Sociology Department announces Undergraduate Peer Advisor Program

September 28, 2015

The Sociology Department Welcomes Darshani, Catherine, and Rachel as its new Undergraduate Peer Advisors!

Newly assigned peer advisors, Darshani, Catherine, and Rachel are available in College 8 Room 226 in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Their drop-in advising hours can be found on the website, alongside regular drop-in advising hours with Undergraduate Advisor and Program Coordinator, Tina Nikfarjam. Peer advisors can also be reached at

You may have already seen our peer advisors around, but we would like to take this opportunity to introduce them:

Darshani is a senior majoring in Sociology and excited to be more involved on campus this year! She transferred to UCSC Fall 2014 and is planning to graduate Spring 2016. In addition to being a Peer Advisor in the Sociology Department, she also works as a Peer Advisor for STARS and a course assistant for KRES 25 (transfer success). Going to graduate school abroad is one of her goals, however, Darshani will be taking the year after graduation to travel and obtain an internship in Europe-- while trying to narrow down her academic interests. Currently some of these include: gender relations, sexuality vs. gender, the body in relation to society, cultural history, classical theory, language and inequalities.

Catherine is a senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education. She started at UCSC as a first year student at Merrill College. In addition to her new role as a peer advisor, Catherine works at a childcare/preschool center in Santa Cruz, and has previous experience teaching and mentoring students of all ages. During her time at UCSC, Catherine has volunteered at an elementary school, a middle school, as well as a high school in both Santa Cruz, CA and Pescadero, CA. She prides herself in creating relationships with the students that she works with and encourages them to work hard to achieve both their personal and academic goals. Once she graduates from UCSC, Catherine plans to attend graduate school in order to receive her Masters and Teaching Credentials in Education, and future plans of returning to graduate school to get her PhD in Sociology or Education. Catherine is very interested in the area of Sociology of Education and desires to become a researcher in that field. Her objectives as a researcher is to continue learning, establish facts, and reach new conclusions about education that will progress and improve the institution for both students and teachers worldwide.

Rachel is a senior double majoring in Sociology and Feminist Studies, with a minor in Education. She has been actively involved in student leadership within College Eight, where she worked as a Residential Assistant last year, and is now working as a Programs Assistant this year alongside the Peer Advisor position. Rachel is passionate about helping people, and has devoted her college career to academia and extra-curriculars that will allow her to continue to help others in the future.

Please join us in welcoming our wonderful new peer advisors!

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