Meet Your Columbia College Student Council!
Elected by the student body, for the student body
Toqa Badran is serving as Student Services Representative this year as well as an appointed representative for the new Travel Fund Committee. She is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Anthropology with a concentration in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies. She is also on the executive board of Turath, the Arab Students Association, and a happily opinionated member of the Columbia community. In her free time you'll find her attempting to belie stereotypes about native New Yorkers while simultaneously being too lazy to head downtown.
Tarek Deida is a Representative for 2019 Class Council as well as a member of the CCSC Communications committee. He is a history major specializing in 20th century U.S. History and is pursuing a concentration in English Literature. Outside of CCSC, Tarek spends his time producing music, rapping and writing songs alongside the music collective THOU SHALT NOT Entertainment. His top five music artist are: Michael Jackson, Prince, Jay- Z, Lauryn Hill and Tupac Shakur.
Sreya Pinnamaneni is the VP Communications of CCSC Executive Board. She is a sophomore in Columbia College studying History. Outside CCSC, she is passionate about Youth for Debate, Columbia Undergraduate Law Review and Roosevelt Institute. She is also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, an annoying Central Park runner, and a froyo enthusiast.
Siddharth Singh is the President of 2020 Class Council. He hopes that he can deliver on each platform that he and his team stood for during the elections- subway discounts, student apparel and water fountains. On campus, he's part of Sigma Phi Epsilon and his favourite dining hall is Ferris because of their omelette station. In his spare time he loves playing field hockey for NYCFHC and exploring the city.
Omar Khan is a senior majoring in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. Besides being a University Senator for Columbia College which includes serving as the Co-Chair of the Senate Commission on Diversity, he is President of the Columbia International Relations Council and Association and a former Under1Roof facilitator. He is interested in public health, international affairs, and the genealogy of the phrase "ex officio."
Nicole Allicock is the VP Policy on CCSC Executive Board. She is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, and a proud Linguistics major. Occasionally she takes a break from talking about CCSC to talk about her other great passion -- Ferris, the far superior dining hall.
Nathan Rosin is the President of CCSC Executive Board. He is also a member of the URC Advisory Board and a pröud COÖP leader! When he's not leading a tour or organizing Laser Tag, Nathan can be found eating ~delicious~ donuts from the doughnuttery at Chelsea Market!
Monique Harmon is a Student Services Representative and a member of the CCSC Policy Committee. Outside of CCSC, she can be found at CU Dems or BSO meetings. She enjoys listening to music through her obscenely large Beats, exploring the city, and watching too much "Insecure."
Mina Mahmood is the President of 2019 Class Council and a member of the CCSC Finance committee. Outside of student council, she is a Political Science major and a Kanye West enthusiast. She is also a member of Delta Gamma and the Black Student Organization.
Matt Neky is a Representative for 2018 Class Council and a member of the Finance Committee. In the classroom, he is a biochemistry major following the pre-med track. Outside of the classroom, he is a coordinator for Project Tutors, a member of the URC, and a research assistant in a biophysics lab. Additionally, he moonlights as the author of the fortunes in the JJs fortune cookies and strongly considers himself to be Columbia's foremost cheese enthusiast.
Maria Fernanda Martinez is a senior majoring in American Studies and Education. As Alumni Affairs representative she is excited about improving the relationship between all students and alumni. For fun she veganizes Mexican food and binges YouTube videos
Lord Hyeamang is a Class Representative for 2018 Class Council. He’s also the Captain of the Football team, a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, a member of Kappa Delta Rho, and a Dean’s Discipline Student Navigator. He can be found eating pancakes at JJ’s at least once a day.
Josh Schenk is a junior studying political science. He was elected to the University Senate in the spring of 2016 after serving as the Class of 2019 president. As president, Josh secured air conditioning installation in undergraduate housing, partnered with over 20 NYC restaurants to create a discount program for Columbia students, and launched a peer mentorship program for first-year students. Josh is originally from Los Angeles, where he served as an elected member of his school district’s board of education during his senior year of high school.
John Avendano is the Senior Class President. On campus, he is also on the Men's Varsity Fencing Team, Columbia Global Brigades, and is a COÖP leader. In his spare time he loves going to Chipotle and watching Suits and Arrested Development.
Jay Rappaport is a University Senator from Columbia College. In the Senate, Jay serves on the Rules Committee and Housing Policy Committee. Beyond student government on campus, Jay currently serves as the Democratic Access Center Director of the Roosevelt Institute at Columbia University, Co-Chair of Columbia University Bike Share, and a Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP) leader. As he has said elsewhere, in his free time, Jay likes books, burritos, and baseball; he is a fan of the Yankees and John Steinbeck.
James Ritchie is Vice President for 2020 Class Council. He is involved in campus as the Brotherhood chair for Phi Gamma Delta, as well as student theatre and serving on the Undergraduate and Global Recruitment Committees. In his spare time you can catch him watching his beloved Chelsea or Dallas Cowboys.
Grant Pace is a Representative for 2020 Class Council. He's also involved with the EcoReps, John Jay Hall Council, and Columbia Queer Alliance. His favorite food is cheesecake, and his go-to dining hall is Ferris.
George Jiang is a Representative for 2019 Class Council. He is a junior at Columbia studying Computer Science and Economics. Outside his role in CCSC, he is passionate on campus about Lion Credit Union, where he hopes to bring a student run credit union to the Columbia and Morningside Heights communities. In the ounce of free time he has, you can find him running around in Riverside Park, being touristy in the city or goofing off with his brothers in Greek life.
Emily Lavine is Senior Class Vice President. Outside of CCSC, she is also a Columbia College Student Ambassador, a Peace by Peace Classroom Volunteer, and an active member of Columbia/Barnard Hillel. In her free time, Emily loves tasting all the best brunch spots in NYC.
Elise Fuller is the Inclusion and Equity Representative for CCSC and also serves as the Campus Liaison for the Black Student Organization. She is majoring in Anthropology with a focus in Socio-Cultural studies. When Elise is not working with CCSC or BSO, she serves as a mentor for elementary and high school students. Her favorite flavor of bubble tea from Cafe East is ginger.
Dafne is this year's Academic Affairs representative and a member of the Policy Committee. She is a junior (double) majoring in Latin American Studies (and Economics) and an active member of the Columbia Latinx community. Dafne can be found speaking Spanish around campus and will talk for hours about how amazing Peru, her native country, is.
Astrid Walker-Stewart is a Representative for 2020 Class Council. She is also on the Women's Rowing Team and a member of CCSC Campus Life Committee. When she is not rowing or eating hummus she can be found wandering the streets of New York City or watching SNL skits.
Alex Cedar is the VP Campus Life of CCSC Executive Board. He is a Junior majoring in Film Studies and Political Science. After serving as a representative for the Class of 2019 for the 2016/17 academic year, he was elected in April 2017 to Executive Board as Vice President for Campus Life, a role through which he utilizes the CCSC Campus Life budget to plan events and programming for the Columbia College community. He encourages everyone to get involved in Campus Life, either through coming to events or joining the committee. Away from council, Alex is a member of Delta Sigma Phi, and has served as Co-Chair of Third Wheel Improv.
Adam Resheff is the VP Finance of CCSC Executive Board. He is a Resident Advisor in Furnald, tutors through One-to-One tutoring and is a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. The best decision he's made during college (besides running for CCSC) was doing an impromptu beatbox tryout for an a cappella group on a dare during NSOP, in which he sang "Happy Birthday" as his audition song. To this day, he has no idea how he got a callback.