Meet the CRCers

Peggy Chang, CRC Director & Associate Dean of the College

Office Hours: Mondays 12-2pm and Wednesdays 9-11am, or email peggy_chang@brown.edu to request an appointment.

Where’s home? Warwick, RI

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, 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.

Alexis Rodriguez-Camacho ‘19, DUG and TiA Co-Coordinator
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10-11am, Tuesdays 9-11am & 4-6pm, Wednesdays 10-11am, Thursdays 4-6pm

    Where’s home? Watsonville, CA 

    I'm concentrating in urban studies and anthropology.

    I chose my concentration because I'm interested in the formation and development of communities, and these concentrations look at the same topic from different sides. Urban studies offers a practical understanding of urban development, and anthropology explores culture and the social structure of society. 

    On campus, I am also president of First-Gens @ Brown.

    My favorite place to study and hang out is the BCSC.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is ETHN1750: Immigrant Social Movements.

    I like to advise about being a first-generation college student, bridging family and home, navigating the open curriculum.

    A formative college experience for me was late nights talking with friends eagerly talking about concepts and theoretical underpinnings — it was/is academic curiosity at its finest.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to be truthful with yourself. Whether you need help or are unsure about pursuing something you're passionate about, step 1 is naming, recognizing, and understanding what it is you want to do.

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

    Office Hours: Mondays 10-11am & 12-1pm, Tuesdays 4-6pm, Wednesdays 10-11am, Thursdays 4-6pm, Fridays 9-10:30am

    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!

    Victoria Huynh '19, FIRe Coordinator

    Office Hours: Thursdays 1-4pm, Fridays 10am-1pm & 2-3pm

    Where’s home? San Diego, California

    I'm concentrating in Ethnic Studies.

    I chose my concentration because Ethnic Studies helped me connect my family histories to broader issues of colonialism, immigration, militarism, and ongoing community efforts to transform our conditions. 

    On campus, I am also a member of Brown Asian Sisters Empowered & a constant presence in the BCSC kitchen

    My favorite place to study is the Sarah Doyle Women's Center, and my favorite places to hang out are all my friends' off campus kitchens

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is AMST1700D: Race and Remembering with Professor Bob Lee and Professor Monica Martinez.

    I like to advise about strategically using Brown's many resources, integrating academics with social justice commitments, research and developing new ideas 

    A formative college experience for me was having several internal life crises and struggling through, getting off campus and learning from community organizers in Providence. 

    My advice for first years and sophomores is know your values and know the folks you're committed to.

    Makedah Hughes '19, GLISP Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10am-12pm in the OIP, Thursdays 10am-12pm in the CRC

    Where's home? Orlando, FL

    I'm concentrating in Comparative Literature (French & English)

    I chose my concentration because I love to examine the intersections of literature, language, and identity. I focus in Literary Translation, and I am primarily interested in how language constructs who we are and how racialized words can be translated. I first learned about Comparative Literature at ADOCH and was excited by the prospect of writing creatively and academically within one concentration.

    On campus, I am also the Diversity and Inclusion Outreach Fellow of the Writing Fellows Program and an Undergraduate TA for Introduction to Africana Studies.

    My favorite place to study is the back conference room of the Writing Center, and my favorite place to hang out is downtown by the Providence River.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Politique, démocratie et corruption en Afrique francophone because it helped solidify my research interest in the Black Francophone Diaspora.

    I like to advise about independent research abroad, especially research pertaining to the humanities. I also love to advise about academic writing and writing revision plans for academic papers.

    A formative college experience for me was studying abroad in Paris, France in the spring of 2018. Alongside coursework and volunteering, I completed a GLISP on contemporary expressions of Black identity in Francophone literature and oral histories.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to take things one step at a time and to not become too overwhelmed. Embrace the present moment you are in!

    Ann Garth, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays 1-6pm, Wednesdays 10:30am-12pm, or email independentconcentrations@brown.edu

    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!

    Dorothy Jiang '19, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2:30pm, Wednesdays 1-2pm & 3-6pm, or email independentconcentrations@brown.edu

    Where’s home?  Seattle, WA

    I'm concentrating in intersectional mental health.

    I chose my concentration because I wanted to explore how mental health and illness operate on a broader societal level that combines disciplines of psychology, sociology, anthropology, public health, and many others. Different people of different backgrounds and identities experience mental health differently.

    My favorite place to study is the second floor of RI Hall, and my favorite place to hang out is the Faunce piano room and anywhere outside.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is LITR 0710: Writers on Writing (an FYS during my first semester at Brown) — we read so many fascinating novels, short stories, and collections of poems, and we met all of the authors!  

    I like to advise about the open curriculum, ideas about independent concentrations, and existing at Brown in general.

    A formative college experience for me was talking with fellow people of color in my first semester about our racial identities as they exist in a PWI and in the Western world at large.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is try not to be afraid to explore interests you may not have experience in. And be sure to take time to take care of yourself, relax, and enjoy!

  • Vlad Barbulica, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 11am-12pm, Wednesdays 1-3pm, Fridays 11am-1pm, or email independentconcentrations@brown.edu

    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 Design@Brown, 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!!

    Ruth Foster '19, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator & Independent Studies Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Tuesdays 12-2:30pm & 3-4pm, Wednesdays 11am-12pm, Thursdays 12-1pm, or email independentconcentrations@brown.edu or independent_study@brown.edu

    Where’s home? Saint Paul, Minnesota

    I'm concentrating in bioethics!

    I chose my concentration because I'm interested in the relationship between technology, philosophy, and lived experience.

    On campus, I am also a Meiklejohn and a volunteer with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League!

    My favorite place to study is the Rock, and my favorite place to hang out is on the Main Green or at home.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is a tie between PHIL0060: Modern Science and Human Values and HIST1260: Death from Medieval Relics to Forensic Science.

    I like to advise about a variety of topics! Most of my job at the CRC is talking about the Independent Concentration process, but I'm also happy to talk with you about how to make the most of the open curriculum or build relationships with professors.

    A formative college experience for me was learning how to say "no" when I didn't have the time (or interest) to add something else to my plate. Doing this has given me the opportunity to spend more time working on things that I'm really excited about. 

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to be patient with yourself — don't expect to have all the answers right away. It's okay to have moments (or even prolonged periods of time) where you feel some uncertainty about how you want to spend your time during (and after) Brown. During these times, don't be afraid to lean on peers and mentors for guidance.

    Parker Zane '21, Independent Studies Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Wednesdays 1-3pm, Thursdays 1-6pm, Fridays 1-3pm, or email independent_study@brown.edu

    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!

    Soyoon Kim '19, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays 9-11am & 12-4pm, Wednesdays 9-11am, Fridays 12-3pm, or email leavetakers@gmail.com

    Where's home? Seongnam-si and Busan, Korea

    I'm concentrating in sociology and education studies.

    I chose my concentration because I'm interested in how societies operate and function and how the institution of education can potentially be utilized to disrupt preexistent raced/classed/gendered inequities. I am interested in disrupting my preexistent notions of what even constitutes "education" in order to keep aspiring to and working toward a more equitable and subjectively enriching world. Global feminist movements (especially those of the United States and Korea), gener/sexuality education, and liberation theology are also on my mind these days.

    On campus, I am also an International Mentoring Program (IMP) mentor, contributing member of VISIONS (Brown-RISD's A/APA literary and visual arts magazine), and sister of Brown Asian Sisters Empowered (BASE).

    My favorite places to study are the Rock and the Office of International Student Experience, and my favorite places to hang out are my dorm's common area and the BCSC's A/APA Student Resource Center.

    The best class I've taken at Brown is a tie between HIAA0010: Global History of Art and Architecture with Professors Sheila Bonde and Courtney Martin and SOC1010: Classical Sociological Theory with Professor Paget Henry and Doctoral Candidate Amy Chin.

    I like to advise about navigating one's time at Brown (and how that may look on and off College Hill), embracing multiple (and perhaps seemingly contradictory) identities, finding on/off-campus resources and communities, and learning to take time for oneself, embracing the misty, the undefined, the uncertain.

    A formative college experience for me was taking leave after my fourth semester and coming back for my fifth. I learned a lot about myself through the leavetaking and returning process. Hindsight may be 20/20, but I honestly think I've grown most in that chunk of time, and I'm excited by how much growing awaits.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is that it's perfectly fine to slow down and take things slowly. Remember to breathe. You are rarely in this alone. Communities that affirm and support you are out there, and though sometimes it may take a while to find them, you will eventually. And what's more, you too have the power to shape and positively influence the communities that you envision to be vital and important at this PWI.

    Addy Schuetz '19.5, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

  • Office Hours: Mondays 10:30am-1pm, Thursdays 9am-12pm, Fridays 10am-1pm, or email leavetakers@gmail.com

    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.

    Jennifer Elacio '19, MAPS Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm, Wednesdays 2-4pm, Thursdays 1-4pm

    Where’s home? Las Vegas, Nevada

    I'm concentrating in Biology.

    I chose my concentration because I’ve always been fascinated with living things and how they work.

    On campus, I am also a CA (Community Advisor) for Minden Hall. I’m also an intern at the HEALTH (Healthy Eating, Active Living through Hasbro) Clinic and a member of Delta Gamma and Filipino Alliance.

    My favorite place to study is near the windows at the Rock, and my favorite place to hang out is with my friends, preferably having dinner or tea.

    The best classed I’ve taken at Brown are those with very dedicated professors or are outside of my comfort zone like PHP0310: Healthcare in the US, BIOL0210: Diversity of Life, and CS 15.

    I like to advise about being a first-gen/low-income student, navigating the open curriculum when you have no idea where to start, and just generally being a student at Brown.

    A formative college experience for me was my first year. I struggled my first semester, making me question my academic interests and why I was even at Brown in the first place. So, I took classes in different areas including anthropology, economics, computer science, and public health. Without that initial struggle and taking time to just follow my interests and passions, I wouldn’t be who I am today.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is that it’s completely ok to be uncertain or overwhelmed. Give yourself time and don’t be afraid to ask for help!

  • Peter Simpson '20, MAPS Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays 1-3pm, Tuesdays 4-6pm, Fridays 3-5pm

    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.

    Sydney Gang, MAPS Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays 5-6pm, Tuesdays 9-10am, Thursdays 4-6pm, Fridays 3-5pm

    Where’s home? Irvine, California

    I'm concentrating in biochemistry and molecular biology.

    I chose my concentration because I love learning about how our bodies function at the smallest or molecular level.

    On campus, I am also a mentor through WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering), NSC (New Scientist Collective), and KAMP (Korean Adoptee Mentoring Program). I also volunteer with STEMS, conduct research in the Kaun Lab, and play piano for the Brown-RISD Catholic masses.

    My favorite place to study is the SciLi or Leung Gallery, and my favorite places to hang out are the Main Green or anywhere along Providence River.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is EAST 0650: Language, Culture, and Society: Korea, with Professor Hye-Sook Wang.

    I like to advise about choosing a concentration, the concentration declaration process, navigating Brown, and overcoming “sophomore slump.”

    A formative college experience for me was taking classes outside of my concentration. The courses I’ve taken so far have no doubt played an important role in shaping my current perspective on the world. They all gave me insight into topics and issues I had not thought about before, and I am extremely grateful of my newfound appreciation for fields such as economics, computer science, and East Asian studies.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is to not be discouraged by struggles or difficulties. You are definitely not alone, and often times you’ll learn more about yourself and grow immensely in the process. Also don’t be afraid to reach out when you need help – you may find some of your biggest supporters in unexpected places.

    Hana Estice '19, Digital Archives & Media Coordinator


    Office Hours: Mondays 2-5pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6pm

    Where’s home? Columbus, Ohio

    I'm concentrating in Urban Studies.

    I chose my concentration because looking at the list of required classes made me excited!

    On campus, I am also Co-director of Reel Features.

    My favorite place to study is Starbucks late at night, and my favorite place to hang out is the quiet green.

    The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Crime and the City.

    I like to advise about navigating class choices when you have no idea what you're doing.

    A formative college experience for me was saying yes to everything my sophomore year, then re-learning how to say no.

    My advice for first years and sophomores is talk to people and ask questions! There are so many interesting people at Brown -- if you don't know what you're doing, ask others what they do and how they got there to get inspired.


     


    Coordinators for 2018-19:

    DUGs/TiA:

    Aryana Javaheri '20

    Alexis Rodriguez-Camacho '19

    FIRe:

    Victoria Huynh '19

    GLISPs:

    Makedah Hughes '19

    Independent Concentrations:

    Vlad Barbulica '20 (abroad in spring)

    Ann Garth '20

    Ruth Foster '19

    Dorothy Jiang '19

    Independent Studies:

    Ruth Foster '19

    Parker Zane '21

    Leavetaking:

    Soyoon Kim '19

    Addy Schuetz '19.5

    Matched Advising Program for Sophomores:

    Jennifer Elacio '19

    Sydney Gang '19

    Peter Simpson '20 (abroad in spring)

    Digital Archives & Media:

    Hana Estice '19