What are Peer Advisors?

Peer Advisors (PAs) devote their energies to improving the academic lives of first-year and incoming students. Each PA has a unique caseload of about 50 advisees. Though PAs have a particular responsibility for their own caseload, they are also open to offering any student their academic assistance. Specific services offered by PAs include:

  • Helping students meet college-level academic expectations and demands
  • Introducing students to academic support services at Puget Sound (i.e. The Center for Writing, Learning, and Teaching)
  • Assisting with short- and long-term academic planning
  • Reaching out to students in academic difficulty
  • Helping Academic Advisors guide incoming students toward academic success

To provide these services, Peer Advisors are knowledgeable about and experienced with academic policies and regulations, dependable in the performance of their specific duties, proactive in reaching out to students, supportive of Academic Advisors, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of students in the first year of their Puget Sound careers. Finally, PAs are trained paraprofessional employees of the University, and therefore protect the confidentiality of student records and develop strong working relationships with faculty, staff, and other students


Learn more about the 2017-2018 Peer Advisor Team:

Lily O'Connor

Peer Advisor Coordinator

Cesare Bigolin

Transfer Student Peer Advisor




Office: Howarth 114E

Cafe: Diversions or Oppenheimer


Ava Price
Faculty Advisors: Brown, Hong, Hutchinson, Lago Grana


Bridger Dunn
Faculty Advisors: Nunn, Richards, Wiese

Emma Elder
Faculty Advisors: Burgard, Elliott, Harpring, Neshyba


Grace Friedman
Faculty Advisors: Beyer, Christoph, Perry


Grant Garcia

Faculty Advisors: Dillman, Struna, Honors/Humanities


Haley Newman
Faculty Advisors: Hooper, Leuchtenberger, Simms, Velez-Quinones


Hannah Monsour
Faculty Advisors: Anderson-Connolly, Benveniste, Smith


Kate Baca
Faculty Advisors: DeMarias, Hodum, Madlung


Kayla Hipp
Faculty Advisors: Lear, Stackman, Stockdale



Mark Officer
Faculty Advisors: Dove, Liao, Protasi



Mitchell Carlson
Faculty Advisors: Barry, Jacobson, Kelley


Rachel Gillespie
Faculty Advisors: Mifflin, Milam, Tomlin, Wilbur




Sage Pintler
Faculty Advisors: Clark, Paradise, Rouse


Sarah Griffin
Faculty Advisors: Marcavage, Pickard, Weinberger    



Office: Tues., 11-noon

Cafe: Thurs., 6-7 p.m. (Diversions)


Office: Tues., 11-noon

Cafe: Thurs., 6-7 p.m. (Diversions)


Office: Mon., 4-5 p.m.

Cafe: Thurs., 6-7 p.m. (Harned Hall)



Office: Wed., 11-noon

Cafe: Wed., noon-1 p.m. (Diversions)



Office: Wed., 2-3 p.m.

Cafe: Thurs., 4-5 p.m. (Oppenheimer)


Office: Wed., 10-11 a.m.

Cafe: Tues., 10-11 a.m. (Oppenheimer)



Office: Thurs., 1-2 p.m.

Cafe: Tues., 12-1 p.m. (Oppenheimer)


Office: Mon., 3-4 p.m.

Cafe: Thurs., 9-10 a.m.(Oppenheimer)



Office: Thurs., 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

Cafe: Mon., 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Oppenheimer)



Office: Thurs., 2-3 p.m.

Cafe: Thurs., 6-7 p.m. (Diversions)



Office: Wed., 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cafe: Thurs., 2-3 p.m. (Oppenheimer)


Office: Mon., 1-2 p.m.

Cafe: Thurs., 5:30-6:30 p.m. (Oppenheimer)




Office: Tues., 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cafe: Wed., 2-3 p.m. (Diversions)



Office: Tues., 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cafe: Wed., noon-1 p.m. p.m. (Oppenheimer)

Ava Price