Meet the CRCers '21-22

 

 


 

 

 

 


Lyz Alexandre, Curriculum & Co-Curriculum Program Coordinator (@CRC and the College)


Where’s home?  I live in Cranston currently but I was born and raised in Providence. 

 

Where are you based this fall?  The CRC office, which moved to 167 Angell Street, Ground Floor (Hemisphere Building).


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 breathing technique called alternate nostril breathing.

 

Peggy Chang '93, '13 AM, CRC Director


 

Advising Hours: CRC Drop-in Hours Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 pm (in-person), my dean's advising hours (Mondays 10 am - 1 pm ET), 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.

 

Where are you based this fall?  The CRC moved to 167 Angell Street, Ground Floor (Hemisphere Building). I am working remotely on Fridays.


I concentrated in American civilization (now called American studies); I received my A.M. in Public Humanities at Brown, too.


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 a café, 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, 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


Remote Advising Hours: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 pm ET, Wednesdays 10:00-11:00 am ET (CRC Zoom Link), or by appointment

 

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

 

Where are you based this summer? Working remotely


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.


Independent Concentrations (ICs) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Aaron Castillo '23


Advising Hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00pm (by appointmentin person); Wednesdays 10:00am-11:00am (by appointmentin person)


Where’s home?  Harlingen, Texas

 

Where are you based this fall?  Providence!


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!

 

Diego Rodriguez '22


Advising Hours: Tuesdays 4:00-5:00pm (CRC Zoom Link); Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm, 2:00-3:00pm (in person); Thursdays 1:00-2:00pm (in person), 4:00-5:00pm (CRC Zoom Link)


Where’s home?  In between people and places right now

 

Where are you based this fall?  On campus


I'm concentrating in  Neuroscience and Philosophy, Politics & Art


I chose my concentration because the writing was on the wall. Just had to figure out the IC format. 


On campus, I am also  part of the College Cirriculum Council, a research assistant at the Fleischmann lab, and coordinator of the Brown/RISD Discover Project.  


My favorite place to study is departmental libraries or corporate-like meeting rooms, and my favorite place to hang out is places I've never been to or Tea in Sahara. 

 

The best classes I've taken at Brown are Collaborative Humanities (HMAN) Seminars, Organic Chemistry or Apparel Design at RISD.

 

I like to advise about  curricular design, travel abroad and fashion.

 

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


My advice for first years and sophomores is  to put requirements aside for just a second and trust your gut with professors. 

 

My go-to healthy sress-relieving practice is swimming or dancing with friends. 

 

Gemma Brand-Wolf '22.5


Advising Hours: Mondays 12:00-1:00pm (in person); Tuesdays 12:00-1:00pm (in person); Fridays 12:00-1:00pm (in person); To schedule an apointment, email [email protected]

 

Where’s home?  Los Angeles, CA

 

Where are you based this fall?  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 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!

 


Independent Studies (IS) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sabrina Bajwa '21.5 


 

Advising Hours: Mondays 2:00-4:00pm (in person); Tuesdays 9:00-10:00am (CRC Zoom Link), 10:00-11:00am (in person); Wednesdays 2:00-4:00pm (in person); 1:00-2:00pm (in person)


Where’s home?  Houston, TX.

 

Where are you based this fall?  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 SHAPE (Sexual Health Advocacy through Peer Education).

 

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. 

 

 Kristoffer Balintona '24


Advising Hours: Mondays 11:00am-1:00pm (in person); Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm (in person), 4:00-5:00pm (CRC Zoom Link); Fridays 11:00am-2:00pm (in person)


Where’s home?  Chicago, IL

 

Where are you based this fall?  On campus!


I'm concentrating in  not sure yet. Philosophy and English are at the top of my list. Only time will tell where I end up. 

 

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 and writer for Brown University Interviews as well as a writer for the Buoy Newsletter.

 

My favorite place to study is the John Hay Library because of the comfy chairs, and my favorite place to hang out is the reclined chairs on the Main Green, or really any other open space on campus with sunlight and chairs.


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Vacant


 

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Currently Vacant


 

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Leavetaking Co-Coordinators

 

 


 

 

 

 

Cristian Loor


 

 

Advising Hours: Mondays 1:00-4:00pm (in person), 4:00-6:00pm (CRC Zoom Link); Fridays 3:00-4:00pm (in person), 4:00-6:00pm (CRC Zoom Link)

 

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

 

Where are you based this fall?  Off-campus in Providence


I'm concentrating in: Psychology


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


On campus, I am also  a CS Health and Wellness Advocate and a Writing Fellow. 


My favorite place to study is usually in my dorm room, but since this is my first year studying off-campus, that may change.


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 for helping 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 the first two years are very important. You'll never get them back if you lose them. 

 

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

 


Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) Co-Coordinators

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexa Ara '22


Advising Hours: Mondays 10:00am-1:00pm (in person); Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am (by appointment); Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am (by appointment), 11:00am-1:00pm (in person)


Where's home?  Long Beach, California

 

Where are you based this fall  On campus!


I'm concentrating in  Education Studies and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies


I chose my concentration because  I fell in love with the POBS department’s community and learning Portuguese and I chose Education Studies because I found meaning in working towards change and equity with students in the public education system.

 

On campus, I am also  an Engaged Scholars Peer Advisor, a Meiklejohn peer advisor, a Community Based Learning and Research Fellow, a Women’s Peer Counselor, a DUG Leader for the POBS department, a Swearer Advisory Committee Member, and an Athletic Events Worker.

 

My favorite place to study is  The CRC, and my favorite place to hang out is  outside (RIP when it's raining and/or too cold).


The best class I’ve taken at Brown are  Contemporary Indigenous Education in North America, Politics and Public Education, Humans, Nature and the Environment, Mapping Cross-Cultural Identities, and Theory and Practice in Engaged Scholarship.


I like to advise about  courses, concentrating anxiety, work-life balance, self-reflective triumphs and change, and ways in which to get off College Hill!


A formative college experience for me was  spending an entire year at home during my junior year (love a three hour time difference lol). I rediscovered and renewed my passions outside of school, rebuilt connections with my family and friends from home, and learned to exist outside of the notorious “Brown Bubble.”

 

My advice for first years and sophomores is  don’t overload yourself with things/jobs you don’t truly enjoy. Explore options so you find those activities and opportunities that make you feel at home and where you can be authentically you.


My healthy go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is  cooking! When I have the time, it is such a calming experience with a lovely end goal: eating!


 

Kelly Fan '23


Advising Hours: Mondays 9:00am-10:00am (CRC Zoom Link), 4:00-6:00pm (CRC Zoom Link); Tuesdays 12:00-2:00pm (in person)


Where’s home?  Ann Arbor, MI

 

Where are you based this fall?  On campus

 

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. 


 

 

 


 

 

 


Fellowships, Internships, and Research Experience (FIRE) Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ijeoma Meremikwu '22 


Advising Hours: 

Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm (by appointment); Fridays 4:00-6:00pm (by appointment)


Where’s home?  Los Angeles, CA and Imo State, Nigeria

 

Where are you based this fall?  On campus


I concentrate in  Computational Biology


I chose my concentration because  I really am interested in genomic sciences, and computational biology challenges me to think outside the box when trying to capture how our biological systems regulate within organisms.


On campus, I am also  a Reslife Community Assistant, a Researcher, and a Dancer for OJA.


My favorite place to study is MOSAIC+ room in CITand my favorite place to hang out is BCSC or with my friends anywhere.


The best classes I’ve taken at Brown are  African American Health Activism, Computational Molecular Biology, and Developmental Biology.


I like to advise about  the Computational Biology concentration and research opportunities during and post undergrad.


A formative college experience for me was  my research experience on-campus summer after my first year.


My advice for first years and sophomores is  to really take your time to shop your classes and do not rush it. It is fine to plan things out but definitely be welcome to change in plans. The best trait is to be dynamic enough to adjust yourself as your interests evolve!

 

 My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is  dancing and learning languages.


Digital Archives and Communications Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Toneatto '22


Advising Hours: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00am (in person), 5:00-6:00pm (CRC Zoom Link); Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm (in person), 4:00-4:30pm (CRC Zoom Link); Thursdays 10:30am-12:00pm (in person) 

 

Where’s home?  Westchester, NY

 

Where are you based this fall?  Off-campus in Providence

 

I’m concentrating in  English and the History of Art & Architecture (HIAA)


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  am a student ambassador for the Buoy Newsletter, a Transfer & Resumed Undergraduate Education (TRUE) Peer Advisor, HIAA DUG Leader, Meiklejohn Mentor, and am a editor for the Critical Review.


My favorite place to study is  the Hay Library, 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.

 

My go-to healthy stress-relieving practice is reading a cheesy Young Adult novel!