Community Assistants

Community Assistants

Our Community Assistants (CAs) at Teachers College, Columbia University drive the creation of an exceptional residential experience for our residents. They play a crucial role in fostering academic, social, and personal growth within our vibrant community. Our CAs organize exciting events, promote community growth, and provide unwavering support during challenging times. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with our CAs through their brief bios below, and feel free to contact them for any assistance or questions you may have. 

 

If you're interested in joining our team, we invite you to learn more about the application process.


Bancroft Hall


Jalnidh Kaur smiling
Jalnidh Kaur

Jalnidh Kaur (she/her/hers) is a doctoral student in the Economics and Education program. She grew up in India and completed her Bachelors in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi in 2013. As a Rhodes scholar, she earned an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford in 2015. Before joining TC, she worked as a researcher and teacher in classrooms of rural India. She is joined in Bancroft by her husband Divjot Singh and daughter Haadra Hadur Kaur. Divjot is a finance professional and a seasoned tabla player. Both Jalnidh and Divjot are trained in Indian classical music and enjoy singing and composing music together. Their favorite pastime in NYC is exploring parks with their daughter and connecting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They are humbled and honored to serve the TC residential community.

  Email: jk4203@tc.columbia.edu

Victoria Echevarria

Victoria Echevarria (she/her/ella) is a first-year graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a Spanish-bilingual extension. Before coming to Teachers College, Victoria attended California State University, Long Beach and completed her Bachelors in Speech-Language Pathology. After her undergraduate year, she volunteered for the Peace Corps in Panama but was evacuated due to COVID-19. Since then, she worked as a playtime therapist and speech-language pathologist assistant in California. Victoria loves to travel, explore new places with friends, and create pottery in her free time. As a Community Assistant, she hopes to foster safe and engaging communities where everyone feels welcomed and appreciated. She is so excited to be a CA and establish long-lasting connections!

  Email: vg2544@tc.columbia.edu

Grant and Sarasota Halls


Pauline Bayotas

Pauline (she/her/hers) is a second-year master’s student in the Communication Science & Disorders: Bilingual Extension-Dual Certification Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was born in the Philippines and moved to the US when she was eight years old. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2022 with a BPhil in CSD, a minor in linguistics, and a certificate in Children’s Literature. Pauline's research interests include neurodegenerative disease and treatment, speech, swallowing, and voice disorders. She enjoys working with populations across the lifespan and is motivated by the people she works with and her desire to advocate for marginalized communities. As a Community Assistant, Pauline hopes to foster an inclusive, dynamic, and engaged community that creates a welcoming space for all. In her spare time, Pauline is on the hunt for the best matcha latte in the city, window shopping with friends in the Kinokuniya store, cooking with her family, or wandering around the streets of NY because of her poor sense of direction. Pauline is super excited to be a Community Assistant and hopes she can serve as a point of resource and support to those she encounters.

  Email: pb2881@tc.columbia.edu

New Residence Hall


Sarina Alavi
Sarina Alavi

Sarina Alavi is a 2023 graduate of TC’s Clinical Psychology MA program and a current PhD student in the School Psychology program. Sarina is Persian-American, speaking both Farsi and Spanish, and she grew up in Northern Nevada and Southern California. She completed a Bachelors in Psychology and a Bachelors in Education at University of California, Riverside, and she completed part of her undergraduate education at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Sarina is passionate about bridging research, practice, and policy to advance systems-based interventions to support the wellness and success of children and families of at-risk populations. In her free time, Sarina loves to enjoy fine arts and nature with her loved ones, and she loves to travel.

 

  Email: sha2141@tc.columbia.edu

Vik Joshi smiling
Vik Joshi

Vik Joshi (he/him) - from Mumbai, India - is a third-year doctoral student in the Philosophy and Education Program at Columbia University (Teachers College). He is a member of the International Interfaith Research Lab, under the leadership of Executive Director Dr. Amra Sabic-El-Rayess, and serves as the Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships at Reimagine Resilience and Project Belonging - two programs funded by the Center of Prevention, Programs and Partnerships (Department of Homeland Security) that support Educators, Educational Staff, and Middle- and High-School students in countering Educational Displacement, Othering, Radicalization, and Targeted Violence through Professional Development and Innovative Programming. He has served as part of the faculty of a College-in-Prison program (working in Maximum and Medium-Security Prisons in Up-State New York). He has held fellowships at the Center for Justice (Columbia University) and was an inaugural fellow at Mr. Harry Belafonte's The Gathering for Justice. He is currently completing a manuscript, upon request, of the life of Justus Rosenberg, a spy in the French Resistance during the Second World War. Vik is deeply humbled and honoured to begin another year serving as a Community Assistant with the values of social connectedness, empathy, and mutual respect as foundational to his work within the Office of Residential Services.

  Email: vhj2103@tc.columbia.edu

Whittier Hall


Asher Bank

Asher (he/him/his) is an Ed.M. student in the School Counseling program and hopes to become an elementary school counselor! He attended Tulane University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a double major in Social Policy & Practice and double minors in Psychology and Teaching, Learning, & Training. During undergrad, he worked in Housing and Residence Life in many different capacities as a Resident Advisor, an Executive Board member of the Residence Hall Association, and a Desk Services Coordinator! He is thrilled to be joining the ORS team at Teachers College as a Community Assistant this year!

  Email: alb2342@tc.columbia.edu

Diana Tiburcio

Afro-Dominican, first-generation, non-binary, and lactose intolerant. Diana Tiburcio (they/she) is a second-year Master's student in the Sociology and Education program with research focuses in LGBTQ+ and race studies. Before coming to TC, they attended Amherst College where they double majored in Sociology and Education (extra points for consistency). Outside of TC, Diana advocates for LGBTQ+ love, joy, and expression through their community organizing work and online platform. In 2022, they co-founded LOGRO, a network of Gen-Z organizers that collaborate with organizations and individuals to foster safe and celebratory communities for QTBIPOC people. As part of this, they co-organized, hosted, and advertised their hometown’s Pride Festival for the last two years. This has culminated into an array of research initiatives and graphic designs that they hope to turn into guides for the next generation of LGBTQ+ advocates!

  Email: dt2750@tc.columbia.edu

Edith Middleton
Edith Middleton

Edith Middleton is pursuing her Ph.D. in English Education with research focus on teacher education, mentorship, and wellness. She was adopted from a Transylvanian orphanage at the age of eleven and grew up traveling the world. For Edith, education is not only a lifelong passion, but the beacon that guides every aspect of her life. When her nose is not in a book, Edith loves to be active; she is especially fond of pilates, kitesurfing, wingfoiling, skiing, biking, swimming, surfing with her service dog Hemingway (yes, he surfs), and spending time with her beloved two daughters. Edith is humbled and honored to serve the TC residential community and looking forward to connecting and building community.

 

  Email: epm2133@tc.columbia.edu

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