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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Peer Mentor Program

Meet the Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor program is a student leadership program in it's third year at Otis. Upper classmen students commit themselves to helping new students experience a successful transition into the Otis community. Peer Mentors serve as role models by promoting the Otis mission through leadership skills, and diverse talents

Each new student entering Otis in the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 should select a Peer Mentor that he/she feels will be the best match to be your guide for the coming academic year.

 

Gabby Rios

Gabby Rios, Graphic Design, minor in Art History and Advertising
gabbyrios94@gmail.com

I am in my junior year at Otis, and know the struggles of adapting to a new school, new roommates, new friends, and a new city. As a peer mentor, I am excited to be a friendly, familiar face to first year students, listening and helping them along the way. I love to mess around with Photoshop/Illustrator tutorials, drawing and painting, cooking, yoga, and am available to answer any of your questions.

 

Hongyu Zhou

Hongyu Zhou, Digital Media
hzhou@student.otis.edu

I became a peer mentor in order to help other students engage with more school activities while providing support and information related to their major especially digital media students. My interests and hobbies include travel, video games, music, and movies.

 

Megan Reed

Megan Reed, Fine Arts
iammarz5@gmail.com

I am in the junior year of my major focusing on painting. My goal as a peer mentor is to make new students at Otis feel loved, comfortable, accepted, and free! I have a huge love and passion for people, and want them to feel appreciated and not forgotten, and help them understand they are necessary. I'm happy to be a part of the peer mentor program!

 

Hind Abdulmajeed

Hind Abdulmajeed, Product Design
hindabdulm@gmail.com

I am excited to be a peer mentor this year! My foundation year mentors were a great help to me, and inspired me to become one myself. I love meeting people and talking about literally ANYTHING! So if you are in need of anything grab me, or any of the amazing peer mentors and chat with us!

 

Dakota Higgins

Dakota Higgins, Fine Arts, Sculpture/New Genres, Junior
dakotahiggins@gmail.com

I'm excited to help first-year students. I'm on campus all of the time and hope my presence and energy will help facilitate a warm, friendly environment ideal for productivity and learning. If you have any questions about school, music, life, etc. I'll be more than happy to answer them! Also, I really enjoy playing the guitar, so if you're looking for someone to jam with, I'm your guy.

 

Cierra Smith

Cierra Smith, Digital Media, Animation
csmith1@student.otis.edu

As a Peer Mentor, I hope to make our new and incoming Otis family feel welcomed, as well as point students in the right direction for anything they need. I want everyone to have a good year! I like sports, working out, cooking, and baking! If you have any questions, want to talk, or just want a homemade cake-pop, don't hesitate to flag me down! :)

 

Dawn Marshall

Dawn Marshall, Toy Design
dawnvmarshall@gmail.com

I'm a senior in Toy Design. This will be my third year as a Peer Mentor so with my experience I know I'm qualified to help. I love meeting new people and striking up conversations so feel free to talk or say hello when you see me around campus! I also love crocheting, cooking, and hanging out at the beach in my spare time. I'm very committed to helping students so please don't hesitate to contact me!

 

Daveion Thompson

Daveion Thompson, Digital Media
daveionthompson@gmail.com

I became interested in being a peer mentor because I have a huge passion for helping people. I know first hand how hard it can be to come to a new place where you quite possibly might spend the next four years of your life. Honestly, I just want to help make that transition as smooth as possible.

 

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