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Mentor Bios

SSSP Peer Mentors 2018-2019


Sandra Casarez '21

My name is Sandra Casarez and I was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area. I am a sophomore with the intention of majoring in HSSP and Biology with a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies. With this I hope to go to medical school and eventually become an obstetrician. Around campus I am involved with the SSSP Student Leadership Board, the Brandeis Latinx Student Organization, and a volunteer at Waltham Family School. In my free time, I like to attend different events on campus and explore Boston with my friends.


Billy Chau ’19

My name is Billy Chau and I am a Senior. I am a Biology major and a candidate for the Biotechnology MS degree. I aspire to make a difference in the life sciences and to work with people to solve biological problems. I am from the Bronx, New York and I enjoy fishing by the Hudson River. In addition to being a third year peer mentor, I am a member of the SSSP Student Leadership Board and the boxing club at Brandeis. I am very excited to meet the new mentees of the class of 2022.


Jorge Chavez ‘20

My name is Jorge Chavez and I am from Mount Vernon, New York. I am a biology major and I aspire to become a doctor one day. I have a twin brother, an older sister, and a dog named Toby. In my free time I enjoy playing and watching basketball. I also like playing tennis and just in general staying active. I am excited to meet all the new SSSP students!


Yarisa Diaz ‘20

Hey y'all! My name is Yarisa Diaz, and I am a junior from Providence, RI, born in Queens, New York. I am a Psychology Major with a Minor in Education Studies. I am a singer in the a Capella group “No Singer Clef Behind”, and a member of the MLK Fellowship Advisory Leadership Board. I am a Research Assistant in the Child and Adolescent Research in Development Lab, and would like to work one day with adolescents in Psychology. I love to cook Hispanic food, sing, and explore Boston. I am so excited to meet with you all and be a Peer Mentor for SSSP!


Luis Flores ‘19

My name is Luis Flores and I am a senior from New York City. I am a Hispanic Studies major. I am double minoring in East Asian Studies and Latino and Latin American studies. I like to play and watch futbol (soccer) and volleyball.

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Alana Gulliver ‘21

My name is Alana Gulliver, I was born and raised in NYC. I am on the premedical track studying Biology and International and Global Studies. I am a first generation college student from Guyanese and Jamaican decent. I enjoy spending my time doing fun activities and listening to music. My passions include trying new things and eating.

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Alana Hodson ‘19

Hello, everyone! My name is Alana, and I'm a senior studying neuroscience. I came to Brandeis from a small town in New Hampshire, but I love living so close to Boston--weekend food adventures are always exciting:) Last semester, I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan, and it was honestly the one of the best experiences of my life! If any of you are interested in possibly studying abroad, feel free to ask me any questions. I also love doing research, and I am currently working on my senior honors thesis, studying aging and cognition. Have a great rest of your summer, and I can't wait to meet you all in the fall! 


George Li ‘21

Hi, I am George Li and I reside in Brooklyn, NYC. I am a sophomore and plan on studying biology and computer science. During my freshmen year, I joined Brandeis’s Hip Hop dance crew called Kaos. I enjoy dancing to relieve stress and have fun. I am also a terrible writer, but I am working on that. 


Jennifer Manzano ‘21

Hello SSSP fam! My name is Jennifer Manzano and I am a Posse scholar from Atlanta, Ga. I look to majoring in HSSP and Psychology and, in the long run, hope to provide and make healthcare more accessible. On campus I dedicate my time to the things I am most passionate about, this includes Brandeis Latinx (BLSO) and a housing clinic in Waltham. I also love participating in a ton of other activities and clubs at Brandeis that I have no experience in and are outside my comfort zone. I look forward to meeting you all and spreading the SSSP family love!


Kofi Owusu-Koranteng ‘21

My name is Kofi Owusu-Koranteng, and I am a sophomore. I live in Silver Spring, Maryland, but I have origins from Ghana. I am currently undecided with regards to my major, and I hope to heavily influence the entire Brandeis Community, perhaps the whole world in a matter of time. I have interests in Basketball, photography, magazines. I'm looking forward to guiding incoming freshmen, and help them find their pathways through their time here.


Churchill Perry ‘20

Hi, my name is Churchill and I am a junior. 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. 


Thalia Plata ‘21

Bio coming soon!


Yvonna Roderick ‘20

My name is Yvonna Roderick and I am a junior. I am currently double majoring in Psychology and HSSP (BA) with a minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies. I am a black woman from Harlem, NY. At Brandeis, I am a Student Health Advisory Committee coordinator and I work with the Administrative Director of the Health center. I am also a volunteer coordinator for Waltham Group's Hunger and Homelessness team. Other things that I like to do are go into Boston and attend a fun event with friends or go shopping. I find it important to take a break from campus and explore the city. I loved being a mentor last year and I can't wait to continue to help students in their 1st year!


Jesselin Romero ‘20

Hi everyone! My name is Jesselin Romero and I am from Chelsea, MA. I am also Hispanic and speak both English and Spanish.  I am a junior and majoring in Psychology, and hope to work with youth in the future. I participated as a mentor in Waltham Group’s Afternoon Enrichment program last year, and actively seek out more volunteer opportunities. I currently work as a bio lab assistant in the Haber lab on campus, and am considering taking on a Biology major. I worked with the Brandeis Campus Activities Board (CAB) to plan events this past spring. I actively attend meetings to the Brandeis Caribbean Club, Active Minds, and  Pre-Health Society. I definitely want to join more clubs this upcoming year, so feel free to join me! I joined SSSP this year, and can’t wait to to meet you all.  

Muibat Yussuff ‘19

Photo & Bio coming soon!

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Irma Zamarripa ‘21

Hi, my name is Irma and I am from Dallas, Texas. I am passionate about education, social justice, and law. I intend to double major in Sociology and Education Studies and minor in Legal Studies and Social Justice/Social Policy. I am a member of the SSSP Student Leadership Board and the Brandeis Latinx Student Organization on campus. I also work as a Peer Counselor for Student Financial and Academic Services. I am excited to meet you all.