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History Dept., Herter Hall Room 612
University of Massachusetts
161 Presidents Drive
Amherst, MA 01003-9312

Tel. 413.545.1330
Fax. 413.545.6137

History Department Peer Mentors


Do you have questions related to the History Major or the History Department? Stop by and meet with a peer mentor in Herter 612! Questions on their hours? Contact


Meet your mentors!

Hello, I’m Dan Cabral! I am a senior History student in the Commonwealth Honors College, also pursuing an International Relations certificate and a Political Science Minor. I’ve been in the UMass concert band and have spent time studying Italian, on top of my History endeavors. I’ve studied many different eras of history, covering a variety of geographical locations, such as Latin America, South Asia, China, United States, and Great Britain. I’ve also spent a semester studying abroad in Lancaster, UK. Outside of history I like to read, write, hike, run and watch soccer. I’m very excited to use my experiences at UMass to help my fellow history majors with any questions that you guys can come up with! Or if you just feel like saying “hi,” feel free to stop by!


Hello! My name is Hailey Cherepon. I am a senior at UMass-Amherst, majoring in History and Political Science, and I am also a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. My areas of study have focused mainly on genocide studies, particularly during international conflicts in the 20th century, as well as the history of journalism. Last year, I was an intern at the UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory studies. I am also very interested in law (including international law) and I plan on going to law school after I graduate. In the last three years I completed internships in Connecticut and Federal justice and political settings. I work in the Honors College as the Student Ambassador Coordinator. Outside of my academic work, I love music, current events, reading, and theater. I am part of the Women’s Choir on campus and I currently serve as the Chief Justice for the Student Government Association. I look forward to helping UMass students with any questions they may have about the History major/minor, especially internships, balancing multiple majors/minors, and the Honors College! Feel free to stop by just to chat as well!


I’m Carl Forgo and I am happy to serve as a History Peer Mentor. My specialty is applying a global perspective to the study of History. I completed a very rewarding study abroad semester at Charles University in Prague, where I took a full slate of classes focused on the history and culture of Central Europe. Prior to that, I had an internship with a cultural program working in the High Andes region of Peru. Closer to home, I volunteered with the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina as part of UMass Alternative Spring Break. I firmly believe that the study of history is strengthened and deepened by travel and interaction with people from different cultures. Come by and let’s talk about what makes History come alive for you and how you can use your UMass studies as a foundation upon which you can build an exciting and rewarding life!


Hello! My name is Michael Nicholson. I am a junior at UMass-Amherst, majoring in History and Political Science, and I am also a member of the Commonwealth Honors College. My areas of study have focused mainly on Latin American Studies as well as state and local politics. During vacations, I work at the Mayor's office in my hometown of Gardner, Massachsuetts, so I am really interested in learning about how local history effects the big picture and themes that you would see in your typical history textbook. I am also working for a Certificate in International Relations, a certificate in Public Policy and Administration, and am enrolled in the Accelerated Master's of Public Policy program. Outside of my academic work, I am a Drum Major of the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Marching Band, am a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia National Music Fraternity, and am involved with many other groups on campus. I look forward to working with you on any matters you bring up, especially those dealing with balancing two majors, time management, choosing classes and your intended path.