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Mentor Bios

SSSP Peer Mentors 2015-2016


Megan Boateng ’17

My name is Megan Boateng and I am rising junior majoring in Neuroscience. Originally from Worcester, MA, I have been raised in the Ghanaian community and it has truly helped to mold who I have become today. Since coming to Brandeis, I have had the opportunity to become part of several clubs and activities including Voices of Soul A Capella group, MLK Scholar Advisory Board, and Waltham Group's Tutoring in Public Schools (T.I.P.S). I am very interested in public health disparities and educating communities about the importance of mental health. I aspire to go to medical school after graduating from Brandeis in the hopes that my career will positively impact the field of healthcare.

Ana Chavez ’18

My name is Ana Chavez and I am a rising sophomore. I am planning on majoring in Sociology with a minor in legal studies. I am from Washington Heights in New York City. At Brandeis, I am the events coordinator for Pre-Law Society and the secretary of salsa club. I am a student researcher at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and I work for the dean’s office at Brandeis. I will also be doing a part time internship at the Massachusetts Association for Women Lawyers this fall. This is the first time that I will be a mentor and I am excited for this new experience!

LaQuasia Cherry ‘18

My name is LaQuasia Cherry. I am a double major in African and African American Studies and Education Policy and contemplating adding a theater minor. I'm from the Creative Capital in the country's tiniest state of Rhode Island! (aka Providence). When I'm not in class, I'm usually in rehearsal for dance or in the theater. I enjoy expressing myself through several outlets including art, music, style and poetry. Fun Fact about myself is that my favorite colors are Pink and Gold Sparkles!

Angel Cruz ‘17

My name is Angel Cruz, I am a Junior Biology Major who comes from New York City. I am also a part of the Student Leadership Board, which helps put together events for SSSP. During my free time I like to play my guitar. Fun Fact, I use to play in a mariachi band.

Michelle Dennis ‘18

My name is Michelle Dennis and I am a rising sophomore with an aspiring double major in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP). I, along with my three brothers, were born and raised in the beautiful and warm city of Atlanta, Georgia. At a very young age, my parents enrolled me into ballet classes and dance has been a large part of my life ever since. I have trained and studied under a number of companies including the Atlanta Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Alvin Ailey.  But in addition to my love for dance, I developed a love for science, service, and people in general, which is why I want to pursue a career in medicine. I love getting involved, challenges, spontaneity, and life. I look forward to meeting all of the new SSSP members in the upcoming year!

Ledia Erkou ‘17

 My name is Ledia Erkou and I am an Economics and Hispanic Studies major, graduating in 2017. I am originally from Nashville, TN and my family is from Ethiopia. I am a coordinator for General Tutoring of Waltham Group at Brandeis and I also volunteer with LEAP. I am a first generation college student and love the opportunity to impact younger students' lives.

Ashley Ertilien ‘17

Hi! My name is Ashley Ertilien. My family is from the small island of Haiti, but I was born and raised here in Boston. I live in a house with two amazing parents and five loud but otherwise lovely siblings. I enjoy reading and writing fiction, hanging out with friends, and experimenting in the kitchen. Right now I am interning at Harvard Law School—it is amazing! I enjoy conversation in Haitian Creole, which is hard to find here at Brandeis, but there are a few fellow Haitians around.  I am an incredible organizer—if I do say so myself and enjoy binge watching TV shows on Netflix. I am interested in majoring in Education Studies & African and Afro-American Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. After undergrad I plan to purse Law School and a few more things.

Boaz Kisivuli ‘17

I am an MKTYP scholar and I am majoring in African and African American studies (AAAS). I was born in Nairobi, Kenya and when I was about fourteen years old my family moved to Lowell, MA USA where we've lived ever since. I enjoy playing piano, learning the guitar, and occasional singing. I also love playing sports, mainly soccer and basketball. During my time at Brandeis I have worked for Dinning Services for about 3 years until obtaining a position at Media and Technology Services. Apart from classes and working, I am a member of the Brandeis African Student Organization (BASO). For BASO I participate in our annual Night for Africa event as a dancer for the South African dance troupe, Gumboot. Also under BASO I have participated in Culture X, once as a Gumboot dancer and once with the Ethiopian dance team. With the years I have left at Brandeis, I hope to explore more interests as far as courses and extracurricular activities go.  

Patrick Lo ‘17

Hi my name is Patrick Lo and I'm excited to be one of this year’s SSSP Peer Mentors. My majors are biology and computer science with a minor in chemistry. I am from Waltham, MA and I volunteer under the Waltham Group. My hobbies are playing the piano and playing online games during my free time.

Dahiana Loaiza ‘18

Hello! My name is Dahiana Loaiza and I am an rising sophomore from Boston, MA. I am majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) and Psychology, while also minoring in Hispanic Studies. In addition to being part of SSSP, I am a MLK Scholar. On campus I am involved with clubs including AHORA, SALSEROS, Waltham Group, and Global Brigades. As a daughter of Colombian parents raised in a Hispanic culture, I try to get involved in many activities that revolve around my culture and others as well. On my free time I like to hang out with friends and go to social events. I also enjoy volunteering in Waltham whether it is at Soup Kitchens or tutoring. Congratulations on being accepted into Brandeis, and we are excited to welcome the Class of 2019!

Wilkins Lugo ‘17

 Hi. My name is Wilkins Lugo and I am going to be a Junior at Brandeis University for the academic year of 2015-2016. I am a 20 year old from Lawrence, Massachusetts. I am a Biochemistry major and Chemistry minor with an interest in Environmental Science. I received the Sorensen Fellowship for the summer of 2015 to intern at the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) Inc. I was lucky enough to be a recipient of the MLK scholarship and am the treasurer of the MLK and Friends club. I enjoy solving puzzles (Rubik’s cubes are my favorite type), anime, watching Game of Thrones, and cheesy puns and hope I am not (a Kraft) single in that last interest

Angela Mendez ‘18

Hi! My name is Angela Mendez and I am a rising sophomore at Brandeis. I am the first in my immediate family to graduate high school and attend college. I am hoping to double major in computer science and biology while being on the traditional pre-med track. I am also from Brooklyn, NY. While being a student at Brandeis, I had the honor of being a member of the American Sign Language Club (ASL), Brandeis encourages Women in Science and Engineering Club (BeWiSE), and Swing Dancing Club (which I am now proud to say I am the co-treasurer of!). A fun fact about me is that I swam 3/4th of a lake once. Lastly, I just want to say that I am excited to meet the incoming freshmen!

Matthew Michaud ‘18

My name is Matt Michaud and I’ve lived in Oxford, CT all my life. In high school, I swam and played soccer on the respective varsity teams. The former passion exposed me toward lifeguarding which I’ve spent the past two summers doing to earn some extra money. I’ve been involved with Boy Scouts since the first grade, ultimately earning the rank of Eagle Scout my senior year of high school. I will be a sophomore this coming year at Brandeis as I pursue my triple major in Sociology, Economics and History with a minor in East Asian Studies. History is my main passion and I hope to one day become a professor myself. But outside the classroom, I have taken up Ultimate Frisbee and participate on the SSSP Student Leadership Board. For fun, I never leave the dining hall without a giant cup of ice cream. I study Japanese language at Brandeis. My sister and I are the first in my family to go to college.

Sabrina Pond ‘18

My name is Sabrina Pond and I’m from North Haven, CT, a town very close to New Haven, known because of Yale University. As of now my intended majors are English and Environmental Studies, though those things are prone to change. Some of my passions include the horror genre—I am a serious fan of all things zombie related—as well as puzzle making, hiking, and reading. My ideal kind of Saturday night is spent bent over a 1,000-pieced puzzle with crime stories playing in the background, so that I am simultaneously concentrated and freaked out at the same time. Welcome to Brandeis and I can’t wait to meet you soon! 

Ashani Peterkin ‘16

Hi All! My name is Ashani Peterkin. I was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in 2008 I moved to Falmouth MA with my family. I am a rising senior as well as MKTYP Scholar. My majors are Health Science Society & Policy as well as Women and Gender Studies. I've been living in Copenhagen Denmark for the last academic year where I currently intern at The Center for Epidemiology & Screening. I hope to one day have a career in Human Rights in Advocacy or from a Public Health perspective where I hope to change Healthcare from a privilege to a right granted to all. My favorite things to do in my spare time are having meaningful discussions with my friends, watching T.V., or simply relaxing with a glass of wine. I can’t wait to be back at Brandeis to share my abroad experiences and how my years at Brandeis shaped my journey.  

Cesar Pineda ‘16

Yo! My name is Cesar Pineda and I'm currently entering my final year at Brandeis. I'm enrolled as a studio arts major. I mainly work with oil paintings and also practice a little bit of photography. I was born and raised in Boston, so I'm a huge Boston sports fan! This past semester I was studying abroad in Japan, and I completely fell in love with the country. So you'll most likely see me studying Japanese in one way or another. My main goal after graduating is to live in Japan for a long time. If I'm not studying Japanese, chances are I'm trying to catch up on all the comic books I couldn't read while I was abroad. I look forward to meeting all of you!