Dean's Student Advisory Council


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. 


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

Council Members

Andrew Talone

Andrew Talone  ‘24, Co-Chair

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, Co-Chair

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

David Brucker

David Brucker, '23

David is a senior from Philadelphia studying Spanish with minors in Business and City & Regional Planning. Outside of the Council, he is an analyst with Cornell Real Estate Club Consulting, a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and a member of a social fraternity. In his free time, David enjoys playing tennis, exploring new restaurants around Ithaca, and, when the weather is nice, swimming at Ithaca’s many gorges with friends.

Mark Gambreski

Mark Gambeski '23

Mark is a senior pursuing a major in Information Science and a minor in Art History. On campus, Mark is involved with First-Year Investment & Consulting Club, Student Activities Funding Commission, A&S Career Development, The Wardrobe, and administrative advisory groups. Mark also leads The Admissions Project, a non-profit organization, and founded Slope School, a lifestyle brand. In his free time, he enjoys walking, viewing contemporary art, and starting crossword puzzles.

Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis '23

Johnny is a senior from New Jersey studying economics and minoring in business. He is involved in the Chi Phi social fraternity at Cornell as well as other clubs and research 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 enjoys hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants, or catching 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

Noorejehan is a senior 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 involved with Cornell DTI and the Cornell Daily Sun. She hopes to pursue product design after graduation.

Madeleine Zemans

Madeleine Zemans ‘23

Maddy is a junior pursuing a major in Government and minors in Inequality Studies and Law & Society. She is originally Canadian but grew up in Singapore, where her family has lived for over 25 years. Aside from being a member of the council, she is involved in Social Enterprise Group Cornell (SEGC), where she consults for social enterprises. Off-campus, she enjoys exploring new places and cultures, exercising, being outdoors, and spending time with her loved ones.

Sana Seif

Sana Seif '24

Sana is a junior 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 Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, Big Red Ambassadors, and club lacrosse, Women of MENA, and the VP of Finance for POLIS. In her free time, she enjoys running, surfing, and spending time with friends and family.

Aerin Mok

Aerin Mok '25

Aerin is a sophomore from Hong Kong, pursuing a major in Psychology on the pre-medical track and a minor in Anthropology. On campus, she is a research assistant in the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory Lab under Professor David M. Smith. She is also the External Coordinator and a Peer Mentor of EARS, and hopes to 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 sophomore from New Jersey pursuing a major in Computer Science and a minor in Business. Aside from being part of the Council, she is a project lead for Cornell Digital Humanities, an analyst for Cornell Tech Consulting, and the Selections Chair for Cornell University Program Board. Melissa loves visiting museums, hiking, and exploring Ithaca in her free time.