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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.
Joye is a second year Masters student in the department of Organization & Leadership, pursuing a degree in Social-Organizational Psychology. Before joining the TC community, she attended Hampton University and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Joye is a newcomer to the New York Metropolitan area, but already loves the environment, as it is bursting with opportunity and culture. Her interests include exercise, music, traveling, and everything ANIMALS! Joye is both excited and humbled to be a community assistant for the 2018 – 2019 academic school year. She can’t wait to collaborate with her fellow CAs and actively serve the TC student body.
Kuo-Yi is a second year M.A. candidate in the Applied Linguistics and TESOL program. Born and raised in Taiwan, he graduated from National Taiwan University with a B.A. in Foreign Languages and Literatures and a certificate in English education at secondary schools. After teaching English in a variety of settings, Kuo-Yi decided to move to New York with his partner, Cris, whom he met in Taiwan, in pursuit of an advanced degree. Both enjoy coffee, traveling, exploring food scenes, and connecting with people from diverse backgrounds who need a voice. Kuo-Yi not only continues teaching English to local immigrants and students abroad, but also volunteers as a peer advocate for Columbia Health’s Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP), while Cris is working full-time in the mental health field. As a Community Assistant, Kuo-Yi, joined by Cris, is thrilled to serve the residential community at Teachers College.
Originally from North Carolina, Maya is now a second year Master of Education student in the School Psychology program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Health from the University of South Carolina where she was a student-athlete on the track and field team. Before coming to TC, Maya spent the summer interning for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, where she tutored and mentored incarcerated youth. In her free time, Maya enjoys weight lifting, volunteering, and going on adventures in the Big Apple. She looks forward to meeting all of her residents and hopes to make this an unforgettable year for them!
New Residence Hall
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.
Asha Gipson, is a doctoral student in the Social-Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University where she studies organizational development and entrepreneurship. A California native, Asha grew up in San Diego and received her BA from Pomona College. Before attending TC, she spent a year in the Czech Republic teaching English on a Fulbright Scholarship. When not doing research or writing, Asha enjoys painting, playing basketball, and exploring the many nearby parks with her partner Felix. They look forward to helping residents old and new find community during their time here at Columbia.
Grant and Sarasota Halls
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!
Originally from Massachusetts, Tonya is a doctoral student pursing a PhD in Applied Anthropology. 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. Right now, she is studying school belonging in relation to school achievement and withdrawal. Tonya loves being outdoors, especially hiking, running, swimming, and skating. She also enjoys photography, gardening, rock climbing, crafts, traveling, and exploring museums and historic buildings. She is joined in Bancroft by her partner Vijay and their mischievous cat. They all love being part of the TC residential community!
Omar is a second year Masters student in the Department of Education Policy and Social Analysis pursuing a degree in Economics and Education. An Army Veteran that was born in Mexico, but raised in the State of Georgia. He studied economics and political science at Georgia State University and proceeded to work with government institutions in banking and education. One of his biggest passions is PEOPLE! He aims to connect with people of diverse backgrounds and support students gain a positive university experience. He enjoys running and exploring new trails, dancing to Latin music, and loves coffee. His partner, Meredith, will join him. Both are excited to meet and serve the residential community at Teachers College.