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Peer Information Counseling Program: About Us

Mission Statement

As students coming from marginalized communities, Peer Information Counselors can understand the unique barriers faced by students of different backgrounds. Our counselors are dedicated to supporting marginalized students in achieving their academic goals and building their confidence in accessing library resources. Everyone should get to know the library and how much we can do for you during as your college experience. Bear down!

Meet the PIC Students (and Coordinator)

Miranda Escobar, PIC Student

Hi everyone! My name is Miranda and my pronouns are she/her/hers and I was born and raised here in Tucson. I am currently in my senior year with a major in Political Science and a minor in Mexican-American Studies. I really care for my community and think accessibility and information are so crucial to our livelihood and success within institutions like universities, which is why I am really excited to be working with the library and the various cultural centers around campus. Apart from working with the library, I like to spend time with my family and friends, in nature, and I love to bake. I also love to read and a recent book I enjoyed was "So Far From God" by Ana Castillo. Feel free to reach out or ask me any questions!

Jess Williamson, PIC Student

Hello! I'm Jess (she/her) and I am currently a junior at the University of Arizona. I am majoring in English, German, and Creative Writing with an emphasis in poetry. As a queer person, I am extremely passionate about both the LGBTQ+ community and Women & Gender resources. My ultimate goal in being a Peer Information Counselor is to be someone these communities can rely on and trust in aiding them with events and beneficial resources provided by the UA Library. You can always catch me with a book in my hand and a plethora of highlighters, pens, and sticky notes ready for any annotating need. 

 Qusai Almustafa, PIC Student

Hello! My name is Qusai Almustafa. Currently, I am a sophomore studying Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona. I was born and raised in a small village on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. In 2016, I moved to the United States and obtained my citizenship. I hope to pursue a career at NASA, in which I will be responsible for designing a spacecraft that will allow humans to land on Mars by 2050. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with close friends. In my current role as a Peer Information Counselor (PIC), I hope to create a comfortable environment for my peers in order to encourage productivity.

Contact me at: q1n@arizona.edu

Jeremiah Paschke-Wood, PIC Coordinator

Hi everyone. I am the Undergraduate Engagement and Assessment Librarian at University of Arizona Libraries as well as the coordinator of the Peer Information Counselor program. Coming from a multicultural family, I feel very strongly about the need for every student to have an opportunity to succeed at the University of Arizona, regardless of their background. For fun, I like to read, write, watch movies, listen to and play music, hike, and yell at my children.

Contact me at: jpaschkewood@email.arizona.edu

For more information, email picstudent@email.arizona.edu or call 520-621-7236

About the PIC program

 

The Peer Information Counselor program at the UA is designed to provide students at the cultural centers and across campus with the opportunity to receive peer mentoring and research help. Our goal is to help students overcome any feelings of discomfort or intimidation in using the library space or resources. We are a newly relaunched program working diligently to make the library an inviting space for all. Come find us in the library, at certain events and working to provide study hours for anyone who needs it!