2019-2020 Student Cohort

Student staff provide creative, event and administrative support on all initiatives and programs sponsored by the Office of University Life.

Interested in joining the University Life team? Email universitylife@columbia.edu.

Julianne Borrelli ('21) is a dual master's student at Columbia University School of Social Work and Mailman School of Public Health. She is interested in a career in public policy and programming related to substance use and addiction. Julianne graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s in psychological and brain sciences. Fun fact: She once shared a glass of milk with Jimmy Carter.


Maya Castronovo ('23) attends Columbia College and is pursuing a major in film and media studies. She is interested in the intersections among social justice, awareness and video content. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Maya is excited to explore all the film opportunities that New York City has to offer. Her favorite spots in Morningside Heights include Yoga to the People and The Hungarian Pastry Shop.

Robin Kim ('22) is pursuing a master's in higher and postsecondary education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her bachelor's in international business and minor in history at The George Washington University. Her undergraduate experience in multicultural Greek life, cultural student orgs, the writing center, and TEDx inspired her passion for student affairs. Originally from northern Virginia, Robin grew up around the world including China, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, and South Korea. In her free time, you can catch Robin bullet journaling, drinking boba, or showing people pictures of her dog. 

Kate Menegio-Stahl ('21) is pursuing a master’s in international affairs with a concentration in urban and social policy and a regional specialization in Europe at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University. She aspires to become a United States diplomat and reform health care policy in the U.S. In 2019, Kate graduated cum laude from Syracuse University with a bachelor’sin international relations and neuroscience. In her free time, she likes to make pasta and watch videos of fluffy cats.

Finley Peay ('22) is pursuing her master's in higher education and student affairs at New York University. She earned her bachelor's degrees in Political Science, American Studies, and Theology from Fordham University, where she worked for the Office of Student Involvement and discovered her interest in student affairs. Finley is originally from Southern California, and enjoys spending as much time as she can outside with her family and pets. She is excited to continue exploring New York – especially parks, cafes, bakeries, and bookstores. 

Tenneh Sillah (‘22) is a graduate student in Columbia University's master of fine arts acting program. After getting a bachelor of arts degree from Quinnipiac University in public relations, she returned to Boston, her hometown, and began to act professionally. She is excited to return to the communications field and apply all that she's learned as an actor, PR student and freelance photographer. When she is not acting Tenneh has developed a passion for YouTube content creation and getting lost in any book about spiritual practices. Her favorite book of all time is "The One Life We're Given: Finding the Wisdom That Waits in Your Heart," by Mark Nepo.

Congratulations and best wishes to our student workers in the Class of 2020!

Catie Sack ('20) is pursuing her master's in higher education and student affairs at New York University. Catie graduated from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a degree in journalism. Through her work in the Office of Student Life at Ohio State, Catie realized that her passion areas center around community building, student leadership development and access to education. On the weekends, you can find Catie on a playground with her nephews, watching college football or listening to NPR.

Ryan Maher ('20) is a student at Teachers College, Columbia University, pursuing a master’s . in higher and postsecondary education. Originally from Massachusetts, Ryan received a bachelor’s in psychology from Vassar College. He became interested in higher education during his time at Vassar, where he worked on issues of equity and inclusion, accessibility, sexual assault and violence prevention. Ryan is excited to see all that New York City has to offer, but mostly the dogs!

Dan Papson ('20) is a higher and postsecondary education master's student at Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned his. bachelor’s in government and music at Skidmore College in New York. Before coming to Columbia University, Dan worked in college access and success programming at The Posse Foundation and The Fresh Air Fund, supporting students from historically marginalized communities. Dan is passionate about social justice, playing music and his dog Landry.

Fatime Osmani ('20) is obtaining her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at New York University. She earned her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Woman’s University, where she was part of student government, orientation and Greek Life – all of which inspired her to pursue a career in higher education. Fatime has a passion for programming, communications and student development, and wishes to encourage students to make the most of their college experience. In her spare time, Fatime enjoys hand-lettering, calligraphy and spending time with family and friends.

Jason Harden ('20) attends Columbia College and studies English with an interest in prose fiction. His goal is to attend law school after finishing undergraduate studies. Jason enjoys singing in the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and feels that music and art are strong tools for building diverse communities. He enjoys admiring the architecture at and around Columbia and running in Riverside Park. Jason is originally from eastern Montana and loves traveling and visiting and learning about airports across the United States.

Emily Anderson ('20) is pursuing her master's in higher education and student affairs at New York University. She is originally from San Jose, California, and earned her bachelor's degree in organizational communications from the University of Portland. Emily has a passion for working with students, communications and student leadership development. In her free time, you can find Emily listening to her favorite podcasts, reading a book or spending time with friends.