Community Assistants

Community Assistants

The Community Assistant (CA) is a graduate student part-time position with the Office of Residential Services. The role is responsible for programming, community development, crisis intervention, and fostering a supportive and productive living environment that supports the mission and goals of our office and Teachers College, Columbia University.


Learn more about the Community Assistant application process and find information about joining our team!

Whittier Hall

Floors 2 - 4

Grant received a B.A. in Philosophy from Swarthmore College before coming to Teachers College to pursue a Master's degree in Philosophy & Education. He grew up attending public schools in Nebraska and has worked for five years as a debate coach and educator, both as a curriculum director and teacher mentor at a non-profit summer camp for high need students. He is passionate about project-based learning, teaching students about social, political, and ethical issues, and bringing philosophical ideas into school discussions. He is excited for the opportunity to further contribute to the TC community as a CA!


Floors 5 - 7

Hello TC Whittier residents! My name is Vivian Anigbogu and I am extremely excited to serve as your Community Assistant. A little bit about me: I am a Southern California girl (born and raised) and I’m currently a second year M.Ed student in the Program in Nutrition at Teachers College. Some of my hobbies include: struggling to teach myself guitar, practicing yoga, taking random dance/aerial classes, and cooking recipes from around the world. My life aspirations include: graduating from medical school, becoming a certified yoga instructor, and traveling to all 7 continents at least once (I’ve been to 4/7 thus far!) I look forward to meeting and interacting with all of you throughout the year.

Floors 8-10

Angelica Torres is a second-year masters student pursuing a Masters of Arts in International Educational Development, with a concentration in Languages, Literacies, and Cultures. Before coming to Teachers College, Angelica attended the University if Central Florida and completed her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education and Development. She is originally from Puerto Rico, but loves exploring the city with friends and taking walks along Riverside Park. As a Community Assistant, she hopes to create engaging and long lasting experiences for her residents and support them through their TC journey. She is very excited to be a CA and meet everyone.

New Residence Hall

South Tower & North Tower Floors 2-5

Cindy Asencio Arroyo is a second-year Masters of Education student in the Mental Health Counseling program with a Bilingual Latinx Mental Health concentration. She was born in Central New Jersey and earned her B.A. in Psychology from Swarthmore College, where she was a Resident Assistant in her final year. She has over 5 years of experience working in community settings and community outreach, particularly with underserved populations. Cindy’s research interests include non-conventional research methodologies, racism epistemologies, major life transitions, and identity. As a Community Assistant, Cindy hopes to foster an inclusive, dynamic, and engaged community that creates a welcoming space for all. In her free time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exploring cultural hubs in NYC, thrift shopping, and eating desserts. Cindy is excited to be a Community Assistant and hopes that she can serve as a point of contact/resource/guidance.


Vik Joshi smiling
North Tower Floors 6-18

Vikramaditya (Vik) Joshi is a second-year doctoral student in the Philosophy and Education program. Before coming to Teachers College, Vik graduated from Bard College with a B.A in Philosophy and Literature. He then graduated from the University of East Anglia with an M.A in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction. He served as an academic advisor for the Bard Prison Initiative, a college-in-prison program. He held a fellowship at the Center for Justice at Columbia University and is currently part of the inaugural cohort of Fellows at the Gathering for Justice. He led the development of a curriculum on anti-Muslim bias, supported by EdVenture Partners, the McCain Institute, and the Department of Homeland Security, securing funding and the Invent2Prevent scholarship. 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.

Grant and Sarasota Halls

Abbas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Comparative and International Education program. Before coming to TC, Abbas worked as a student affairs professional in his hometown Baku, Azerbaijan 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 is joined by his partner, Amanda, who works in the non-profit sector. During their leisure time, Abbas and Amanda like to explore the very rich scene of coffeeshops in New York. Apart from being major coffee lovers, they like to walk along the Cherry Walk down from Riverside Park. Abbas and Amanda are thrilled to welcome the Grant & Sarasota residents and help them get the best out of their time at TC. 

Bancroft Hall

Floors 1-4

Sydney is a second-year student in the Mental Health Counseling Ed.M. program. She is originally from Connecticut and she attended Wake Forest University for her undergraduate studies, where she obtained a B.A. in Psychology. Sydney is en route to becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and hopes to work on college campuses and serve university students' psycho-emotional well-being after leaving TC. She has lived in five countries and loves nothing more than exploring new places. Beyond travel, she loves to cook, read novels, have long-winded conversations with friends over tea, and spend as much time as possible in nature. There is always more to see, taste, and experience in NYC, which turns every day into an adventure. She is honored and excited to get to be a CA for the Teachers College community!

Jalnidh Kaur smiling
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 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 infant in stroller and connecting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. They are humbled and honored to serve the TC residential community.

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