Peer Advocates

Peer Advocates are graduate or undergraduate students that receive over 35 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.

Ali
Ali '22

Ali (she/her) is 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. 

Alice
Alice '23
Alice (she/her/hers) is currently majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, and Business. She enjoys hanging out with friends, baking, and dancing in her free time. This semester, she is looking forward to promote a supportive campus community as well as raising awareness of sexual assault preventation through PARC.
Donna
Donna '24
Donna (she/her) is majoring in Health: Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP) and Biology on the Pre-med track. Outside of PARC, she is a member of Brandeis’s folk and folk-pop  a cappella group, Too Cheap for Instruments, and a volunteer with the Waltham Group. She enjoys reading, cuddling with her pets, and being with her friends. Donna is excited to join the PARC team and is looking forward to helping educate the Brandeis community on violence prevention.
Emily
Emily '23

Emily (she/her) 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!

Eva
Eva '22

Eva (she/her) is majoring in Psychology, WGS, and History. 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.

Gabby
Gabby '24
Gabrielle (she/they) is intending to major in Computer Science and minor in African and African American Studies. 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!
Grace
Grace '22

Grace (she/her/hers) is 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

Hallie
Hallie '23

Hallie (She/Her) is majoring in Sociology and minoring in English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS). She is also the outreach coordinator for Brandeis FMLA and is interning with the Boston non-profit We Are Better Together. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, making art, and watching movies. 

Hallie is abroad this semester but she is coming back for the Fall!

Hannah
Hannah '22

Hannah (she, her, hers) is from Massachusetts and she is currently majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. 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. 

Ilannysh
Ilannysh '23
Ilannysh (she/her) is a junior at Brandeis University majoring in Sociology and African & African American Studies. At Brandeis, Ilannysh has worked for Student Services Bureau, Sodexo, Chum’s Coffee House, Box office, and the Covid Testing Site. The past year she has been working at the Lemberg Children’s center. Ilannysh has a passion for helping people! In her free time she enjoys music and podcasts. She is excited to be apart of the PARC team.
Juan
Juan '22

Juan (he/him) is the Office Coordinator at PARC. He comes all the way from Luque, 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

Lauren
Lauren '22
Lauren (she/her/hers) 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.
ligia
Ligia '25

Ligia (she/her) is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is planning to major in Biology and Neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and exploring Boston with friends. Ligia is excited to become a member of the PARC team and work to make Brandeis a safer community.

 Se precisar de ajuda, venha ao meu horário de atendimento por favor

Monica
Monica '23
Monica Villarados (she/her/hers) is majoring in Neuroscience 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.
Priya
Priya '24
Priya (she/her/hers) is 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.
Ranya
Ranya '24
Ranya (she/her) is from Riverdale, NY and majoring in Psychology with a minor in NEJES. Outside of PARC, Ranya is on E-board for Sigma Delta Tau, part of Chabad board, and works in a Psych lab. In her free time, she enjoys having out with her friends, doing yoga, and finding new restaurants! She is really excited about being a part of the PARC team and looks forward to supporting and empowering individuals impacted by violence.
Sam
Sam '25
Sam (he/him) is from Michigan and is majoring in Psychology with a minor in English. In his free time, he enjoys nature, listening to music, and playing tennis. Sam joined PARC as a way to help create a more supported and safe student body.
Sarah
Sarah '22

Sarah (she/her) is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Social Justice and Social Policy. 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 people impacted by violence, in whatever way will benefit them most.

Shawna-Gay
Shawna-Gay '23
Shawna-Gay (she/her/hers) is currently doing an Independent Interdisciplinary Major in Communication studies and a double Minor in Psychology and The Creative Arts and Social Transformation. Her interest focuses on using both psychological research and creative expression as a vehicle for healing. Outside of PARC, she works as the office assistant at Academic Services. During her spare time, she enjoys cooking, painting, and going out with loved ones. Shawna-Gay is excited to join the PARC team and is passionate about helping her peers who have been impacted by violence. She not only wants to provide resources but also to make sure that everyone she meets feels understood, supported, and empowered.
ShiLu
ShiLu '22
ShiLu (she/her) is majoring in Neuroscience and Biology with a minor in Legal Studies. Outside of PARC, she is an EMT and crew chief 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.
Vidushi
Vidushi '24
Vidushi (she/her) is from Mumbai, India and majoring in Economics, International and Global Studies and WGS. In her free time, she likes to read and walk around exploring new places. She hopes to provide a safe space and emotional support to those who have been impacted by violence to process and heal through her work at PARC.
Zach
Zach '22

Zach (he/him/his) 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.