Who are the Peer Advisors?
Originally from Carmel, Makena began her Stanford career with an interest in pursuing an engineering degree. During her second year, she discovered an interest in the intersection of computer science, entrepreneurship, and ethics. STS provided a unique opportunity to pursue related classes within the Innovation and Organization track. The summer after her sophomore year she participated in a design consulting program in Italy, and she took a class at the beginning of her junior year that traveled to the United Arab Emirates and Morocco studying the entrepreneurial ecosystem in these areas and fell in love with learning about the drives behind startups and the decisions that must be made when growing a business. Due to the flexibility of STS, she was able to explore technical computer science classes, while also taking humanities courses that look into the politics and ethics behind technology ventures. She became a Mayfield Fellow during her junior year, and she worked at an early stage startup in San Francisco as a product management intern during the summer before her senior year. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and painting.
Jocelyn is a mixed pinay from Los Angeles who was very unsure about whether to study Earth Systems, Communication, or Anthropology, then found a happy place within the Nature & Environment concentration of STS. She is also studying Education, currently working on a thesis about the perceived importance of play in a preschool located in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya. Though her thesis is not in the STS department, the major has supported her research by pushing her to question everything and “problematize what is often taken for granted”- a phrase heard time and time again in STS classes. She hopes to merge STS & Education more concretely next year by pursuing a masters program in Educational Technology/ Media & Education (where?? yeah she doesn't know). Come talk to her about why STS is dope or how it helped her study abroad in Australia or which classes have been cool or really anything besides the turnout of the 2017 World Series.
Born and raised in The Bahamas, Gia is a senior whose career at Stanford has diversified her interests. Interested in STS, African & African American Studies, Black Feminism, and Digital Studies, Gia was drawn to the framework through which STS allowed her to question the world, and ultimately decided on STS as a major. Seeking ways to combine her interests, Gia self-designed a concentration focused on Race and Gender in STS which has allowed her to take classes across a variety of social science disciplines. Although unsure of graduate school or work, Gia is sure that whatever she does, she will take her STS thinking with her. At Stanford she also spends her time dancing with Catch a Fyah, supporting the Caribbean Students Association, and working at the Black Community Services Center. Come talk to her about her love for STS, making STS right for you, and anything from poetry to Twitter (really, she loves Twitter-- she's even writing a thesis on it!)
Zora is a senior this year hailing from the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. She came to Stanford with many different interests spanning Linguistics, Chemistry, Math and Law. STS was the only place where she could boil those down together into a productive course of study. After meeting with the director Dr. Sato once a week her fall quarter sophomore year, she was hooked and now she has completed her honor thesis junior year and is pursuing a Bachelors of Sciences in STS while also majoring in French. Her concentration within STS is a self-designed one called the Politics of Algorithms which investigates the intersection of data science and Law and she plans to spawn this knowledge into an international career in the legal tech business. Aside from school, she spends her time playing for the Stanford Women's Rugby Team and co-leading the Black Pre-Law Society. You will often find her reading French novels, listening to French rap and searching for the best pairing of sourdough and brie.