Peer Advisors

Peer advisors pose for the camera in front of Lattimore Hall.

Peer advisors help students declare majors and make connections with faculty, review research opportunities, and explore study abroad and options for independent and interdisciplinary study.

For general questions about the peer advising program, or to be referred to a peer advisor, email To keep up with what's new in the program, check us out on Instagram.

The peer advising team is managed by Director Angela Buchiere and Assistant Director Mayra Vite-Romero.

Department-specific peer advisors are also available for the following departments:

Peer Advisors 2022-2023

Velma Anyona.

Velma Anyona

Class year: 2024
Majors: electrical and computer engineering
Minor (intended): French and cultural studies
Pronouns: she/they

Involvement/interests: I am super excited about computer architecture and I look forward to working at a computer assembling farm one day. I love soccer and dancing. I am currently a member of the Royal Dance Club on campus. I am passionate about women empowerment and currently run a girls empowerment program back in my village in Kenya.

Fun Fact about me: I love food and eating in general but I am super picky on what I eat. It sometimes takes me about an hour to decide what I want to eat.

Damian Otsile Rantshabeng.

Damian Otsile Rantshabeng

Class year: 2024
Major (intended): mechanical engineering
Pronouns: he/him/his

Involvement/interests: I am on the U of R Swimming team, and I’ve been involved with the U of R Salseros club. Outside of U of R, I find time around my schedule to tutor children online, as far as Sweden and Botswana. In the future, I would like to get involved in research and a study abroad in Europe.

Fun fact about me: In 2013, I was one of two students selected to represent my country in the Chinese Bridge Competition, in Beijing China, after only four months of learning Mandarin. I knew nothing!