Honors Mentors

Our Students

Our students come from all over the United States, each with a unique background. We understand that the transition to college is a difficult one and we want to support students as they each go through this process. The Honors Peer Mentor Team is a group of current Honors students who are available to connect and support incoming students. Students who wish to connect with an Honors mentor can email them and request to meet during their office hours.

Portrait of Jay smiling and sitting on a bench. They are wearing a white long sleeved shirt with a rainbow stripe on the sleeves.

Jayden Robles - Mentor Lead

roblesj2@wwu.edu

Major: Sociology and Humanities: History of Culture

Minor: Honors

Fun fact: I did dance for 12 years – competitively for 6.

Jay Robles (he/they) is a queer, trans, multiracial indigenous person, scholar, and activist. This is their third year at Western and he's studying Sociology and the History of Culture. Jay is enthusiastic about taking an interdisciplinary approach to social issues, which is what brought him to the Honors program. They hope to go on to law school after he graduates and they plan to spend their life working in anti-racism, disability rights, and LGBTQ+ intersectional advocacy and mutual aid. In his free time, Jay enjoys reading manga, going to the farmer's market, and walking and talking through the Fairhaven district.

Chiyo wears a jumpsuit and poses in a field of tulips

Chiyo Aoki-Kramer

aokikrc@wwu.edu

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Minor: Psychology and Honors

Fun fact: I love to travel and I got to go to Greece through the Honors Program the summer before my first year.

Chiyo is a 3-year behavioral neuroscience major and minoring in psychology and the honors interdisciplinary minor. She is a part of a number of different clubs like a capella club, MISO, and NeRDS. She also works as a tour guide here at Western so she knows a lot of quirky fun facts about our school!

Yareli Barragan

Bio coming soon!

Hailey Bridges

Bio coming soon!

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Olivia Dong

dongo@wwu.edu

Major: Biology

Minor: Anthropology and Honors

Fun fact: I danced ballet for 15 years!

Olivia is a junior and is majoring in biology with the plan to pursue a career in research. This year she is the president of the Honors Students of Color Board (HSOC), and she has previously been involved in WWU Swing Kids, Salsa and Bachata Club, and Chronic Illness Awareness Club. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and crocheting, and she loves to unwind with movies and Youtube videos. During school, you'll likely find her studying in the library, her favorite place to get in the zone on campus!

Portrait of Zoe smiling with her curly hair framing her face. She is wearing a blue shirt and a necklace.

Zoe Pais

paisz@wwu.edu

Major: Political Science

Minor: Spanish, Law Diversity and Justice

Fun fact: I love swimming – I played water polo for 6 years.

Zoe Pais is a political science major with minors in Spanish and law, diversity and justice. She is part of several on-campus clubs including Black Student Union (BSU), Mixed Identity Student Organization (MISO) and Honors Students of Color (HSOC). When Zoe is not busy with school or clubs, she likes to go on walks, swimming, and weightlifting!

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Simone Player

playerl@wwu.edu

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience

Minor: Honors

Fun fact: I love to whistle!

Simone is going into her second year at WWU with a plan to major in Behavioral Neuroscience and minor in Honors. This past year, she lived in Edens Hall and took part in HSOC (Honors Students of Color), NeRDS (Neuroscience Research Driven Students), and Psychedelic Club. She loves reading, crocheting, hammocking, and being outside, and she can't wait to meet new people on campus this year!

Headshot of Allyson. She is sitting on a bench in front of a rose garden smiling.

Allyson Roller

Major: Applied Mathematics

Minor: Accounting, Economics, and Honors Interdisciplinary Studies

On-campus activities/clubs: Honors Students of Color (HSOC), Chinese Student Association (CSA), Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Glee Club

Allyson (she/her) is an applied mathematics student who is excited to be mentoring for the first time this year. As a first-generation student, she knows how tricky navigating college can be and wants to ensure that all students enjoy their time at Western. 

When Allyson isn't hitting the books, you can find her at home watching Criminal Minds or jamming out to some Kendrick Lamar. Allyson also enjoys dog watching in Red Square and playing tennis (when the weather is nice). 

Guadalupe Venegas

Bio coming soon!