PAAs, Academic Fellows, RHAs, and STRIVE

This page lists some of your peers around Brown that are able to help you if you need any help either academic or personal. Feel free to reach out to any of them!

Peer Academic Advisors

Peer Academic Advisors, PAAs, are there to support you in choosing classes, majors, and sorting out your academic life in general. Each semester, the PAAs will have an Academic Planning session to help people select classes, but don’t be afraid to reach out to them whenever you need help! PAAs are specially trained by the Office of Academic Advising to answer your questions and help solve academic problems; they know all the deadlines and requirements so be sure to talk to them! Below is a list of all the Brown PAAs!

Head PAAs: Donalda Almazan, Maya Ramy, Susannah Wright


Academic Fellows

The Academic Fellows program is run through the Office of Academic advising, and has branches in all of the 11 Residential colleges. The Fellows are students who have done well in their classes and are willing to help others with their classes! If you are having trouble with a class or need help studying for a test, contact a Fellow, and they will be more than happy to assist. If there is no Fellow at Brown for your subject, reach out to the Head Fellows or OAA to find one. Below is a list of all the Fellows and the subjects they can help you with.

Head Fellows: Claire Luo, Mekedlawit Setegne

Academic Fellows


Rice Health Advisors

Your Brown RHA’s, Rice Health Advisors, are a peer resource for your mental health and emotional wellbeing needs at Rice! We have access to light medications (please see our door sign for a list of all we have! it’s a bag of surprises!) but really specialize in being able to help you with such topics as time management, healthy relationships, conflict management, healthy exercising, and goal-setting. Our ultimate goal is to be the friend who celebrates you as you succeed! Stop by our doors or come by for RHA Office Hours on Soothing Sundays. We’d love to meet you!

Left to Right: Misha Carthen, Julia Jung, Elizabeth Goodnight, Andrew Porisch, Radhika Sharma, Vinita Shivakumar

STRIVE Liaisons

STRIVE (or Students Transforming Rice Into a Violence-free Environment) is an
organization geared towards preventing sexual assault and harassment on campus and
supporting the survivors of assault. Our liaisons, Julia Finch and Paul
Mayer, are specially trained students who host prevention activities
and seek to support students by providing information about resources available on and
off campus. If you have any questions about the program or need support in any related
way, Julia and Paul are here to help!

Brown’s STRIVE Liaisons: Julia Finch, Paul Mayer