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Mentor Bios

SSSP Peer Mentors 2017-2018


Tamia Burkett ‘18

My name is Tamia Burkett and I am a rising senior majoring in Biology and Health: Science, Society & Policy. I was born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago but moved to the Bronx, New York at the age of nine. Being one of seven, I have a lot of experience babysitting my younger siblings that translated to my love for children. I aspire to combine my passion for health with supporting women and children of color after graduation. My experience at Brandeis has truly been transformative and I look forward to sharing what I have learned with all of the new members of the SSSP community in the future!

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Jordin Carter ’18

Hi, my name is... What, my name is..., HUH? My name is... Jordin Carter. I am from Indiana, born and raised. I have two sisters and a loving step and extended family. I am really interested in sports medicine, so I created my own major, Health and Human Performance Studies. My major will help me prepare for a career in physical therapy. I love to do art and create many things by hand and I also loooooove applesauce! I am excited to meet you all.

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Billy Chau ’19

Hi, I'm Billy Chau. I'm from the Bronx, New York, but my family is from Cambodia and is ethnically Chinese. I am a rising junior and a biology major. I aspire to be a researcher and hope to become fluent in Spanish! I want to make my family and my people from the Bronx proud! I am excited to meet the new mentees and my fellow SSSP mentors in the fall!

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Ana Chavez ’18

Hi my name is Ana Chavez. I am a senior at Brandeis University. Last semester, I went abroad in the Brandeis in the Hague program where I got to travel all over Europe and learn about international law. This summer I will intern at the Queens District Attorney Office as part of the Domestic Violence Bureau. This semester I will be a Schiff fellow doing research with my favorite Brandeis professor about the difference between manslaughter and murder in Massachusetts and will continue working at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism on campus. On my free time, I love to go out dancing bachata in the Boston area. I am excited to be an SSSP peer mentor.

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Jorge Chavez ‘20

My name is Jorge Chavez and I am from Mount Vernon, New York.  I am a rising sophomore and I intend to major in biology.  I am the Fundraising Chair of Relay for Life, a club that fundraises and raises awareness for cancer. This upcoming school year I will be joining BEMCO at Brandeis University. As a hobby, I enjoy playing basketball and tennis.  An interesting fact about me is that I have a twin brother. I am excited to meet all the new SSSP students.

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Yarisa Diaz ‘20

Hey all! My name is Yarisa Diaz, and I am from Providence, RI. I was born in Queens, New York and I am Puerto Rican (aka Boricua). I have two younger siblings, Aleyna and Janeila, who have more energy than a thousand rabbits. I work at the YMCA of Providence and I like working with kids. I love to cook Hispanic food and singing.  At Brandeis, I am a MLK fellow and a singer in the “No Singer Clef Behind” which is a cappella group. Biology and Psychology are my intended majors. I am so excited to meet with you all and be a Peer Mentor for SSSP!

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Yini Liang ‘20

Hi, my name is Yini and I am a rising sophomore on the Pre-Med track with aspiring double majors in Neuroscience and Biology. I was born in Guangzhou, China and moved to the US when I was 8 years old. I am from New Hampshire and I live with my mom and a little brother who is 9 years younger than me. I have a chubby beagle who loves peanut butter a little too much. I love to be involved and keep busy, either in community service or in the performing arts. I like to play the flute and the piano, and I have recently discovered a new love for dance. Bubble tea and Dimsum keeps me motivated, and when I find a song I like, I listen to it 50+ times on repeat until I can’t stand it anymore. I am always up for a chat, and I can’t wait to meet everyone next semester, especially my lovely mentees!

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Dahiana Loaiza ‘18

Hey! My name is Dahiana Loaiza and I am from Boston, Massachusetts. I am majoring in Psychology and HSSP with an intended minor in Hispanic Studies. When I am not busy with school, I enjoy going into the city with friends to explore new restaurants, go salsa dancing, and go to cultural events. I always find it difficult to answer the question, "What is something interesting about you" but if by interesting you mean out of the ordinary than I would say something interesting about me is that this semester while abroad I traveled to Finland and plunged into an icy lake. I've also had the opportunity to travel around Europe while studying in Denmark, so don't hesitate to ask me any questions about studying abroad!

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Ivonne Pena Alejo ‘20

My name is Ivonne Pena Alejo and I am a rising sophomore. I intend to double major in Biology and Health Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) and minor in theater. I was born and raised in the beautiful and tropical Dominican Republic. So, if you ever need help with Spanish homework, I'm your girl. Here are a few things that I love to do: write, sing, watch Anime, and explore new places. Although I am passionate about many things, my main goal is to pursue a career in medicine. I'm always up for adventure and spontaneous events. I look forward to meeting all the new SSSP members in this upcoming year!

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Churchill Perry ‘20

Hi, my name is Churchill and I am a rising sophomore. I am from Pembroke Pines, Florida and I am on track to earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Computer Science because I love programming. I am a Brandeis University student athlete and I compete in the long jump and various other events. I have been running track since I was in middle school and love everything about it. I am so excited for this opportunity to reach out and help the incoming SSSP freshman begin their journey at Brandeis University because I was a freshman not too long ago. 

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Myles Porter ‘20

My name is Myles Porter. I am originally from New Orleans, LA, but I am a Posse Scholar from Atlanta, GA. My intended major is Biochemistry. I enjoy playing tennis and going on adventures into Boston with my friends. Something interesting about myself is that besides the sciences, I enjoy the arts from singing to drawing.

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Jean Poulard ‘18

My name is Jean Poulard and I am a rising junior. I am from Brooklyn, New York. 
I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). I have interests in technology and art. After undergrad, I plan to pursue a career in the health field.

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Ivonna Roderick ‘20

My name is Yvonna Roderick and I am a rising sophomore. I am an intended Biology and Psychology major with a minor in Women's gender and sexuality studies. I am an African American woman from Harlem in New York City. At Brandeis, I am a member of the co-ed volleyball team and a volunteer recruitment and marketing and publicity coordinator for volunteer events. I currently work at the Lemberg Daycare on campus with babies, it's my favorite thing to do in campus. I love to go into Boston and go shopping, out to eat, see a movie, or attend a fun event with friends. This is my first time being a mentor and I am excited to be there for someone else's first year experience!

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Giselle Santillana ‘20

My name is Giselle Santillana, and I am a rising sophomore with an aspiring double major in Neuroscience and Biology and a minor in Hispanic studies. I was born and raised in Houston, Texas. During my freshman year, I joined the Galaxy Program, the Pre-health Society, and the Language and Cultural Enrichment program, which is part of Waltham group. In between classes, I enjoy taking naps or playing soccer with friends. I also like to go into Boston on the weekends and explore every inch of the city. During this upcoming summer, I will be interning at a medical school in Houston. Fun fact about me: I'm a big fan of amusement rides and water parks. I look forward to meeting you all!My name is Jean Poulard and I am a rising junior. I am from Brooklyn, New York. 
I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Creativity, the Arts and Social Transformation (CAST). I have interests in technology and art. After undergrad, I plan to pursue a career in the health field.