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wellness

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

Tate Burwell

Tate Burwell

Pronouns: she/her
Program: Environmental Communication, MA
Undergrad: International Relations
Email:
tburwell@stanford.edu

Nahla’s affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Good music + the beach
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Fiction writing
Favorite self-care practices: Tea + Real Housewives

In Jae (John) Cho

In Jae (John) Cho

Pronouns: he/him
Department: Energy Resources Engineering | 1st year Coterm/Masters
Research Interest: Energy Policy
Emailicho2@stanford.edu

In Jae’s affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Anything active outdoors, such as backpacking, archery, skydiving and football. It makes me feel free from the stress that piles with school work. 
Something that makes you feel competent: I believe that during these times of difficulties, going outside and spending time with my family by just walking around the park helps me feel competent. It is the little things that I have come to appreciate now that we have lost so much due to this pandemic. 
Something you love to give: I love giving my time to just listen to other people’s stories. Whether it is sad or happy, I believe that I get to expand my horizons through different perspectives. While listening, I get to also sometimes take on a supportive role to those in need.
Something that you’re proud of: I am a proud immigrant who understands the struggles of being isolated not just physically but also linguistically and culturally.
Fun Fact: If you want to win me over, all you need is a kitkat.

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!

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. 

Emma Higuchi

Emma Higuchi

Pronouns: she/her
Department/program: SUST - sustainability science and practice 
Research interest: child development and community health
Emailehiguch1@stanford.edu

Emma's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: farmers’ market!
Something you love to give: handwritten letters and postcards
Favorite self-care practices: not much of a self-care but organizing helps me destress

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 :/)

Yuanjun Li

Yuanjun Li

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Department: Energy Resources Engineering | 3rd Year PhD
Research Interests: Time-series Production Data Analysis

Yuanjun’s Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Hanging out with my friends
Something you love to give: Comic books
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Following my workout routine
Favorite self-care practices: Getting enough sleep every weekend        

Nicloette Meyer

Nicolette Meyer

Pronouns: she/her
Department/program: ESS
Research area: Geomicrobiology
Email: nrmeyer at stanford dot edu

Nicolette's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Being at sea
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Being at home with family
Favorite self-care practices: hiking, horseback riding, climbing, biking

Karissa Pepin

Karissa Pepin

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Department: Geophysics | 4th Year PhD
Research Interests: Radar Remote Sensing with Environmental Applications
Emailkspepin@stanford.edu

Karissa’s Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Snuggling with my fur-babes
Something you love to give: Homemade baked goods
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Making music, especially when I have the chance to do so with others
Something that you're proud of: How much I’ve learned and grown since coming to Stanford
Favorite self-care practices: Reading, art projects, taking baths, and making sure I get enough sleep

Will Scott

Will Scott

Pronouns: he/him
Department/program: EIPER
Research area: Climate change policy and economics
Emailwscott4@stanford.edu

Will's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: being surrounded by nature
Something you love to give: shared experiences
Something that makes you feel competent: Making my bed in the morning
Something that you're proud of: being at Stanford!
Favorite self-care practices: ending the work day with a head-clearing run

Danna Xue

Danna Xue

Pronouns: She/ Her
Department/program: SUST - sustainability science and practice
Research area: Sustainable Manufacturing and Design, Batteries
Email: dannaxue@stanford.edu

Danna's Affirmations:

Something that brings you joy: Coffee and music! 
Something that makes you feel competent: Notebooks and bags with lots of pockets
Something that makes you feel most like yourself: Making dumplings with my family on weekends
Something that you're proud of: Hosting the first SUST wellness event this fall!
Favorite self-care practices: Curling up in the sun with a really good book
Something fun about yourself: I like making vlogs

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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