Meet Your Columbia College Student Council!
Elected by the student body, for the student body
My name is Zayba Qamar, and I am a senior in Columbia College majoring in economics. I’m originally from Southern California and have lived in Boston as well. I’m excited to be serving as Academic Affairs Representative for a second year now. In addition to being on CCSC, I am on the executive board of the Multicultural Business Association. Outside of school, I like reading, traveling, and trying new restaurants. This year’s academic experience will definitely look very different from our norm, and I’m hoping to work with students, faculty, and the administration to make virtual learning the best possible experience it can be. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any suggestions, concerns, or ideas for this year!
Hello all! My name is Wesley Schmidt, and I am serving as a Senior Class Representative for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am a sociology major and political science concentrator from Walton, Kentucky. Apart from student council, I am heavily involved with student theatre (performing with the Varsity Show and serving as the VP of the Columbia Musical Theatre Society). I am also involved with Model UN and serve as an editor for the Federalist, Columbia's humor newspaper.
Hi everyone! I am Virginia Lo, a junior studying Political Science and East Asian Studies. I grew up in Macau and Long Island. As we return to campus, I am excited to serve as the Student Services Representative for this school year. I look forward to increasing the accessibility of campus resources and facilities to students while ensuring safety and inclusivity. Outside of the classroom, you can find me exploring coffee shops, watching sunsets on the low steps, and strolling in Central Park. If you have any questions/concerns or just want to say hi, feel free to email ([email protected]) or connect with me on instagram (_virginialo)!
Hi! My name is Teji, I'm a sophomore, I use she/her pronouns, and I'm excited to VP Communications this year! Here's a bit about me: I went to school in the Bronx, but I just moved to Connecticut which I try to keep on the down low. I’m hoping to double major in Computer Science and Visual Arts, so I have some stake in STEM and the Humanities. I hope to meet all of you soon!
Hi everyone! My name is Sophia Adeghe and I’m a junior in CC studying Economics and on the premed track. I’m originally from Brooklyn but grew up in Pennsylvania. After serving on both Finance Committee and Policy Committee last year, I’m excited to serve as the VP Finance for this school year. I am looking forward to working with clubs to find ways to use funding and addressing the financial needs of students during COVID.
Hey there! My name is Sina Ahdoot. I am a junior in Columbia College studying History. Aside from reading non-fiction, history books, I enjoy jogging in Central Park and visiting the Met! I am honored to serve as your Alumni Affairs Representative this year and look forward to a great year!
Hey everyone! My name is Shelly Michael, and I am a senior Political Science major in CC. This is my first year as a transfer to Columbia, coming from community college in the Bay Area. This year, I am excited to work as Transfer Students Representative to help capture and improve the transfer experience at Columbia. When I am not doing classwork, you can catch me playing Zelda or making to-do lists!
Hi! I am Samantha Breslauer, a junior at Columbia College studying Neuroscience on a pre-med track. I am an international student and active member of our campus community. You can often find me rock climbing at Steep Rock, doing research at Jerome Greene Science Center, or drinking coffee at Joes. On campus, I am involved in the Columbia Climbing Club, the Chandler Chemistry Society, the American Medical Student Association and The Women's Network. I will work with you in creating a more cohesive campus, relaying problems to administrators, and effectively representing my peers.
Hi all! I’m Rads and I am a senior in CC double majoring in Neuroscience and Economics. I grew up in NYC and love walking across the five boroughs. I’ve been on CCSC since my freshman year at Columbia, and have been working on variety of initiatives from mental health to diversity and inclusion on campus.
I'm currently on the pre med track with a prospective major in Medical Humanities and a concentration in public health. Outside of this, I have special interests in history, journalism, photography, and more. I am currently on a movie kick and I recently watched Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio and it was fantastic. My goals for the year are to connect with the Class of 24' in a way that compensates for our unusual freshman year by gauging interest about what kinds of events the student body would enjoy. My three main hopes include prioritizing the wants of our class, facilitating communication between administration and students, and working towards a smooth transition from online school to in person classes.
I'm Mohammad Khalil and I am currently a junior from South Texas majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. In addition to being your Religion Representative on campus, I also interview people with brain injury for Columbia Synapse, help serve food for less fortunate people at Community Lunch, and participate in Muslim Student Association and Interfaith activities around campus. I also love exploring wildlife, horseback riding, and exotic permaculture (growing tropical fruit/nut trees). As your Religion Representative, my goal is to address any obstacles in the way of practicing your faith and increase relevant activities for religious students on campus.
Hi! My name is Maria Stuebner, and I am joining Columbia’s class of 2024 from Yorktown, VA. In high school, as president of my school’s math society, I organized the first ever local math contest for middle school students in my area. Working with my principal, I spearheaded the first recycling effort at my school that witnessed the school-wide implementation of recycling bins, and I also founded the first French conversation group at my local university, connecting native speakers with students and avid Francophiles. I hope to bring the same leadership, vision, and collaborative spirit to CCSC this fall.
Kwolanne Felix was born in Haiti and raised in Miami Florida. She is a junior studying History. Beyond the classroom she works in international relations. She is a UN fellow for the African Descent Programme, a Columbia Saltzman Scholar, and has interned at the Council of Foreign Relations, and the Malala Fund. She is active on campus, where she advocates for marginalized students’ access to resources, and founded the Inclusion and Diversity Committee of Columbia College Student Council. In her free time, she writes a column for the Columbia Spectator where she brings her nuanced and intersectional perspectives.
Krishna is the 2021-2022 Columbia College Student Council VP of Policy. Krishna is a senior in CC studying Statistics-Political Science and African-American studies! Originally from Tampa, Florida, Krishna also sings with an a cappella group on campus, is a member of the Asian-American Alliance, and does college advising through Columbia-Barnard Matriculate.
Kathan Reddy (he/his, and pronounced like Nathan, but with a K) is the Sophmore Class Council Vice President this year. He hails from warm, sunny, and absolutely gorgeous Columbus, Ohio, and is planning on studying Political Science and Economics. Outside of CCSC and coursework he's probably working on something Model UN related, binge-watching the news, or wishing he wasn't such a mediocre dancer. Let him know if you want to chat.
Hey everyone! I'm a senior majoring in Math-Stats with an EALAC concentration. On campus, I'm a member of the Women's Golf Team and also co-president of NuDance Contemporary Group. I'm incredibly excited to become involved with CCSC especially as an individual who cares tremendously about the importance of community! During these unusual times, I believe it's even more relevant now to foster a strong community and draw strength from each other even though we might be apart physically. We must make the most of our situations, think creatively, and come out stronger together on the other side!
My name is Jaine and I am a junior studying Political Science and Russian. Last year, I was the FLI Rep, but on campus, I am a member of the Native American Council, Columbia Outdoors Club, Questbridge, and a COOP leader. As a first generation, low income student who does not receive financial support from my family, I have often had to struggle to participate in many ways on campus. Especially given the difficulties brought forth by COVID in terms of accessibility, I want to help FGLI students have the same opportunities as all others this year.
Hi team! My name’s Gabriel Herrera and I’m one of the class of ‘23 representatives; I’m studying philosophy and economics in CC and am from PA. Aside from CCSC, I’m also an active member of the music program (I play trombone!), on the exec board for Columbia for Biden, an orientation leader for NSOP, and an affiliate of Greek life.
Hi everyone! I’m originally from Fayetteville, Arkansas and also lived in Bulgaria for a few years where I learned Russian. I’m majoring in History and Political Science with a focus on American Politics and 20th-Century History. Outside of the classroom, you can find me running in Central Park, browsing the cheese section in Westside, or dancing in my room! I’m looking forward to this year with you all!
Hi everyone! My name is Erin and I'm a junior studying Political Science-Statistics. I was born in Alabama but spent most of my years growing up in Mississippi. I'm excited to serve the Class of 2023 as a representative and get to work on ensuring the best transition back to in-person classes, events, and overall life for the year!
Hey everyone! My name is Elsa and I’ll be VP Campus Life for this coming academic year. I am a junior majoring in Film and Media Studies, and I love taking walks around the city, catching movies at small indie theaters, and spending time on Low Steps.
We’re planning a bunch of events and initiatives to celebrate being back on campus and to make sure that everyone feels settled, included, and connected. We are thrilled to resume and amp up our favorite traditions like Tree Lighting Ceremony and Glasshouse Rock, yet we also aim to create new events like Fall Fest, Core class reunions, s’mores night, and more! We will also implement initiatives particularly centered around mental health on campus, making tangible steps toward more interconnected and supported life on campus.
I (she/her) am currently a junior and QuestBridge scholar at Columbia College. I served as a Staffer on the University Senate Student Affairs Committee my freshman year and am honored as well as excited to begin my role as a Senator. As a Staffer, I contributed to projects addressing COVID-related issues, health and wellness, FGLI students, and more. From my experience with the Senate, I am prepared to assume my role as a University Senator and understand how to be responsive to the needs of my community. I intend to advocate for FGLI, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC students while considering the specific set of challenges these groups face. Furthermore, I will also work diligently to increase mental health resource accessibility especially during these unprecedented times. I am also a Peer Health Exchange facilitator and teach health education in public schools in NYC. It is incredibly meaningful to me to facilitate effective communication and understanding of such an important subject. I am very interested in the intersection of STEM and humanities disciplines, so I have a wide range of academic and social interests including art history, psychology, chemistry, philosophy and literature. I am looking forward to working with fellow Senators and serving the needs and concerns of my constituents.
Colby is a junior in Columbia College studying African-American Studies and Psychology. In addition to his role on CCSC, he is also the Community Outreach Chair for the Black Students' Organization. He was born in Houston, Texas and as such spends most of his free time stanning Megan THEE Stallion and the Queen Beyoncé herself.
Hi! My name is Chukwuma but most people call me Chuk. I’m a sophomore in CC majoring in neuroscience. I’m Nigerian, but I have also lived in NYC and London. This year, I’m hoping to improve the communication between the administration and the international community. There are many events, opportunities, and resources which could be beneficial, but most people are not aware of them. One of my goals is to revamp the International Buddy Program, to match incoming first years with upperclassmen, so they can learn more about what it means to be international at Columbia. So excited to be a part of CCSC this year and to advocate for other international students!
Hi everyone!! I’m Christiana (most people call me Christy), I’m from Fayetteville, North Carolina, and I plan to major in chemistry on the pre-med track. I like listening to music, baking, and going on runs/walks in my free time! Other than CCSC, I’m a part of The Women’s Network and the Columbia Mentoring Initiative. I would also like to get involved in Peer Health Exchange and the Charles Drew Premedical Society. It stinks that we can’t all be on campus this year, but I’ve had so much fun getting to know people online, and I’m really looking forward to meeting even more throughout the year!
My name is Charlie Wallace (he/him/his) and I am a junior from Denver, Colorado planning on majoring in Political Science and East Asian Studies. Outside of being your Junior Class President for the Class of 2023, I am a writer for the Columbia Political Review, a member of the Model United Nations Travel Team, and a tour guide for the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. I love traveling, trying new food, and looking at world maps. I plan on using my position to amplify student voices to make a happier and more accessible Columbia.
Hey there! I'm a senior in Columbia College studying Economics-Political Science and ethnic studies. I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area, and am excited to be on CCSC for a third year! In addition to council, I serve on the Queer and Trans Advisory Board within Multicultural Affairs and the Columbia Alumni Association Task Force on Belonging. I am passionate about advocacy, inclusion, and supporting student groups' organizing efforts. You can reach me by email or Instagram at [email protected] or @brandon_shi.
Hello, my name is Avi Adler, and I am a sophomore eyeing a major in STEM. I'm from St. Louis, Missouri, and I'm a true Midwesterner at heart. I grew up in a small community with an even smaller high school (literally 6 students in my graduating class); this experience has come to define my outlook here in New York. Although I am STEM major, I would say my passions lie in the humanities — culture, literature, history. A day in my life isn't complete without a thorough diversion into a book. Whenever I'm not engaged in class and school related activities, you'll probably find me running while listening to a good podcast or two. Through the experience of my upbringing, I learned the importance of ensuring that every student is included both socially and academically. I hope to share and spread this lesson as the Disability Services Representative on the student council this coming year.
Arya is a senior in Columbia College studying Biochemistry and Computer Science. She is originally from Big Rapids, MI, and is proud to represent the Great Lakes State! She's excited to serve on class council this year, and welcomes all feedback. In her free time, she plays saxophone, plays water polo, and reads.
Anthony Adessa was elected to Columbia College Student Council as the Pre-Professional Representative. He is a political science major and computer science concentrator from San Diego, California. At Columbia, Anthony is an Operating Committee Leader of the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs and works for Undergraduate Admissions. He also serves as Chair of Social for the University Life Events Council, facilitating social events for students from all of Columbia’s twenty schools. Outside of class, he is an active photographer and explorer of NYC and has experience working in the financial services industry.
I'm Albert Hao (he/him), a sophomore at CC studying Computer Science. I'm from the Bay Area in California. I’m hoping to encourage collaboration and school spirit and togetherness. On campus, I'm also involved in Columbia's Interschool Governing Board and University Life Events Council - I’m also on the Columbia Debate Team and enjoy lively discussion about international and domestic events. In my free time, you'll find me biking, reading, cooking, and playing volleyball and DnD.
A junior in Columbia College, majoring in History and Political Science, Adam is an avid advocate for equity, justice, and community-oriented solutions to inequality in his surrounding communities. At Columbia, he is actively involved with on-campus politics, writing for the Columbia Political Review, while volunteering with the Columbia University Democrats and the Roosevelt Institute; as well as on-campus theatre and a cappella. Adam is passionate about human rights and the intersection of identity politics and social equality, serving as a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights, while volunteering with Amnesty International, the Justice-in-Education Initiative on Rikers Island, and as a co-chair for Columbia Voting Week 2020. He also serves as Programming Chair for the University Life Events Council, allowing him to create/support inclusive social programming across the greater Columbia community.