Peer Mentor Program

Division of Student Services

PMP Mentors

Many of the 2017-2018 Mentors

Who are mentors? Mentors are students from a cross-section of the campus, who have devised strategies to navigate the social and academic atmosphere of Reed, and are willing to share their insights. Mentors are not perfect by any means; we encourage those who have experienced struggles at Reed and have learned--or are learning--from them to apply. Mentors participate in the PMP Odyssey, maintain regular contact with their mentees, and receive on-going training and support from staff in the Office for Inclusive Community.

Meet a few of our outstanding mentors!

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Maddox Zhang, '20 

Hi, I’m Maddox (he/him/his or they/them/theirs). I'm a queer transmasc Chinese American from Orange, CT. I'm a sophomore looking to major in biochem, and I'm going to be one of the interns for PMP this year! My primary goal for this year, above all else, is to listen. I want to hear about your unique experiences if you're willing to share, give space for your healing, connect you to others with similar backgrounds, and welcome you to the PMP family. This year I'd like to focus specifically on oppression that occurs within marginalized communities, and further investigate different intersections of identity. Outside of PMP, my goals for this year are to read and volunteer more, and do more food exploring in Portland!


Jacob Shaw, '19

Why hello there! My name is Jacob (he/him/his) and it is such an honor to serve as one of the PMP interns for the 2017 - 2018 school year! Born and raised in Austin, Texas, I came all the way to Reed to study political science; afterwards, I intend to attend law school and someday become a lawyer. Undoubtedly, being a 1st generation, black, low SES student from a non traditional family background made my transition and acclimation to Reed difficult and at times woefully uncomfortable. Thankfully, during my first two years here at Reed, I have been able to lean on the beautiful support network that is PMP, which I consider my family. As a mentee during my freshman year and then as a mentor during my sophomore year, PMP continually gave me reasons to laugh and celebrate as well as helped me develop and grow even as a Reedie from an underrepresented background. Now as a junior this upcoming school year, I seek to continue the magic of PMP for the next generation. So, I am extremely excited to meet all of your new faces and cannot wait for you to join the family. :)


 Claire Patzman, '20 

My name is Claire (she/her/hers) and I'm a sophomore psychology major originally from Seattle hoping to work along the intersections of psychology and social work in the future. I'm a sucker for sappy YA romance, but I try to balance that out with lots of non-fiction; true crime is my thing right now. I also watch loads of movies with my go-to pick-me-up genre being horror. My favorite thing to talk about is Degrassi because I'm shameless. I can't wait to meet all the new mentees this summer!


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 Brenna Intemann-Milligan, '19

Hi! My name is Brenna (she/her/hers) and I’m a third year History major, who probably loves English a little too much to be a History major. I’ve been involved with PMP all three years that I’ve been at Reed, and am really excited to meet the incoming class! I grew up in sunny Sacramento, California where both of my moms made sure I have a deep love for being outdoors and, of course, food. I love exploring Portland, finding new places to eat, and window shopping at crazy Portland shops I’d never be able to afford. At Reed, I’m on the Rugby team, I’m the captain of the Mock Trial team, and also on the Model UN team. I work as a Housing Advisor (our version of an RA), as a Student Consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and as Nightbus Manager. If you want to talk about any of those things, none of them, or just how to balance doing a lot while still making time for yourself and enjoying college, I’m your girl.



Anneleissa Coen, '18

Heya, I am Anneleissa (they/them/their) and I am a transfer junior Sociology major from Eugene, OR. I will be one of the PMP mentors for this year and am super excited to help create an inclusive environment where students can smoothly transition to life at Reed. I really struggled with adjusting to college as a queer, first-gen, low-SES, level 9 cleric at Middlebury College my first year, so becoming part of the PMP community when I transferred to Reed provided me with exactly the support I needed. I currently volunteer at Planned Parenthood and work for Community Wellness where I have the pleasure of promoting better communication between adolescents and their healthcare providers along with encouraging Reedies to prioritize their wellbeing. I love connecting people with resources and opportunities; please hit me up! I also promise to smile bunches whenever I see any of you! :) :) :)


Maxine Calle, '20 

My name is Maxine Elena (she/her/hers) and I'm a second year mathematics-philosophy major, with additional interests in art, music, Spanish (soy Colombiana), aerial acrobatics, and gardening. At Reed, I work in the library and the costume shop. I was raised by a single mother, and I completely blame her for my love of math, my wonderful Waldorf education, and my inability to cook. I'm a Pisces, and I'm still figuring out what that says about me. I like cucumber water. A lot. I tend to be kind of quiet, but I'm quite friendly. This is my first year involved with PMP, and I'm super stoked to be a part of this wonderful community!


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Marshall DeFor, '19 

Hello! My name is Marshall (he/him/his), and I am a junior psychology major. I came to Reed in the fall of 2015 from Norfolk, Nebraska, with an undecided major (Sociology/Psychology/English/Music/Theatre/Spanish/Anthropology). During my freshman year, PMP helped me find some of my closest friends and made a huge impact on my future. In April of 2016, I made the decision to transfer away from Reed, move closer to home, and become a high-school teacher. For my sophomore year, I went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to study Secondary English Education. Within two weeks of my time at UNL, I realized that I would be most fulfilled in life if I transferred back to Reed to study psychology, and now I plan on going to grad school immediately after my time at Reed to continue in the psychology field. I came from a low-SES, conservative background, which made me feel the need to hide my true identity as a member of the queer community for a long time. PMP helped me embrace more fully my identity as a queer low-SES student, and I hope to help others become able to more fully embrace who they are. If you have any questions or just want to say hi, feel free to stalk me on Facebook and/or reach out -- I'm very extroverted and willing to answer questions!