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Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO)

Leadership skills begin at home, and the collegiate experience of the Columbia residence halls helps to develop these skills further. The Residence Hall Leadership Organization (RHLO) is the campus-wide group that aims to promote community among our residential population, advocate for the needs of residents, and liaise with university administrators who directly impact the residential experience.

Furthermore, RHLO encompasses a unique consortium of Hall Councils, which individually unite students in a particular residence hall by planning engaging events, fostering a sense of community, and most of all, serving as advocates, representatives, and leaders. Collectively, RHLO encourages among its Hall Councils collaboration on planning and ideas between residence hall communities and engagement of students in events on a campus-wide scale. 

RHLO and Hall Council members manage a budget, plan events, and foster a sense of community in their residence halls and across campus. Past RHLO members have used the experiences they’ve gained to serve as Resident Advisers, take on leadership roles in clubs and student organizations, and secure internships.

To contact RHLO, email

For more information about the structure and governance of RHLO, please refer to the RHLO Constitution and Bylaws.

To contact Executive Board members of our Hall Councils across campus, click here.

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Meet the Team

Nicholas Wolferman, CC'17

Executive Director

Major: Math-Statistics
Columbia Life: Films Society, Board Games Club, America Reads
Hidden talent: I can touch my tongue to my nose
Personal theme song: "Everything is Awesome" from the Lego Movie
Favorite thing about NYC: Accessibility to everything I could want to do


Sean Ryan, CC'17
National Communication Coordinator

Major: Political Science and Hispanic Studies
Columbia Life: Columbia Catholic Undergraduates, College Democrats, RealityStep, MentorZen, Pre-Law Society
Hidden talent: German and Spanish speaker
Personal theme song: "Angels on the Moon" by Thriving Ivory
Favorite thing about NYC:  It's hard to pick just one, there's always something to do!  The city is incredibly diverse in both people and culture.


Ravi Sinha, CC'17
Director of Finance

Major: Mathematics/Economics
Columbia Life: Multicultural Business Association, Club Zamana, Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and Beta Theta Pi
Hidden talent: Poker
Personal theme song: "Young Folks" by Peter Bjorn
Favorite thing about NYC: Brunch


Prerna Kohli, SEAS'17
Director of Communications and Social Media

Major: Operations Research: Engineering Management Systems
Columbia Life: Engineering Student Council Student Life Committee, CU Sewa, Columbia Dhoom (competitive bollywood-fusion dance team)
Hidden talent: Painting and Colored Pencil Art
Personal theme song: "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey 
Favorite thing about NYC: No matter how long you have been here, there is always something new to see or do!


Colin Howard, CC'17
Director of National Residence Hall Honorary 

Major: Mathematics and Physics
Columbia Life: Columbia University College Democrats, the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, FeelGood CU, and physics research
Hidden talent: I can stick my whole fist in my mouth! Wanna see? No, just kidding, but I can make a mean Kraft Mac & Cheese.
Personal theme song: “Pride (In the Name of Love)” by U2 
Favorite thing about NYC: In terms of tangible things, Central Park -- but I'm never bored here, and that's what I love the absolute most.



Zina Sockwell, CC'17
National Communication Coordinator In Training

Major: Undecided (possibly French and Business)
Columbia Life: Member of the URC, RC@C facilitator, McBain Hall Council
Hidden talent: Impressions of her friends
Personal theme song: "Gone" by Kanye West
Favorite thing about NYC:  I love that within a matter of miles, New York hops between cultural enclaves, from Spanish Harlem to Chinatown to Brighton Beach.


Christina Park, CC'17
Housing Liaison

Major: Political Science
Columbia Life: Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, East Campus Hall Council, and Gamma Phi Beta
Hidden talent: Baking!
Personal theme song: "Heroes" by Alesso
Favorite thing about NYC: I love that all the different parts of the city, such as Greenwich Village, midtown, Morningside Heights, all have such distinct vibes from each other, so it seems impossible for life in the city to ever become monotonous.


Joey Kopriva

Major: English Education (undergrad); Higher Education/Student Affairs (grad school)
Columbia Life: Hall Director of John Jay
Hidden talent: I can integrate numerous movie and TV quotes, both common and obscure, into everyday situations.
Personal theme song: “Crazy Beautiful Life" by Ke$ha 
Favorite thing about NYC: Brunch. The Village. Brunch in the Village. 


Residential Life


515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6805

Fax: (212) 854-6815

Office Hours

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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