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Students as Pedagogical Partners: Undergraduate Consultants

This page features the undergraduate students from Columbia College, General Studies, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, that have served as consultants in the past, as well as those that are currently working on the Students as Pedagogical Partners initiative. 

Sandesh Tuladhar

Sajan Bar

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Consultant: Spring 2021

“I am fascinated with the way we receive and process information in the classroom. Through this initiative, I hope to expand and develop education techniques by working directly with professors to bridge gaps in curriculum and classroom experience. I believe this work will help to create a positive learning environment throughout Columbia University and beyond by providing students and professors with a meaningful forum to hear new perspectives on learning.”

Mae Butler

Columbia College

Consultant: Spring 2020

“Classrooms are really powerful sites for inclusion and transformation. I am excited to participate in SAPP because I want to support the people on our campus who take on the important work of advocating — from professors to grad students — and help them create inclusive and fulfilling learning experiences for their students and themselves.”

Catherine Ross

Donian Chyong

Columbia College

Consultant: Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021

“I applied to the initiative as a unique way of giving back to the Columbia community, and as a way to use my background in research and experimental design to help create better ways to learn on campus.”

Sarah Considine

Sarah Considine

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Consultant: Spring 2022

“I applied to this initiative as a way to expand my engagement with the Columbia community and foster more inclusive and effective learning environments for all students. I hope to learn more about what defines said learning environments, how I as a student can help create this in our shared learning spaces, and in turn help our educators do the same.”

Michelle V. Hall

Haya Ghandour

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Consultant: Spring 2020

“This initiative presented an opportunity to engage with the pedagogical methods at Columbia and advocate for more inclusive learning spaces. I found the SAPP initiative as a chance to hopefully influence my learning at Columbia and to become more educated on inclusive and accessible learning.”

Michelle V. Hall

Keylin Escobar

Columbia College

Consultant: Spring 2022

“I’m excited to have conversations surrounding inclusivity, in every thinkable aspect. A class is made up of both students and instructors and I believe it’s of utmost importance to have these conversations to understand what instructors deem inclusive versus how the students visualize an inclusive environment. Creating spaces within classrooms where students can feel included and heard can completely change the experience of learning, and I hope to participate in many discussions surrounding the matter! In the end, we are all people trying to learn from one another to improve learning!”

Michelle V. Hall

Emma Fromont

General Studies

Consultant: Spring 2022

“What we learn, and how we learn it, not only forge our academic interests but also our confidence in our capacities. I am excited to be part of CTL’s initiative to work with students themselves to think about pedagogy – especially after months of online classes, that at least offered us the opportunity to rethink methods of teaching and learning we used to take for granted!”

A. Maurice Matiz

Jennifer Lee

Columbia College

Consultant: Spring 2020

“I was excited by the possibility of more direct dialogue between students and professors about creating inclusive and equitable learning environments.”

A. Maurice Matiz

Nicole Lyons

General Studies

Consultant: Spring 2020

“Undergrad involvement like this is both rare and incredibly important. I really want to help change…how students with disabilities or outside factors are understood by professors.”

Mark L. Phillipson

Samatha McAlvey

General Studies

Consultant: Spring 2020

“I come from a family of teachers, and during my service in the US Air Force, I was heavily involved in teaching and training so I know how much of a difference good pedagogy can make. The SAPP initiative is a chance to make a real difference in the college experience of countless students, and faculty too.”

Sandesh Tuladhar

Kalisa Ndamage

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Consultant: Spring 2020 and Fall 2020

“I’ve had amazing learning experiences and unpleasant ones too. I’ve always been interested in what factors kept me more engaged in one lecture over another. Therefore, this was a great opportunity to both explore those factors and subsequently apply them to shift the scale, making the majority of my educational experiences positive.”

Sandesh Tuladhar

Yarin Reindorp

General Studies

Consultant: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021

“Our experiences as students have the capacity to shape the way we see ourselves and our future. Therefore, the classroom space is pivotal and good teaching and learning approaches are key. I believe that little changes can make a truly a significant difference in our learning experience and hope that through this important initiative we can shed light on the student perspective to make these changes.”

Jandres Rivera

Victor Jandres Rivera

Columbia College

Consultant: Spring 2022

“My interests focus on how underrepresented students from diverse backgrounds navigate classroom settings. I joined this initiative to use my professional and research experience to make classrooms more inclusive and productive environments for students regardless of their background. Academic spaces shouldn’t just include students of color but also foster an equitable learning experience that engages students with resources in place to ensure they are supported.”

Michelle Yao

Annabelle Tang

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Consultant: Spring 2022

“My virtual junior year abroad has led me to develop my own methodology of effective studying and made me more conscious of the teaching practices of my teachers. Columbia supported my virtual education by adopting flexible grading policies, video recording technology, and granting us free WeWork access. In transitioning from virtual to in-person learning this year, I am excited to brainstorm ideas to increase the in-person participation of our members while keeping everyone safe.”

Michelle Yao

Michelle Yao

Columbia College

Consultant: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021

“I’ve always been curious about the ‘behind the scenes’ work that goes into crafting a curriculum, and am excited to have the opportunity to support the development and improvement of educational experiences in and beyond the classroom for my peers and professors.”

Michelle Yao

Ambrose Zhu

General Studies

Consultant: Spring 2022

“I joined the initiative as an extension of my now 5 year old passion project in trying to understand the education I’ve gone through and hopefully converting that to meaningful learning for others. SAPP allows me to work with a much more diverse student body and with accomplished faculty to carry my pedagogical explorations further.”