Peer Advocates

Peer Advocates are graduate or undergraduate students that receive over 40 hours of advocacy training to support members of the Brandeis community who have been impacted by violence. They can share a variety of grounding techniques, information about reporting options, support you in planning for your safety, and more. They can help whether you personally have experienced violence or if you are worried about a friend. They are also great listeners if you just want to talk. 

You can talk to a Peer Advocate without an appointment Monday-Friday, 12pm-5pm ET any day classes are in session by coming into the office, using our online Chatbox, or texting during those hours. If you'd prefer, you can also schedule a meeting with a peer advocate. Please refer to the Peer Advocate schedule for an overall view of office hours schedule if you hope to meet with a particular Peer Advocate.

Emily
Emily '23

Emily (she/her) is a peer advocate at PARC.  She is intending on majoring in Anthropology and IMES in addition to minoring in Arabic.  Outside of PARC, Emily is active in the Intersectional Feminist Coalition and the Democrats group on campus.  In her free time, she enjoys reading literature, listening to classic rock, and messing around with various instruments.  As an advocate, Emily is hoping to support survivors as much as she can, and is grateful for the privilege of being able to do this important work on campus!

Emily is currently studying abroad in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, but will be back at PARC when she returns!

Sarah
Sarah '22

Sarah (she/her) is a Peer Advocate at PARC. She is majoring in Computer Science. Outside of PARC, Sarah is involved in Brandeis' co-ed volleyball club. She also enjoys reading and listening to music, and going on bike rides! Sarah is grateful to have the opportunity to act as a resource for the Brandeis community and she strives to empower and support survivors, in whatever way will benefit them most.

Eva
Eva '22

Eva (she/her) is a peer advocate. She is majoring in psychology. Outside of PARC she enjoys volunteering. In her free time she likes to hang out with friends, bake, and draw. She is excited to join the PARC team and support persons who have experienced sexual violence in and out of PARC.

Juan
Juan '22

Juan (he/him) is a Peer Advocate, a Violence Prevention Educator, and the Office Coordinator at PARC. He's coming all the way from Asuncion, Paraguay majoring in IGS and Psychology. Juan also enjoys watching shows when he has some free time or hanging out with friends. He is pleased to continue to be a part of the PARC community this semester and looks forward to spreading awareness of sexual assault prevention. 


Si necesitas ayuda, ven a mi horario de oficina por favor.
Se hai bisogno di aiuto, vieni nel mio ufficio per favore.
Reikotevro pytyvõ, eju che rendápe roñemonguetá hag̃ua.

Hannah
Hannah '22

Hannah (she, her, hers) is a Violence Prevention Educator and Peer Advocate at PARC. She is from Massachusetts. She is currently majoring in Psychology. Outside of PARC, she works as a Phonathon caller. As both a Peer Advocate and Violence Prevention Educator, she is looking forward to helping the Brandeis community learn about violence and bystander intervention and make campus a safer place. 

Lauren
Lauren '22
Lauren (she/her/hers) is a Violence Prevention Educator and Peer Advocate with PARC. She is from southern New Jersey, and double majoring in Neuroscience and Biology with a minor in WGS. Outside of PARC, Lauren is on the E-board of the Intersectional Feminist Coalition. This semester she is excited to work towards the de-stigmatization of conversations on sexual and domestic violence while working to prevent its occurrence.
Ali
Ali '22

Ali (she/her) is a Peer Advocate, a Violence Prevention Educator, and the Community Engagement Coordinator with PARC. She is majoring in Sociology and WGS, and minoring in Legal Studies and SJSP. Outside of PARC, Ali is an Undergraduate Representative (UDR) for the Sociology Department and does legislative work with the Every Voice Coalition. In her free time, she enjoys biking and spending time with friends. Ali looks forward to supporting and empowering those impacted by violence as a Peer Advocate at PARC. 

Grace
Grace '22

Grace (she/her/hers) is a peer advocate and the Media & Communications Coordinator at PARC. She was born and raised in Nashua, New Hampshire. She is majoring in International and Global Studies (IGS), Health, Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP), and minoring in Hispanic Studies. Besides working with PARC, she is the Publicity Chair for Brandeis' Korean Student Association. She is also a member of Brandeis' Kaos Kids Hip Hop Dance Crew. As a peer advocate, she hopes to provide support to those who have experienced dating or domestic violence and spread awareness on campus and beyond.
 
도움이 필요하면 근무 시간으로 오십시오.

Gabby
Gabby '24
Gabrielle (she/they) is a peer advocate at PARC.  She is intending to major in Computer Science and minor in French. Outside of PARC, Gabby participates in the rowing team on campus. In her free time, she enjoys thrifting shopping, listening to R&B, and taking part in social justice initiatives. As an advocate, Gabby is hoping to offer support to her peers, and she is so excited to be able to do meaningful work on campus!
Priya
Priya '24
Priya (she/her/hers) is a peer advocate for PARC. She’s currently planning on double majoring in Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy and minoring in Social Justice and Social Policy. Outside of Brandeis, she enjoys volunteering with The Waltham Group and local non-profits. Priya is excited to work at PARC to help foster a safe and supportive community to empower others and help them in their healing process.
ShiLu
ShiLu '22
ShiLu (she/her) is a Peer Advocate with PARC. She is majoring in Neuroscience and Biology with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of PARC, she is an undergraduate researcher in a neurobiology lab, EMT for Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo), and a fall Orientation Leader. In her free time, she enjoys running, hanging out with friends, or learning how to cook new recipes. As a Peer Advocate, she is honored to support and empower those impacted by sexual violence and harassment.
Monica
Monica '23
Monica Villarados (she/her/hers) is a Peer Advocate at PARC. She is majoring in Biology and Psychology. She is from Ecuador, but lives in Queens, New York. She speaks, reads and writes fluent Spanish. Besides PARC, she is a peer mentor on campus and is the event coordinator for Pre-Health Society. She is excited to be a Peer Advocate and hopes to provide support to people who have experienced violence.
 
¡Por favor ven a mi horario de oficina! Me encantaría ayudarte y apoyarte de cualquier forma posible.
Zach
Zach '22

Zach (he/him/his) is a peer advocate and violence prevention educator at PARC. He is majoring in Politics and HSSP and plans to go to grad school for speech pathology. As a member of the PARC team, Zach is looking forward to supporting community members who have experienced sexual violence in any way possible. Outside of PARC, Zach is an undergraduate fellow at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy and the events coordinator for Brandeis Pro-Choice. In his free time, Zach enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, doing yoga, trying out new restaurants, and spending time with friends.