Meet the CRCers '20-21

 

CRC Director & Associate Dean of the College


 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Chang '93, AM'13 


 

Remote Advising Hours: Mondays 2 - 5 pm EDT (look for my name) , 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 


 

Remote Advising Hours:  On break over summer


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! 

 


 

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Independent Studies (IS) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleni Gkini '21 


 

Remote Advising Hours: On break over summer


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 


Remote Advising Hours: On break over summer


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacant for 2020-21 Academic Year


 

 

 


 

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

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit '21 


Office Hours:  TBD


Where’s home? Northwest Ohio


I’m concentrating in Anthropology, French and Francophone Studies, 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 concentrations evolved from the interest and enjoyment that I found studying Spanish and French.


 On campus, I am also 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 classes I’ve taken at Brown are a tie between COLT 1431F Reading Modernist Poetry with Felix Green and ANTH 0110 Anthropology and Global Social Problems with Sarah Besky; the latter is the reason why I am concentrating in anthropology. Unfortunately, both instructors are no longer at Brown.


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. Then, not having learned from my mistakes, I took five classes again in a subsequent semester, and my results were similarly disastrous.


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 


Remote Advising Hours:  On break over summer / on leave fall '20


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 


 

Remote Advising Hours: On break over summer


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.

 

 

Sabrina Bajwa '21 


 

Office Hours: Fridays 12-3pm, Mondays 12-3pm, Wednesday 9-11am


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 part 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 (I need to find a new place because I'm off meal plan now) 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 taking time off and leave-taking, developing (G)ISPs, navigating Brown's (many) resoures, creating support systems on campus, and making the open curriculum (and Brown!) fit your needs.

 

A formative college experience for me was deciding to take leave during the Spring 2020 semester and learning how to advocate and care for myself while prioritizing building a support system both on campus and at home.

 

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. Everybody's on their own timeline.

 

 

Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPs) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella Cavicchi '21 


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Where's home? Mansfield, MA.


I'm concentrating in Literacy and the Performing Arts.


I chose my concentration because an IC to me felt like the best way to get at the heart of what I love to study: the use of theatre as a tool for teaching, learning, and meaning-making. I think drama is a way in which we come to understand ourselves and the world, and I wanted to use my time at Brown to explore as much of theatre as and in education as I could! 

 

On campus, I am also a member of the Brown Theatre Collective and the Production Workshop student theatre board. Additionally, I work as a Writing Fellow, serve as a Meiklejohn, and volunteer with Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring.

 

My favorite place to study is the Providence Athenaeum, and my favorite place to hang out is the box office in TF Green Hall.


The best class I’ve taken at Brown is EDUC1010: The Craft of Teaching and PHIL0600: Introduction to the Philosophy of Physics. Both changed my life.


I like to advise about shaping the Open Curriculum to your interests, finding balance in your academic and social lives, and untangling whatever it means to be a "Brown student." 


A formative college experience for me was studying abroad in London, where I realized that my interests can, should, and do extend beyond College Hill and that my relationship to Brown is only what I want it to be.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is to remember that there is no one right way to "do" college. Listen to the people you trust, but also extend yourself the kindness of listening to yourself. And know that more often than not, time is on your side!

 

 

Hannah Lee '21 


 

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Where’s home? Irvine, California.

 

I'm concentrating in Public Health.


I chose my concentration because I love the holistic approach of patient groups, especially child populations. Under the wide umbrella of public health, I am interested in patient-centered interventions and physician-patient communication.

 

On campus, I am also Secretary of Class Coordinating Board 2021, teaching assistant at Artists and Scientists as Partners, and research assistant at Bradley Institute.

 

My favorite place to study is the Fleet Library at RISD, and my favorite place to hang out is Coffee Exchange.

 

The best class I’ve taken at Brown is Artists and Scientists as Partners.

 

I like to advise about pre-med requirements, internships, research, resume building and networking.

 

A formative college experience for me was having my first informative interview with a Brown alum and receiving so much support and encouragement! It was definitely nerve-racking but connecting with new people became so much easier!

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is Breathe! You're never too late to make new relationships, try new things, join new groups, and learn new things! Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to control everything about your college journey, you might find the greatest treasures in the unexpected!

 

 

 


 

 

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Fellowships, Internships, and Research Experience (FIRE) Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacant for the 2020-21 Academic Year


 

 

 


 

Digital Archive and Media Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Ruiz '20.5


 

Remote Advising Hours: n/a

 

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 the field encourages folks to think critically about power dynamics & topics of social justice. After shopping a few classes in the department, I ended up falling in love with the concentration.


On campus, I am also an amateur photographer!


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, U-FLi experiences, & storytelling through art!


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). Go for opportunities that interest you even if you don't feel qualified!