Meet the CRCers '20-21

 

CRC Director & Associate Dean of the College


 

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Chang '93, '13 AM


 

Remote Advising Hours: Visit the CRC website for drop-in hours link on Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm ET, 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

 

Where are you based this spring?  Working virtually


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. 

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

CRC Assistant Director


Nirva LaFortune '19 AM


 

Remote Advising Hours: 


Where’s home? 

 

Where are you based this spring?  


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Independent Concentrations (ICs) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Bacchus '21 


 

Remote Advising Hours: Visit the IC site for my hours.


Where’s home? Mason, OH.

 

Where are you based this spring?  


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 am the President of the Black Pre Law Association. I'm also the President and Co-Founder of Rogue Fashion, a new fashion magazine and professional organization on campus. Additionally, you can find me in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society, and on the Brown Ballroom Dance Team.

 

My favorite place to study is Sydney 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! 

 

Florín Nájera-Uresti '21 


Remote Advising Hours: Visit the IC site for my hours.


Where’s home? The Rio Grande Valley on the tip of Texas!

 

Where are you based this spring? I'm off campus in Providence.


I'm concentrating in Migration, Borders, and Identity Studies


I chose my concentration because I was able to create my own concentration exploring my academic and personal interest in issues of migration.


On campus, I am also in the Salsa club!


My favorite place to study is the John Hay library and my favorite place to hang out is the Friedman basement.


I like to advise about all things ICs!


A formative college experience for me was studying abroad in Tunisia. 


My advice for first years and sophomores is reach out and introduce yourself to your professors early!


My go-to healthy sress-relieving practice is going to RISD beach :)


 

 

Gemma Brand-Wolf '22.5


Remote Advising Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm, Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm, Fridays 2-3pm

 

Where’s home?  Los Angeles, CA.

 

Where are you based this spring?  Off-campus in Providence. 


I'm concentrating in  Studies of Death & Life.


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 , and my favorite place to hang out 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 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!

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is 

 


Independent Studies (IS) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleni Gkini '21 


 

Remote Advising Hours: Visit the IS site for my hours.


Where’s home? Thessaloniki, Greece.


Where are you based this spring? I live in my off-campus apartment in Providence.


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. Also, I am passionate about harnessing what I've learned in neuroscience to inform health policy.

 

On campus, I am also a research assistant at the Aging and Cognition Lab, a teaching assistant for NEUR 0010, a MAPS mentor, and a member of the Brown Alzheimer's Activists.

 

My favorite place to study is the only place I study now is my room, but pre-pandemic I loved writing my papers at Dave's Coffee, and my favorite places to hang out are India Point park, walking in downtown Providence, the beach, and the East Bay bike path.

 

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

 

I like to advise about how to turn your passions into student-initiated courses, and the experience of being an international student at Brown.

 

A formative college experience for me was realizing the importance of reaching out for help.
 

My advice for first years and sophomores is trust your path and your timing, and stop comparing yourself to others!

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is cooking and baking with friends:)

 

Parker Zane '21 


Remote Advising Hours: Visit the IS site for my hours.


Where’s home? Rising Sun, Maryland

 

Where are you based this spring? 


I'm concentrating in Assyriology and archaeology.

 

I chose my concentrations because I think being able to explore the ancient world from a wide variety of perspectives is extremely rewarding. I also love learning new scripts (especially cuneiform)!


On campus, I am also the executive editor for the Brown Undergraduate Journal of Middle East Studies, an executive editor for The Critical Review, and a member of the Haffenreffer Museum Student Group.


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. I can also help with navigating humanities research at Brown!


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!

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is listening to music and staring at clouds.

 


Global Independent (GLISP) Studies Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacant for 2020-21 Academic Year


 

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poom Andrew Pipatjarasgit '21 


Spring 2021 Office Hours:  Monday 11am-12pm, Tuesday 10am-12pm (by appointment only using these appointment slots), Thursday 10am-12pm
To request an appointment outside of these times, email [email protected] or [email protected]


Where’s home? Northwest Ohio

 

Where are you based this spring? Providence, Rhode Island.


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. 

 

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is going out for a walk.


 

Lauren Toneatto '21.5


Remote Advising Hours:  On leave 2020-21


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.


 


Linda Zhang '21


Remote Advising Hours: Tuesday 3:30-5:30pm; Friday 1:30-4:30pm

 

Where’s home?  Chengdu, China

 

Where are you based this spring? Off-campus in Providence, RI


I'm concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience (Sc.B.)


I chose my concentration because I am fascinated by human cognitive processes and the underlying neural mechanisms. I am especially interested in how children and adolescents learn to make decisions and how early life experiences impact their cognitive development.


On campus, I am also a research assistant of the Shenhav Lab (currently working on a senior thesis!), co-president of Brown Alzheimer's Activists, a Cog(Neuro) DUG leader, and a dedicated MAPS mentor!


My favorite place to study is , and my favorite place to hang out is the 4th floor of the Rock facing the city (you can see some of the most beautiful sunsets while cramming for exams!), and my favorite place to hang out is Andrews (pre-covid times), especially during curry night.


The best classes I've taken at Brown are VISA0100 taught by Isabel Mattia, who is a wonderful and encouraging teacher; CLPS1490: fMRI with Prof. David Badre, it's a challenging but rewarding course where you get to design your own fMRI experiment and carry it out!


I like to advise about Navigating Brown's academic resources (especially as an international student), course selection, finding research opportunities both at and outside of Brown, and acclimating to life at Brown.


A formative college experience for me was learning to actively seek out opportunities and to just put myself out there.


My advice for first years and sophomores is Don't worry about not having a path yet and explore as much as of the Open Curriculum as possible, even if you are never going to concentrate in that department!

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is Drawing.

 


Leavetaking Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Bajwa '21.5 


 

Office Hours: M, T, W: 9-10:30AM; TH: 1-2PM; F: 12-2PM


Where’s home? Houston, TX.

 

Where are you based this spring? Providence, RI.


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.

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is Drinking a hot cup of tea.


 

 

 

Cristian Loor


 

 

Remote Advising Hours: TBD

 

Where’s home? 


I'm concentrating in: Psychology


I chose my concentration because 


On campus, I am also 


My favorite place to study is __ chai, and my favorite place to hang out is 


The best classes I've taken at Brown are


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A formative college experience for me was 


My advice for first years and sophomores is 

 


Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella Cavicchi '21 


Remote Advising Hours: Wednesdays 12-2 pm

 

Where's home? Mansfield, MA.

 

Where are you based this spring? Living at home in Mansfield!


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!

 

My healthy go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is going for long walks and listening to podcasts that make me laugh!

 

 

Hannah Lee '21 


 

Remote Advising Hours: Visit the CRC homepage for my hours.


Where’s home? Irvine, California.

 

Where are you based this spring? 

 

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!

 

 

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


 

 

io Jessica Owusu-Afari '21


 

Remote Advising Hours: Visit the CRC homepage for my hours.

 

Where’s home? Accra, Ghana.

 

Where are you based this spring? Providence, RI.


I'm concentrating in Economics and International & Public Affairs.

 

I chose my concentration because they provide helpful frameworks for thinking about questions such as what is happening in the world right now? Why? What are the future implications of this event? I find that fascinating.

 

On campus, I am also a soror of Delta Sigma Theta, as well as a member of the dance groups Mezcla and the Poler Bears. I've explored a lot of other on campus groups though, and I'm glad to help others do the same!

 

My favorite place to study is the Scili! (hot take, I know and I miss it so much), and my favorite place to hang out is the BCSC. I also really love Prospect Park.

 

The best classes I've taken at Brown are History of Capitalism and Labor Economics. Both were so useful for shaping my relationship to the economics concentration and how I think about learning. I would also recommend Immunology with Dr B- he's so passionate that you can't help but care about the class!

 

I like to advise about choosing a concentration, balancing classes and extracurriculars and finding internships.

 

A formative college experience for me was working with Petey Greene through the Swearer Center! It was a great way to connect with the wider Providence community and informed how I think about teaching and access to education.

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is explore! Don't be shy to try different student groups and definitely don't be shy about showing up to office hours and connecting with professors.

 

My healthy go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is Yoga, breathing exercises and journaling.

 


Fellowships, Internships, and Research Experience (FIRE) Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacant for the 2020-21 Academic Year


 

 

 


Digital Archive and Media Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Emily Moini '23


Remote Advising Hours: 

 

Where’s home? Lawrenceville, NJ

 

Where are you based this spring?  I'm living on-campus in Providence.


I'm concentrating in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE).


On campus, I am also on the Women's Cross Country & Track teams. In addition, I am a member of 180 Consulting, and am currently involved with Effective Altruism through the organization's Intro Fellowship.  I am also an editor for the Brown Journal of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.


My favorite place to study is the Rock, and my favorite place to hang out is the Main Green on a glorious day.

 

I like to advise about Independent Concentrations, navigating the internship search, taking advantage of the Open Curriculum (shopping period, ABC/SNC grading, etc.), developing a healthy school/work/life balance, and imposter syndrome. 


A formative college experience for me was walking onto the Cross Country/Track team as a freshman.


My advice for first years and sophomores is never underestimate the value of a conversation. There are so many valuable mentors and leaders available at Brown and beyond -- many of which are willing to share their insights and advice. You never know which conversation will end up guiding you in a new and valuable direction along your academic/life path.

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is running. A good night's rest also fixes most problems.