Events Council Members

University Life Events Council Leadership Team 2021-2022

The University Life Events Council Leadership team works with our office to produce engaging events. They form the core group of student event planners who also work with representatives from every Columbia school. 

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Adam Kluge
Adam is a senior transfer student, originally from the Buffalo, NY area. He is a student in Columbia College majoring in history and political science. In addition to his academic interests, Adam is actively involved in on-campus theatre, a cappella, and student government. Additionally, he continues to engage in activism around mass incarceration and prison abolition in the United States. You can find him at the nearest dog shelter, or searching New York City for the best drag brunch.
Adam Kluge (CC), Chair of Programming
Aaron Xie
Aaron is a first-generation immigrant and a nontraditional student who studies economics in the School of General Studies. He has lived in different cities in different countries, which explains his open and inclusive mindset towards different perspectives, values, and cultures. When he is not preoccupied with his work, he enjoys spending his time listening to Hip Hop and R&B somewhere on campus or on his way to explore the city and suburbs.
Aaron Xie (GS), Chair of Administration
Eric Fredericks
Eric is an avid whiskey and craft beer enthusiast who has jumped out of more than 100 planes. In his free time he likes to shoot pool, workout, and spend time outdoors. Over the course of the pandemic Eric developed a serious addiction to doordash and uber-eats.
Eric Fredericks (GS), Co-Chair of Outreach
Sofia Osorio Salinas
Sofia is a sophomore in the school of engineering at Columbia. She speaks five languages and her hobbies include making color-coordinated spotify playlists, yoga, hiking, taking long walks and reading about Astrophysics. On campus, she serves as international student representative for the Engineering Student Council, as a Resident Advisor for first years, a tutor for One-to-One tutoring, , legal translator for the law school and research assistant for the Earth Institute.
Sofia Osorio Salinas (SEAS), Co-Chair of Outreach
Adi Mahesh Shastry
Adi Shastry is a Biomedical Engineering Student at Columbia University and is interested in medical devices, robotics, cybersecurity, and entrepreneurship. During his study at Colby College, he started various clubs including Colby Cyber Cybersecurity Club and the Colby Consulting Group. His life passion is to advance social causes in more meaningful ways using new frontiers of technology. In his spare time, he is usually learning something new, playing an instrument, relaxing with friends and family, watching a good movie or Formula 1, reading, or tinkering with electronics or code.
Adi Mahesh Shastry (SEAS), Co-Chair of Marketing
Madison Kersten
Madison Kersten is a student in CC currently studying political science. She enjoys taking random classes outside of her area of study, whether in astronomy or film, and loves discovering new interests. Outside of academics, Madison is involved with organizations such as UNA-USA and UNICEF, and in her free time, you can find her writing, acting, making music, or creating any kind of art. As a transfer student, she hopes to help bring people together and create a sense of community for the student body!
Madison Kersten (CC), Co-Chair of Marketing
Alicia Tavarez
Alicia is a senior at Columbia College studying Economics-Political Science & Ethnicity and Race Studies. She is a proud Midwesterner having grown up in Wisconsin. Some of her favorite activities include baking sweet treats, reading mystery novels, and organizing events for people to engage in their community.
Alicia Tavarez (CC), Co-Chair of Service
Chinedu Adiele
Chinedu is enrolled in the M.S. in Architecture and Urban Design program (MSAUD) at Columbia GSAPP. He was born and raised in Washington, D.C. but has a Nigerian background. On his free time, he loves to play sports, such as basketball and baseball, and he loves to sketch. Chinedu enjoys a wide array of foods, but his favorite food of all is ice cream.
Chinedu Adiele (GSAPP), Co-Chair of Service
Avery Gaines
Avery Gaines is from a small town in Idaho and moved to New York City 5 years ago. In New York she was an event manager for non-profits and hospitality groups throughout the city. Now, she's at Columbia University and so excited to start planning events for the student body!
Avery Gaines (GS), Co-Chair of Major Events
Tracy Sokat
Tracy hates writing in the third person, but she loves helping build inclusive communities and networks through events and outreach! She completed her undergrad at The Boston Conservatory and is currently studying Political Sciences in the Post Baccalaureate program at SPS. She has performed nationally at prestigious theaters such as Pittsburgh CLO, American Conservatory Theatre, and Maine State Music Theatre, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. She’s also worked as an organizer on a variety of national and local political campaigns, and in policy roles in Congress and at several NGOs. Here at Columbia and in NYC, Tracy is exploring the intersection of her passions in performance art and political mobilization.
Tracy Sokat (SPS), Co-Chair of Major Events
Anthony Adessa (CC), Co-Chair of Social
Anthony is a third-year at Columbia College studying Computer Science. He's from San Diego, California. He enjoys food, photography, and travel. Some of Anthony's favorite things to do outside of classes include going on hikes and exploring NYC with his friends.
Anthony Adessa (CC), co-chair of social
Ellie Kim
Ellie was born in Washington, D.C., but grew up in California in Orange County and later San Francisco. She currently lives in Brooklyn, and divides her time between working as a Registered Nurse and as a lateral student in the Acute Care DNP program. In her spare time, she enjoys going on walks with her two rescue dogs, curling up with a good book or planning her next travel adventure.
Ellie Kim (Nursing), Co-Chair of Social
Brendan Hogan
Brendan is a third year undergraduate student originally from Washingtonville, NY. Brendan is a part of the Dual BA program with Trinity College Dublin. Brendan studied Middle Eastern and European Languages and Cultures while in Ireland and is currently pursuing a degree in political science. Brendan is a CDT in Fordham Army ROTC and plans on commissioning as a 2nd LT upon graduation.
Brendan Hogan (GS), Co-Chair of Film
Dan DeBrucker
Dan DeBrucker is a dual-masters student pursuing a MSW degree from Columbia Scholl of Social Work and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Dan brings nearly thirty-years of experience in leadership and event planning. Dan lives with his partner of 20yrs, Brian, in the Morningside Heights Neighborhood. When he is not doing work for school, Dan is building a new worship community for LGBTQAI+ runaway and homeless youth here in New York City.
Dan DeBrucker (SSW), Co-Chair of Film
Brooke Nicole Martinez
Brooke is a graduate student in the School of Social Work. She is originally from Lexington, Kentucky and enjoys bringing out the strengths in the people around her. When she is not occupied with school, you can find her spending time with friends and family, running, seeing the world, and trying all the different types of cuisine New York has to offer.
Brooke Nicole Martinez (SSW), Co-Chair of Inclusion
Davey Liu
Davey is a second-year undergraduate student at the School of General Studies, majoring in Medical Humanity on a Pre-Medical track. Prior to attending Columbia, Davey served six years onboard the U.S. Navy 9/11 tribute warship, USS Somerset. In his spare time, he likes to play the piano and sing covers of the latest pop ballads.
Davey Liu (GS), Co-Chair of Inclusion
Jake Caswell
Jacob grew up on a Diary farm outside of Berlin Wisconsin. He got his undergrad degree from Columbia University in Biology and was also apart of the cross country and track and field team. Jacob enjoys nothing more than exploring NYC, petting every dog that he is allowed to, and eating every dessert in site.
Jake Caswell (SPH), Co-Chair of Inclusion
Miah Miller (CC), Co-Chair of Membership
Miah Miller is a rising senior in Columbia College studying Financial Economics. Over the summer of 2021, he had a summer internship at PIMCO, an investment management firm. In his free time, he likes to try to find/make the perfect iced vanilla latte, watch his favorite creators on YouTube, and occasionally finds time to explore new neighborhoods in New York City.
Miah Miller (CC), co-chair of membership
Claire Miller
Claire is a student in the Mailman School of Public Health in the department of Health Policy and Management. She is excited about working with the team to create community and Columbia. She enjoys teaching yoga, going to the beach, and snowboarding! Eventually she wants to go back to law school and work in public policy.
Claire Miller (SPH), Co-Chair of Membership

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School Liaisons of 2021-2022

The School Liaisons work with the Chair of Outreach and attend the first general membership meeting of each month. During this meeting they gather information to promote upcoming events at their schools and provide feedback on programs and initiatives. There are still positions available for the upcoming academic year: School of Social Work; Columbia Business School; School of the Arts; Nursing; Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; School of International Public Affairs; School of General Studies; Mailman School of Public Health. Apply today!

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Camden Lee
Camden is a rising junior at Columbia College majoring in sociology on the pre-law track. He is also pre-business and plans to concentrate in business management in addition to his major. In his spare time, Camden enjoys sketching cityscapes, listening to French pop, playing the cello, cooking new vegan recipes, building 3D models, and learning new languages.
Camden Lee, Columbia College
Deborah Thomas
Deborah enjoys meeting new people although she is shy at times. She loves being outdoors and is always in for any adventure. She can't live without ice-cream.
Deborah Thomas, School Of Professional Studies
Jimmy Woosung Chang
Originally born in Seoul, South Korea, Jimmy has spent the better part of the last almost a decade on various community service programs wherever he had been before coming to New York City: Seoul, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Boston. Now as a dental student, he serves as a School Liaison for ULEC. He projects to collaborate university events with dental school and to connect many dental students to join the events, including community services. Jimmy is very pleased to carry out a duty as a communicator between everyone who wishes to be involved and is looking forward to getting to know each of them.
Jimmy Woosung Chang, College of Dental Medicine
Lily Imai
Lily is currently a first-year at Columbia College. She is planning to double major in film and media studies and philosophy. She loves reading, writing, watching movies, running, and spending time with her dog and three cats.
Lily Imai, Columbia College
Sivabharathi Subramaniam
Someone who fuels his thirst for knowledge by solving and helping industries with their problems.A beast who is constantly in a transformation phase physically.A nature admirer and a photographer by passion and a poet to feed his creativity.
Sivabharathi Subramaniam, SEAS
Tanay Murdia
He is an international student pursuing Computer Science (Intelligent Systems) in SEAS, Columbia University and Mathematics in Dickinson College. He was also part of the squash varsity team and his hobbies include Art, Travel and Outdoor activities.
Tanay Murdia, SEAS