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Community Assistants

Community Assistants (CAs) are part-time staff members who serve as a resource to all residents. Community Assistants are responsible for programming, community development, crisis intervention, and fostering a living environment that is supportive of and productive for all groups and individuals in the residence halls. 

Whittier Hall

Anjuman  Shah

Anjuman Shah

Floors 2-4

as4648@tc.columbia.edu

Anjuman is a second year Masters student in the Nutrition Education program. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Education minor from UCLA. She spent several years working in numerous leadership and director positions for outcome-based summer camp programs in Los Angeles, as well as in Los Angeles public schools as a health educator for a few non-profit organizations. Born and raised in California, Anjuman loves going to the beach and spending time exploring the outdoors. She is an avid hiker, lifetime vegetarian, and dance enthusiast. As a New Yorker, she enjoys taking long walks in autumn and spring, finding the best views of the city, and trying different ethnic cuisines. With her Masters degree, she hopes to develop health education programs in public schools and start her own nutrition and health-themed summer camp program for children and teens. As a first time Community Assistant, Anjuman is excited to serve the residential community here at Teachers College. 

Pierluigi  Bellini

Pierluigi Bellini

Floors 5-7

pb2617@tc.columbia.edu

Pierluigi is a second year Masters student in the Mental Health Counseling program. He's Italian, and your go-to judge on pasta and pizza. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Film Studies, and while he's an on and off screenwriter, he has worked several years in digital marketing. He spent these last past years in Peru, where he learned Spanish and volunteered in counseling positions for several years. After that, he decided to make psychology his primary profession and chose TC and New York City to be trained in it in the most multicultural way possible. When he's not working or pulling off all-nighters in Butler Library, he must be at some concert in the city, or at the movies watching the newest rom-com, or maybe just listening to some old records while having a home-made espresso (he's serious about coffee). He is looking forward to building relationships within the residential community here at TC!

Tonya  Bushway-Flynn

Tonya Bushway-Flynn

Floors 8-10

tmb2154@tc.columbia.edu

Tonya is a doctoral student pursing a PhD in Applied Anthropology. She is originally from Massachusetts, where she split her time between Boston and Northampton. Growing up, both of Tonya’s parents were early-childhood educators, and she followed in their footsteps, working as an early educator in a variety of settings. She graduated from UMass Boston in 2010, with a Bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology. In 2012 she earned her Masters degree in Child Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tonya loves being outdoors, especially hiking, swimming, and skating. She also enjoys photography, rock climbing, traveling, and exploring museums and historic buildings. She is joined in Whittier by her partner, Vijay. They are both very excited to be part of the TC residential community!  

New Residence Hall

Ranjana  Srinivasan

Ranjana Srinivasan

Floors 2-10 (N)

rs3359@tc.columbia.edu

Ranjana is a Doctoral student in the department of Counseling Psychology. Before joining Teachers College, Ranjana attended Berklee College of Music in Boston M.A. where she studied to become a Music Therapist. Ranjana's research looks at the intersections between race, socioeconomic status, and body image development for the South Asian community. She also hopes to explore how music therapy and psychotherapy techniques can be combined to treat individuals with body image issues. In her spare time Ranjana loves to work out, create music, cook, and explore the city. Ranjana is very excited to start her second year as a Community Assistant, and looks forward to meeting all of the new residents.

Asha  Gipson

Asha Gipson

Floors 11-18 (N)

gipson@tc.edu

 Asha is a third year Ph.D. student in the Social-Organizational Psychology program, where her interests revolve around the areas of organizational development, diversity, leadership, and group dynamics. Although Asha was born in Colorado, she considers herself a California girl. She grew up in San Diego and attended Pomona College in Claremont. After college she taught English and Physical Education on a Fulbright Fellowship in the Czech Republic. In her spare time, Asha enjoys riding her bike, exploring New York's many parks, listening to live music, attending Broadway shows, making art, ​staying active, and watching new​ SyFy shows on​ Netflix. As a ​second time Community Assistant, Asha is thrilled to serve the residential community here at Teachers College. 

Grant and Sarasota Halls

Jeffrey  Fletcher

Jeffrey Fletcher

jaf2194@tc.columbia.edu

Jeffrey Fletcher is a doctoral student in the department of Education Policy and Social Analysis pursuing a degree in Economics and Education. Before making his way to New York, Jeff taught middle and high school in Louisiana and Los Angeles, and was a full-time mentor and college access team leader in Boston with the non-profit Summer Search. Jeff is one of four siblings and a proud uncle of a 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew. The other (better half) of your Grant and Sarasota Community Assistant is his wife Melanie, a former HR consultant turned-jewelry artist who recently graduated from FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is now happily pursuing her passion for jewelry production at Harry Winston. Both are originally from Georgia and really big fans of the winter -- really big fans.

Bancroft Hall

Erica  Colmenares

Erica Colmenares

Floors 5-8

eec2146@tc.columbia.edu

Erica is a doctoral student pursuing an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and School Change. Originally from Venezuela, Erica grew up in the capital city, Caracas, but spent her last three years of high school in Kuwait. Passionate about teaching, particularly elementary education, Erica graduated from Vanderbilt University and then, lured again by the wonders of the Middle East, taught grade five there for three years. After a brief break to pursue her Masters degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Erica went back overseas, this time teaching third grade in Indonesia. Erica absolutely loves traveling and can frequently be found plotting her next adventure. She is absolutely thrilled about the prospect of serving the diverse and incredible community of residents at Teachers College. 

Makila  Meyers

Makila Meyers

Floors 1-4

mm3579@tc.columbia.edu

Makila Meyers is a third year doctoral student in the literacy concentration in the department of curriculum and teaching. A former middle school teacher, she did her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and her Masters at New York University.

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