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College of Liberal Arts Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentors are third- and fourth- year Liberal Arts majors carefully selected to help new students transition to undergraduate life at RIT. The peer mentors share their knowledge of the Institute, the College of Liberal Arts, and their academic department with new students through programs, events, and services that are designed to build a sense of community. Although advice from a peer mentor does not take the place of professional advice from an Academic Advisor or a Faculty Mentor, first-year and transfer students are encouraged to attend peer mentor events and visit peer mentors during their office hours.

Feel free to email a peer mentor to set up an appointment. Each peer mentor also has posted office hours in their academic department.

Chris Boone Chris Boone
Major: Philosophy
Liberal Arts Concentration: American Politics
Hometown: Jamestown, NY
Campus Involvement: President, Philosophy Club and President, Zen Club

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"I was very fortunate to be able to pursue an Independent Study course in the Philosophy department. It was very rewarding to learn how to do more in-depth research and work one-on-one with a professor."

Austin Fuoco Austin Fuoco
Majors: Urban and Community Studies and Political Science
Hometown: York, PA
Campus Involvement: Member, Urbanists for Rochester Club, Member, Political Science Club, and Volunteer, Habitat for Humanity

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"I love that the former mayor of Rochester, Bill Johnson, is one of my professors!"

Katie Harris Katie Harris
Major: Advertising/Public Relations
Liberal Arts Minor: Spanish Modern Language
Hometown: Albany, NY
Campus Involvement: Member, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); Member, Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society; Lead Orientation Supervisor, New Student Orientation; and Student Ambassador in Undergraduate Admissions.

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"I really enjoyed the Social Media and Communication Symposium (SMACS) last year. It was great to get insight from real working professionals and hear about the work that they do."

Nina Heath Nina Heath
Major: Museum Studies/Art Conservation Track
Liberal Arts Minor: Art History
Hometown: Cairo, NY
Campus Involvement: Student employee at the RIT Archives and research assistant for Dr. Elizabeth Goins.

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"My favorite class in the program, so far, has been Forensic Investigation of Art. The integration of art and science, like the composition of pigments, really peaks my interests. I have had a great experience in the Museum Studies program with my professors, advisors, and peers. I look forward to finishing my last year at RIT and helping other students take advantage of what the program has to offer."

Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson
Major: Political Science
Liberal Arts Minor: Legal Studies
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Campus Involvement: President, Political Science Club; Vice-President, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International; and Member, Pre-Law Association.

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"The Political Science Department can be described by Aristotle's quote that 'All men by nature desire knowledge'. The Political Science Department has helped me numerous ways, not only does the faculty love what they're doing, they are also willing to take time out of their day to help students with various situations. This department has allowed me to grow as a leader, as an individual and as a student. The Political Science Department can be seen as a small family of like-minded individuals who are willing to help one another succeed."

Kristin Klock Kristin Klock
Majors: Psychology and Journalism
Hometown: Webster, NY
Campus Involvement: FYE Peer Mentoring Program and Director of Talent for Sports Zone.

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"I love the College of Liberal Arts because it is such a tight knit community. You really get to know all of your professors and all of the students in your classes."

Kevin Lakhani Kevin Lakhani
Majors: Economics
Liberal Arts Concentration: Archaeological Science
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Campus Involvement: RIT Weightlifting

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"The best part of being in the Economics department at RIT is knowing that our professors, who are all talented and accomplished, are ready and willing to provide one-on-one help to students who want to further their understanding of any class or subject within the department."

Julian Moiwai Julian Moiwai
Major: Advertising/Public Relations
Liberal Arts Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Durhan, NC
Campus Involvement: Member, Lambda Pi Eta; Peer Tutor, NTID Learning Center; Tour Guide Coordinator, NTID Office of Admissions; and Intramural soccer

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"The Department of Communication has been friendly and well prepared in assisting me with my academic endeavors. I am thankful for the wonderful services and resources available on campus to help with my studies. Our professors, who are accomplished in their respective areas of study, are more than willing to meet with you for one-on-one tutoring and even for lunch!"

Amy Ogden Amy Ogden
Major: Psychology on the Clinical Psychology Track
Liberal Arts Minors: Criminal Justice and Deaf Community Studies
Hometown: Ogdensburg, NY
Campus Involvement: RIT New Student Orientation and FYE Peer Mentoring Program

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"It is great that everyone in the Psychology department knows each other! I can walk through the hallway and find that I know most of the professors and students. If there is anything I need help with, from school work to finding someone to have lunch with, there is someone who can help out!"

Eric Parker Eric Parker
Major: Public Policy BS/MS with an Environmental Policy Track
Liberal Arts Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Campus Involvement: President, Kappa Delta Rho fraternity; Member, Student Environmental Action League (SEAL); Member, Invisible Children; and Intramural Sports including volleyball, dodge ball, and racquetball.

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"The Public Policy department is very personable and welcoming. I have had great experiences in class and during visits with Dean Winebrake. He has been one of my favorite faculty members due to his expertise, teaching style, and friendliness. Dr. Blizzard and Debbie Steene have also been a huge help to me when I changed to the Public Policy program. They assisted me with the decision and helped me choose classes and tracks. The small size of the department has allowed me to learn and grow with people that I can call both friends and classmates. We keep each other motivated through our courses and lectures. My favorite class has been Technical Innovation in Public Policy."

Michael Roppolo Michael Roppolo
Major: Journalism
Liberal Arts Minor: History
Hometown: Stony Point, NY
Campus Involvement: Writer, Reporter Magazine and Member, Honors Service Committee

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"My first year in the Communications department was amazing! Despite being six hours away from my hometown, the faculty, staff, and my fellow students made me feel at home."

Delavan Smith Delavan Smith
Major: International Studies
Liberal Arts Minor: Philosophy
Hometown: Schohairie, NY
Campus Involvement: Studied Abroad in Amman, Jordan.

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"The international studies program has provided me with the opportunity to study subjects that I have always found interesting, learn Arabic, and experience life first-hand in the Middle East."

Ashley Vasquez Ashley Vasquez
Major: Criminal Justice
Liberal Arts Minor: Psychology
Hometown: Astoria, NY
Campus Involvement: President, Criminal Justice Student Association and Member, Pre-law Association

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"I have really enjoyed helping the department reorganize the Criminal Justice Association and the Pre-law Association. I have worked closely with faculty and staff to get these inactive groups re-started for interested students."

Below are just a few of the many student organizations housed in the College of Liberal Arts. If you have an organization you would like to see represented here contact Vanessa Davis at

American Advertising Federation RIT Chapter (AAFR)
College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board

The college of liberal arts student advisory board (cola sab) is student organization run by cola students and sponsored by the dean's office. COLA SAB is the voice of liberal arts students and the organization actively participates in addressing issues within the college of liberal arts, giving opinions about subjects that effect RIT students as a whole, and working to improve cola student's experience here at RIT.


Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA)

The Criminal Justice Student Association at RIT provides students interested in Criminal Justice a chance to engage their interests outside of the classroom in exciting ways. CJSA is an organization that allows students and faculty to work together to explore opportunities in the community and criminal justice fields through research, volunteer work and trips.


Lambda Pi Eta – Communications Honor Society
Pep band

The RIT Pep Band promotes school spirit at hockey games and school events throughout the year. The band meets every Tuesday at 5:45pm in the SAU Band Room (A120) and welcomes all to participate.

Contact Gabi at or Jimmy at

Philosophy Club

RIT's Philosophy Club meets for two hours every Friday afternoon to discuss a thought-provoking topic presented by a student, faculty member, or guest speaker. Meetings are informal, fun, and no experience is necessary.

Contact Lindsey at

Pep band

The RIT Pep Band promotes school spirit at hockey games and school events throughout the year. The band meets every Tuesday at 5:45pm in the SAU Band Room (A120) and welcomes all to participate.

Contact Gabi at or Jimmy at

Political Science Club

The purpose of the Political Science Club is to assist students in expanding their knowledge of local, state, national and international politics; and to provide a non-partisan space for students to discuss political questions and ideas freely and openly. The club's website is available here:

Contact Jazzmyn at

Prelaw Association

Open to all majors, the RIT Prelaw Association holds meetings and seminars on preparing for law school and sponsors a speaker series on law related topics. The purpose of the Prelaw Association is to encourage students interested in law or law related professions; prepare students to apply for and attend law school, and develop student research, writing, and advocacy skills.

Contact LaVerne McQuiller Williams, J.D., Ph.D. at or Jennifer Gravitz, J.D. at

Psychology Student Society

RIT's Psychology Student Society combines scholarship, community, and friendship by fostering working relationships with our department and engaging the Rochester area through philanthropy and Image RIT. Our community among ourselves is where you will find some of the greatest friends and have the most interesting conversations.

Contact Meghan at


Signatures Magazine, RIT's award-winning, student-run art & literary magazine, was founded in 1985, and publishes annually. Signatures also sponsors art exhibitions, poetry readings and slams, and other events on campus. We welcome student submissions and staff participation.

Contact faculty advisor John Roche