Meet the CRCers

Peggy Chang, CRC Director & Associate Dean of the College

Office Hours: Spring 2017--drop-in Mondays 1-4pm and Wednesdays 10am-12pm, or by appointment (email peggy_chang@brown.edu with some suggestions)

  • Where’s home? Warwick, RI
  • I concentrated in American civilization (now called American studies); AM 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 Assistant Dean of the College for Engaged Learning
  • My favorite place to study is Campus Center 226 (my office) and my favorite place to hang out is Swan Point Cemetery (off of Blackstone Blvd.)--OK, maybe not to "hang out" there, but to contemplate the meaning of life.
  • The best class I took at Brown was History of American Women, and the Civil Rights Movement
  • I like to advise about choosing a concentration, life after Brown, transitions, the meaning of it all
  • A formative college experience for me was taking time off — living in San Francisco then living in Providence
  • My advice for freshmen 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.

  • Julianna Bradley '17.5, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays 10am-1pm, Wednesdays 10am-12pm

  • Where’s home?  Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
  • I'm concentrating in Anthropology
  • I chose my concentration because  I wanted to examine climate change and agriculture, but from a deeply human perspective, complicating all assumptions and challenging the way I think about the world and my place in it. 
  • On campus, I am also a TA for Urban Agriculture!
  • My favorite place to study is Leung Gallery and the third floor of the rock facing Downtown Providence and my favorite place to hang out is the GCB or the Rock climbing gym!
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is  Religion Gone Wild with Mark Cladis and The Anthropology of Climate Change with Dana Graef
  • I like to advise about the discomfort of deciding to take a leave, formulating a leave that works best for each student, and how to make the transition back to campus as powerful as possible
  • A formative college experience for me was deciding to take a leave. The decision itself shaped most of my experience with Brown
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is look at college as a transient experience, continually changing. Every week something shifts, so be okay with dealing with that unknown. 
  • Victor Bramble '17, Fellowship, Internship, and Research Experiences (FIRe) Coordinator




  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 2-6pm, Fridays 2-5om; Mondays 7-9pm (FLi Center)

  • Where’s home? Newburgh, NY
  • I'm concentrating in Ethnic Studies and Modern Culture and Media
  • I chose my concentration because I'm interested in the power of media in both every life and society as a whole so I picked Modern Culture and Media. Moreover I don't think one can pursue critical study of society without being attentive to race and histories of colonial violence so I also chose Ethnic Studies. My specific focus wihtin my concentrations is on digital media and its relationship to histories of violence
  • On campus, I am also a leader of the Modern Culture and Media Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG), a member of the Modern Culture and Media Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan Committee, a Royce Fellow through the Swearer Center for Public Service, a Cogut Undergraduate Fellow through the Cogut Center for the Humanities, and a frequent napper in the Brown Center for Students of Color
  • My favorite place to study is BCSC or the stacks in the Rock and my favorite place to hang out is the BCSC or my living room
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is MCM0230: Digital Media with Prof. Chun
  • I like to advise about research, being Black at Brown, thinking about graduate school, sliding out of the sciences (R.I.P physics), comics, and the discourse
  • A formative college experience for me was changing my plans and entering soemthing completely different. Also taking on leadership roles even though I don't really enjoy being front and center
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to try not to be so hard on yourself without giving up on being self-reflexive about your behavior
  • Sierra Clark '17, Independent Studies Co-Coordinator
    Office Hours: Mondays 3-6pm, Thursdays 10am-12pm


  • Where’s home? Davis, CA
  • I'm concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience
  • I chose my concentration because I'm interested in how the human mind works. Plus neuroscience is really cool, so why not?
  • On campus, I am also ______
  • My favorite place to study is Leung Gallery and my wonderfully lit room and my favorite place to hang out is wherever I have good company and delicious food
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is a GISP on Branding and Business
  • I like to advise about creating independent courses, gap years, race and education, how to manage groups well, group and peer-to-peer conflict, happiness
  • A formative college experience for me was the multitude of micro failures
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to find what calls to you and do that

  • Matthew Dang '17, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator


    Office Hours: Mondays 10am-1pm, Tuesdays/Thursdays 11:30am-12pm

  • Where’s home? Complicated
  • I'm concentrating in Psychology & TAPS (Writing for Performance)
  • I chose my concentration because I want to know why people do what they do
  • On campus, I am also a BUMP Conflict Resolution Coach
  • My favorite place to study is the CRC or BCSC and my favorite place to hang out is my room, or walking around Providence
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is TAPS0930E: The Actor's Instrument: Clown
  • I like to advise about being Southeast Asian, the first generation college experience, mental health and academics, balancing academic and social life, family, repairing bicycles, men, Parks and Recreation, Kingdom Hearts, manga & graphic Novels. leavetaking
  • A formative college experience for me was failures and losses. Also, I learned how to cook
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to listen to the Hamilton soundtrack

  • Camille Garnsey '17 Global Independent Study Project Coordinator

    Office Hours: Wednesdays 9am-12pm; OIP hours--

  • Where’s home? Bozeman, Montana
  • I'm concentrating in ublic Health and Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • I chose my concentration because I believe health is a basic human right and that a preventative approach to healthcare that takes into account social determinants of health is the best way to ensure all people have access to that right. I completed a Latin American and Caribbean studies concentration without knowing it! I was drawn to classes that explored the history, culture and politics of the region and am now inspired and motivated to hopefully pursue a career in Latin America.
  • On campus, I am also a Latin American and Caribbean Studies Undergraduate Fellow, Women Peer Counselor and a member of Feminists @ Brown
  • My favorite place to study is the RISD library and my favorite place to hang out is the main green on a beautiful fall day
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is HIST 0234 - Modern Latin America
  • I like to advise about research, studying abroad, double concentrating, developing faculty relationships
  • A formative college experience for me was studying abroad in Havana, Cuba
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is be compassionate and kind to yourself. Give yourself time to adjust and make time to develop yourself and your friendships
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  • Yuna Hur '18 Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) Coordinator


    Office Hours: Mondays 11am-2pm, Wednesdays 11am-2pm, Fridays 9-11am

  • Where’s home?  Long Island
  • I'm concentrating in Cognitive Science and Education Studies
  • I chose my concentration because  I'm interested in experimental learning across contexts not limited to the classroom, but learning through playing sports. The intersection between the two disciplines allows me to explore a blend of perspectives, and reflect upon my own experiences 
  • On campus, I am also a peer mentor for MAPS and NSC (New Scientist Collective), DIAP undergrad rep in the education studies dept, a Brown Brain Bee teacher, and a BMC (Brown meditation community) member
  • My favorite place to study is Providence Athenaeum and my favorite place to hang out is RISD Museum.
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is EDUC1700: The Asian American Experience in Higher Education
  • I like to advise about developing an organized and balanced schedule, concentration declaration, goal-setting
  • A formative college experience for me was having experiences as a varsity athlete and now having opportunities to explore other BEARy awesome aspects of Brown
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is keep a journal and try to write something each day. You'll be able to look back in future years and reflect/laugh/cry about your experiences as an underclassman

  • Nicole Martinez ‘18 40th Anniversary Coordinator & Indy Studies Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 2-5pm

  • Where’s home? (the suburbs of) Miami, FL
  • I'm concentrating in Literary Arts and Political Science
  • I chose my concentration because I’ve always loved reading and watching movies and television shows. Like, really really love. It kinda goes beyond just binge-watching entire tv seasons in one weekend (although it definitely goes there) and I can name at least two dozen shows and movies that have had a significant impact on my life. Definitely enough to make me want to write some of my own stuff. I haven’t been able to connect my two concentrations in the way I want to just yet, but I’ve always been fascinated between the relationship that fictional media has on societal norms and vice versa
  • On campus, I am also a member of the Shakespeare on the Green theatre board, writer and social media editor for The Rib, writer and actor for Skorts sketch comedy group, writer for the Brown Noser, and frequent visitor of the sci li’s third floor
  • My favorite place to study is the Sci Li and Faunce and my favorite place to hang out is the Blue Room and my #suite
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is COLT 0510:The 1001 Nights. I took this the second semester of my freshman year and it’s easily one of the classes I most looked forward to going to! I’m also taking and advanced screenwriting class and a war in film and literature course now that are looking pretty swell
  • I like to advise about balancing extra-curriculars with academic responsibilities, comedy writing, choosing a concentration, interested in concentrations that can be deemed as ‘soft’, feeling socially lost, getting involved in the theatre community
  • A formative college experience for me was having my first Adult job ever. And joining Shakespeare on the Green, since that’s where I found all my friends
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is don’t feel pressured to stress to immediately find the perfect niche or community here. You don’t need to know your concentration right away or make lifelong friends with your freshman roommate to have a fulfilling experience here

  • Linda Medina ‘18 Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) Coordinator (away Spring '17)

  • Office Hours: (abroad Spring 2017)

  • Where’s home? Queens, New York
  • I'm concentrating in Public Policy and Ethnic Studies
  • I chose my concentration because I am interested in examining the policies regarding immigration within the United Studies. Especially, exploring how the U.S mistreats and excludes non-citizens. Furthermore, using a historical perspective of the fluidity and volatility of the term citizen . I care deeply about defending the human rights of refugees, displaced, and undocumented people. By uplifting forgotten histories/narratives and learning more regarding the nature of our legislative system, I believe we can hold policymakers accountable for upholding universal human rights to everyone regardless of status.
  • On campus, I am also a Minority Recruitment Intern at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, a member of the BRUIN club, a member of the Brown Immigrants Rights Coalition, and a Brown tour guide for community-based organizations. Previously, I was a Minority Recruitment Intern and participated in BEAM and La Alianza.
  • My favorite place to study is the John Hay library and my favorite place to hang out is Faunce
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is PLCY1701: Immigration: The Imaginaries of Race, Space, and Nation
  • I like to advise about how to navigate the open curriculum for underclassmen, the first-generation college student experience at Brown, and how to survive the sophomore slump
  • A formative college experience for me was being able to be a research assistant for my professor
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to be yourself and be accepting of changes. Also, I would encourage everyone to be willing to ask for help when you need it, as it is not a sign of weakness, but rather a sign of courage. Lastly, learn how to practice self-care as your well-being and happiness always come first!
  • Meg Mori ‘17 DUG and TiA Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12:30pm; Thursdays 2:30-5pm

  • Where’s home? Columbus, Ohio
  • I'm concentrating in Health & Human Biology
  • I chose my concentration because because I think the scientific study of life is made more complete by also examining the social environment and factors that go in to shaping a life.
  • On campus, I am also a WiSE (mega)/mentor, Camp Kesem coordinator and HHB DUG leader.
  • My favorite place to study is the Rock and my favorite place to hang out is is Coffee Exchange, Starbucks, basically anywhere with caffeine
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is UNIV0540: Introduction to Contemplative Studies
  • I like to advise about choosing/developing plans within a concentration, adjustment to college, academic research and opportunities to get involved on campus
  • A formative college experience for me was failing and learning how to use those experiences to grow; meeting people who expanded my view of the world
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to be open to new things but also take time to think about what is really important to you and what you want to dedicate time towards
  • Dolma Ombadykow '17, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Thursdays 1-4pm; Fridays 10am-12:30pm

  • Where’s home? Fairbanks, Alaska
  • I'm concentrating in Medical Humanities
  • I chose my concentration because I am really interested in the way that social frameworks of disease are established and challenged at the individual level and how language informs these experiences. This concentration has allowed me to explore these topics from an interdisciplinary standpoint!
  • On campus, I am also a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor and I serve on the College Curriculum Council and the Mental Health Community Council. I am also working on continuing education programming at the RISD Museum and I co-op at Findy!
  • My favorite place to study and hang out is Faunce — Leung and the Underground are my preferred spots
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is ANTH1311: Medicine and Language in Practice with Profs. Paja Faudree and Sherine Hamdy, or ENGL1050K: Flash Nonfiction with Prof. Beth Taylor
  • I like to advise about adjustment to college, picking a concentration, exploring opportunities for advising and mentorship
  • A formative college experience for me was developing my IC and allowing myself to think critically about what I wanted in my time at Brown. Messing up (a few times) and learning from those mistakes. Taking classes I never planned on and following paths that scared me. My friends and the communities I inhabit
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is that it's okay to change your mind. Think about the types of things you enjoy doing the most (participating in discussions, reading theory, etc) and find opportunities to keep doing that. Especially if you are having a hard time choosing a concentration, thinking outside the box about your interests can help narrow down your options!

  • Emma Radmilovic ‘18 Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) Coordinator

    Office Hours: Mondays 12-1pm, 3-4pm; Tuesdays 12-1pm; Wednesdays 11am-1pm

  • Where’s home? South Wales, UK
  • I'm concentrating in Comparative Literature and History
  • I chose my concentration because I've always had a passion for literature and languages, and this concentration allows me to explore both
  • On campus, I am also a board member for Shakespeare on the Green and a member of SPEC
  • My favorite place to study is the 3rd floor and my favorite place to hang out is the Blue Room
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is CLAS0900: Greek Mythology
  • I like to advise about Sophomore experience, the MAPS program
  • A formative college experience for me was my first theatre performance, I was so nervous but it was amazing!
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is cast your net wide when it comes to friends and experiences, make sure you try something new every semester

  • Alexis Rodriguez-Camacho ‘17 DUG and TiA Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Tuesdays 9-11am, Thursdays 9am-12pm

  • Where’s home? Watsonville, CA 
  • I'm concentrating in Urban Studies and Anthropology
  • I chose my concentration because I'm interested in the formation and development of communities and these concentrations looks at the same topic from different sides. Urban Studies offers a practical understanding of urban development and Anthropology explores culture and social structure of society. 
  • On campus, I am also President of First-Gens @ Brown
  • My favorite place to study and hang out is the BCSC
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is ETHN1750: Immigrant Social Movements 
  • I like to advise about being a first-generation college student, bridging family and home, navigating the open curriculum
  • A formative college experience for me was ate nights talking with friends eagerly talking about concepts and theoretical underpinnings it was/is academic curiosity at its finest
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to be truthful with yourself. Whether you need help or are unsure about pursuing something you're passionate about, step 1 is naming, recognizing, and understanding what it is you want to do

  • Anna Stacy '17, Digital Media and Archives Coordinator



    Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-4pm, Wednesdays 3-5pm

  • Where’s home? Providence, RI (most recently!)
  • I'm concentrating in Anthropology
  • I chose my concentration because it's the perfect blend of science and communication
  • On campus, I am also a Meiklejohn Peer Advisor, Chair of Shakespeare on the Green, a MAPS mentor, and almost always involved in a theatrical production
  • My favorite place to study is the Rock and my favorite place to hang out is Young O
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is TAPS1450: Science and Performance
  • I like to advise about how to combine academic interests, scientific research, concentration-finding, interdisciplinary classes, having jobs while being a student, diversity and inclusivity in the arts, non-traditional pre-med paths, and getting involved with the arts at Brown
  • A formative college experience for me was this year's 24-Hour Plays! It was so exciting to see the new ways in which theatre can become accessible to students on campus and to have plays come together so quickly
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to be open to your interests changing! One of the best parts of Brown is all the room you have to explore

  • Alex Vidmar '18, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-noon, Wednesdays 1pm-2pm, Fridays 10am-noon

  • Where’s home? Aurora, CO, though Providence is a home to me too
  • I'm concentrating in Western Esoteric Studies
  • I chose my concentration because I knew I wanted to explore the intersections of religion and science in order to better understand how people from different cultural backgrounds think about the nature of the universe and produce knowledge.
  • On campus, I am also Student Manager at the IT Service Center, on the Student Conduct Board, and a debate coach with the Rhode Island Urban Debate League
  • My favorite place to study is either my beautiful room in Grad Center or my secret carrel in the Rock
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is ARCH 0676 - Pirates of the Caribbean: Scalawags, Sailors, and Slaves. Though the best class I’ve ever taken on College Hill was Intro to Photography at RISD
  • I like to advise about how to take full-advantage of the Open Curriculum and truly get a liberal arts education
  • A formative college experience for me was making new friends and deciding to declare my own concentration. But then again, it really feels like every single day at Brown is formative!
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is not to limit yourself. Be sure to get engaged in doing things you actually enjoy doing rather than things you feel like you should be doing. Take classes you love to be in, join activities you love doing, and you’re guaranteed to meet people you will love. Don't end up feeling like this!
  • Neil Wathore '17, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

    Office Hours: Fridays 11am-12pm & 1-3pm

  • Where’s home? Cary, NC
  • I'm concentrating in Nutrition and Health & Applied Mathematics
  • I chose my concentration because IC: I want to make an impact in the health and wellness space (I have no idea what that impact will look like yet!) and Applied Mathematics: I was initially pursuing a career that relied heavily on mathematics.
  • My favorite place to study is Faunce Rm 033 and my favorite place to hang out is Steinert
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is AMST 1906: Food in American Society and Culture
  • I like to advise about choosing a concentration, picking classes,  and contextualizing the open curriculum
  • A formative college experience for me was investigating how/why the Open Curriculum was adopted at Brown while grappling with my own reasons for and dissatisfaction in double concentrating
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is that less can often be more

  • Gap year advising team:  TBA