Meet the CRCers

Peggy Chang, Director & Assistant Dean of the College for Engaged Learning

Office Hours: Mondays 1-4pm (J. Walter Wilson 313) or by appt.

At the CRC Peggy works with the CRC student staffers and various deans, faculty members, departments on the center's ten academic and peer-advising programs. She also supports the undergraduate advising services offered by the Dean of the College office, and specializes in supporting student transitions from sophomore to upper class studies and co-curricular pursuits. In 2014-2015, she begins offering advising support for students exploring the new Engaged Scholars Program, an initiative of Brown's strategic plan, "Building on Distinction."

She has facilitated discussions and workshops about academic success, activism and leadership, and public interest / nonprofit careers. She is a co-author of Providence's Benefit Street (Arcadia Publishers, June 2013) and a recipient of the Association of American Colleges & Universities / Bridging Theory to Practice seminar grant.

Prior to this, for twelve years she was the Executive Director of the Venture Consortium, a group of colleges committed to offering programs for students and resources for consortium faculty and staff about experiential learning for social responsibility. She started her career in higher education as Coordinator of Brown's then named Resource Center from 1994-1996. She graduated from Brown with an A.B. in American civilization in 1993 and completed her masters degree in Public Humanities (at Brown) in 2013. 

Originally from Long Island, New York, she lives in Warwick, RI with her husband and two sons.


Wayne Woo-Hyun Byun '16, (incoming) Independent Studies Co-Coordinator
Wayne is from Seoul, South Korea. He is interested in exploring the intersection between philosophy and history and also helps out with the gap year community.
Benjamin Chesler '15, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

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Ben is a young social entrepreneur who believes in the power of dedicated people to change the world. On campus, he has been involved in a host of social ventures, including the Food Recovery Network and the Social Action House.  He’s passionate about ideas that change the world for the better.  When he’s not working on a social venture, you can probably find Ben hanging lights in a theater, or off in the woods somewhere hiking and reconnecting with nature.  He also enjoys taking leave and pretending he’s a real person.  In his spare time, Ben is a junior concentrating in Economics (and possibly Social Innovation as well).


Amelia Grant-Alfieri '15, Careers in the Common Good (CCG) Coordinator & Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

Amelia is a senior from Miami, Florida. She combined her interests in visual art, neuroscience, psychology and biology to create an IC titled “Visual Perception and Art.” Passionate about art and education, she volunteered with CityArts Providence teaching art at a local middle school. At Brown, she has been both BOLTer and BOLT leader, recently taking a group of sophomore students into New Hampshire’s White Mountains. She currently plays on the women’s club ultimate frisbee team, having also played on the club soccer team. At the CRC, she helps coordinate Careers in the Common Good – CCG NYC and Impact Providence. Come by to learn about community-based non-profit and start-up internships available to you!!

Marguerite Joutz '15, Brown Conversation Liaison

Marguerite Joutz is from Kensington, Maryland. After a lot of soul searching, she decided to concentrate in Economics. She is particularly interested in the role of philanthropy in society and wants to learn how to make effective decisions, especially within the context of higher education. Marguerite co-founded the Re-Orientation program in fall 2012 and also serves as the lead facilitator of the Brown Conversation. She is incredibly grateful for the CRC's support in both of these endeavors and can't stress enough how important community is at Brown. Marguerite is most likely to be found in Faunce and/or the Bookstore Blue State; feel free to say hi!



Ria Mirchandani '15, Independent Studies Co-Coordinator

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Ria Mirchandani is from Mumbai, India, who came to Brown absolutely clueless about the one thing she wanted to major in. She is still clueless about that one thing, because she now wants to major in everything. Alas, she finally settled on Computer Science and potentially an Independent Concentration in Politics, Philosophy and History. Ria probably holds the record for the most classes shopped (~46 a semester) and longest time spent under a beret (9 years and counting). The only thing she likes more than the idea of Independent Studies is hot chocolate and would gladly talk to you at length about both.

Ricardo Mullings '15, Leavetaking Co-Coordinator

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Ricardo Mullings is a senior from Brooklyn, New York studying Mechanical Engineering. He took a medical leave in Fall 2012 and spent that time at home recovering for a healthy return in Spring 2013. As a Co- Leaving Coordinator/Peer Advisor, he hopes to help peers who are going on/returning from leave.




Elizabeth Ruben '15, Gap Year Community Organizer

Elizabeth is a senior from Wallingford, Connecticut concentrating in English literature. She took a gap year between high school and Brown during which she spent time abroad studying in Barcelona and time at home volunteering as a squash coach and tutor for an after-school enrichment program for students in New Haven, CT. In addition to volunteering at the CRC as a Gap Year Coordinator, Elizabeth enjoys learning about, talking about, and obsessing over sharks. She is also a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Elizabeth is excited to be a part of the growing gap year student community here at Brown and she loves hearing what students did during their gap years, so feel free to send her an email and say hi!

Anna Stacy '17, Digital Media and Archives Co-Coordinator

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Anna Stacy is a sophomore from Bayville, New York, though she spent the last three years of high school in Andover, Massachusetts. Because she's interested in learning about how people work, she is considering pursuing a concentration in neuroscience, anthropology, and genomics, or a combination of the three (though she is glad she has some time before she has to make a decision!). Outside of the classroom and the lab, she enjoys theatre from both the stage and the tech booth, as well as playing music and jamming with her friends. 

Alexandra D. Urban '15, Independent Concentrations Co-Coordinator

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Alexandra is excited to be studying Educational Neuroscience, an Independent Concentration that applies how we learn biologically to improve teaching methods. She enjoys friends, travel and adventures - ask about her Brown International Scholars Program research in New Zealand this past summer!  Alexandra also spends her time as a member of a co-ed literary fraternity on campus, a participant in the new initiative on healthy early childhood development known as TRI-Lab and a photographer for the BDH. Drop by her open hours so she can help you design your very own IC!

Neel Yalamarthy '15, Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS)

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Neel is a senior hailing from the beautiful state of Michigan. He is concentrating in Political Science, but has a wide variety of interests, both inside and outside of the classroom. At Brown, Neel is the Managing Director of Brown Motion Pictures and advises as a Community Assistant for the Office of Residential Life. Neel once spent a week living in a hut deep inside Brazil's Amazon Rainforest, but most recently spent his summer working on a sports documentary based out of Brooklyn, NY. Neel will be co-coordinating the MAPS program this year, so stop by to talk about sophomore advising or anything else!

Stay tuned for the bios of our incoming 2014-2015 coordinators:

Indy Studies:  Wayne Byun '16 (with Ria)
Indy Concentrations:  Lauren Galvan '16 (with Alexandra/Amelia job sharing)
MAPS:  Chinezi Ihenatu '15 (with Neel)
FIRE:  Camisia Glasgow '15
DUGs / TiA:  Manuel Contreras '16 & Sophia Dalce '15
Leavetaking:  Lianne Blinn '15 (with Ben & Ricardo)
Brown Alliance of Leave-taking Mentors (BALM):  Zoe McWatters '16