Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors (PAs) foster a successful academic and social transition into the UW Tacoma community by serving as mentors to new students. They connect new students to important campus resources and key university contacts through direct one-on-one interactions, group activities, and events.

Feel free to reach out to any of the current Peer Advisors! You can read more about them below.




  • photo of Shainah DaviaSHAINAH DAVIA  |
    Business Administration

    Hey! I am a senior and my major is Business and Administration. I was born in Eugene, Oregon but I grew up in Parkland, Washington. I have a passion for people and American Sign Language. My most prevalent advice would be to always be open to changing, stay motivated, and stay hydrated.
  • photo of Joy StewartJOY STEWART  |
    Writing Studies

    Hi! I’m Joy! I’m currently a junior on this beautiful campus of UW Tacoma. I was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington so I always rep the 253! I’m obsessed with Hello Kitty. My strongest advice to incoming students would be, “Your education comes first!”
  • photo of Diana AlgomedaDIANA ALGOMEDA |

    I’m a junior majoring in Mathematics. My hometown is Seattle, Washington. I encourage all students to visit the Career Development center as soon as possible to learn about the many things they offer.
  • photo of Lillith PerryLILLITH PERRY  |

    Hello! My name is Lillith. I’m a sophomore on campus. My hometown is Chatan, Okinawa. I love learning new languages to help bridge the gap in communication with my peers and my community. My advice to new students is to challenge yourself to do one thing outside of your comfort zone everyday.




  • photo of Synclair MyersSYNCLAIR MYERS  |
    Law & Policy

    Hey Dawgs, my name is Synclair Myers and I am a senior currently majoring in Law & Policy. I grew up in Maryland, I love all music, and I like to volunteer with kids during my free time. I am very passionate about the advocacy for social issues concerning foster youth, educational equity and many other issues. My advice would be to trust your instincts and to get involved on campus. Lets go!
  • photo of Zhou LuZHOU (JOE) LU  |
    Computer Science

    Hi my friends, I am Joe, an international student from China and one of your Peer Advisors for 2017. I major in computer science. I like to play basketball, code programming, and video games in my free time. Feel free to contact me for any help! XD My advise to new students is finding out what is your passion, and strive for it. Let’s go dawgs!
  • photo of Sarah McDanielSARAH McDANIEL  |
    Sustainable Urban Development
    Politics, Philosophy, Economics

    I like helping others navigate the campus, its resources, and being involved with campus decisions. You can find me watching animals, going on reddit, and recycling my plastics. I think students should know that they need to stand up for themselves while in college by appreciating their values and being honest about expectations. Your part of the UW Tacoma community is irreplaceable and deserves to be recognized!
  • photo of Sequoia ConnerSEQUOIA CONNER  |

    My name is Sequoia Conner and I am a communications Major at the University of Washington. Though Tacoma is my home now, I am originally from  Los Angeles County. When I am not busy with school work or involvement at my church I am usually found doing something art related. I encourage people always embrace your differences.
  • photo of Matt PanipintoMATT PANIPINTO  |
    Electrical Engineering

    My name is Matthew Panipinto, and this is my second year at UW Tacoma and I am currently a pre-major student for Electrical Engineering. When I’m not busy studying, I enjoy brewing beer and fire dancing. My advice to new students would be to engage with all the resources you can during your time at UW Tacoma.
  • photo of Windy DangWINDY DANG  |

    Hey there! My name is Windy. I’m a graduating senior, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. I enjoy puns, binging on Netflix, rum raisin ice cream, and long walks to the fridge. Occasionally, I take my little dog out for hikes and adventures, very...occasionally… I am passionate about learning and teaching, simultaneously. I am excited about this new school year and can’t wait to meet y’all. So come talk to me, or email me funny memes! Seriously, I don’t bite.