OMA&D Academic Counseling Services

Meet the ACS Peer Advisers

“ACS Peer Advising is committed to the overarching mission of OMA&D. We strive to promote access, equity, and inclusion by supporting first generation, ethnically diverse, low-income students. As OMA&D students from similar backgrounds, our advice bridges gaps and creates pathways that will help other OMA&D students achieve all their goals at the University of Washington. Through our shared experiences as UW undergraduates we offer holistic peer advising that is accessible, accurate, and empathetic.”

ACS Peers

My name is Tiana Arzuaga and I am currently a senior at UW studying psychology with a minor in diversity. I am also a recent McNair scholar. Something about me is I studied abroad last summer with fellow ACS peer Julie Lim and we became great friends (and would love to annoy you guys if we were in the office.)
Hi, my name is Emily Baluca and I am a nursing student. I like to go hiking, explore Seattle, and find nice places to sit and read a book. I enjoy doing arts and crafts and volunteering at free health clinics. Little fun fact is that I have 2 cats named Moo and Cow. I’m looking forward to working with you all!
Hello, my name is Justin Kalani Brache and I am currently a senior pursuing a major in microbiology and a minor in chemistry. My academic interests lie in the pathology of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Outside of the classroom, I spend time tutoring students at the Instructional Center, dancing hula, playing volleyball, surfing, and biking. I’m originally from Los Angeles, CA and I absolutely love Japanese food.
Alfred Escorpiso: I’m a 4th year studying Accounting & Information Systems. I was involved in many clubs in high school while joining the tennis team for four years, but haven’t played as much since I started college. I got involved with a few organizations at UW since starting college and now I am serving as an officer for FASA sa UW this school year.
Hello! My name is Zeynab Idris and I am a third-year student majoring in Medical Anthropology and Global Health (MAGH). I am currently in the pre-pharmacy track and still considering my post-graduation plans. I have many interests including drawing, cooking, and watching anime. Also, I consider myself a bubble tea enthusiast!
Julie Lim is a senior studying American Ethnic Studies. She is a McNair scholar and hopes to pursue a career in education. Julie is excited to be a part of the peer advisory program!
Aracely Lopez- Mora, 3rd year at UW majoring in Social Welfare, I’m Mexican American from the beautiful state of Michoacan!!
My name is Jessica Par (she/her), and I’m going into my last year at UW, studying American Ethnic Studies and Education. I was born in Myanmar, and I now live in Kent, WA, with my big family! I’m passionate about educational equity and hope to continue working in the future to serve my community. My hobbies include singing karaoke songs with my friends (or even alone) and watching K-dramas.