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Programs in International and Comparative Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
Teachers College
Columbia University
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Farrah Brensinger, Program Assistant
Office Location: 374 Grace Dodge Hall
Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 9-5 p.m.
  • The overall role of the program assistant is to support the faculty and the program to ensure that it runs smoothly
  • The program assistant assists doctoral students with general paperwork, procedures and requirements
  • Together with the peer advisors, the program assistant prepares the weekly newsletter, Notes from Grace Dodge Hall
  • The program assistant keeps appointments for a number of the faculty
  • The program assistant helps EdM and doctoral students with the transfer credit process
  • The program assistant maintains the website, which includes updating information, posting handouts from program workshops run by the peer advisors, and updating alumni and doctoral student profiles once a year

Raisa Belyavina, Peer Advisor
Office Location:
372 Grace Dodge Hall

Emily Richardson, Peer Advisor
Office Location:
372 Grace Dodge Hall

Sandra Sirota, Peer Advisor
Office Location:
372 Grace Dodge Hall

  • The peer advisors assist current and prospective master’s students
  • The peer advisors help students pick classes, understand program requirements, and navigate the TC and Columbia academic system
  • The peer advisors can also help students strategize internships and jobs
  • The peer advisors will organize and administer workshops, the majority of which are IP workshops. If students cannot attend a workshop, they can schedule a meeting with a peer advisor to go over workshop content
  • The peer advisors will assist students with their IPs one-on-one (They do not read entire IPs but can read and advise on sections and outlines)