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International Resource Team

The International Resource Team (IRT) is a cross-functional work-team responsible for identifying undergraduate international student issues, and streamlining support by sharing information and collaborating through the stages of a student’s lifecycle within Columbia. The IRT is overseen by the Director of Education, Outreach and International Student Support in Multicultural Affairs. Each individual member of the team acts as a liaison from their office and department. Members will contribute to the conversation and initiatives based on their professional position and background, and relate pertinent information back to their respective offices to support the planning and implementation of initiatives aimed at supporting the undergraduate international communities in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering.

The IRT aims to support students in a holistic manner with a direct focus on international students in a broad sense of the term. The IRT works to address relevant international student issues, to collaborate in ways that will enhance the international community, and to give students clear, correct, and informed knowledge. This resource team will address issues in the international community that pertain to students, their families, and the campus community - recognizing the intricate relationships that international students form beyond campus.


The goal of the IRT is to:

  • To assess current programming and services for international students and enhance/create programming and services where necessary.
  • To develop effective outreach channels to connect undergraduate international students to available resources and support.
  • To maintain communications with member offices regarding programming and services for international students.
  • To interact with undergraduate international students through the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB).


IRT Members AY 2018-2019




Melinda Aquino

Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs

Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Student Life


David Buckwald

Director of International Admissions and Strategic Initiatives Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Jill Burya

Associate Director Office of Global Programs & Fellowships 

Paul Carbini 

Survivor Advocate Sexual Violence Response, Columbia Health 

Karina Cruz 

Assistant Director- CUMC Sexual Violence Response, Columbia Health  

Anne Goldfield 

Associate Director for Outreach and Community Clinical Services

Counseling and Psychological Services

Whitney Green

Assistant Director
Director of Science Recruitment

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Sue Jordan

Associate Director

Family Engagement

Arame Mbodj

Career Counselor

Center for Career Education

Niamh O’Brien

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Career Development

Center for Career Education

Chia-Ying Pan

Director of Education, Outreach and International Student Support

Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Student Life

Rob Penaherrera

Residence Hall DirectorResidential Life, Undergraduate Student Life 

Justin Snider

Advising Dean 

Center for Student Advising 

Jennifer Soler

Associate Director 

International Students and Scholars Office 

Multicultural Affairs


505 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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