Peer Mentor Program

Division of Student Services

PMP Mentors

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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 junior 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 2018 - 2019 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 junior 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 senior 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.


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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!



Gerry Peña-Martinez, '19 

Greetings, my name is Gerry Peña-Martinez (He/Him or They/Them) and I am a Junior Art History/Economics Major. Originally from Southern California, though I had the privilege of visiting my family back in Mexico growing up.This is my third year involved with PMP, as it has given me a great sense of community. Through my involvement in PMP I came to meet many incredible people that shared (and didn't share) facets of my own identity that I didn't initially expect to find at Reed. Outside of PMP and academia I am a Housing Advisor and Co-Leader of Latinx Student Union. When not occupied by these responsibilities I try to visit local art museums, cook with friends or binge watch Netflix shows. Feel free to reach out about about being Latinx, Queer, Low-Ses, Child of immigrants are any other concern as I am always willing to hear.


Kyla Hayworth

Hi, I'm Kyla and I'm a half white, half Chinese nonbinary mess of a person. I'm originally from Austin, Texas, but I have also lived in Massachusetts, Kansas, and New Hampshire, though I was born here in Portland. My favorite spot on campus is behind the mailroom/bon appetit office, because there is a good chance of seeing the canyon cats (who are perfect in every way) or even the tiny baby raccoon who pillages their food. My favorite place off campus is my house because it's where I sleep, but I also really like the Woodstock and Hawthorne farmers markets during the summer. I like to climb, cook, and lay in the sun. I know a lot about on campus employment and general campus logistics, ask me your hardest questions!


Saxton Fisher, '20

Hello! My name is Saxton (they/them and he/him). I'm from the Houston, Texas area and I'll be a junior at Reed in the fall. I'm a chemistry major and think science and math are super magical, but I also love looking at and making art, especially contemporary sculpture, and consider myself an artist. I love the deep sea, thunderstorms, night driving, sleeping, and collecting wikipedia articles. My favorite spots on campus are the great lawn, the blue bridge, and the gcc basement. I'm very bad at relaxing, but when I do, I like to watch re-runs of the office or walk around outside. I'm really looking forward to meeting y'all! :+) 


Jillian de la Torre, '20

Hey! My name is Jillian but most people know me as Jilly (she/her/hers). I’m a third-year English major from a small town in Richmond, California in the East Bay Area. I’m so excited to be a part of PMP this year! I come from a super tight-knit, mixed-race family with humble financial means. Coming to such a rich, white place as Reed presented me with a huge culture shock my first year, and honestly, I’m still struggling to get used to it. That being said, I have grown to love Portland (with all its yummy food) and the Reed community (with all its lovely people). Here at Reed, I work as a SAPR advocate providing confidential support to those affected by domestic and sexual violence, and I have worked at homeless and domestic violence shelters in Portland and in the Bay Area. I am also a leader of Reed’s Christian club, Oh For Christ’s Sake, and am involved with Latinx Student Union. In my free time, I love to go for walks through the canyon, listen to music and chill on that little bench underneath Greenwood (a hidden gem of the Reed campus tbh), go camping, hit up the gym, cook Mexican food, read short stories, and pet all the cute dogs I can find. I love being a part of the PMP community and I can’t wait to meet all the incoming mentees this year! :)