Excellence at Brown Team

For questions about Excellence at Brown 2019, please contact Dr. Austin Jackson, Assistant Director of the Writing Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Nonfiction Writing:

Dr. Austin JacksonDr. Austin Jackson
Dr. Austin Jackson is Assistant Director of The Writing Center and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Creative Nonfiction Writing Program. Austin's teaching and research areas include rhetoric and composition, critical literacy, and qualitative research in English education. His original research has been published by National Council of Teachers of English Press/Routledge, The International Journal of Africana StudiesReading Research Quarterly, The Black Scholar, American Language Review, and Stanford University's Black Arts Quarterly. In 2014, Bedford/St. Martin's Press published his co-edited anthology, Students' Right to Their Own Language: A Critical Sourcebook. The book, co-edited with Staci Perryman-Clark and David Kirkland, collects perspectives from some of the field's most influential scholars to provide a foundation for understanding the historical and theoretical context informing the affirmation of all students' right to exist in their own languages. His current book project, Composing Democracy: Writing, Race, and the Politics of Hip Hop Culture, explores how incorporating radical social theory in college composition facilitated students' ability to engage, produce, and disrupt discourses of power.

Welcome from Summer 2019 [email protected] Student Leaders: 

Viva Sandoval ([email protected]

Viva SandovalViva Sandoval
Hi there! My name is Viva Sandoval and I am a rising Senior from Los Angeles, CA. I have been a facilitator for [email protected] for two years, and I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to be one of the Student Co-Assistant Directors again this year! I love this program and all that it does for incoming students! I am concentrating in History with a focus in Latin America but I also like to say I’m unofficially concentrating in TAPS because I take a lot of classes in their department! I am pretty active in extra curriculars on campus, particularly in the arts. I’ve done a couple theater productions since being at Brown, my favorite playing Nina in the department production of In The Heights. I am also in two dance groups, Impulse Dance Company and Mezcla Latin Dance Company and I am in a Brown-RISD acapella group called Harmonic motion. Other than the arts, I am a tour guide and a first year peer advisor, known as a Meiklejohn. Lastly, I do research with two professors, one in the Education department and one in the History department.  

Jane Hong ([email protected])

Jane HongJane Hong
Hello! My name is Jane Hong. I was raised in Claremont, California and currently live in Seoul, South Korea. I am a rising senior at Brown and I am concentrating in Science and Technology Studies with an individual “Art and Medicine” track. I am involved in a variety of activities on campus such as, working as a teaching assistant for a class called “Artist and Scientists as Partners” to serving my community through Christian Union.
 I am so thankful to have been a part of the [email protected] community for the past two years. I have had an amazing experience being a student participant and a facilitator.  I am so excited to be working with [email protected] as a co-director alongside Viva and Kaleb this upcoming year. If you have any questions about [email protected] or Brown, I would love to connect with you. 

Kaleb Hood ([email protected])

Kaleb HoodKaleb Hood
My name is Kaleb Hood and I am from Upstate South Carolina. I am currently concentrating in Classics but I am also very interested in Comparative Literature. Besides Greek and Latin, I also study Chinese. Outside of academics, I am an editor for the Brown Classical Journal and a member of Brown Taekwondo. I love to crochet, cook, and eat out! So if you need any recommendations for restaurants in Providence I'm the person for you. 


Emilia Ruzicka ([email protected])

Emilia RuzickaEmilia Ruzicka
Hello! My name is Emilia Ruzicka and I am a rising junior independently concentrating in Data Journalism. Growing up, my father was an active duty soldier in the US Army, so I’ve lived in more than a dozen places, but my family is now settled in Richmond, VA. On campus, I participate in a variety of clubs and organizations. As a Associate Data Director on the Brown Political Review Data Board, I get to investigate data driven news stories and create visual and written presentations of them to post on BPR’s online platform. The Brown Market Shares Program is a community supported agriculture program that helps bring local meat, dairy, bread, and produce to the College Hill community and is supported by the work of student volunteers. Brown Swing Club, a non-competitive lindy hop dance club, has been a huge part of my Brown experience. I had no dancing background when I started my first year, but I am now an instructor! I can’t wait to meet all of you on campus and make Excellence as rewarding for you as it was for me!