Cultural Peer Mentor Program

Cultural Peer Mentors (CPMs) are student leaders who help new international students become acclimated to Marymount Manhattan College and to the larger New York City community. They are role models, advisors, and friends, but most of all, they are students themselves who care about helping their classmates from abroad integrate seamlessly into college life.


Meet the Cultural Peer Mentors

  • Gustavo Blaauw

    Art History and Playwriting/Directing

    Oie!!! My name is Gustavo Blaauw or just Gus. I’m an International student from São Paulo, Brazil! I am currently in my senior year at Marymount. I am studying Art History and Playwriting/Directing. Around the city, you will probably find me hunting for a museum somewhere, or in line to get a cheap ticket for a Broadway show or a performance at the Met Opera. This is my fourth year as a Cultural peer mentor, and I am beyond excited to meet you all! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me via email (, MMC Engage App, or my Instagram (@gcblaauw)!

  • Abril Chavez

    Theatre Directing and Digital Media and Theatre Production

    Hi! My name is Abril and I’m a CPM. I am an international student from Mexico, I am a double major in theatre directing and digital media and theatre production, I also enjoy photography. I am very excited to meet you!

  • Marcie Fils

    Psychology/ Minor in Art Therapy

    Hello everyone, my name is Marsonise Fils but I go by Marcie, I’m currently a sophomore majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art Therapy. I’m very passionate about learning new things and building upon what I already know, I like anime, reading, drawing, painting, and doing nails. I’m originally from Haiti and came here at a young age, so I know how hard it is to get used to a new environment, so I hope that my experience and my knowledge will be able to guide you in your journey here at MMC. I can’t wait to learn more about you and your culture. Feel free to contact me through my email (, my Instagram (mfils16), and my snap chat (itachimichealis)