Meet Our Students

Student staff provide creative, event and administrative support on all initiatives and programs sponored by the Office of University Life.

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Julianne Borrelli is a dual-master's student in the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Mailman School of Public Health. She is interested in a career in public policy and programming related to substance use and addiction. Julianne graduated Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s in psychological and brain sciences. Her goal is to try all the food from the trucks that park outside of campus on Broadway. Fun fact: she once shared a glass of milk with Jimmy Carter.


Diana Cervantes is pursuing her master’s in higher and postsecondary education with a concentration in social and civic analysis at Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally from Oregon, she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Oregon where she studied crime and law and Spanish and minored in business administration and ethnic studies. After completing her undergraduate degree, Diana interned with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security and Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.  She is interested in critical race theory, college access, first generation college students and the retention of students of color in graduate schools. 


Danielle Cristal is a graduate assistant for the Office of University Life. She previously worked in public relations in Minneapolis before pursuing her passion for higher education and student affairs at Stephens College, a women’s college in her hometown, Columbia, Missouri. Danielle is currently pursuing her master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs at New York University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English and her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication in Public Relations from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jason Harden attends Columbia College and studies English with an interest in prose fiction. His goal is to attend law school after finishing undergraduate studies. Jason enjoys singing in the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and feels that music and art are strong tools for building diverse communities. He enjoys admiring the architecture at and around Columbia and running in Riverside Park. Jason is originally from eastern Montana and loves traveling and visiting and learning about airports across the United States.

Crystal Lua is a senior at Columbia College pursuing anthropology and film and media studies. Having always lived in cities, she is fascinated by urbanism and architecture. Crystal hails from Singapore (the longest flight in the world away from NYC), and loves immersing herself in new places. She has traveled to more than 40 countries to date and is taking suggestions for more. At the Office of University Life, she assists with communications and creative design. She writes for campus publications in her free time, and can often be found catching a film or museum exhibit downtown.

Fatime Osmani is obtaining her master’s degree in higher education and student affairs at New York University. She earned her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Texas Woman’s University where she was part of student government, orientation and Greek Life – all of which inspired her to pursue a career in higher education. Fatime has a passion for programming, communications and student development, and wishes to encourage students to make the most of their college experience. In her spare time, Fatime enjoys hand-lettering, calligraphy and spending time with family and friends.

Elias Sorich is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in poetry from the Columbia University School of the Arts. He received his B.A. in English from Carleton College in Minnesota. A native of Woodstock, New York, Elias is adapting to New York City life and looks forward to learning more about this massive and inspiring place. He is thrilled to be a part of the Office of University Life to work with the communications team and support initiatives focused on issues such as sexual respect and diversity.