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 Graduate Student Center, Kutz

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

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.

To set up a time to meet with Jennifer click here.

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.

Ashley Gilliam

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.