Brown Center for Students of Color

Minority Peer Counselors

The Minority Peer Counselor (MPC) is a paraprofessional staff member who works actively to support Brown’s philosophy by promoting personal growth, social responsibility, and intellectual development through community-based interactions in a first-year residence hall unit, with a special emphasis on mentoring and supporting first year students of color.

The MPC works closely with their unit Co-Counselor team which consists of a Resident Counselor (RC) and Women Peer Counselor (WPC) to facilitate this objective.

Student Run

By using a system of community support, the student-run program has had a significant impact on making students of color feel comfortable in a predominately white institution. MPCs receive comprehensive training on a range of skills, which include navigating/awareness of the -isms (i.e., racism, classism, sexism, etc.), active listening, crisis intervention, mediation, conflict resolution, promoting pluralism and diversity, and building community. They are a vital link in the network of support available to new students of color.

Minority Peer Counselors 2021-2022

  • Andrea Grossman
  • Ikenna Ihenatu
  • Aquielle Person
  • Iman Cochu
  • Atabong Kumbeh
  • Miles Turman
  • Caitlin Anasi
  • Nia McGregor
  • Chimaobi Chikezie
  • Nikita Baregala Lopez
  • Christine Odhiambi
  • Rachel Lu
  • Daviana Perez
  • Renee Andam
  • Dingding Wei
  • Shantal Hernandez
  • Eden Allen
  • Toni Johnson
  • Evan Dong
  • Yosabel Tekeste

Additional MPC Program Information

The Minority Peer Counselor (MPC) program raises awareness of the many barriers that continue to challenge minority students' ability to thrive in a diverse environment. MPCs address the needs and concerns of communities of color, especially those who did not attend Third World Transition Program. 
MPC Coordinators (MPCCs) are experienced mentors from the MPC Program, who work with the Assistant Director for First Year & Sophomore Programs to provide leadership and support to the MPC program.