Meet the CRCers 19-20

 

CRC Director & Associate Dean of the College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Chang '93, AM'13 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: Mondays 1-3 & Thursdays 10-12; 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. 

 

Independent Concentrations (ICs) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 


 

Jasmine Bacchus '21 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: Mondays 12-3 and Tuesdays 12-1


Where’s home? Mason, OH.


I'm concentrating in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.


I chose my concentration because I felt empowered to do an IC after realizing that I truly wanted to take charge of my education and craft a degree that was tailored to my interest. PPE allows me to study the world around me in an interdisciplinary way and I really enjoy that.


On campus, I also lead the Black Pre Law Association and am the Chief Administration Officer of Kappa Alpha Theta. Additionally, you can find me in the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Society, and on the Brown Ballroom Dance Team.


My favorite place to study is Syndey Providence or The Shop in Foxpoint, and my favorite place to hang out is Newberry Street in Boston! 


The best classes I've taken at Brown are The Cultural Significance of Copyright and "Naturally Chic": Fashion, Gender, and National Identity in French History.


I like to advise about anything related to the IC process!


A formative college experience for me was participating in a national fashion case study competition, which gave me the chance to connect my conentration ot the fashion industry (a passion of mine!)


 

My advice for first years and sophomores is take advantage of the Open Curriculum and challenge yourself to take classes outside your comfort zone! 

 

Vlad Barbulica '20 (he/him/his)


 

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12-2 and 3:30-5

 

Where's home? St. Louis, Missouri


I'm concentrating 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!! 

Ann Garth '20 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: Tuesdays 11-noon & 1-4:30 and Thursdays 11-4


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 president of the Brown Debating Union.


My favorite place to study is anywhere quiet and my favorite place to hang out is outside, whenever it's warm enough.


I like to advise about anything to do with independent concentrations (deciding to do an IC, designing your IC, the application process, etc.) as well as how to make the most out of your time at Brown


A formative college experience for me was moving through the IC process


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!


 

Independent Studies (IS) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Bajwa '21 (she/her/hers) - Abroad Spring '20


 

Office Hours: abroad spring 2020


Where’s home? Houston, TX.


I'm concentrating in Gender and Sexuality Studies & Hispanic Studies.


I chose my concentration because Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that combines my interest in studying gender, race, and class and uses gender as a category of analysis that informs many contemporary issues such as gun violence, immigration, economic inequalities, and reproductive justice. I also love studying Spanish literature.


On campus, I am also a Bonner Community Fellow who teaches ESOL classes for adult learners in Providence and am the current VP of Brown's NARAL chapter. 


My favorite place to study, when it's actually sunny and not freezing yet, is the Main Green. During the other 99% of the school year that's freezing or cloudy, I like studying in the Ratty or the Blue Room while drinking some good tea.


The best classes I've taken at Brown are Mapping Cross Cultural Identities or the Latin American Diaspora in the U.S.


I like to advise about developing (G)ISPs, navigating Brown's academic resoures, course selection, and making the open curriculum fit your needs.


A formative college experience for me was learning how to use Brown's open curriculum and opportunities for student-designed courses to discover my own research interests.


My advice for first years and sophomores is reach out and ask for help if you need it, be open to change, take classes that excite you, and don't be afraid to prioritize taking care of yourself.

 

 

Eleni Gkini '21 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? Thessaloniki, Greece.


I'm concentrating in Neuroscience.


I chose my concentration because I have always been intrigued by how the brain functions. Various questions about how memories are formed, how emotions are processed, and neurological disorders circuit my mind; I hope that by studying Neuroscience I can find the answers.

 

On campus, I am also a research assistant at the Aging and Cognition Lab, a teaching assistant for NEUR 0010, and a member of the Brown Synapse Brain Injury Support Group.

 

My favorite place to study is the Global Brown Center, and my favorite places to hang out are the fountain next to the Building for Environmental Research and Teaching (I was excited to find out it was designed by Maya Lin!), Coffee Exchange, and the MCM projection room.

 

The best class I've taken at Brown is ENGL 1050G-Journalistic Writing taught by Tracy Breton.

 

I like to advise about designing a GISP on a topic you are passionate about and the experience of being an international student at Brown.

 

A formative college experience for me was realizing the importance of asking for help and going to office hours.
 

My advice for first years and sophomores is trust yourself, and never compare yourself to others! 

 

Parker Zane '21 (he/him/his) - Abroad Fall '19


Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


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!

 

Global Independent (GLISP) Studies Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Osborne '20 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? Newton, MA & Singapore.


I'm concentrating in biology.

 

I chose my concentration because I love doing research!

 

On campus, I am alsoa Biology Peer Advisor, CAP Fellow, and copy editor for post- magazine.

 

My favorite place to study is my room (with my cat!), and my favorite places to hang out are coffee shops and bookstores further from campus.  

 

The best class I've taken at Brown is Brushwork: Chinese Painting in Time with Professor Moser (amazing human).

 

I like to advise about GLISPs, study abroad, balancing science concentrations with things like study abroad, research opportunities.

 

A formative college experience for me was going abroad on a non-Brown, language immersion program. You learn so much about yourself and the world when you surround yourself with unfamiliar people and places. 

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is explore your options! Be flexible and open to change, you never know where Brown will take you. 


Departmental Undergraduate Groups (DUGs) & Theories In Action (TIA) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 


 

Aryana Javaheri '20 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? I grew up on Long Island, in New York, but I immigrated to America from Iran when I was starting kindergarten.


I'm concentrating in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

 

I chose my concentration because it is a heavier science course-load that gives a lot of great insights on both the mechanisms of disease and interesting approaches to treatment.

 

On campus, I am also the President of the Brown Research Club, a TA, and involved in a lot of peer mentorship opportunities!

 

My favorite place to study is Starbucks or the Curricular Resource Center, and my favorite places to hang out are usually at home, the lab, or the CRC :)

 

The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Cancer Biology, but if you told me I couldn't choose that class, I would say Astronomy with Professor Pober.

 

I like to advise about anything -- whether you want to talk to someone about how to tackle a difficult class, communicate with your roommate, achieve your future goals, or whatever else. I am equipped to talk to those interested in health careers as well, especially pre-MD or pre-MD/PhD.

 

A formative college experience for me was moving off-campus, which I believe let me separate being at college from being at home.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is that everything falls into place, but reaching out to your upperclassmen and getting their advice can be one of the easiest ways to make your journey at Brown more smooth. Are you interested in a certain concentration? We can help you reach out to the DUG leaders or attend DUG events and ask what they've learned over time in the department. 

Fallen into a rut and don't know how to get out? We can listen to what you're going through and point you towards resources best suited to help you through the semester and beyond. Many people are happy to share what they've learned when they were in your shoes -- please stop by!

 

 

Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit '21 (he/him/his) - Abroad Spring '20


Office Hours:  TBD spring 2020


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, a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor, 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. 


 

Lauren Toneatto '21 (she/her/hers) 


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Office Hours:  Tuesday 9:00-10:ooam, 1:30-2:00pm 

                               Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm


Where’s home? Westchester, NY


I’m concentrating in English and the History of Art and Architecture


I chose my concentrations because with English, any future career requires a strong foundation in reading, writing, and critical analysis. Regarding the History of Art and Architecture, I loved visual arts in high school, but knew I did not want to pursue a professional career as an artist.

After taking an art history class and working at a museum, I realized this concentration was the perfect fit to keep art in my life both academically and professionally.

 

On campus, I also work as an Education Program Coordinator at the Haffenreffer Museum, and am a writer for the Critical Review and post- magazine.


My favorite place to study is Ceremony Tea on Thayer, and my favorite place to hang out is the RISD Museum.


The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Food and Art in the Early Modern World with Professor Shaffer.


I like to advise about acclimating to life at Brown. I transferred to Brown as a junior and enjoy talking with other peers sharing a similar academic journey, or ones interested in learning more about the transfer experience.


A formative college experience for me was realizing I wanted to concentrate in art history!

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is to recognize it is okay to have off-days. Sometimes watching a movie is a much-needed break and results in more productivity afterwards.


Leavetaking Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 


 

Jamie Advincula '22 (she/they)


 

Office Hours: Monday 12pm-2pm, Wednesday 1pm-6pm, Thursday 4-6pm


Where’s home? Lahaina, Hawaii.


I'm concentrating in Sociology. 


I chose my concentration because I am interested in the ways that we interact with the world and each other; how social norms are developed and deviated from. Also, the discipline is always in favor of questioning methodology, which I really enjoy.


On campus, I am also a Peer Mental Health Advocate. I am a member of Archipelag-a, a spoken word group for Filipino women, which is the oldest spoken word group on campus! 


My favorite place to study is the newly renovated lounge in Grad Center, and my favorite places to hang out are cafes around Providence - Small Point, Blue State, Coffee Exchange... also, huge fan of the Nelson Fitness Center.


The best class I've taken at Brown is the Other Hisory of Modern Architecture, taught by Professor Osayimwese in the Art History department. The course covers countries that are generally not considered part of the architectural canon. The most fascinating part was considering buildings in the context of their society/political landscape; how structures can be a result and reflection of the nation's history.


I like to advise about leavetaking! For me, taking leave was a huge step in learning to advocate for myself and actually helped me strengthen my support system upon my return to campus. I'm always happy to have a conversation about the whys and hows of leave.


A formative college experience for me was getting to know the Undocumented & First Generation College Student Center. I am a first-generation college student and knowing that there is an entire community of students who share this identity is powerful.


My advice for first years and sophomores is: Be gentle with yourself and try to show that kindness to others as well -- school is hard enough. If possible, resist the urge to fill your schedule immediately; allow yourself some truly unstructured time. My most memorable moments have been spontaneous conversations, stumbling upon interesting lectures around campus, and of course the occasional midday nap.


Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPs) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Simpson '20 (he/him/his)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? Brooklyn, New York

 

I'm concentrating in History & Africana Studies

 

I chose my concentration because they both allowed me to learn more about the world beyond the borders of my own identity and geographic location.

 

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

 

My favorite place to study is a tie between the Rock and the SciLi, and my favorite place to hang out is downtown Providence and the Quiet Green!

 

The best class I’ve taken at Brown is West African Writers & the Political Kingdom.

 

I like to advise about sophomore year (choosing a concentration; thinking ahead; balance)

 

A formative college experience for me was studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is take the leap, listen to yourself, and work around your strengths when you find them. 

 

Ilayda Top '20 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? Istanbul, Turkey.


I'm concentrating in Neuroscience.


I chose my concentration because of an injury my aunt experienced and I aspire to become a neurologist in the future to help treat diseases of the brain and the nervous system.


On campus, I am also a research asssistant at the Hoffman-Kim lab, a Brain Bee instructor, and a pre-med advisor. 


My favorite place to study is the Leung Gallery or New Watson, and my favorite places to hang out are cafes around campus, the Main Green and my house. 


The best class I've taken at Brown is Neural Systems.


I like to advise about course selection, finding research and labs to become a part of on campus, concentration related questions, being pre-med and any general questions outside of classes. 


A formative college experience for me was completing my UTRA research project over this summer.


My advice for first years and sophomores is to try to take classes outside of their interests to explore different departments, meet more people, and reach out to us and other upperclassmen when you need advice. 

 

 

Elliot Youth '20 (he/him/his)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? Scarborough, ME.

 

I'm concentrating in Computational Biology, on the Applied Math & Statistics track.

 

I chose my concentration because it melds biology and math (my two favorite subjects!) into theory and tools that are shaping the way we think about -- and develop treatments for -- health and disease.

 

On campus, I am also a research assistant in the Coulombe Lab, a TA, a BOLT Leader, a First-Year Family Gatherings facilitator, and a pit musical keyboardist!

 

My favorite place to study is the SciLi Mezz (although the third floor of the Rock runs a close second during finals season).

 

The best class I've taken at Brown is CSCI 1820 (Algorithmic Foundations of Computational Biology) -- the class that got me hooked on compbio! Check it out in Spring 2020 -- you might see me there :)

 

I like to advise about course paths & work/life balance -- because we all deserve to have time to spend on the things that really make us feel alive.

 

A formative college experience for me was realizing that I didn't necessarily need to go straight into more school immediately after Brown -- there will still be time in a year or two!

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is trust yourselves to take risks, whether acdemically, socially, or extracurricularly. Brown is a truly unique environment -- take advantage of our short time here and step into your growth zone!


Fellowships, Internships, and Research Experience (FIRE) Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariela Pichardo '20 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? Yonkers, New York.


I'm concentrating in Africana Studies & English.


I chose my concentration because I wanted to learn my history and learn more about storytelling and narrative-building. 


On campus, I am also an indexer at the Watson Institute.


My favorite place to study is the John Hay Library and my favorite place to hang out is around Providence!!


The best class I've taken at Brown is Monsters in Our Midst: The Plantation and the Woods in Trans-American Literature.


I like to advise about Fellowships, Internships, and Research experiences!! Specifically, how to search for or choose and plan for opportunities, build advising networks, and fund projects.


A formative college experience for me was studying abroad in Cuba. It taught me that life/future paths don't have to be linear, and can often be more enjoyable and liberating when one embraces that idea.


My advice for first years and sophomores is be open to everything. If there's anything you're remotely interested in go for it, you never know what can happen.


 

Digital Archive and Media Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Ruiz '20.5 (she/her/hers)


 

Office Hours: TBD spring 2020


Where’s home? Bay Area, CA.


I'm concentrating in Education Studies & Ethnic Studies.


I chose my concentration because many of the people I've admired most have been Ethnic Studies concentrators (great department!!!). I admired how they thought critically about power dynamics & topics of social justice, so I decided to shop a few classes and ended up falling in love with the concentration.


On campus, I am also the Communications Coordinator at the U-FLi Center.


My favorite place to study is any cafe with an iced chai, and my favorite place to hang out is Wickenden or downtown Providence. I also really love traveling & seeing new places on the East Coast!


The best classes I've taken at Brown are CS2 The Digital World, Politics and Public Education, Language and Migration, and Latina Feminisms.


I like to advise about taking time off from school, UFLi experiences, storytelling through art, & discovering new passions!


A formative college experience for me was taking a semester off two weeks after starting my fourth semester. It was a scary step to take, but gave me a new perspective on my time at Brown and who I am away from it.


My advice for first years and sophomores is leave your comfort zone & try new things - you may be surprised by what you discover you enjoy. Be open to changing the plan you've made (if you've made one) about how you want to spend your time at (or away from) Brown.