Dean's Student Advisory Council

Mission

The College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Council is a body of A&S students who work closely with the dean and various administrators to tackle college-specific issues/concerns and develop solutions to make an impact within the college. The council exists to bridge the relationship between the dean and the A&S students by being a community where student and administration perspectives are shared, and projects to improve the college are developed as a result of the two-way communication. 

Contact

One of the most important responsibilities of the council is to listen to student perspectives and engage in important conversations with the administration about these perspectives. If you have any comments, questions, and/or concerns relating to the College of Arts & Sciences, please feel free to email the council at cas_sac@cornell.edu or contact one of the co-chairs.

Council Members

Margaret Lim

Margaret Lim ‘22, Co-Chair, mal384@cornell.edu

Margaret is a senior pursuing a double major in Government and Literatures in English and a minor in Law & Society. Outside of being co-chair of the Dean’s Council, she is vice president of The REVIVAL Zine at Cornell and the undergraduate research fellow for the Politics of Race, Immigration, Class & Ethnicity (PRICE) Initiative. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and nature photography.

 

Sara Stober

Sara Stober ‘ 22,  Co-Chair, ss3594@cornell.edu

Sara is a senior from Connecticut double majoring in Government and History. On campus, Sara is a co-chair of the Council, Chair of the Liberal Caucus of the Cornell Political Union, Vice President of Education and Resources for Students for Students, and a Campus Engagement Intern for Hillel. Sara is also a former member of the Spanish Debate Team. Outside of extra-curriculars, Sara likes to read, run, and watch sit-coms on Netflix

Hurya Ahmed

Hurya Ahmed ‘22, hha27@cornell.edu 

Hurya is a senior from California, studying Government and pursuing minors in Business and Law & Society. On campus, she is a Project Associate in Cornell Consulting, Managing Editor of the Cornell International Affairs Review, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity. In her free time, she enjoys running, baking, and listening to The Daily podcast. She has hopes to go to law school and work in humanitarian affairs.

Youssef Aziz

Youssef Aziz ‘22, yha2@cornell.edu 

Youssef is pre-law, majoring in Sociology and Psychology with minors in Inequality Studies and Business. After he graduates, he plans to advocate for immigrants’ rights and marginalized communities. On campus, Youssef is involved with the Black Ivy Prelaw Society, serves as the Peer Advisor coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences, and does research in the Intergroup Inequality and Social Perception Lab under Professor Krosch. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, and finding new places to eat at CTown

Annika Lafaytis

Annika Lafyatis ‘22, akl65@cornell.edu

Annika is a senior from Illinois studying Information Science and Sociology. She is a member of a sorority and a service fraternity. She also works as a teaching assistant and writing tutor on campus. In her free time, Annika enjoys exploring Ithaca, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.

Valentina Loaiza

Valentina Loaiza ‘22, vl258@cornell.edu

Valentina is a senior Government major with a minor in Inequality Studies. On campus, she’s a member of the First Generation Student Union, the REVIVAL Zine, and an Undergraduate Resident Fellow on West Campus. Valentina is also a McNair Scholar and an undergraduate research assistant for the COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Immigrant Groups Project at Cornell. In her free time, she enjoys watching travel vlogs, getting coffee with friends and going on nature walks.

Jack Pilon

Jack Pilon ‘22, jlp367@cornell.edu

Jack is a senior from Long Island majoring in Information Science with a minor in Business. Aside from his involvement on the Dean’s Council, he is an Orientation Leader, an associate in the International Business Consulting club, and serves on the Interfraternity Council Judicial Board. He spends his free time running, making music, and hanging out with friends.

Odeya Rosenband

Odeya Rosenband ‘22

Odeya is a senior from Long Island majoring in Government with minors in Near Eastern Studies and Creative Writing. Outside of the Advisory Council, she is the Opinion Editor of The Cornell Daily Sun, a member of the Cornell Criminal Justice Coalition, and a barista at Green Dragon Café. Off campus, she enjoys cooking new recipes, reading, and playing bananagrams.

Anthony Sheehi

Anthony Sheehi ‘22, ajs636@cornell.edu

Anthony is a senior double majoring in Information Science and Asian Studies. He is very interested in user experience and cross-cultural communication. On campus, he is involved in Alpha Phi Omega, Underrepresented Minorities in Computing (URMC), and Campus Activities. He is also an internal transfer student from the College of Engineering, so feel free to ask him any questions about the process!

Bella Somoza

Bella Somoza ‘22, cis26@cornell.edu

Bella is double-majoring in history and biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. On campus, she is involved in the Biology Scholars Program, A&S Ambassadors, and microbiology research in the Vitousek Lab. She is also a student advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Biology! Off campus, she enjoys hiking, swimming, exploring Ithaca's beautiful gorges and the vibrant restaurant and coffee-shop scene.

Kiki Ventura

Kiki Ventura ‘22

Kiki is a senior from Connecticut majoring in Government, Comparative Literature, and Spanish. Outside of the Advisory Council, she is involved in POLIS (a pre-professional government fraternity), Cornell Speech and Debate Society, and the Advocacy Project. In her free time, she enjoys longboarding, playing her ukulele, and paddleboarding.

Catherine Zhang

Catherine Zhang ‘22, crz27@cornell.edu

Catherine is a senior from New Jersey double-majoring in Computer Science and Sociology. On campus, she is involved in Cornell AppDev, Women in Computing at Cornell, Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity, and the Economic Sociology Lab. In her free time, she enjoys cooking for dinner parties, pilates, and doing crosswords.

David Brucker

David Brucker, '23

David is a junior from Philadelphia studying Spanish with minors in Business and City & Regional Planning. On campus, he is an active member of his pre-professional business fraternity, his social fraternity, and an analyst in Cornell Real Estate Club Consulting. During his free time, David enjoys playing tennis, skiing, exploring new restaurants around Ithaca, and listening to music.

Mark Gambeski

Mark Gambeski '23

Mark is a junior pursuing a major in Philosophy and a minor in Applied Economics. In addition to the Dean’s Council, Mark works with A&S Career Development and is involved in the First-Year Investment & Consulting Club, The Wardrobe, Becker House Council, and Early College Awareness. In his free time, he enjoys walking, viewing contemporary art, and starting crossword puzzles.

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis '23

Johnny is a junior from New Jersey studying economics and minoring in business. He is involved in the Chi Phi social fraternity at Cornell as well as the Investment Banking Club on campus. Johnny loves sports, as you can catch him playing basketball intramurally, riding his bike, or enjoying fantasy football. In his free time, he also likes to hang out with friends and go out with them to eat or watch a movie.

Krinal Thakkar

Krinal Thakkar '23

Krinal is a Junior from Chicago pursuing a major in Psychology and BSOC and a minor in Health Equity. On campus, she’s an RA at Akwe:kon, a TA for Genetics, a tutor for General Chemistry at the LSC, an Engaged Ambassador for the David Einhorn center, a Laidlaw scholar, and a Tradition fellow. In her free time, Krinal enjoys painting, lifting weights, and playing badminton.

Noorejehan Umar

Noorejehan Umar ‘23, nu44@cornell.edu

Noorejehan is a junior from Pakistan, majoring in Information Science with a minor in business. In her free time, Noorejehan enjoys reading, hiking and trying new recipes. Asides from being on the Dean’s Council, Noorejehan is also an Editor for the Cornell Daily Sun. She is extremely interested in human computer interaction and data science, and hopes to go into a similar field after graduation.

Madeleine Zemans

Madeleine Zemans ‘23, mcz36@cornell.edu

Maddy is a junior pursuing a major in China and Asia Pacific Studies (CAPS) and a minor in Government. She is originally Canadian but grew up in Singapore, where her family has lived for over 25 years. On campus, she is involved in Social Enterprise Group Cornell (SEGC), where she consults for social enterprises, and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Off campus, she enjoys travel, fitness, and exploring various cultures through food.

Adiba Sajed

Adiba Sajed ‘24, as3229@cornell.edu 

Adiba is a sophomore pursuing a major in Physics and a minor in Mathematics. On campus, she is a part of the A&S Peer Ambassadors, The Society of Physics Students and an Undergraduate Physics TA. Outside of Cornell, she teaches mathematics to K-12 students in New York remotely. She enjoys reading, exercising, and exploring new restaurants with friends!

Sana Seif

Sana Seif '24

Sana is a sophomore majoring in Government and Economics and minoring in International Relations and Law and Society. Aside from being on the Dean’s Council, Sana is a member of POLIS, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Big Red Ambassadors, and club lacrosse. In her free time, she enjoys running, surfing, and spending time with friends and family.

Andrew Talone

Andrew Talone  ‘24, att47@cornell.edu 

Andrew Talone is a sophomore hoping to double major in Government and Economics. He is from outside of Philadelphia, PA. In his free time, Andrew enjoys running, spending time with friends, and studying foreign languages (he currently speaks five). In addition to serving as a member of the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Council, Andrew is a member of POLIS, Cornell’s government pre-professional fraternity, and serves on the Student Activities Funding Commission.

Kira Weinberger

Kira Weinberger '24

Kira is a transfer sophomore pursuing a major in Government and a minor in Law & Society. Outside of the Advisory Council, Kira is also involved in the Cornell Speech and Debate Society, Phi Alpha Delta (PAD) Pre-Law Fraternity, and the Advocacy Project. In her free time she enjoys getting lattes at Temple of Zeus, hosting game nights, and watching cheesy movies.

Aerin Mok

Aerin Mok '25

Aerin is a freshman from Hong Kong, pursuing a major in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. On campus, she is involved in EARS and hopes to become a Peer Mentor or Empathy Chair, in order to better understand and improve the mental health scene at Cornell. Outside of academics, she loves skiing, reading, drawing and dancing.

Melissa Reifman

Melissa Reifman '25

Melissa is a freshman from Upper Saddle River, NJ, majoring in Computer Science. On campus, she is involved in Cornell Tech Consulting, Programming Board, the Undergraduate Law & Society Review, and Cornell Tradition Fellows. In her free time, she loves practicing taekwondo, visiting museums, and hiking.

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