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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

Vik  Joshi

Vik Joshi

Floors 2 - 10 

Vikramaditya (Vik) Joshi is a first-year doctoral student in the Philosophy and Education program. He was born in Mumbai, India. Before coming to Teachers College, Vik graduated from Bard College with a B.A in Philosophy and Literature. During his undergraduate years, he was a Resident Adviser for three years and was a tutor for the Bard Prison Initiative. He currently serves as an academic advisor for the Initiative. He then graduated from the University of East Anglia with an M.A in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction. He is working on a manuscript (biography) of a Professor at Bard who was a spy in the French Resistance. Vik’s research at TC is focused on the work of B.R Ambedkar, an architect of the Indian Constitution and, in 1913, a student at Columbia University under the tutelage of John Dewey. 


As a Community Assistant, Vik aims to foster an inclusive environment that is supportive and nurturing. Apart from running Marathons (Brooklyn was his first!) and playing squash, Vik enjoys learning languages, canoeing, and enjoying art — be it a museum exhibition, theatre, live Jazz, or stand-up comedy. Vik is absolutely thrilled to be a Community Assistant and be there to listen, dialogue, share, and learn with every student during their time at Teachers College. 

New Residence Hall

Abbas  Abbasov

Abbas Abbasov

North & South Tower 

Abbas is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Comparative and International Education program. He is originally from Baku, Azerbaijan. Before coming to TC, Abbas worked as a student affairs professional in his hometown after deciding to make a major career shift from foreign affairs into higher education. He holds a B.A. in International Relations from the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT as well as M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from TC. Abbas aims to pursue research and teaching as a way to challenge the status quo and give voice to the marginalized and oppressed. During his leisure time, Abbas likes to explore the food scene in New York. Apart from being a major foodie, he enjoys singing in the Spark Notes a cappella group. Abbas also regularly plays tennis but needs a lot of practice to improve his game. Abbas is thrilled to be the Community Assistant and help his peers get the best out of their time at TC. 

Grant and Sarasota Halls

Matthew  Dallefeld

Matthew Dallefeld

Matthew is a doctoral student pursuing his PhD in Behavioral Nutrition here at Teachers College. He earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nutrition and Dietetics and has been a Registered Dietitian for the last eight years. Before coming to TC he worked in northwest Florida as a Clinical Nutrition Manager and Clinical Dietitian in addition to working as adjunct faculty at a community college where he taught undergraduate nutrition for three years. Helping him serve as the Grant and Sarasota Community Assistant is his wife Mary Jane, who is also a Registered Dietitian and worked in both the clinical and community settings while living near the beach in Florida. Mary Jane currently works at a long-term care facility in the Bronx as a Dietitian. Matthew and Mary Jane met in an undergrad nutrition course at Southern Illinois University and are both originally from Illinois. They have loved being part of the TC residential community over the past couple years and enjoy food, beaches, northern winters, and the variety of entertainment NYC has to offer! 

Bancroft Hall

Jalnidh  Kaur

Jalnidh Kaur

Floors 5-8

Jalnidh 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 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 who 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 biking by the Hudson to explore spectacular sunsets and connecting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They are humbled and honored to serve the TC residential community.  

Brooke  Hayman

Brooke Hayman

Floors 1-4

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Brooke is a second year Master's student in the Communication Sciences & Disorders program. Before coming to TC, she attended Boston University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences with a minor in Deaf Studies. New to New York City before last year, Brooke has been taking advantage of all that there is to offer: Broadway shows, art galleries, restaurants, and more! Typically, Brooke can be found exploring new cafes, watching YouTube, or hosting dinner parties with friends. Recently, Brooke has spent her time at home by reading, listening to podcasts, and watching as much Love Island UK as possible. Brooke is excited to be a part of the TC community as a Community Assistant for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.