Roosevelt Fellow Information

Roosevelt Fellows Drop-In Hours

Each new student is assigned a Roosevelt Fellow but students can feel free to contact any of the Roosevelt Fellows, especially if you think you may share a common interest.

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, the Roosevelt Fellows are available Monday through Friday from 11am to 3pm in the Office of Academic Services Lobby (Usdan 130). Click here to view the spring semester office hour schedule, especially if you would like to meet with a fellow who has similar academic interests. 

Apply to be a Roosevelt Fellow for 2019-2020!

Sophomores and Juniors planning to be on campus for the full academic year are eligible to apply to be a Roosevelt Fellow Peer Advisor for 2019-2020Group interviews are optional, but highly encouraged. Written applications are due on Thursday February 28. Questions? Contact Katie Dunn at 

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Peer Academic Advisors

Roosevelt Fellows are peer mentors who offer one-on-one academic advising to all Brandeis students with a focus on first-year and transfer students. We are upperclass students (juniors and seniors) who have gone through an application process in order to hold this position. It is our job to share the benefits of our Brandeis experiences, and we are eager to do so. We can talk with you about everything from choosing classes and professors to doing well on your tests to taking advantage of cool events on campus.

We are friendly and open to speaking with any student. All incoming first years are assigned a Roosevelt Fellow, but students can communicate with any Roosevelt Fellow they wish. We are easily accessible during our drop-in hours, which are held every weekday from 11 AM to 3 PM in Academic Services. Additionally, we run a number of noteworthy events on campus to reach out to students and to let you know what Brandeis has to offer.

We hope you will come see us; we are looking forward to meeting you! For information about events "like" our Facebook page.

2018-2019 Roosevelt Fellows


Majors and Minors
Jordan Brodie Philosophy, Business
Dylan Corn Women and Gender Studies, Business
Joel Hemsi
International and Global Studies, Business; Economics
Xiaoling (Maple) Jiao Film, Television and Interactive Media, Business
Zongyuan (Angela) Li Mathematics, Economics; Legal Studies
Yini Liang Neuroscience, Biology
Maddie Marx Biology; Chemistry
Rose Monahan
Education Studies; French and Francophone Studies, Politics, Social Justice Social Policy
R Matthews Computer Science, African and African-American Studies
Janice Nam Neuroscience; Psychology 
Jasmine Olins Environmental Studies; Economics, Legal Studies
Ethan Saal Psychology, Business; Economics
Alina Shirley

Biology; Health Science Society and Policy 

Regina Tham

Chemical Biology, Health Science Society and Policy; East Asian Studies

Akshiti Todi Psychology; Education Studies; Business, Economics

Roosevelt Fellow Biographies and Emails

Jordan Brodie is a senior from Baltimore, Maryland double majoring in Business and Philosophy. He is the President of B.Mindful, a mindfulness organization on campus that he founded along with Roosevelt Fellow Ethan Saal. B. Mindful’s goal is to help Brandeis students with their mindfulness journey, whether they are new to the practice or have been meditating their entire lives! Jordan is also very involved with admissions and a former member of Brandeis' Men's Tennis team. Jordan knows that starting college, especially if you are leaving home for the first time, can very daunting. He encourages first-years to embrace this experience and step outside of their comfort zone as much as possible. You never know what you'll fall in love with until you try it! You can talk to Jordan about anything, but he’d love to hear from you especially if you want to discuss choosing classes, mindfulness, or music (He produces hip-hop music in his free time and absolutely loves it!).

Dylan Corn is a senior from downtown New York City. She is double majoring in Business and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and may be adding a minor, we’ll see. Dylan is returning to Brandeis from a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia. As a Midyear, she has also studied abroad in London. Although she is not a theater major, Dylan has been involved in several productions with the UTC and theater department. She is a member of TAMID Group and volunteers with Admissions. Dylan also enjoys spending time at the Hiatt Career Center where she is the Marketing & Communications Intern.  Her advice to the incoming first-years is to take advantage of all Brandeis has to offer. Start by taking an interesting class outside the current direction of your major. You might surprise yourself. You can talk to Dylan about academics, Instagram, study abroad, brunch, or the Hiatt Career Center!

Joel Hemsi is a senior international student double majoring in Business; International and Global Studies with a minor in Economics. She was born and raised in Izmir, Turkey, a very sunny city with a mild winter; it also has a famous windsurfing site where she loves to windsurf and chill. Joel has found an incredibly welcoming community for her at Brandeis and feels lucky to call Brandeis home. She is the New England Chief Regional Officer for TAMID Group, an organization dedicated to educate undergraduate students about business and economics through the lens of the Israeli economy. The biggest advice she has for the incoming first-year class is to step outside your comfort zone as often as possible because it will immediately carry you 10 steps forward! You can talk to Joel about the sunniest study spots on campus, when to buy an overseas plane ticket, places to visit in Tel Aviv and navigating the international student experience in the US. 

Xiaoling (Maple) Jiao is a senior international student from Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. Her hometown is known for its beautiful grassland.  She is double majoring in Business, Film, Television and Interactive Media and intending to minor in East Asian Studies. She has also tried different classes in other fields including Computer Science, American Studies, English and IGS. She is a Gateway scholar and a Student Support Services Program Business Tutor for the academic year 2018-19. She would like to pursue a career in marketing communication in the future. She likes to shoot short films and work out, especially running. She finished her first half-marathon race last year in Lowell, MA.  Maple hopes all the freshmen could be brave to step out of their comfort zone and try to explore the resources on campus as much as possible. You can talk to Maple about how to start working out in the gym, how to make good use of available resources in minority majors, your favorite movies, or delicious Boston restaurants. 

Zongyuan (Angela) Li is a senior from Beijing, China, double majoring in Economics and Mathematics, and minoring in Legal Studies. On campus, she is an Undergraduate Department Representative for Economics. She joined GCC (Global China Connection) when she was a sophomore, and she organized the Brandeis alumni reunion in Beijing last summer. She studied abroad in Copenhagen in Summer 2016, and served as a study abroad ambassador last year. She likes playing the piano, baking, and hanging out with friends. One little tip from her to first-year students is don’t hesitate to try what you are interested in. As a Roosevelt Fellow, she tries to be a great supporter and listener, and hopes to provide practical suggestions to new students. She’s excited to meet with the class of 2022! You can talk to Angela about Econ/Math/Legal Studies major/courses, study abroad, or life at Brandeis!

Yini Liang is a junior from Londonderry, NH, majoring in Biology and Neuroscience. She was born in China, moved to the US in second grade, and has since developed a love for traveling the world in pursuit of delicious food. She is a first-generation college student and is a part of the Student Support Services Program (SSSP). She is also a pre-health student and was a mid-year her first year. She loves to get involved and is an advocate for YourStory International and a volunteer at Boston Children’s. During her free time, she enjoys sleeping, binge-watching TV shows, and hanging out with friends at culture club events. Her advice for the class of 2022 is to jump in with both feet and embrace college as an exciting new challenge. However, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, there are lots of resources and people available to help you succeed! You can talk to Yini about anything from finding a home away from home and being a first-generation college student to how to not get lost on public transport (me) and where to get the best bubble tea in Boston.

Maddie Marx is a senior from Winchester, Massachusetts majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry and is a pre-health student. She has been a TA and tutor for the Cells and Organisms biology course (Bio 15) for two semesters and loves talking about and helping her peers understand biology concepts. Maddie shows her passion for athletics by playing frisbee with the Brandeis Women’s Ultimate team. She also enjoys working with kids and helps coordinate the Junior Brandeis Achievers (JBA) Waltham Group, a volunteer after school program at a local elementary school. In her free time, Maddie can be found hiking, skiing, or hanging out with friends drinking milkshakes. Her piece of advice: join as many on-campus clubs/groups as you can, and if you can’t decide just choose randomly! Any club at Brandeis will be an exciting and worthwhile experience. You can talk to Maddie about cool classes to take or places to eat!

R Matthews is a senior studying Computer Science and African & Afro-American Studies as a double major. He was born in Brooklyn, NY but now calls Atlanta, GA home. In his free time, R enjoys listening to music, learning about new technology, and spending time with friends. On campus, R is a Posse Scholar, External Coordinator for Stop Motion Dance Crew, 2018 Brandeis Bridges cohort member, and an Admissions Ambassador. His favorite position on campus is serving as a Computer Science TA for the introductory courses: COSI 11A and COSI 12B. As a compassionate and determined person, R is devoted to providing students with extra support when beginning their computer science journey at Brandeis.  A piece of advice he loves to give is “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.” It’s a phrase that has stuck with him throughout his college semesters because when you’re uncomfortable, that’s when some of your strongest growth and learning happens. You can talk to R about Computer Science, African / Afro-American Studies, your music taste, or just because! 

Rose Monahan is a senior from Essex, Vermont majoring in Education Studies and minoring in Politics, French, and Social Justice/Social Policy (SJSP). This is her second year as a Roosevelt Fellow. She spent the summer volunteering in Ecuador, where she was able to combine her passion for social justice with her love of education. As a member of the track and cross country teams, you can often find Rose in the athletic center or running through Waltham and nearby towns. When not studying or running, Rose works as a teaching assistant at Lemberg, Brandeis’ childcare center and volunteers through Waltham Group as a tutor and “big sister”. She encourages first-year students to take advantage of the myriad of on-campus resources, and to be open to discovering new passions. You can talk to Rose about balancing multiple areas of study, finding the right major, and climbing trees!

Janice Nam is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology and a pre-health student. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but moved to Ellicott City, Maryland when she was seven. She is interested in child development/transition to adolescence, and intends to enter medical school focusing on the field of pediatric and adolescent psychiatry. Aside from academics, she is co-senior advisor for the Brandeis Korean Students Association (BKSA) and the new secretary for Brandeis Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE). She was also involved in the Brandeis Foundation for International and Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) as publicity chair for two years. When she has some time to spare, she loves playing the violin, reading the news, watching old shows, and dancing to KPOP. Her advice for the first years is, never be afraid to ask for help because you are here to learn and you need your resources. Feel free to email Janice or talk to her in person if you have any questions! You can talk to Janice about how to navigate the pre-med life, campus involvement, KPOP, or how to try taking professional photos of nature with an iPhone!

Jasmine Olins is a senior from Freeport, Maine. She is pursuing a major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Economics. On campus, she can be found working at the Lemberg Children’s Center. Long hours playing with kids at the day care are the perfect stress relief for her! This fall, she will be a TA for CHSC 3B, Solving Environmental Challenges. She can also be found kicking the soccer ball around on the club soccer team, and playing a myriad of intramural sports, from soccer to volleyball to water battleship. Jasmine loves the outdoors and has spent the last semester studying (and hiking) all across New Zealand. She also enjoys running, sailing, and biking. When in doubt, look for her outside or at the gym! Eager to meet the class of 2022, she advises incoming first years to completely embrace the Brandeis experience and not to hesitate to try new things. You can talk to Jasmine about the wonders of her home state, Maine, warm baked goods--especially cookies, studying abroad, or how to keep sane during a busy semester at Brandeis.

Ethan Saal is a rising senior from the suburb of Scarsdale, New York. He is a double major in Psychology and Business with a minor in Economics. He is also a member of the men’s tennis team; on the squash team; and co-founder of B.Mindful, a new organization whose aim is to introduce or help continue students’ journey with mindfulness. One of his main priorities is to encourage well-being and self-care. His two cents of advice: let your curiosity roam free; don’t get caught up in comparison or judgments. You can talk to Ethan about your roommate’s smelly shoes, nutritious superfoods, or class selections! 

Alina Shirley is a senior from Somers, Connecticut, majoring in Biology and minoring in Health Science Society and Policy and Psychology and a pre-health student. When she’s not in class she likes to take a break from my scientific studies and exercise multiple forms of self-expression! She is a member of Brandeis' musical improv comedy troupe False Advertising, and also part of Brandeis Standup Club, Slam Poetry open mics, and student music performances. She also loves hiking and experiencing the beautiful sites New England has to offer! Her advice as you're starting your first year at Brandeis: don't feel like you have to rush into everything at once. If you allow yourself to take your time, you'll meet a lot more people, try out new things you wouldn't have thought of, and have a lot of fun! Four years is enough time to get all your classes done, I promise, so explore this new open world! You can talk to Alina about navigating intro science courses, comedy on campus, other performance opportunities, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle on campus (even when eating in the dining halls!) 

Regina Tham is a junior from Quincy, MA (home of the first Dunkin’ Donuts!). She is majoring in Chemical Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy with a minor in East Asian Studies. Regina is also a pre-health student and eventually wants to work as a physician in the Asian-American community. Next semester, Regina is going to be involved with the Pre-Health Society, BAASA, and SEAC—feel free to say hi at events! Off campus, Regina is also involved in the Chinatown community in Boston, which holds a special place in her heart. She loves reading novels and listening to music. Her biggest advice for the Class of 2022 is to not be afraid to try new things, whether classes or joining a new club! You can talk to Regina about being a science major/pre-med at Brandeis, social justice issues, New England sports teams, or your favorite musician!

Akshiti Todi is a senior from Mumbai, India, double majoring in Psychology and Education Studies, and double minoring in Business and Economics. She has just returned from studying abroad in Edinburgh, where she developed a new interest in learning how to integrate diverse global communities to generate social change. When she is not interacting with first years, you can find Ash exploring, eating (a lot), hiking, dancing, playing badminton, or in a curled up in a cozy café with a good book. She is also one of the co- presidents of the Adagio Dance Company, undergraduate departmental representative (UDR) for the Psychology department, and volunteer with the Waltham group. One piece of advice that she would give to first years is to reach out of their comfort zone, and try new things that they are passionate about, even if they seem out of reach. Brandeis has so much to offer, and it's important to make the best use of the multitude of opportunities from the very beginning! You can talk to Ash about anything Brandeis related, food, traveling, music, or just about your day in general.