Meet the CRCers

The full list of staffers for the 2019-20 year will be listed soon!

Peggy Chang, CRC Director & Associate Dean of the College

Office Hours: Mondays 12-2pm & Wednesdays 2-4pm; visit my appointment slots link, or email [email protected] to request an appointment.

Where’s home? Warwick, RI; born and raised in NYC / Long Island, NY

I concentrated in American civilization (now called American studies); A.M. in Public Humanities

I chose my concentration because after taking courses like History of American Women and Asian American History since 1890, I realized how much more I needed to learn about the history and culture of the United States, and about myself.

On campus, I am also Associate Dean of the College.

My favorite place to study is Campus Center 226 (my office), and my favorite place to hang out is Swan Point Cemetery (off Blackstone Blvd.) — OK, maybe not to "hang out" there, but to go on a walk and contemplate the meaning of life. Also, I like the RISD Museum.

The best class I took at Brown was History of American Women before 1890, and the Civil Rights Movement.

I like to advise about choosing a concentration, life after Brown, Careers in the Common Good, transitions, taking time off, the meaning of it all.

A formative college experience for me was taking time off — living in San Francisco then living in Providence, both places working at a regional theater company.

My advice for first years and sophomores is to make building a community of support a priority — learning is relational; and, don't forget to stop and smell the roses.

Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit '21, DUG and TiA Co-Coordinator

  • Office Hours: 
    TBD; email [email protected] or [email protected]

    Where’s home? Northwest Ohio

    I’m concentrating in Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies

     I chose my concentrations because I am interested in studying people and cultures. In particular, I love how cultural anthropology is set apart from other disciplines by diving deep into underlying structures and patterns of societies that are otherwise only viewed at face value or taken for granted. My other concentration evolved from the interest and enjoyment that I found studying Spanish.

     On campus, I am also a member of the College Curriculum Council (and an independent concentration proposal reviewer) and an occasional participant in student-run theatre.

     My favorite place to study is the Sciences Library, and my favorite place to hang out is the Quiet Green (sitting on a blanket).

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is ANTH 0110 Anthropology and Global Social Problems with Professor Sarah Besky; this class is the reason why I am concentrating in anthropology.

    I like to advise about navigating Brown’s academic resources, course selection, independent concentration proposals, and classes in social science and language.

    A formative college experience for me was the miserable semester when I took five classes; while some students can do it easily, I realized that I can’t compare my limits to those of other students.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to be mindful about how much you can handle. Take risks and pursue what you’re interested in, but know that you always can step back if you have too much on your plate.

  • Aryana Javaheri '20, DUG and TiA Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: TBD; email dugs[email protected] or [email protected]

    Where’s home? Long Island, New York! 

    I'm concentrating in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

    I chose my concentration because I value understanding the body from an in-depth, chemical perspective. I was naturally drawn to the classes offered especially because of my interest in cancer genetics.

    On campus, I am also the President of the Brown Research Club, a peer mediator, a facilitator with First-Year Family Gatherings, and much more!

    My favorite place to study is Starbucks or Shiru Cafe - the libraries are too stressful and quiet, and my favorite place to hang out is, nowadays, my house with my dog.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Cancer Biology.

    I like to advise about the pre-med or pre-MD/PhD struggle - I'm pursuing an MD/PhD myself.

    A formative college experience for me was taking Organic Chemistry II and CS0150 in the same semester, both for a grade, while also taking three other classes. It was rough. Don't do it, but ask me about it.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to gather different perspectives and bits of advice, but to really reflect on what is right for you before making your final decisions. Everyone is different and what works for one person may not be the best for you - and don't be afraid of taking classes S/NC!



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    Ann Garth, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: TBD; email [email protected]

    Where’s home? Long Beach, CA

    I'm concentrating in Systems Change and Environmental Policy

    I chose my concentration because I want to make real change, and systems thinking is the best way to do that.

    On campus, I am also a member of the Brown Debating Union

    My favorite place to study is Andrews Commons (the high tables in the center are just the right height for typing!), and my favorite place to hang out is anywhere my friends are.

    I like to advise about anything to do with independent concentrations: deciding to do an IC, designing your IC, the application process, etc.

    A formative college experience for me was experiencing (and loving!) my first real winter

    My advice for first years and sophomores is take advantage of Brown's resources! The CRC, the CareerLAB, the Writing Center, etc -- there are so many people at Brown who want to help you succeed, and you should let them!



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  • Vlad Barbulica, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator 

    Office Hours: TBD; email [email protected]

    Where's home? St. Louis, Missouri

    I concentrated in A.B. in Engineering; Independent Concentration in 'Product Design and Development'

    I chose my concentration because Design is one of my greatest passions in life. Leaving my undergraduate career without fully exploring an area of study that so impassions me would be completely pointless, and Brown's wonderful Independent Concentration program gave me the opportunity to truly design my own, fully-personalized educational experience.

    On campus, I am also One of the Co-Founders of [email protected], a new on campus group that looks to provide mentoring and avenues for other aspiring designers to become involved in various design initiatives during their Brown Academic Experience, whether that be on a Curricular or Extra Curricular Basis.

    My favorite place to study is the Blue Room, and my favorite place to hang out is the comforts of my bedroom.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is 3-D Foundations

    I like to advise about Students interested in Design, regardless of in what sector or aspect

    A formative college experience for me was Learning that my Independent Concentration was approved.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is Study what you know you love, and never compromise your education because what you want to study doesn't exist. If it doesn't, create it yourself!!



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    Parker Zane '21, Independent Studies Co-Coordinator [abroad Fall '19]

    Office Hours: Email [email protected]

    Where’s home? Rising Sun, Maryland

    I'm concentrating in Assyriology and archaeology.

    I chose my concentration because I wanted to learn more about how ancient societies interacted with one another and how knowledge was diffused throughout antiquity. I also think cuneiform is super fascinating!

    On campus, I am also an editor for the Brown Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies.

    My favorite place to study is the third floor of the Rock or the Joukowsky Reading Room in Rhode Island Hall, and my favorite place to hang out is Wilbour Hall.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is ASYR1160 - Color and Culture in the Ancient Near East.

    I like to advise about navigating the open curriculum, developing (G)ISPs, and utilizing Brown's academic resources.

    A formative college experience for me was learning how to create an individual pathway through Brown's open curriculum and discovering my own research interests.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to pursue your passions - take classes that make you feel excited about what you are learning!



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    Addy Schuetz '19.5, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

  • Office Hours: TBD; email [email protected]

    Where’s home? Rochester, NY

    I'm concentrating in American Studies.

    I chose my concentration because of the opportunity to combine my interests in a broad range of sociocultural topics such as race, class, gender, material culture, education, the family, physical space & place, with my passion for art and artistic & cultural expression, and making scholarship and knowledge accessible to all. Also because, more than ever, I feel like I need to engage with this country, its history, and current issues. 

    On campus, I am also a BOLT (Brown Outdoor Leadership Training) leader and an active barber/hairstylist around campus. I also work at New Urban Arts, a non-profit arts studio community for high schoolers, and partake in many arts, music, and dance activities around Brown and PVD.

    My favorite place to study is Leung Gallery, and my favorite places to hang out are Tea in Sahara, Prospect Park, downtown PVD.

    The best classes I’ve taken at Brown are GNS1961H: Literature and Human Rights and AMST1900P: Essaying Culture with Ralph Rodriguez. And at RISD, Figure Modeling (clay sculpture) with Ann Hirsch!  

    I like to advise about all things related to leavetaking, as well as generally how to be a person while in school and how to integrate academics/academia with one's passions, identity, and personhood. Some related topics: adjusting to college, navigating social life, building networks of support, building typically "unconventional" paths of education/a Brown education.

    A formative college experience for me was both the initial decision to take leave and then my return from leave. The semesters both before and after my leave were significant periods of transition, growth, and working to always be more honest and responsive with myself.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is that there is not and never will be a perfect or ideal way of going about life at Brown (or life in general!) and that everything takes time; the most transformative moments are probably not what we actually notice in the moment. Be curious, try something radically new every semester, and be open to change and growth in unexpected ways.



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  • Peter Simpson '20, MAPS Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: TBD; email [email protected]

    Where’s home? New York City

    I'm concentrating in History (with a focus on Africa) & Africana Studies

    I chose my concentration because I took a class about South Africa during my first-year at Brown and knew I wanted to continue learning more specifically about African countries.

    On campus, I am also a volunteer with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League.

    My favorite place to study is the fifth floor of the sci-li, the fourth floor of the rock, or my room, and my favorite place to hang out is India Point Park, Providence Place and Faunce!

    The best classes I’ve taken at Brown are POLS 1770: Education, Inequality & American Democracy with Professor Susan Moffitt, HIST 1030: South African History with Professor Nancy Jacobs and AFRI1060E: West African Writers & the Political Kingdom with Professor Anani Dzidzienyo

    I like to advise about many things such as navigating and acclimating to Brown and sharing resources available to all students. In my role at the CRC, I can speak to topics relating specifically to the sophomore experience such as forming strong connections with faculty, deciding on and declaring a concentration(s) and preparing for junior and senior year.

    A formative college experience for me was learning to guard my time and “pour into myself.” This manifested in consistent growth I was able to see and the solidification of specific aspirations such as me realizing I enjoy mentorship/advising and want to continue to learning Portuguese.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to reach out/ask for help as soon as you have a question/problem, even if you don’t know how to formulate it yet; and to focus on your next step and how you plan to get there.



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