Student Representatives & Caucus Leadership Directory (2014-15)

Click on the gray titles below for names and contact information.

  • Student Representatives

    General e-mail: cussw.sueb@columbia.edu

    Sarah Tartaglia
    Secretary
    sat2175@columbia.edu
    Ariela Wenger
    Academic Senator
    asw2143@columbia.edu
    Neile Nguyen
    2nd Year Student Representative
    ntn2111@columbia.edu
    TBD
    1st Year Student Representative
    TBD
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    1st Year Student Representative
    TBD
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    1st Year Student Representative
    TBD
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    1st Year Student Representative
    TBD
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    1st Year Student Representative
    TBD
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    1st Year Student Representative
    TBD
    Blondell Jackson
    16-Month Program Student Representative
    jib2125@columbia.edu
    Qianwei Chen
    International Student Representative
    qc2173@columbia.edu  
    Pam Kumpartana
    Dual Degree Program Student Representative
    pk2439@columbia.edu
    Lauren Allman
    Extended Program Student Representative
    la2516@columbia.edu
    TBD
    Advanced Standing Program Student Reresentative
    TBD

     

  • Advocates for Gerontological Education (AGE)

    MISSION

    The purpose of the Advocates for Gerontological Education Caucus is to promote greater understanding of the aging community through group activities and critical discussion. The Caucus seeks to:

    • expand students’ recognition of aging as an important social work concern,
    • encourage students to consider aging as a field of choice,
    • work to reduce stigma towards older adults,
    • recognize global issues of aging populations,
    • encourage multicultural views of aging, and
    • recognize the needs of underserved aging populations.

    CONTACT US

    Laura Kish lgk2113@columbia.edu

     

  • Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus

    MISSION

    The Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus exists to support the professional development of its members and promote a greater understanding of the API experience, both domestic and global, through social work theory and practice. The API Caucus is dedicated to fostering greater diversity and cross-cultural competence within Columbia University School of Social Work by raising awareness of the API experience. It seeks to accomplish this by hosting panel discussions, guest speakers, and other networking and educational events for students, faculty members, alumnae of CUSSW, and practicing professionals.

    CONTACT US

    Aileen KIm ak3522@columbia.edu
    Julia Kim jyk2136@columbia.edu

     

  • Black Caucus

    MISSION

    The mission of the Black Caucus is to:

    • develop a support system for students of color at CSSW,
    • establish a positive relationship with the Harlem community, and
    • through networking and partnering with other organizations, create a legacy of empowerment, leadership and social justice.

    CONTACT US

    Erick Nunez esn2113@columbia.edu
    Pali Payne pbp2107@columbia.edu
    Miracle Allums lma2168@columbia.edu
    E. Alexis Grimstead eag2182@columbia.edu

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  • Criminal Justice Caucus

    MISSION

    The Criminal Justice Caucus seeks to provide a forum for CUSSW students to access a spectrum of issues related to the social issue of criminal justice in order to build awareness, raise consciousness, and enhance practice competencies. Through the use and facilitation of film, lectures, debate, panels, and trainings, the caucus will provide essential context and information about prison expansion in the United States, in which currently one in one hundred adults is in jail or prison; about 10 million children have a parent in jail or prison; and one in nine African American men between the ages of 20 and 34 are in jail or prison. We believe it is the right and responsibility of all social work students to access critical dialogue, both inside and outside of the classroom, about the needs of people affected by incarceration; this client population crosses lines of generation, race, gender, religion, economic status, political belief, ability, sexual orientation, and otherwise. Student voices are essential in building solutions to serve the magnitude of need of people in prison, jail, on parole, on probation, victims of crime, children of prisoners, and their families.

    CONTACT US

    Maggie Gorczyca mkg2147@columbia.edu
    Joseph Williams jdw2180@columbia.edu
    Amanda Valladares amv2155@columbia.edu

     

  • Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID)

    MISSION

    The Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID) is a student-led effort across all of Columbia University to facilitate multidisciplinary dialogue, awareness, and action on international development. Recognizing the University’s excellence in this field, CUPID serves as a channel for individuals interested in international development to take advantage of the University’s wide-ranging human and institutional resources in their academic, extracurricular, and professional endeavors. Encouraging a collaborative spirit among students, professors, and alumni with diverse specialties, CUPID aims to explore and demonstrate how a multidisciplinary approach to international development can produce innovative, holistic solutions for disadvantaged populations.

    CONTACT US

    Therese Sonesson tms216@columbia.edu

     

  • Disability Awareness Caucus

    MISSION

    The Disability Awareness Caucus was started because a group of students was concerned about the lack of attention being paid to disability issues at CUSSW. Disabilities impact so much of our society, even within the CUSSW community. Because so many people are affected by disabilities, we find it essential to provide a space for students with disabilities and for those who wish to learn more, gather, discuss, advocate, teach and learn.

    CONTACT US

    Bruno Hirschfeld-Stoler eh2590@columbia.edu
    Brittany Taylor bmt2132@columbia.edu
    Elizabeth Steinberg es3249@columbia.edu
    Rhiannon Maycumber ram2234@columbia.edu
    Kathleen Ebbitt khe2104@columbia.edu
  • Feminist Caucus

    MISSION

    The aim of the Feminist Caucus is to promote a greater understanding of

    • women’s issues,
    • gender-based oppression/inequality, and
    • how feminism can positively impact social work practice and social justice.

    We organize events focusing on feminist issues in society that concern social workers and their clients. Our hope is our activities will encourage students to incorporate feminism into their personal lives and professional practice.

    CONTACT US

    Laura Riker ljr2146@columbia.edu
    Elizabeth Dodd edd2110@columbia.edu
  • International Social Welfare Caucus

    MISSION

    The International Social Welfare Caucus is a student-led organization that seeks to provide information, resources, and support to students who are interested in the field of international social work. ISWC's mission is also to provide a means for students and advocates to maintain a formal student voice within the CUSSW Social Welfare Services to Immigrants and Refugees program, Columbia University, and the local international community.

    CONTACT US

    Moira Yoe mpy2107@columbia.edu
  • Latin@ Caucus

    MISSION

    The mission of the Latin@ Caucus is to engage, compel, educate and inform members of CSSW and the surrounding areas about issues affecting the Latina/o community. In addition, we aspire to be active social agents at CSSW and New York City as we mature into professional and culturally competent social workers. We are always looking for students who are interested in Latin@ issues and cultures and look forward to new members and new ideas.

    CONTACT US

    Nicole Franco nf2327@columbia.edu
    Diana Valencia dcv2104@columbia.edu
    Lindsay Macbeth jab2363@columbia.edu
    Jennyfer Arroyave ja2889@columbia.edu
    Beatriz Rivera bdr2123@columbia.edu
    Jeimi Burgos jab2363@columbia.edu

     

  • Mental Health Caucus

    MISSION

    The mission of the Mental Health Caucus is to serve students who are interested in the mental health field at CSSW, including those interested in pursuing a future in clinical practice, advocacy, or policy. The caucus aims to provide students with a constructive outlet to learn, grow, explore, network and challenge themselves, aiding them in their future mental health careers. The caucus will also actively promote social justice in mental health—as well as the community at large.

    CONTACT US

    Sarah Hartman srh2166@columbia.edu
    Alexis Strouse as4524@columbia.edu

     

  • Military Social Work Caucus

    CONTACT US

    Craig Theisen cgt2115@columbia.edu
    Elizabeth Ramirez esr2140@columbia.edu
  • Multicultural & Multilingual Caucus

    CONTACT US

    Sonia Valdiviezo sv2381@columbia.edu
    Katie Currey kc2216@columbia.edu
    Jassamine (Jessy) Teen jmt2189@columbia.edu

     

  • Policy Caucus

    MISSION

    The Policy Caucus is for students who are interested in policy and want to be involved in making a difference. We come together to learn more about policy issues and how each of us is affected by and can affect policy. We aim to support the needs and interests of all CSSW students and encourage students to cross the micro-macro divide.

    This year's goals are to:

    • foster policy discussion in CSSW,
    • raise awareness among students on how everyone is affected by and can affect policy,
    • introduce career options in policy, and
    • promote advocacy on important issues, both within CUSSW and in the greater community.

    CONTACT US

      cussw.policycaucus@gmail.com
    Julie Ellis jae2153@columbia.edu
    Laura Kish lgk2113@columbia.edu

     

  • Queer Caucus

    MISSION

    The Queer Caucus seeks to create a welcoming space in which to foster camaraderie amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and unlabeled (LGBTQQIU) students and their allies. We are committed to providing a supportive environment in which we can:

    • discuss issues relevant to the LGBTQQIU community and to social justice,
    • engage in community action, and
    • enjoy queer life at Columbia University and in New York City.

    We also aim to collaborate with members of the Columbia community to examine how queer issues intersect and overlap with those of other groups.

    CONTACT US

      queercussw@gmail.com
    Nick Goodness npg2105@columbia.edu
    Justin Hashimoto jph2161@columbia.edu
    Agata Dorota Dera add2143@columbia.edu

     

  • Social Enterprise Administration (SEA) Caucus

    MISSION

    The Social Enterprise Administration Caucus (SEAC) is a student caucus that cultivates the professional development and social work values of CSSW students with an interest in

    • social enterprise,
    • corporate social responsibility,
    • community organizing and practice,
    • staff development, and
    • the application of management models and evaluation techniques to the delivery of social services.

    The caucus provides a forum for academic support, career guidance, networking, and open discussion. Students from all methods and fields of practice offer insight from their experiences and disciplines.

    CONTACT US

      cussw.seac@gmail.com
    Riham Ramadan rmr2172@columbia.edu
    Shanehi Shah svs2121@columbia.edu
    Laura Kikuchi lek2170@columbia.edu
    Sara Horton seh2175@columbia.edu

     

  • Social Work Arts Group (S.W.A.G.)

    MISSION

    Creating Dialogue, Creating Art, Creating Community. The Social Work Arts Group formed in response to a need for more creative spaces and creative ways of engaging in dialogue around CUSSW. We seek to represent our experience as social work students by providing a forum for people to express themselves in their own way. We believe that the practice of art deepens our capacity as social workers. Through our various forms of expression, we evoke conversation, which enhances our connection as a community.

    CONTACT US

    Won Seo ws2395@columbia.edu
    Jeenie Yoon hy2366@columbia.edu
  • Transnational Caucus

    MISSION

    The Transnational Caucus acts as a network platform that links current students who have overseas social work related experiences to students who are interested in practicing social work internationally. Our caucus also provides CSSW international students with opportunities in meeting with CUSSW international alumni who are currently working in the US or in other countries.

    CONTACT US

    Vania Tong vmt2111@columbia.edu
    Meghan Lintner mel2205@columbia.edu

     

  • Wellness Caucus

    MISSION

    The Wellness Caucus was created out of an interest in promoting physical, mental and emotional health and well-being among social work students at CSSW. Self-care is important not only on the individual level but extends and influences the individuals, communities, and organizations with which we work. The aim of the Wellness Caucus is to increase member's capacity, understanding and awareness of different wellness-related resources in ourselves and in the community.

    CONTACT US

    Scarlett Wang ssw2138@columbia.edu
    Camille Tinder ct2637@columbia.edu

     

  • Questions?

    Questions?

    If you have general questions about student leadership and/or groups at CUSSW, or you want to get involved in student life, you are welcome to contact SUEB via e-mail at cussw.sueb@gmail.com.