Department of Education

Education DUG

The Education Studies DUG is a group of concentrators that aims to foster a community within the concentration.

Overseen by Matthew Kraft, Director of Undergraduate Studies, the DUG acts as a resource to interested first- and second-year students, organizes a variety of events for concentrators, and enables concentrators to explore potential career opportunities.

To connect with the DUG and find out about more opportunities, department speakers, and events, contact the group at [email protected]

The DUG leaders for the 2020-2021 academic year are María Nicole Bolaños, Nari Kato, Erica Kim, Emely Medina, Peyton Strong, Becky Wolfson, and Whitney Yu. 

Education Studies DUG Leaders

María Nicole Bolaños 

Nicole Bolanos '21

María Nicole Bolaños is a senior concentrating in Education Policy. Due to her experiences in both the state's public and public charter school systems as a first-generation, low-income Latina, she is particularly interested in school reform policies. At Brown University, she has previously interned with the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and has served as a research assistant in the Education Department. Originally from Los Angeles, California, she enjoys hiking, leisurely reading, and binge-watching documentaries. Upon graduation, Maria plans to pursue her Master’s degree in Education in order to further her passion for policy reform and equity within the flawed American education system.

Naotaro “Nari” Kato

Nari Kato '21

Nari Kato is a senior from Torrance, California. His goal in life is simple: to be a good teacher. Through the Education Department and beyond, Nari aspires to learn about creative and culturally-responsive ways to teach the subjects of ESL and math. As a Bonner Community Fellow, Nari works closely with the Providence community as an Adult ESOL Teacher. Merging his experience in and out of Brown, Nari hopes to learn the secrets of "good teaching" and how it inspires learners' minds.

Erica Jihyun Kim

Erica Kim '22

Erica Jihyun Kim is a junior born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in various places around the world, including Great Falls, Virginia; Seoul, South Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and Manila, Philippines. As an Education Studies concentrator, she is interested in becoming a teacher whilst also exploring the wide range of opportunities within the Education field. Her ultimate goal is to serve students and youth of diverse backgrounds and improve education for all, domestically and globally. As a Student Supervisor of the Blue Room, you can find her behind the line or sitting in Faunce with her coworkers—please say hi and feel free to ask any questions! 

Emely Medina

Emely Medina '21

Emely Medina is a senior from South Central Los Angeles, concentrating in Education and Public Policy. Aside from the DUG, Emely has engaged in research assistant positions through both the Education Department at Brown and the Center for Student Success Research at UMass Amherst. Motivated by her experiences as a first-generation and low-income student of color at Brown, her research interests include educational inequalities, (im)migration and education, and the experiences of low-income and first-generation students of color in K-12 educational settings. 

Peyton Strong

Peyton Strong '22

Peyton Strong is a junior from Atlanta, Georgia, studying Education Studies and Cognitive Neuroscience. Outside of the DUG, Peyton also teaches at William D’Abate Elementary through BEAM and is involved in student theater. She hopes to combine her concentrations to pursue neurological research that ties into education policy issues. 

Becky Wolfson

Becky Wolfson '22

Becky Wolfson is a junior from Potomac, Maryland studying Education Studies. In addition to the DUG, she researches for the Education Department, writes for the Herald, and is a member of the Engaged Scholars Program. She is passionate about all things education related, developmental psychology, and intergenerational cultural exchange.

Whitney Yu

Whitney Yu '22

Whitney Yu is a junior from New York, New York studying Education Studies and Public Policy. She’s interested in developing culturally-sustained and engaged curriculum and classroom culture to make education more accessible and responsive. She is heavily involved with the Swearer Center and its various initiatives, from Brown Elementary Afterschool Mentoring (BEAM) to the Bonner Community Fellowship. She hopes to bring equity and justice to classrooms and communities by tapping into her concentrations and experiences inside and outside the classroom.