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 or contact one of the co-chairs.

Council Members

Tyler Mandelbaum

Tyler Mandelbaum ‘21, Co-Chair,

Tyler is a senior pursuing an economics major and a business minor. Aside from being on the Dean's Council, he is also a member of the service organization Circle K and an Orientation leader/A&S Peer Ambassador. He is loving his time in Arts & Sciences and hopes to go to law school after he graduates from Cornell.

Margaret Lim

Margaret Lim ‘22, Co-Chair,

Margaret is a junior pursuing a double major in government and 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, an associate editor for the Cornell International Affairs Review (CIAR), 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

Eugene Kim

Eugene Kim ‘21,

Eugene is a senior studying Biological Sciences with a concentration in Neurobiology & Behavior. He is involved in research in the Goldberg lab, studying what brain structures allow parrots to socialize. On campus, he is also a student advisor for freshmen biology students and an A&S Peer Ambassador. Outside of class, he can be spotted snapping pictures of the beautiful Ithaca nature scene or huddled around a board game with friends.

Hurya Ahmed

Hurya Ahmed ‘22, 

Hurya is a junior from Orange County, California, studying Government and pursuing minors in Business and Law & Society. On campus, she is involved in Cornell Consulting, Absolute A Capella, and 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, 

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,

Annika is a junior from Illinois studying Information Science and Sociology. She is on the executive board of her sorority and a member of the service fraternity APO. She also works as a tutor at Cornell's Knight writing center. In her free time, Annika enjoys walking around and exploring Ithaca, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.

Valentina Loaiza

Valentina Loaiza ‘22,

Valentina is a junior government major with minors in French and Inequality Studies. On campus, she’s involved with the Big Red Ambassadors, First Generation Student Union and the Cornell Lending Library's executive board. 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,

Jack is a junior 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, playing guitar, and exploring Ithaca with friends.

Elijah Gallimore-Repole

Elijah Gallimore-Repole ‘22,

Elijah Gallimore-Repole is a third-year undergraduate in the College of Arts & Sciences who is double majoring in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Growing up in Kingston, Jamaica, Elijah developed immense pride and fervor for the Caribbean which inspired him to co-found and serve as Vice President of Cornell's Caribbean Students' Association. He is also a passionate football (soccer) fanatic, coach, and player and as such represents Cornell Mundial Football Club and works as a Site Student Coordinator with Cornell Fitness Centers.

Anthony Sheehi

Anthony Sheehi ‘22,

Anthony is a junior 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,

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 stress physiology 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.

Sara Stober

Sara Stober ‘ 22,

Sara is a junior majoring in Government and History with a Latin American Studies minor. Outside of the Council, Sara is involved in the Cornell Political Union, Roosevelt, and the Cornell Undergraduate Law and Society Review. In her free time, Sara enjoys running, reading, and watching sitcoms on Netflix.

Catherine Zhang

Catherine Zhang ‘22,

Catherine is a junior from Princeton, NJ double-majoring in Computer Science and Sociology, with a minor in Nutrition. On campus, she is involved in Cornell AppDev, Women in Computing at Cornell, Phi Gamma Nu Business Fraternity, and the Center for Teaching Innovation. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and baking healthy recipes, pilates, and listening to podcasts

Victoria DiStefano

Victoria DiStefano ‘23,

Victoria is a sophomore with an intent to major in biology and society and minor in health equity. At Cornell, Victoria is part of the Milstein Program in Technology and Humanity, the finance chair of the Engineering World Health project team, and a member of the 2023 Class Council. Outside of her Cornell commitments, Victoria loves cooking and exploring through food, finding new podcasts and Netflix shows, and spending time with friends

Madeline Rosenberg

Madeline Rosenberg ‘23,

Madeline is a sophomore planning to study history and government. She is an assistant news editor for The Cornell Daily Sun, where she reports on University policies and their effects on students. She spends her free time reading articles, writing, and hiking.

Noorejehan Umar

Noorejehan Umar ‘23,

Noorejehan is a sophomore studying information science and economics in the college of arts and sciences. Asides from being on the Dean’s Council, she writes articles for the Cornell Daily Sun and is working on a project with Thread Magazine. In her free time, she likes to read, write, cook, or go on hikes. 

Madeleine Zemans

Madeleine Zemans ‘23,

Maddy is a sophomore pursuing a major in China and Asia Pacific Studies (CAPS) and 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.

Andrew Talone

Andrew Talone  ‘24, 

Andrew Talone is a freshman 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 the Cornell Political Union and writes for The Advocate.

Adiba Sajed

Adiba Sajed ‘24, 

Adiba is a freshman pursuing a major in Physics. On campus, she is a part of the Big Red Ambassadors, a COVID-19 Peer Ambassador, and a member of  the 2024 Class Councils. Outside of Cornell, she teaches mathematics to K-12 students in New York remotely. She enjoys reading, exercising, painting, exploring new restaurants and binging Netflix shows with friends!