Meet the CRCers

 

 


Lyz Alexandre, CRC Program Manager


Where’s home?  Providence. 


I studied  Business with a concentration in Marketing in undergrad. Higher Education with a concentration in Administration in my graduate program.

 

I chose my course of study because  I love operations, learning, and teaching.


My favorite place to hang out is  any place that resembles a beach or an ice cream shop.


A formative college experience for me was  being a Resident Assistant. I enjoyed being in a role where I could support students. 


My advice for first years and sophomores is  to slow down, enjoy your experiences, and celebrate your victories. Your future self will thank you.  

My go-to stress-relieving practice is: a pranayama technique called alternate nostril breathing.

 

Peggy Chang '93, '13 AM, CRC Director & Associate Dean of the College


 

Advising Hours: College Advising Hours: Wednesdays 11-12, Thursdays 2-4; visit my appointment slots link, or email [email protected] to request an appointment.


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


I concentrated in American civilization (now called American studies); I received my A.M. in Public Humanities at Brown, too. I'm currently in a Docorate of Education Leadership program at Boston College.


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 work is at the CRC @167 Angell Street, 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 gardens.


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


I like to advise about choosing a concentration, Independent Concentrations and Studies, DUGs/academic communities, 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 between my sophomore and junior years of college — 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. 

My go-to stress-relieving practice is: Going for a walk.


Nirva LaFortune '19 AM, CRC Assistant Director


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Where’s home? Providence, RI, born in Haiti, spent my 20s and early 30s in Philadelphia, PA.


I studied: B.A. in Communications with a concentration in Mass Media and Journalism, A.M. Urban Education Policy

 

I chose my concentration/major because I thought I wanted to be the next Oprah Winfrey. I started college concentrating in History to one day become an immigration attorney or a professor. However, I experienced some personal adversities and took some time off of school. I decided to pursue Communication when I returned because I was tired of the way the media portrayed people of color and immigrants. I wanted to work towards creating a platform for people from various backgrounds to have a voice to be able to tell and share their real stories.


On campus, I am also a first and second-year advisor.


My favorite place to work is my Garden level office in University Hall. I have some of my artwork hanging and my favorite books on the bookshelf, which always spark a conversationand my favorite place to hang out is the RISD Museum. Whenever I need to take a walk or clear my head I'll walk through it or walk down to the Pedestrian Bridge.


The best class I took at Brown was Structures/Systems in Urban Ed taught by Dr. Warren Simmons.


I like to advise about transitioning from high school to college, summer opportunities (research, internship, civic engagement), life career choices, and helping students navigate various challenges, opportunities and choices.


A formative college experience for me was working full-time, raising a child while completing my college degree. I worked at a hotel and later started working as a clerk in the registrar's office at Temple which kicked off my career in higher education.


My advice for first years and sophomores is it's not a sprint, the journey is a marathon. Pace yourself, show yourself grace, enjoy your experience, celebrate the milestones, connect with others and be sure to take care of yourself when needed. An issue untended only gets worse, so don't ignore it.  

 My go-to stress-relieving practice is: going for a run and dancing.

Academic Coaching, Engagement, & Support

Starting Fall 2022, the Academic Coaching program is part of the CRC! Stay tuned for the bios for the Academic Coaches:

Melanie (Mel) Anderson '22, ScM '23, Alanna Brown '21, MD'25, Kevin Chen '19, MD'23, Abby Contello '23, Marina Du '23, Gia Finear '23, Trevor Ing '23, Yannie Lam '23, Jasmine Lee '23, Dena Salliey '24, Charlize Sentosa '24, Rachel Tam '23, Alexandra Vitkin '24, Juliette Woodcum '23, Keyana Zahiri '23

Independent Concentrations (ICs) Co-Coordinators

 

 Aaron Castillo '23


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Where’s home?  Harlingen, Texas


I'm concentrating in  Food and Identity


I chose my concentration because  Food has always been a central part of my life. I struggled with an eating disorder and began to think about how other people interacted with food, how food informs who we are, and how food is integral to culture. These things inspired me to pursue my IC and think about food psychology. 


On campus, I also  a Bonner Community Fellow, Research Assistant, Market Shares Coordinator, and Meiklejohn. 

 

My favorite place to study is  The Blue Room, and my favorite place to hang out is  The Swearer Center.

 

The best classes I've taken at Brown are 

HIAA 1550C: Dreaming of Food, CLPS 0701: Personality Theory, and SOC 0310: Theory and Practice of Engaged Scholarship.

 

I like to advise about  Independent Concentrations, figuring out how to be yourself, classes, and anything else!


A formative college experience for me was having to seek outpatient treatment at Butler hospital. 

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is  don't be afraid to be yourself and explore what interests you! Do what you want, not what you feel like you have to do. 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is  baking!

 

Lila Zimbalist '23


 

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Gemma Brand-Wolf '22.5


Advising Hours: Available by appointment, please click here for scheduling availability. 

 

Where’s home?  Los Angeles, CA


I'm concentrating in  Studies of Death & Life and American studies


I chose my concentration because I wanted to create a concentration based in interdisciplinary synthesis and real-world application. I've always been interested in death and loss, and the ways in which ideologies, inequalities, and human natures are present in and understood through death and death practices.

 

On campus, I am also the graphic designer and Content Co-Director for Voices of Brown. I'm a staff illustrator at the Indy and a member of the Title IX Council. I'm also a BOLT Leader/Mentor.


My favorite place to study is the RISD library, Coffee Exchange, or my living room, and my favorite place to hang out is the beach with my dog Taz (in my photo). 


The best classes I've taken at Brown are "Death & Dying in Black Literature" with Kevin Quashie, "VISA 100: Studio Foundations" with Ayana Evans and "Writing about History" with Jonathan Readey.


I like to advise about  all things IC!


A formative college experience for me was joining BOLT, first as a participant and later as a Leader and Mentor. Being a part of BOLT gave me the community I spent all of freshman year looking for. Because of BOLT, I'm an infinitely better communicator and listener, and I feel more at home at Brown.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is to ask questions! There's nothing wrong with not knowing something and, in my experience, asking questions is the best way to connect with people and learn more about yourself. Outside of classes, asking questions of other students may also help you discover opportunities or cool classes- and make friends!

 

 

Rachel Huynh '23


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Where’s home?  San Jose, CA


I'm concentrating in  Food and Health in U.S. American Society


I chose my concentration because food is fundamental to sustaining human life and preserving culture. I am interested in how certain aspects of US American culture, such as hypercapitalism, mass advertising, and urbanization, contribute to Americans' relationship to food and health.


On campus, I am also an Army ROTC cadet.


My favorite place to study is in my room, and my favorite place to hang out is outside when it's sunny.

 

The best classes I've taken at Brown are World of Food: Personal to Global Perspectives on Nutrition, Agriculture, and Policy (PHP1101); Technology and Health Behavior Change (PHP1690); Biotechnology in Medicine (BIOL0170); and Healthy Lifestyle Habits in the US: A Biopsychosocial Approach (Fall '21 GISP).

 

I like to advise about  how to begin gathering your unique thoughts and passions to craft your independent concentration. Bring your questions, ideas, or drafts at whatever stage they're at!

 

A formative college experience for me was  writing my IC proposal and having it get rejected twice. (Spoiler: eventually it worked out.) The experience was very humbling and helped me strengthen my justifications for why I wanted to pursue my IC.


My advice for first years and sophomores is to not neglect a well-balanced diet and regular exercise regiment, even during a busy week.

 

My go-to healthy sress-relieving practice is running or going to the gym.

Independent Studies (IS) Co-Coordinators

 

 

Daniel Newgarden '25


Advising Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9-10 am; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 2-4 pm. 


Where’s home?  Chicago, IL


I'm concentrating in Archaeology and the Ancient World (Egyptian and Near Eastern Archaeology track) and Egyptology and Assyriology (Assyriology track)


I chose my concentration because I am very interested in the material and textual remains of the ancient Near East, and these concentrations allow me to explore these remains using a diverse range of archaeological, art historical, and philological techniques.

 

On campus, I am also a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor, Egyptology and Assyriology DUG leader, DigDUG co-leader, Brown Classical Journal editorial team member, and UCS Academic Affairs Chair.

 

My favorite place to study is the Providence Athenaeum, and my favorite place to hang out is Andrews Commons.


The best classes I've taken at Brown are Lost Languages, Introduction to Hittite, The Pictured Text, and Yo no naka.


I like to advise about Independent Studies, choosing a concentration, and finding a good advisor.

 

A formative college experience for me was taking a class team-taught by two leading professors in our field and having direct access to talk with them.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is not to keep doing things that you don't like just because you feel like you "should."

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is taking a walk around College Hill.

 

 Kristoffer Balintona '24


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Where’s home?  Chicago, IL


I'm concentrating in philosophy!!!

 

I chose my concentrations because I enjoy thinking deeply about far-reaching and abstract ideas, and I find meaning in communicating those thoughts, lessons, and emotions to others.


On campus, I am also  an interviewer for Brown University Interviews as well as a writer for the Buoy Newsletter.

 

My favorite place to study is the fourth floor of the SciLi, and my favorite place to hang out is on my bed with Netflix playing.


The best classes I’ve taken at Brown are  "On the Dawn of Modernity" (POBS 0930) because of its professor and wide-reaching lessons on history in addition to "Introduction to Creative Nonfiction" (ENGL 0930) because I realized writing was more than I thought it was. 

 

I like to advise about  how to make the best use of the academic freedom we have at Brown. That involves those planning for an Indepedent Study!


A formative college experience for me was  learning from the Brown University Interviews members. Many of my peers there have become somewhat of a role model for me, and continue to teach me how to become a better human. 

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is:  I’d tell fellow students not to consider the classroom as the place where the most learning happens. As students, we should be learning in class, but from my experience, the most enduring and penetrating lessons I’ve learned have not been found in a textbook or assignment, but in others around me and life experiences. In sum, expand your definition for what constitutes learning and don’t dedicate yourself only to schoolwork.

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is  going somewhere alone. It can be anywhere and in any way. Whether walking or biking, casual movement and time to dwell on thoughts is enough to let me catch a breath. As a bonus, I also enjoy listening to podcasts in these times as food-for-thought.

Global Independent (GLISP) Studies Coordinator

 

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Departmental Undergraduate Groups (DUGs) & Theories in Action (TiA) Co-Coordinators

 

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Tara Hislip '24


 

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Leavetaking Co-Coordinators

 

Cristian Loor


 

 

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Where’s home? Wherever I can reliably hide away, feel safe, and pretend the rest of the world doesn't exist. But usually in New Jersey.


I'm concentrating in: Psychology


I chose my concentration because I found its requirements the most manageable.


On campus, I am also a Health and Wellness Advocate for the Computer Science Department and a Head Writing Fellow.


My favorite place to study is usually in my room or the CRC.


The best class I've taken at Brown is Pathology to Power: Disability, Health, and Community (PHP 1680I).


I like to advise about planning before and transitioning back from leaves (especially medical leaves), arranging course accomodations (including workload reductions), and interacting with different campus offices meant to help languishing students (e.g. SAS, CAPS, SSS).


A formative college experience for me was living with a roommate during my first year. That experience taught me the full extent of my boundaries and how to set and enforce them.


My advice for first years and sophomores is to take advantage of everything you can without burning yourself out. Don't let anyone or anything - especially yourself - rob you of the best possible experience. Every part of the University bends over backwards for you during those first two years, so they are pivotal. Remember that time lost is gone forever (at least until we invent consumer-grade time travel).

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is mindful breathing.

 

 

Jessica Hong '23.5


 

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Where’s home?  I grew up in Southern California but moved to Boston a couple years ago.


I'm concentrating in:  Applied Mathematics-Biology


I chose my concentration because  I love learning how mathematics and computational methods can be integrated in research addressing modern biological phenomena. As someone who loved math before but didn’t know how it was relevant to real life, discovering applied math and combining this with my background in healthcare by studying biology made APMA-Bio a great fit for me.


On campus, I am also  a TA for Biochemistry, Vice President of Women in Business, and a Meiklejohn.


My favorite place to study is usually in my room or any library.


The best class I've taken at Brown is  Management of Industrial and Nonprofit Organizations (ENGN0090).


I like to advise about  planning the leavetaking process, adjusting to returning on campus, and any other help I can give regarding courses and Brown in general!


A formative college experience for me was  learning how to live independently and realizing the value of prioritizing self-care and well-being.


My advice for first years and sophomores is  don’t limit yourself to what you thought you would want to study/participate in before coming to Brown and explore all the opportunities available to you! You never know what you’ll love until you try it and there are so many resources at Brown available to make your experience the best it can be.

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is  spending time in the sun and eating good food while watching a comfort show.

 

Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) Co-Coordinators

 

Andrea Clark '24


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Advising Hours: MW 3pm-6pm, TTh 10am-2pm


Where's home? Advising


I'm concentrating in Business Economics and International and Public Affairs (Policy & Governance)


I chose my concentration because I love being able to analyze situations on a quantitative scale and then apply these observations to a broader worldview.

 

On campus, I am also the chair for Equity and Inclusion for the Brown Consulting Club and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

My favorite place to study is in the stacks in the Rock , and my favorite place to hang out is in my suite with friends


The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Global Black Radicalism because it gives interesting insight into movements to advance freedom, rights and black power from different global perspectives.  


I like to advise about how to understand all of the opportunities available to students during their sophomore year.


A formative college experience for me was joining the Brown Consulting club. I have learned a lot from other club members, and being a part of that organization has helped me narrow down what I am interested in pursuing for a career.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is: Enjoy your time at Brown. Take advantage of the Open Curriculum and explore classes and subject matter to explore your interests. Do not be afraid to try something new.


My healthy go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is taking 30 minutes to watch a funny show or part of a funny movie. It allows me to take my mind off of some of my worst stressors. 


 

Kelly Fan '23


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Where’s home?  Ann Arbor, MI

 

I'm concentrating in  Biology and Anthropology


I chose my concentration because  I'm interested in both the scientific basis of life and the way humans have added meaning to their lives beyond that through the development of cultures and societies. 

 

On campus, I am also  involved with the Brown Infectious Disease Society, China Care Brown, and lymphoma research in the Kadin lab.

 

My favorite place to study is  the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, and my favorite place to hang out is  The Main Green, but only if it's warm and sunny.

 

The best class I’ve taken at Brown are Past Forward: Discovering Anthropological Archaeology and Principles of Physiology. 

 

I like to advise about  curriculum design, balancing academics with other parts of life, and anything else I can help with!

 

A formative college experience for me was  just being on campus after being born and raised in the same place my entire life.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is  to remind yourself to focus on you and your personal journey instead of comparing yourself to anyone else. 

 

My healthy go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is  spending time with friends and eating good food. 


 

 

Sam Hong '23


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Where’s home?  Diamond Bar, CA

I'm concentrating in Computational Biology

I chose my concentration because I'm interested in the intersection of computer science and biology. The application of computer science to biological problems is super exciting!

On campus, I am also involved with Connect for Health and research with the Singh Lab.

My favorite place to study is the ERC or Blue Room, and my favorite place to hang out is downtown Providence or at home.

The best classes I've taken at Brown are Computational Biology and Healthcare in the US

I like to advise about navigating pre-med and choosing courses!

A formative college experience for me was failing my first ever college midterm.

My advice for first years and sophomores is to not feel like the its end of the world when things don't go your way (trust me I've been there; see point above).

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is to take a walk and/or eating good food around campus with friends.

Fellowships, Internships, and Research Experience (FIRE) Coordinator

 

John Lin '23


 

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Digital Archives & Communications Coordinator

 

Erica Nam '24


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Advising Hours: M 2-3:00pm, T 9:30-10:30am, W 10-11:00am and 2-4:00pm 

 

Where’s home?  Seoul, South Korea

 

I’m concentrating in Food, Media, and Culture (IC) and Social Analysis and Research (Organizational Studies track)


I chose my concentrations because I've always wanted to pursue a food-studies related major, and food is one of my greatest passions/hobbies. I am also interested in organizations, business, and social/market research and analyses.

 

On campus, I am the Vice President of the Korean International Student Association and work as a Consultant for 180 Degrees Consulting, Graphic Designer for CMES, and Marketing Coordinator for Brown Cooking Club.


My favorite place to study is these days, the Stephen Roberts Center (New Watson) and the Hay Library, and my favorite place to hang out is dining halls/eateries or my suite.

 

The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Management of Industrial and Nonprofit Org; Food, Religion, and Politics in South Asia; Focus Groups for Market and Social Research; US Popular Culture; etc.


I like to advise about choosing a concentration, creating an Independent Concentration, time management, being an international student, etc.


A formative college experience for me was getting my Independent Concentration approved and figuring out my career plans/what I want to do after Brown!

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is to explore--whether that be courses or extracurricular activities--to learn more about yourself (what you like, dislike, good at, weakness etc)!

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is cooking and eating yummy food; watching a good movie or TV show; if I have the time, reading a good book and getting completely immersed!