Student Leadership & Peer Advising


The DS DUG is an organization led by undergraduate DS concentrators serving the dual purpose of organizing DS-related campus-wide events and advocating for increased university resources to continue the expansion of the DS program.

In recent years, the DS DUG has organized debates, comparative panels, peer academic advising forums, student-faculty socials and mentoring for graduate and career opportunities in development.

Accomplishments of the DS DUG’s campus outreach and advocacy include the expansion of both faculty and course selections, including the permanent creation of the DS Program Director position and DS-specific courses in methodology, economics and a sophomore seminar.

DS DUG 2015-2016

Charlotte Biren '16

Rheem Brooks '16
Laura Durand '16
Kari Malkki '16
Predrag Pandiloski '17
Merone Tadesse '16

For more information on upcoming events, getting involved, donating, suggesting or collaborating on an event and receiving peer concentration advising, please contact:

Peer Advising 

Peer Advising is central to the DS student community.

Coffee Chats - DS seniors and juniors take first-years and sophomores out to coffee. The upperclassmen provide insight and advice to the underclassmen, as well as providing further mentorship. To request a coffee chat, email

We are implementing several new programs this year including:

Junior Advising - Seniors advise juniors on their DS experience, thesis topics, and thesis advisors. Email for more.

Sophomore Advising - Declaring can be difficult - study abroad plans to make, life paths to consider, and ultimately, decisions have to be made! The DS DUG will reach out to sophomores considering DS to provide guidance on these subjects. Email for more.