Student Spotlights

Academic Peer Advisors provide students with information about the curriculum and course registration and also serve as a source for academic resource referrals. During New Student Orientation, Peer Advisors will be available in the residence halls, and at different sites throughout campus, to help new students prepare for individual meetings with faculty advisors. Peer Advisors maintain a regular presence in the residence halls during the academic year and can be contacted at peeradvisors@wesleyan.edu to schedule individual advising appointments.
  • Haley Brumberger 2020
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    My name is Haley Brumberger 2020, and I am a prospective English and possibly Mathematics double major. I am from a suburb outside of Philadelphia, PA, and I am a huge Flyers fan (to be honest, I am just a huge hockey fan in general). I took a gap year before coming to Wesleyan, and it was a life-changing experience (please feel free to ask me about my year off; it is something I love to talk about). When I arrived at Wesleyan after my gap year, I was pretty committed to pursuing Physics as a major. However, Wesleyan’s flexible curriculum allowed me to explore all the different areas of study that I am interested in – Studio Art, English, Environmental Science, and Math, to name a few – leading me to realize that I am more excited and passionate about other subjects. Outside of the classroom, and in addition to being an Academic Peer Advisor, I am a Writing Mentor, a member of Wesleyan’s Club Equestrian Team, a member of the Wesleyan Ski and Snowboard team, and a captain of the Wesleyan Club Ice Hockey team. I am also a Brother of the co-ed fraternity on Campus, Psi Upsilon. I would love to answer any questions, address any concerns, or provide some advice on, or insight into, any problems you may have, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me at hbrumberger@wesleyan.edu. I look forward to meeting you in the fall! Welcome to Wes! 
  • Steven Chen 2018

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    My name is Steven Chen 2018, and I’m from San Diego, CA. I’m double majoring in History and Government, and completing a certificate in Environmental Studies. I'm interested in the history of food and farming, and I'm passionate about food justice and sustainability. On campus, I work as a student assistant in the Wesleyan Archaeology and Anthropology Collections, and as a research assistant for the Government department. I’m also a member of the Men’s Tennis Team, so if you have any questions about balancing athletics with academics, feel free to direct them my way! When I’m not in bed watching Netflix, you can catch me cooking for my friends or exploring the wilderness of the Northeast (there’s not a lot of green in California). I encourage you to reach out to any of the peer advisors with any questions you may have about academics, or if you just want to chat! Feel free to email me at slchen@wesleyan.edu.

  • Sara Eismont 2018
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    My name is Sara Eismont 2018, and I’m a senior from Pittsburgh, PA. I spent my first year at Smith College before transferring to Wesleyan, and I’m so glad that I did! I am a Sociology major and Data Analysis minor, and I love that I am able to take a diverse range of classes across my two areas of study. In addition to working as an Academic Peer Advisor, I also am the Site Director of Let’s Get Ready, a free SAT and college preparation program for local Middletown high school students, and am currently training for my second half marathon in the fall! I think that Wesleyan can be a really special place to spend four (or three!) years if you surround yourself with good friends, exciting classes, and personal projects about which you are truly passionate. Please feel free to reach out to me at seismont@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions, concerns, or excitement that you want to share! Welcome to Wesleyan, we can’t wait to see you in the fall!

  • Elisa Greenberg 2018
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    Welcome to Wes! My name is Elisa Greenberg 2018, and I am a senior Government and Psychology double-major from San Diego, California. On campus, I participate in a myriad of activities. I have been a varsity coxswain on the Women’s Crew team for three years, I perform in many student-run theater productions, and I am a director of WeShuffle—Wesleyan’s tap-dance group. This year, I will be a teacher for WesBam, Wesleyan’s student-run fitness group, and will be joining the board of a Middletown non-profit. Some of my hobbies include running, challenging myself to eat as much frozen yogurt as possible, and reading the news and trying not to scream. If you have any questions about anything mentioned above, or just want to speak with someone about Wes, I would love to talk to you! Feel free to email me at egreenberg@wesleyan.edu. I can’t wait to meet all of you! 

  • Jackie Leete 2019
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    My name is Jackie Leete 2019, and I am a junior from Fairfield, Iowa. I am double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and Earth & Environmental Science, but I also love art and have taken a variety of studio art classes, as well as psychology and sociology courses. My favorite extracurricular activity at Wes is Wesleyan Science Outreach, in which I volunteer once a week with a group of Wesleyan students at local elementary schools to teach science lessons. Some of my other interests are cooking pancakes and hiking the national parks. I am excited to be an Academic Peer Advisor this year; I look forward to helping with New Student Orientation, and meeting with students throughout the year. If you have any specific questions about Wesleyan, or any general questions/concerns about your transition to college, please shoot me an email at jleete@wesleyan.edu and I promise to help you to the best of my ability!
  • Rubye Peyser 2018

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    Hello! My name is Rubye Peyser 2018, and I am a senior from Boston, MA. The 2017-2018 term will be my third year as an Academic Peer Advisor and my second year as the intern in the office of Student Academic Resources. Aside from Peer Advising, I am a Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (MB&B) and Hispanic Studies (HISP) double major. As my majors show, I have pretty diverse/random interests and love taking classes both in and outside of my concentrations. To work toward completing my HISP major, I spent second semester junior year studying abroad in Spain through the Vassar-Wesleyan Madrid Program. This year, I plan on writing a thesis on the gene expression research I am doing in a lab here at Wes. If you have any questions, please reach out to me any time at rpeyser@wesleyan.edu.

  • Aidan Winn 2018

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    Hi there! I’m Aidan Winn 2018, a rising senior and an Academic Peer Advisor. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with many of you this coming year, and would love to help with anything from scheduling to time management, or simply just to chat. I can help answer almost any question you might have! I’m from Northampton, Massachusetts, only about an hour away from Wesleyan. I have an older brother who graduated from Wes in 2016, and a younger sister in high school (Wesleyan is her top choice!). I am majoring in Science and Society, a program unique to Wesleyan, with concentrations in Biology and Sociology. I am a student athlete and member of the Wesleyan Swimming and Diving team, an active participant in the theater community here at Wes, and an avid musician. Needless to say, I am pretty busy at Wesleyan, but I have found tons of ways to have fun and connect with other students, and cannot wait to get back to Wes in the fall! If you have any questions, please reach out to me any time at awinn@wesleyan.edu.

Guided by the principles of affirming identity, building community, and cultivating leadership, the Dwight Greene '70 Internships for Diversity and Community Engagement is designed to hire one student every year who has demonstrated the knowledge, interpersonal skills, and commitment to social justice and institutional advancement at Wesleyan University and direct the student's efforts towards fostering a sense of belonging and well-being for all students at Wesleyan University.

The Dwight Greene Internship for Intergenerational Communication and Archives is a project that seeks to forge community and understanding between former and current members of Wesleyan University. The interns use video and audio technology to document an array of experiences from the perspectives of alumni and students of color, and faculty and staff engaged in social justice efforts.

Orientation Leaders arrive a few days before orientation. They work with Resident Advisors to mentor and guide students during both ISO and NSO. Orientation Leaders also help manage events, including welcoming international students at airports, working at residence hall arrival sites, informational forums and social events.

The Office for Equity and Inclusion coordinates five Wesleyan cohort programs: the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program, the Wesleyan Math and Science Scholars Program (WesMaSS), the Upward Bound Math-Science Program, and the Posse Veteran Scholars Program. Together, these five communities make up the Pathways to Inclusive Excellence (PIE).

The purpose of PIE is to increase a sense of community amongst students, faculty and staff. Our goal is to remove obstacles along the pathways to secondary and post-secondary education for students in grades 9 through 16, who come from historically underrepresented backgrounds and to provide opportunities and access to programs that require complex thinking and a complex interdisciplinary understanding of belonging in the pursuit of excellence.

  • Onitra Johnson 2019, Posse Veteran Scholar
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    Hello! My name is Onitra Johnson, I'm a Junior majoring in Film and the College of Social Studies. My current career goal is to be a Television and Film Screenwriter. I served in the U.S Air Force and while I was in I was stationed in Italy and South Dakota. I have a wonderful 4-year-old daughter, Jonise, who is amazing! During my spare time, I enjoy playing Roller Derby and practicing Kung Fu. On campus, I'm currently a Patricelli Fellow, I'm a part of a diverse Veterans community, and I enjoy the Screenwriter's Lounge. Wesleyan has provided me with a great opportunity to learn, grow, and meet a diverse group of students, professors and faculty who support and challenge me.

    If you have any questions, feel free to reach me at ojohnson@wesleyan.edu. I hope you enjoy your time at Wesleyan and I look forward to meeting you!

  • Ann-Dorie Webley 2018, Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholar
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    Hello, My name is Ann-Dorie and I'm from Mandeville, Jamaica. I am currently a Chemistry major and a French minor as well as a work study student, serving as an RA and as a Usdan Services Specialist. When I'm not in the Science Library or Usdan, you can find me in Hall-Atwater where I work in a Chemistry Research laboratory. I am a member of the Caribbean Students Association, the Society for students Underrepresented in STEM, and I serve as a member of the 2018 class council. I enjoy going to the gym and taking all the dance classes that I can fit in my schedule. I have had multiple roles on campus which has allowed me to meet various people and learn to thrive in a host of environments. For a science major, the Wesleyan Experience is truly unique as I have bee able to dabble in so many areas while still focusing on my major. I am happy to answer any questions, academic or otherwise that you may have about life at Wesleyan. Welcome!

  • Kati Young 2019, Wesleyan Mathematics and Science Scholar
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    Hello, hello, hello! My name is Kati Young (she/her) and I am from Lisle, IL. I'm a junior pursuing majors in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Science in Society, and College of Integrative Sciences or an Informatics & Modeling certificate and am on track to graduate in three years. Currently, I am spearheading a coalition between WesMaSS (I was a TA for the 2020 cohort's colloquium), WesWIS (I'm on the Steering Committee), SUSS, and McNair aimed at directly addressing issues surrounding diversity & inclusion within the NSM Division. I've also been involved with WSO, STEM Diversity Journal Club, and a TA for Principles of Biology in addition to being co-President of the 2019 Class Council. My admiration of the environment has taken root as an Eco Facilitator Program Coordinator and previously with RFC and Wesleyan Fossil Fuel Divest. As a member of the Interfaith Council, I am also engaged with my own faith community through WACT and Wesleyan Christian Fellowship. I have held various positions including Chemistry Department Assistant as well as Traverse Square and WesReads tutor, and I look forward to being the RA for Substance Free Hall next semester. I can't live without music, so I sing in Onomatopoeia, dance in Terp shows, and play French horn and trumpet in Second Stage productions such as Sweeney Todd, The Nutcracker, and Pippin. I would be incredibly excited to answer any questions you might have concerning the steps forward the NSM coalition is working towards or anything else that I am involved in, just send an email at kjyoung@wesleyan.edu.

In order to achieve the goals and mission of Residential Life, 96 upper-class student staff members are selected through an extremely competitive process in order help guide the student community at Wesleyan. There are multiple positions within the Office of Residential Life including Head Residents (HRs), Resident Advisors (RAs), House Managers (HMs), and Community Advisors (CAs) who are supervised by the professional Area Coordinator (AC) staff. While Residential Life is one of the most important offices at Wesleyan, the student staff are what give the office its heart and drive.
  • Brandon Sides 2018, Resident Advisor
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    Hi! My name is Brandon, and I'm a rising junior or senior here at Wesleyan. I say junior or senior because I'm probably graduating in the middle of the 2017-18 academic year. I'm from outside of Boston and am studying Government, and in particular American Politics. I also dabble in art history and architecture from time to time.

    In addition to serving as an RA, I'm on the Undergraduate Residential Life Committee, which evaluates the school's Program Housing as well as anything related to residential life on campus. For the next academic year we've added some exciting new program houses, which you can read all about in the Argus.

    I'd love to discuss the Government major or the activities I'm involved with, so feel free to reach out via bsides@wesleyan.edu. Welcome to Wes!

The Wesleyan Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) was created to provide support for survivors of sexual violence. SART is composed of Wesleyan staff who are trained to provide support and assistance to any student who is a survivor of sexual assault or other form of sexual violence. SART members work to increase the visibility of sexual violence prevention efforts and to create supportive spaces for survivors. SART members assist survivors in understanding their options for reporting, medical care, mental health care and address concerns related to housing and academics. SART prioritizes the emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of survivors in all of their interactions. SART works in collaboration with students, staff and faculty to create a community that is actively engaged in sexual violence prevention.

The Student Interns are an integral part of the Student Activities & Leadership Development team and help to empower Wesleyan students to increase their impact, not only as leaders but ultimately, as citizens of the world. By offering unique opportunities for leadership education, we strive to foster personal and group development while also enabling students to share this knowledge with their peers.

  • Taylar Clark 2019, Leadership
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    Hi Everyone! My name is Taylar Clark and I was born and raised in East Orange New Jersey. I am a current sophomore on the track of double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience and Behavior. I love it here at Wesleyan and the relationships I made here are great. The culture here is very excepting and I always feel free to pursue whatever dreams and ambitions I have. Wesleyan's liberal education helped me find what I was truly passionate for, while also delving into other subjects that I found interesting, such as African American Studies and Children's literature. Along with being the Leadership Intern, I am also a member of the WesMass Program which helps students from underrepresented backgrounds excel in the STEM department, and I tutor fourth graders at one of our local elementary schools. I am very excited to meet every one of you and hear about what you all would like to get out of your Wesleyan experience. Feel free to email me at tclark@wesleyan.edu.

The Summer Interns are the amazing Wesleyan students who work alongside the Professional staff in planning and implementing all aspects of New Student Orientation. They are a peer-to-peer point of contact for all New Wesleyan students over the summer and look forward to helping each new student and their families with their transition to Wes this Fall!
  • Michael Ivy 2020
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    Hi! I’m Michael and I am a rising sophomore. I was born in Chicago, but I spent most of my life in various places in Indiana. I love trying to learn languages, and I am currently studying Spanish and Korean. In terms of a major, I am majoring in the College of East Asian Studies, and I might double major in Government. Outside of classes, I am always running between my different jobs, and I am also apart of a service group on campus, Middletown Potluck.

    I also love talking (especially about Rupaul’s Drag Race) so feel free to say hi once you’re here. Have a nice summer and I can’t wait for y’all to arrive!

  • Noah Langat 2020

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    Hi, all! I am Noah, born, raised, schooled in Kenya and will be two decades old this October! I have spent more than half of my life in boarding schools and I am currently even further away from home. I am part of the African Students Association and next year's Butterfield C Eco-Facilitator. I will be working with other facilitators as peer sustainability advocates who aim to inclusively promote and encourage environmental consciousness and social responsibility. Cross Country and Track completes my life. Since I joined Wes, I haven't found anything more gratifying than running through the woods during the fall when leaves turn, winter when it snows, spring when allergy season hits the hardest and summer when I run in the morning to avoid getting roasted by the summer heat. My teammates are the best. I don't how I can explain how much we love each other. Friends keep me sane in college, that's all I can say.

    I love Architecture and design. I also enjoy listening to classical and folk songs and, playing guitar. I am a prospective Studio Art major and a Certificate in data analysis. Just a side note, I am a Butterfield fanatic and this is my second year in the dorm!

    I am on a mission of self-discovery. Sometimes I wonder who I am. I keep on finding and losing myself but Wes keeps me steady and most importantly, inclined to the former. At Wes, there are countless paths that lead you to or closer to your goal, I hope you find yours, that special path that only belongs to you! I can't wait to see what the class of 2021 is made of! Feel free to reach out to me!

  • Teresa Naval 2019

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    Hi, everyone! I'm Teresa, a rising junior majoring in Theater and Science in Society. I was born and raised in Metro Manila, Philippines. Making the decision to leave home was difficult, but my time at Wesleyan so far has been incredibly rewarding and eye-opening. (Also, I can now understand the weather without needing to convert it to celsius.) I came to Wes not knowing what to study, and very soon fell in love with my two majors. I've helped with research at a psychology lab, and have worked on different productions and showcases. I'm so excited to meet all of you. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns! See you in the fall.

  • Nikolas Ortega 2019
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    Greetings Wesleyan Class of 2021! My name is Nikolas Ortega and I am one of the orientation interns this summer. Unless I am in an interview or being reprimanded by my parents, I am known simply as Niko. This fall, I will be entering my junior year at Wesleyan, where I will continue my studies as an Economics major with a Certificate of International Relations. I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia but relocated to New York with my family to continue my education. Currently, we reside on Long Island, which means I am just a short drive and a ferry ride away from home as opposed to a seven-hour flight! My multicultural upbringing has allowed me to truly cherish and see the worth of other diverse cultures, constantly motivating me to want to learn more. Keeping with this mindset, I am also a student of French at Wesleyan and intend on studying abroad in Paris during the 2018 spring semester.

    At Wesleyan, I am involved with the Wesleyan Investment Group, where I contribute to our weekly presentations, organize groups for competitions, and promote the discussion of market events with other members. Additionally, I am a fellow for the Patricelli Center Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship and an administrative assistant for the Student Activities & Leadership Development office, the same office tasked with coordinating your orientation. When I am not busy with classwork, you can find me at the gym, engaging in dialogue with friends, and/or watching classic films.

    What I love about Wesleyan is the fact that it serves as a means of connecting me with so many talented and interesting individuals on a daily basis. I hope that once you arrive and are acclimated, you can all say the same. I am very excited to have been given the opportunity to work on New Student Orientation with the rest of the team and cannot wait to see what we plan for all of you come to fruition!