BRIDGES Peer Mentors

Lots of programs offer peer mentoring. What makes BRIDGES mentors different is that each and every one of them started just where you are today. They came to Pitt on a scholarship and decided to join our community to meet new people, maximize their academic performance, and experience Pitt to the fullest. Having been in your shoes, our mentors are uniquely positioned to share the tricks of the trade that will help you get the most out of your education and your time at Pitt. They’re like your well-connected older siblings on campus.

You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with your mentor in small groups during monthly Pitt Stops.

"At Pitt Stops, I could talk to someone who went through the experience of being a first-year student in a new world. If I had any problems or got lost for the 5oth time, I could talk to my mentor and they would always have a solution (probably because they had the same problems). It was reassuring to realize there were other people who were as lost as me because it made me realize that it is okay to be lost. I have found my way and I’m sure all first-years do sooner or later." - Jonathan Dawlabani, Chemistry

 

2021-2022 BRIDGES Mentors

Hanna Alamo, junior

Hometown: Durham, NC

Areas of study: Political Science and Economics

 

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Kiana Dunbar, sophomore

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Areas of study: Psychology and Sociology

 

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Kyrian Elekwachi, junior

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

Areas of study: Neuroscience, Chemistry minor, Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

 

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Loribel Encarnacion, sophomore

Hometown: Newark, NJ

Areas of study: Politics and Philosophy

 

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Mckaila Faison, senior

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Areas of study: Health Services and Natural Sciences, Certificate in Conceptual Foundations of Medicine

 

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Sydney Grissom, senior

Areas of study: Political Science and Economics 

 

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Kendall Johnson (KJ), senior

Hometown: Greenville, SC

Areas of study: Chemistry major, American Sign Language Certificate

 

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Afi Koffi, junior

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Areas of study: Biology and Political Science

 

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Alyssa Medwynter, senior

Hometown: East Stroudsburg, PA

Areas of study: Linguistics major; Neuroscience and Africana Studies minors

 

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Adaeze Nwobodo, senior

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Areas of study: Psychology and Sociology majors; Chemistry and Africana Studies minors; Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate; pre-med

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Shaughny Richardson, sophomore

Hometown: Brockway, PA

Areas of study: Psychology, Sociology, and Social Work

 

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Everson Simpson, senior

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Areas of study: Linguistics and Chinese majors; Korean and Studio Arts minors

 

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Marc Smith, senior

Hometown: Bowie, MD

Areas of study: Chinese and Economics

 

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Clarke Thompson-Gay, junior

Hometown: Bowie, MD

Areas of study: Biology major; Africana Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies minors; Certificate in American Sign Language

 

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Vimbayi Vera, sophomore

Hometown: Boston, MA

Areas of study: Pyschology and Administration of Justice

 

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