Meet Your Columbia College Student Council!
Elected by the student body, for the student body
My name is Zayba Qamar, and I am a junior 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 Junior 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! My name is Teji, I use she/her pronouns, and I'm excited to be a part of the Class of 2024 at Columbia College! Here's a bit about me: I went to school in the Bronx, and I've practically grown up at the Columbia campus. I’m hoping to major in Computer Science and Art History, so I have some stake in STEM and the Humanities. I love to dance, paint, and I used to be a coxswain and fencer (which I might take up again once we are back on campus). I hope to meet all of you soon!
Hi everyone! My name is Sophia Adeghe and I’m a sophomore 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 Fayaz Monfared. I am a Sophomore 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 junior 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 sophomore 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.
My name is Ramsay Eyre, and I serve as one of three University Senators representing Columbia College. I'm excited to work on university climate and health policy, and help make sure undergraduates have a voice in the governance of the university. I'm a junior majoring in history, and other than being a Senator, I am a member of the King's Crown Shakespeare Troupe and am involved in campus journalism as a staff member of the Columbia Political Review. Off campus, I love exploring New York's parks and museums and seeing concerts when my favorite artists are in town.
Hi all! I’m Rads and I am a junior 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 a senior from Queens, New York studying Human Rights and Public Health. I am a co-chair of the Multicultural Recruitment Committee, a mentor for the Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and a founding member of the Interfaith Collective. I also enjoy working for America Reads and Counts where I tutor elementary school students. I finally learned how to ride a bike during the summer so you can find me zooming through Central Park!
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.
Lauren Ritchie is a 19-year-old climate activist, writer, podcast host, and third-year student from The Bahamas studying Sustainable Development and Political Science at Columbia University. She is the creator of The Eco Gal, a digital platform that educates on global climate justice, promotes intersectional climate action, and seeks to make sustainable living more accessible and inclusive by amplifying the voices of marginalized communities. She is also a writer and content strategist for Brown Girl Green, a Youth Ambassador for Plastic Pollution Coalition, an Ambassador for the Global Wildlife Conversation, and the co-host of the podcast Black Girl Blueprint, a platform to center the voices and celebrate the accomplishments of young Black women in a vast array of fields.
Krishna is the 2020-2021 Columbia College Student Council VP of Communications. Krishna is a junior 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 First-Year 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.
Justin is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Creative Writing. Last year, they were on CCSC as the 2023 class vice president where they worked with the class council on first-year events and textbook affordability. They also served on the campus life committee while on first year council. They enjoy writing scripts/screenplays and get their writing motivation from shows they watch in their free time.
Joon Baek (He/Him/His) is the Columbia College Student Body president. He is a senior studying physics and computer science. Coming from South Korea, Joon took a leave from Columbia for two years to serve in the Republic of Korea Army at the Demilitarized Zone before. Aside from working at CCSC, you can also find him performing in student plays in Latenite Theater, eating KBBQ around Korea Town, and going to rock concerts.
Hey everyone! I'm a junior 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.
I am a senior from Los Angeles studying Medicine, Literature, and Society. I served as a Treasurer for Charles Drew Premedical Society, as a mentor for the Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and worked as a high school geometry tutor for the Tutoring and Learning Center. Life back home during the pandemic prompted me to finish many of my unfinished books on my shelf and improve my tennis game. US Open 2021 here I come!
Heven Haile is a Junior majoring in American studies/Ethnicity and Race studies. She served as a representative for the Black Students’ Organization, a columnist for The Columbia Daily Spectator, CCSC’s Race and Ethnicity representative, the Student of Color coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She currently serves as a coordinator for Under1Roof. She will use her position in the Senate to create a more accessible, inclusive, and sustainable campus.Heven Haile is a Junior majoring in American studies/Ethnicity and Race studies. She served as a representative for the Black Students’ Organization, a columnist for The Columbia Daily Spectator, CCSC’s Race and Ethnicity representative, the Student of Color coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She currently serves as a coordinator for Under1Roof. She will use her position in the Senate to create a more accessible, inclusive, and sustainable campus.
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!
James Ritchie is President for 2024 Class Council. James is a Psychology major and Art History minor who was born in NYC but grew up in London (however, he does not have an accent!). He is involved in campus as a member of Phi Gamma Delta, Senior Fund, Columbia Economics Society, and also serves on the Undergraduate and Global Recruitment Committees. In his spare time you can catch him watching his beloved Chelsea or Dallas Cowboys.
I (she/her) am currently a sophomore 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.
My name is Dyuti Dawn (she/her/hers) and I am so excited to serve as the Vice President for the class of 2023! I am from North Dakota and am planning on majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior on a pre-med track. Coming from a state with limited resources, I am super passionate about helping students on campus find opportunities alongside with bringing together a closer student body. Besides spending my free time with friends, on campus you find me at Ref or grabbing a late-night snack at JJ’s. I love meeting new people, so feel free to start up a conversation anytime over social media & hopefully in-person soon :)
What’s good? My name is Daniel Meadvin. I’m a sophomore in Columbia College studying Political Science and Statistics, and I’ve developed an unrequited love of Linguistics. My interests include cooking, watching Netflix (not so original… I know), and reading (not so original… I know). On-campus (yeah, remember campus?) and now virtually, I’m involved with the Chabad Student Network as Treasurer and The Current as Co-Politics Editor. I’m excited to serve as your Student Services Representative on CCSC and look forward to hearing from you all. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, feel free to contact me: dm3517.
Colby is a sophomore 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 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 sophomore from Denver, Colorado planning on majoring in Political Science and East Asian Studies. Outside of being your Sophomore 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 junior 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 second 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.
Blake is a Junior from Reading, UK studying Economics and East Asian Studies. His main areas of priority are building up community amongst students with disabilities, improving students’ experiences with CPS and related resources and creating a more positive campus environment. A particular highlight of his New York experience has been serving on the council at the local Cathedral, spending time with members of the community and working on service schemes. In his spare time he enjoys late night runs in Riverside Park, trying out new recipes for baking and hiking while listening to podcasts.
I’m a senior from Grand Forks, North Dakota studying History and Computer Science. Last year, I served as a representative for the Class of 2021 in CCSC, and I'm also a mentor for CU STRIVE and a member of Columbia Club Soccer. In the past I have also been involved with CU Turath, Design for America, Read Ahead, and other campus organizations. I’ve been spending most of my time since last semester playing music (oud and now I’m trying to learn the ney), learning to knit, and looking for new shows on Netflix—send me suggestions!
Hi! I’m a junior from Grand Forks, ND serving as a Representative for the Class of 2021. After changing my mind a million times, I’m now studying History and Computer Science and am also involved with a few different organizations around campus, like CU STRIVE and Columbia Club Soccer. In my free time, I really enjoy playing music, reading, and watching soccer on TV. Other than that, I spend most of my time either working in the library or making the long journey between Carlton Arms and campus.
Arya is a junior 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.
Alexis Buncich (she/her) is a senior from the small town of Johnstown, PA. She's an English major, and she is active in many different theatre clubs across campus, including KCST, NOMADS, and XMAS!. She is also a COOP leader. Her hobbies include cooking, watching sitcoms, and taking long walks around the city but somehow always ending up at Levain Bakery.
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.