is now a senior 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!

*Lauren is studying abroad in Denmark for the Fall 2015 semester

Ryan Greene '16.5, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: T 1-2pm, W 3-6pm, Th 5-6pm, F 1-2pm

Ryan is a real-deal, living-breathing animal—just like you! He’s studying Health and Human Biology with a focus in climate change biology and infectious disease. Phoenix, AZ = home. He is finishing up his 3rd year of study after taking a personal leave of absence in the spring of 2015. Stop by the CRC to talk with Ryan about what time away from Brown might mean for you.

Héctor Peralta '16, DUGs & Theories in Action Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: M 10am-12:30pm & 4:30-6pm, T 10am-12pm, Th 11am-12pm

Héctor is a senior double-concentrating in Ethnic Studies and Education. In the past, he has served under the Brown Center for Students of Color as an MPC, and is a 2-time workshop facilitator for the Third World Transition Program. As a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow, he is currently writing a senior thesis that interrogates the often-ignored history of Chicanx activism between the U.S.-México borderlands, specifically within the county of San Diego. He is committed to bettering the education opportunities for students of color and other marginalized communities. Please stop by his office hours for anything: conversation, advice, or hugs!

Paige Morris '16, Independent Studies Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: T 3-5pm, W 1-2:30pm, Th 3-5pm

Paige is a senior and Literary Arts & Ethnic Studies double-concentrator from Jersey City, New Jersey. She spearheaded a Fall 2014 group independent study project on the representation of social issues such as race, gender, orientation and mental health in Korean popular media and culture. From engaging in social justice work through the Brown Center for Students of Color to working as a Writing Fellow and the Managing Editor of The Round Magazine here on campus, her days at Brown are full of words and community, which is just how she likes them. Come to her office hours to say hi, talk ideas, and/or sob over the latest K-pop news.

Dolma Ombadykow '17, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: M 3:30-6pm, W 3-5pm, Th 1-2pm

Dolma is a junior from interior Alaska pursuing an independent concentration in Medical Humanities, which explores the ways that social factors inform the illness experience. She is particularly interested in the narratives of the non-normative body’s movement through the medical system, and often calls on various forms of art-making to access these stories. She enjoys fruit, tea, podcasts, and conversation. You can find her in a corner of Leung, at Findy (where she co-ops) or roaming the streets of Providence. Stop by her open hours at the CRC to chat about crafting that IC idea that you just can’t get out of your head!

Mya Roberson '16, Fellowship, Internship, and Research experiences Coordinator

Office Hours: M 11am-2pm, W 10am-12pm

Mya is a senior public health concentrator from the rural town of Bangor, Pennsylvania. With a focus on cancer research and social determinants of health, she hopes to make the United States a healthier place for people of color. A Royce Fellow and a Truman Scholar, she is passionate about the intersection of scientific research and public service. Also a Peer Career Advisor at the CareerLAB and the Life After Brown Committee Head for First-Gens@Brown, Mya loves helping Brown Students find their dream opportunities and put their best selves forward when applying to them. Stop by her office hours to chat about finding and applying for research opportunities, fellowships, and internships.

Anna Stacy '17, Digital Media and Archives Coordinator

Office Hours: T 12-1pm, W 10am-12pm, F 10am-1pm

Anna Stacy is a junior from Bayville, New York, though she spent the last three years of high school in Andover, Massachusetts. She is an anthropology concentrator with a particular interest in medical, physical, and evolutionary anthropology. She is currently performing research on the structure of extinct lemur brains. Outside of the classroom and the lab, she is the chair of Shakespeare on the Green, Vice President of Brown University Gilbert & Sullivan, a Genetics TA, a CAP fellow for Human Evolution, and a volunteer at Miriam Hospital. 

Neil Wathore '17, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

Office Hours: W 1-4pm, F 9am-12pm

Neil is a junior concentrating in Applied Mathematics-Economics and an IC called Nutrition and Health; it’s an interesting combination that keeps him on his toes. Outside of the classroom, he is an IC Co-Coordinator, Collections Manager at The Brown Daily Herald, Brown Market Shares Program volunteer, and Poole mentor for SEAS students. When Neil isn’t thinking about ICs, he enjoys cooking new things, listening to podcasts, playing fútbol, and chipping away at a never-ending reading list. Drop by his office hours to discuss how we can help you turn your IC ideas into a reality!

Gap year advising team:  Paul Cichocki '16 - orientation dinner; Danielle Handler '17 and Camila Ruiz '17 - email correspondence; Hannah Maier-Katkin '17 and Huda Massarueh '17 - planning other events