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Wellness Peer Liaisons

Meet your peer wellness liaisons

The Stanford Earth peer wellness liaisons are a team of  graduate students who serve as trained peer health educators. They leverage peer connections to: Reduce misconceptions around mental health and make campus resources more accessible. They also coordinate workshops focused on topics such as resiliency, stress management, and recognition of depression. Finally, with input from students, they will assess the progress of this initiative and additional needs. Student liaisons are not mental health counselors. Their role is to direct fellow students to existing resources and facilitate meaningful dialogue, skill-building, and habit formation related to mental health in our community.

Fola Ayoola

Folasade ‘Fola’ Ayoola

Pronouns: she/her
Department: Energy Resources Engineering | PhD
Research interest: Carbon capture and sequestration/energy systems analyses
Emailfayoola@stanford.edu

Fola’s affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Alternative music
Something you love to give: I love giving my undivided attention or time to people, especially those I care about
Something that makes you feel competent: Completing set goals on time and in full
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: I love decorating or styling - people and spaces.
Something that you're proud of: I’m proud of myself for finally learning to give myself as much grace as I offer others
Favorite self-care practices: Lighting scented candles while playing my favorite playlist and just listening, taking a spa day, yoga and MANI-PEDI’s!

Erica Bower

Erica Bower

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Department: E-IPER
Research interest: Human Migration & Climate Adaptation
Emailebower@stanford.edu

Erica's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: trail runs at golden hour, audio books, my neighbors prolific fig tree
Something you love to give: food is my favorite love language :)
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: whole hearted belly laughter with dear friends, spending time in community
Favorite self-care practices: time disconnected from technology, yoga, meditation 

Thu Bui

Thu Bui

Pronouns: she/her
Department/program: Geological Sciences, 3rd year PhD
Research area: stable isotopes, paleo geochemistry and their roles in mass extinction events
Email: thubui@stanford.edu

Thu's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: time spent with friends and family
Something you love to give: food, tea, books, listening ears, it depends on the receiver
Something that makes you feel competent: compliments/reassurance from my advisors/teachers
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: my siblings, they are reflections of me
Something that makes you special: kindness is the one attribute I value most
Something that you're proud of: I understand the challenges in life as an immigrant, female minority in a male dominated society
Favorite self-care practices: hiking, running, tea, listening to Maya Angelou, and weekends away from Stanford campus because you and I are so much more than just graduate students
Something fun about yourself: I’m still deciding whether skydiving should be on my to-try list. The others include seeing a California quail and go to every boba shop in the area

Thom Chaffee

Thom Chaffee

Pronouns: he/him
Department: Geophysics PhD
Research Interests: Studying lunar paleomagnetism
Email: thomc@stanford.edu

Thom's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Dogs!
Something that makes you feel competent: Cooking! I love inventing new vegan recipes
Something that you're proud of: I recently did super well in an online tournament for the game Dungeon Crawl, finished in 66th place out of ~2,700
Favorite self-care practices: Baths, scented candles, listening to new music

Cat Clark

Cat Clark

Pronouns: She/ Her
Department/program: SUST - sustainability science and practice
Research area: Environmental education
Email: cbclark@stanford.edu

Cat Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Fun exercise such as hiking, zumba, or yoga!
Something that makes you feel competent: An organized planner!
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Hanging out with my extended family while drinking coffee and eating cookies.
Something that you're proud of: my ability to enjoy things I am not the best at such as painting and yoga.
Favorite self-care practices: getting 8 hours of sleep a night! A must for me!
Something fun about yourself: I lived in Mexico as a kid!

Dylan Crain

Dylan M. Crain

Pronouns: He/Him
Department/program: Energy Resources Engineering (ERE)
Research area: Subsurface Optimization
Email: cooper96@stanford.edu

Dylan's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Coffee
Something you love to give: See above
Something that make you feel competent: Trying to answer sent me into an existential spiral (thanks)
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Nippy weather, jacket, and pumpkin spice lattes
​​​​​​​Something that makes you feel special: My parents’ frequent affirmation that I am
Something you're proud of: Once ran up a mountain to get signal to talk to a girl I liked
Favorite self-care practices: Meditation, reading novels, playing guitar
Fun fact: Desperately want to go whale watching at the Farallon Islands

Rachel D'Agui

Rachel D’Agui 

Pronouns: She/They
Department/program: MA in Environmental Communication
Research interest: Local ecology, conservation and personal connection

Rachel's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: frogs, redwood trees, soft blankets
Something you love to give: helpful perspectives, foraging workshops
Favorite self-care practices: going to bed early

Ana Fernandez

Ana Fernandez

Pronouns: she/her
From: Caracas, Venezuela
Program: MA in Sustainability Science and Practice
Research Area: designing for sustainability
Email: anafern@stanford.edu

Ana's affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: funny dogs, time with friends
Something you love to give: arepas, time, a listening ear
Something that makes you feel competent: crafting
Favorite self-care practices: candles, bubble bath, tea, recharging time, sleep

Kelsey Foster

Kelsey Foster

Pronouns:  she/her
Program: Earth System Science
Research interest: Carbon cycle science
Emailktfoster@stanford.edu 

Kelsey’s affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: My most simple pleasure is a hot cup of tea in the morning
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: I grew up near the beach and I feel most like myself when I’m by the ocean.   
Something that you're proud of: Keeping my succulent, Albedo, alive since I first got it when I was an undergrad! 
Favorite self-care practices: My self care practices are fluid and change depending on what I need most in my life at the moment, but some of my favorites are taking time to clear my mind with meditation, moving my body through dance or yoga, and chatting with friends. 

Matt Lees

Matt Lees

Pronouns: he/him
Department: Geophysics | 3rd year PhD
Research interest: Environmental Geophysics
Emailmlees@stanford.edu

Matt’s affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Finish a day's work by going for a run
Something you love to give: Sending postcards to family/friends
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: For me, my mental wellbeing is closely linked to my physical wellbeing, so I feel most like "me" when playing sport. In particular, my sport of choice is squash. If you’re ever looking for a game, get in touch :) 
Something that you're proud of: Never missing Geophysics Wellness Tea!! :)
Favorite self-care practices: Taking time for quiet reflection once or twice per week. 

Jamie Leonard

Jamie Leonard

Pronouns: he/him
Program: Earth Systems M.S.
Research interest: Community ecology 
Emailsleona@stanford.edu

Jamie’s affirmations:

Something that brings me joy: Playing music with people
Something I love to give: Books
Something that makes me feel competent: Making a to-do list at the beginning of the day and doing all/most of it (just started doing this occasionally this quarter) 
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Going on a quiet walk by myself without a phone or watch 
Favorite self-care practices: Reading, playing with my dog, cooking, waking up early and going to sleep early (though I tend to go to wake up late and go to sleep late :/)

Benji Reade Malagueno

Benji Reade Malagueño

Pronouns: he/they
Department: Earth Systems MS
Research Interests: Agriculture, environmental justice

Benji’s Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: the view when you reach the top of a hill
Something you love to give: listening ears, letters​​​​​​​
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: playing in an orchestra​​​​​​​
Favorite self-care practices: meditation, ashtanga yoga, watching fútbol

Alison Ong

Alison Ong

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Department/program: E-IPER 2nd Year PhD
Research area: Energy Economics and Policy
Email: alisonjo@stanford.edu

Alison's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Dance
Something that you love to give: Homemade food/baked goods
Favorite self-care practices: Face masks (here referring to the skincare rather than covid-prevention variety)

Hong Yang

Hong Yang

Pronouns: he/him
Department/program: Geological Sciences
Research area: Interaction of volatiles with silicates and metals under deep Earth conditions
Email
hyang666@stanford.edu

Hong's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joyAnything about food-- watching food recipe/eating videos, shopping grocery, eating
Something you love to giveContributing my knowledge to Wikipedia
Something that makes you feel competentBeing energetic and being able to help
Favorite self-care practicesTalking to my families/ being in nature

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