Peer Leaders

Honors Mentor ~ Wellness Champion ~ Peer Academic Leader

Peer Leaders are second, third, or fourth year students that live in CM and help residents navigate the University. Each Peer Leader has a different area of expertise. Peer leaders are appointed each Spring for the following academic year. Peer Leaders serve as members of the Cockrell-McIntosh Commons Leadership Team.

Honors Mentors

The Honors Mentors build relationships with Honors students within CM in hopes of creating a strong Honors community within CM and connecting CM Honors residents to the the larger SMU Honors community. 


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Sarah Venables


Sarah is a sophomore on the pre-Law track from Magnolia, Texas, majoring in English and Journalism and minoring in German. A true word nerd at heart, she always has a book in hand and is figuring out new ways to incorporate GIFs into her HerCampus articles. In her free time, you can find Sarah cheering on Mustang athletics and hanging out with friends.

Wellness Champion

The Wellness Champion helps educate their fellow CM residents about college lifestyles and wellness issues in a positive, interactive, fun, and nonjudgmental manner.


Taylor Wallace


Taylor is a Junior from Frisco, Texas. She is the Captain of the Alcohol and Substance abuse SWC specialty group and is majoring in Biophysics with a minor in mathematics. She is on the Pre-Med (M.D./Ph.D.) track and loves to talk about health and medicine. She is a Certified Pharmacy Technician and a Certified EKG tech and currently works in SMU’s LUMINA laboratory. During her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, watching Grey’s Anatomy and Volunteering. 


Anna Curtin


Anna is a sophomore from Saint Louis, Missouri, majoring in Finance and minoring in Human Rights. She is involved with the career center as a Hegi Career Leader. In her free time you can almost always find her on the third floor of Cockrell or out to eat with her friends.

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John Marshall Calkins


John is a second-year from South Florida majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Spanish. He is a research assistant for SMU’s Department of History, and enjoys hanging out with friends in his free time.

Peer Academic Leader (PAL)

The PAL helps other residents navigate academic challenges, empowering them to take ownership of their collegiate careers through mentorship and educational programming.


Anaiya Deshong-Mcgruder


Anaiya is a sophomore from Copperas Cove, Texas majoring in biochemistry following the pre-med track and minoring in neuroscience. She loves talking about medicine and is a certified phlebotomist technician. In her free time she loves photography, volunteering, and hanging out with friends. 

Pooja Krishna


Pooja is a sophomore from Carrollton, Texas majoring in Marketing and Journalism. On campus she is involved in Student Foundation and Hilltop Scholars. A self-proclaimed foodie, cat-lover and wordsmith, she loves trying different things and meeting new people!