Meet the CRCers

Peggy Chang, Director & Assistant Dean of the College for Engaged Learning

Office Hours: During the summer, by appointment; please email peggy_chang@brown.edu.

  • 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.
















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  • Matthew Dang '17, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator


    Office Hours: During the summer, by appointment; email matthew_dang@brown.edu

  • 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 isten to the Hamilton soundtrack






  • Ryan Greene '16.5, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

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  • Where’s home? Phoenix, AZ
  • I'm concentrating in Health and Human Biology
  • I chose my concentration because the HHB concentration allowed me to integrate my biology and non-biology coursework seamlessly. For instance, right now I'm working on my capstone project which involves writing a collection of poems rooted in infectious disease biology. As a part of this project, I have advisors in Biology, Literary Arts, and English. This type of flexibility feels SOOOO important to me, and the HHB concentration is incredibly supportive of this type of interdisciplinary exploration
  • On campus, I am also a workshop facilitator for Space in Prisons for Art and Creative Expression (SPACE). In this role, I facilitate weekly arts workshops at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Facility. I have also worked as a teaching assistant for Dawn King's introductory environmental study course, ENVS0110. This past fall was my third time TA-ing the course. Finally, I'm a MAPS mentor, and am paired with two sophomore students to discuss and advise about any and all things related to the sophomore experience!
  • My favorite place to study is the Joukowsky Institute and my favorite place to hang out is the List staircase
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is BIOL0530: Principles of Immunology with Prof. Bungiro
  • I like to advise about leavetaking (duh!), concentration declaration, being interested in biology but not being pre-med, interdisciplinary exploration, huge switches in academic focus, choosing not to study abroad but wanting to go abroad somehow, talking to professors who seem intimidating, extracurricular involvement, feeling academically confused, feeling socially confused, feeling overcommitted, time management, etc. etc. etc.
  • A formative college experience for me was taking a personal leave of absence, which was a HUGE part of my college experience. It allowed me to pursue interests I had never had the chance to follow. It taught me a lot about independence and self-confidence. It has changed my post-grad goals and heightened my awareness of what I want to do during my last semesters at Brown. Overall, it was a big deal for me, and I hope to help other students figure out whether they could also benefit from some time away from Brown (for ANY reason!)
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is to TAKE SOME WILD STUFF — it could help you figure out things you didn't even know you liked — trust your gut!















  • Dolma Ombadykow '17, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

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  • 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!






  • Anna Stacy '17, Digital Media and Archives Coordinator


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  • 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 Blue State Coffee (the one by CVS) and my favorite place to hang out is the CRC
  • 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 an all-night neuroscience study session, in which very little studying occurred, but where I met some of my best friends
  • 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

  • Neil Wathore '17, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

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  • Where’s home? Cary, NC
  • I'm concentrating in Nutrition and Health & Applied Mathematics
  • I chose my concentration because I think the greatest piece of wealth is health, and because, while we haven't discovered all of them, I believe mathematical relationships underlie almost everything.
  • On campus, I am also Brown Daily Herald Finance Director, Brown Market Shares Program Development Coordinator, and a Poole Mentor for the Bob and Charlie Poole Program
  • My favorite place to study is the Rock and my favorite place to hang out is Andrews Commons
  • The best class I’ve taken at Brown is PHP2018: Epidemiology of Cardio-Metabolic Health
  • I like to advise about classes, summer plans, and what one wants to get out of 4 years at Brown
  • A formative college experience for me was deciding to change career trajectory (multiple times), and investigating how and why the Open Curriculum was adopted at Brown
  • My advice for freshmen and sophomores is that less can often be more

  • Gap year advising team:  Paul Cichocki '17 - orientation welcome;Danielle Handler '17 and Camila Ruiz '17 - email correspondence; Hannah Maier-Katkin '17 and Huda Massarueh '17 - planning other events

    On board for Fall 2016: 

    Independent studies coordinators: Sierra Clark '17 & Morgan Patrick '16.5

    Matched Advising Pprogram for Sophomores coordinators: Linda Medina '18 & Emma Radmilovic '18

    DUGs & Theories in Action coordinators: Meg Mori '17 & Alexis Rodriguez-Camacho '18

    Fellowships-Internships-Research experiences Advisor: Victor Bramble '17

    40th Anniversary Coordinator: Nicole Martinez '18