Meet The Peer Mentors

Ishan Adhikari
Ishan Adhikari
Office Hours: Mon 7-8 pm

Ishan is an MBA student at Brandeis International Business School. He is from Nepal. Apart from studies, he loves to play cricket and soccer. He is a vegetarian and his favorite food is momo.

Workshop: Creating Active and Engaging Mentorship - October 1, 5:00 pm Zoom link will be provided RSVP

I have had many people in my life who were willing to help me. We did zoom call or met in person. After not more than two rounds of meetings, I never had anything to keep such meetings going. I lost the connection with them after not being in touch for long time. As I reflect back on my journey, I realize the areas where I did mistakes. I want to share my experiences and learning's and hear from the fellow students
Rabia does a yoga pose outside
Rabia Anjun
By Appointment
Office Hours: Tues 5-7 pm

Rabia is a fifth year Neuroscience PhD candidate from Lahore, Pakistan. In her research, she is interested in plasticity and memory in the brain, but in her spare time she loves to play with her cat, cook, write and travel. She is excited to meet new people in the incoming class, and provide support to my peers at Brandeis

Workshop: Reflecting on Identity Through the Lens of Systemic Racism, Shapiro Campus Center, Third Floor, Conference Room 313. Join us for a contemplative workshop on how systems of oppression influence perceptions of ourselves and others.

Jennifer Crowder
Jennifer Crowder
Office Hours: Wed. 5-6 pm

Jennifer Crowder is a second-year graduate student in the joint master’s program in Anthropology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). Jennifer’s work centers on aesthetics, queer sexualities, kink, alternative ethnography, and the nature of desire in research. In her free time, Jennifer may be found whispering sweet nothings to her plants, embroidering, and watching science fiction films with their partner Alex, or wandering the many cemeteries that Massachusetts has to offer.

Workshop: Assembling Your Mentorship Team: A Strengths - Based Approach. Tuesday, October 19th 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Location TBD

Workshop Summary: Finding a support system in graduate school isn't a one size fits all endeavor. Part 1 of a 2-part series, this interactive presentation tackles the often-neglected internal side of mentorship. Through this presentation you will discover your specific needs as a graduate student and develop a working list of potential mentor candidates. Led by Jennifer Crowder (Anthropology and WGS Joint MA, GSAS) and co-led by Zachary Curtis (Physics Ph.D., GSAS). RSVP

Jennifer is hosting office hours virtually on Mondays from 11am -12pm and in person on Fridays from 12pm to 1pm in the Brown Social Sciences building, room 209 (second floor) Please email Jennifer for the zoom link for the virtual office hour. 

Zachary Curtis

Zachary is a second-year physics PhD student in GSAS currently researching the relationship between the archaeal S-layer and cell morphology. After graduate school, he hopes to go into industry research. When he's not in the lab, he can be found reading, solving puzzles, performing on trumpet or exploring Boston.

Workshop: Assembling Your Mentorship Team: A Strengths - Based Approach. Tuesday, October 19th 11:00 am to 12:00 pm. Location TBD

Workshop Summary: Finding a support system in graduate school isn't a one size fits all endeavor. Part 1 of a 2-part series, this interactive presentation tackles the often-neglected internal side of mentorship. Through this presentation you will discover your specific needs as a graduate student and develop a working list of potential mentor candidates. Led by Jennifer Crowder (Anthropology and WGS Joint MA, GSAS) and co-led by Zachary Curtis (Physics Ph.D., GSAS). RSVP

Ashley Gilliam
Ashley Gilliam
Office Hours: Fri 11:00 am-Noon

Ashley is a second-year PhD student in the Psychology Department at Brandeis. She researches how culture can influence cognition, particularly examining within-culture variation. Her favorite food is Southern biscuits and gravy and she likes to rock climb and draw in her free time.

Workshop: Coping with Stress in Grad School.  October 12 at 4 p.m. at the Graduate Student Center, Kutz Hall, room 128

In this workshop we will explore 3 areas around stress and grad school: Why mental health is important, examples of coping strategies, grounding techniques, etc. and building an emotional toolkit and a crisis plan 

I've been diagnosed with anxiety for five years, and I've had to learn a lot about coping with stresses in my life and prioritizing my own mental health. I'm a first gen college student and because of imposter syndrome I overworked myself throughout most of college. I was ignoring my own needs in favor of academics and work. Only a couple years ago I experienced a mix of personal health problems and family health problems that forced me to slow down and reduce my work load. Since then I've realized just how important it is to identify what coping strategies work for you and make sure you are making time for yourself. Otherwise, you'll eventually run yourself ragged. 

Jack Huguley
Jack Huguley

Jack is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the Politics Department, where he studies International Relations. His academic research interests include grand strategy, U.S. foreign & military policy, nuclear nonproliferation and deterrence. My dissertation explores international export control coordination to deny WMD technology spread. In my downtime, I enjoy birdwatching, reading fiction and watching Alabama football (Roll Tide!).

Workshop: The Art and Science of Giving and Receiving Feedback, September 24 10:00 am Graduate Student Center, Kutz

"Graduate school expects you to give and receive feedback in a variety of forms and contexts; but as part of the “hidden curriculum,” no one will teach you how to manage feedback well. This workshop will briefly explore the science behind why feedback is so overwhelming and present the state of the art to help you develop the skills and tools needed to give and receive feedback effectively throughout school and your careers beyond."

Rachel Jin
Rachel Jin

Rachel is a fifth year PhD student in Psychology. Her research is about human motor control and spatial orientation. In her spare time, she likes exploring the area, hunting for delicious food and fun places to go!

Workshop: Reflecting on Identity Through the Lens of Systemic Racism, Shapiro Campus Center, Third Floor, Conference Room 313. Join us for a contemplative workshop on how systems of oppression influence perceptions of ourselves and others.

Yousuf Khan

Yousuf is a a fun-loving person and a foodie. He loves traveling and playing sports. Occasionally, he likes to binge watch TV shows. He enjoys meeting new people and getting to know about various cultures.

Nikhil Teja Nama
Nikhil Teja Nama
By Appointment
Office Hours: Fri 4-5 pm

Nikhil is pursuing an MSBA/MBA Dual Degree program at Brandeis International Business School. He is from India. Food keeps him motivated in life. He loves to play badminton and football.

Workshop: What planning system works for you? Location TBD

In this workshop we will gove over the following topics:

-Why is planning your week is important in grad school?

-How to add self-care into your daily schedule?

-How to leverage accountability partners?

-Available planning software and tools

Twama Nambili
Twama Nambili
Office Hours: Fri 10 -11 am

Twama is a second-year MBA candidate, concentrating in Strategy & Innovation and Data Analytics, at the International Business School where she also serves on various student clubs and campus committees. She holds an MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics from the University of London and a BBA in International Business from St. Norbert College. Professionally, she is an entrepreneur, former FinTech company Founder and she has worked mainly in the Financial Services Industry. She loves solving problems as well as helping people discover and reach their full potential. She also loves drawing, writing short stories, drinking tea, traveling, and meeting new people. She looks forward to meeting and working with you!

Workshop: Why You Need a Mentor and the Various Mentorship Resources at Brandeis. November, 29 Location TBD

In this workshop, you will learn about the benefits of getting a mentor and the different mentorship programs/resources available across Brandeis University. I chose this topic because I genuinely believe getting a mentor is very important for personal, academic, and career growth. I know first-hand the benefits of having a mentor. I personally have 4 mentors and they are very instrumental in many of my decision-making on life, academic and career.

Anastasia Owen

Anastasia is a second year student in Heller’s dual Master of Public Policy and Social Impact MBA program, where she is concentrating in women, gender, and sexuality studies. She has deep interests in human rights and policies as they pertain to LGBTQIA+ communities and other marginalized populations navigating both state-based and interpersonal violence, the wellbeing and pathfinding of these communities, as well as the role of multimedia art as a tool for social justice. When Anastasia is not studying and taking care of general life priorities, she adores playing sports – mainly volleyball and soccer – and reveling in film, filmmaking and literature.

Workshop: Navigating Burnout: Being Aware of it, Handling it, and Being Gentle with Yourself throughout the Journey

Location: TBD

It's no secret that 'burnout' is a familiar phenomenon to many in graduate school. But in environments that still perpetuate 'productivity culture' and ultimatums in constant pursuit of elusive definitions of "success", how do we best handle it? This workshop seeks to offer a collaborative space for people to come together and discuss different experiences with burnout as a human being, ways to cope with and address it, and understand possible support systems amidst school or work exhaustion, news weariness, and any other life stressors that might be going on. RSVP

Dakota Roundtree-Swain
Dakota Roundtree-Swain

Dakota is a fourth year PhD student at Heller studying Social Policy, specifically Native American child welfare. They are also a national foster care consultant and advocate, a political activist and organizer, and an avid weird rabbit-hole Youtube video-watcher. Queer, genderqueer, and a first-generation student, Dakota understands what it's like to feel alone on a crowded campus—but they've got your back. Come down and chat about anything and everything – or something more graduate school-focused like time management, institutional navigation, or developing a strong mentorship network when feeling alienated on a university campus – or in general. Looking forward to working and vibing with you!

Eugenio Sanchez Arguello
Eugenio Sanchez Arguello

Eugenio is a second-year graduate student at the Heller School of Social Policy. He grew up in Honduras and has worked in the development field for some years in Latin American and Africa. He is new to Massachusetts and has been exploring all that the city has to offer! His favorite activities so far have been biking around Boston, kayaking on the Charles River, and meeting wonderful people in the Brandeis community.

Becka Simon
Becka Simon

Becka is a Social Impact MBA/MPP student and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer with a background in education and social impact metrics and evaluation. She is interested in workforce development, educational system reform, and gender equity. If Becka is not reading, eating or cooking, she can be found kayaking, running, rock climbing or learning new sports.