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JED Working Groups 2017-2018

Consistent with The Jed Foundation’s recommendations, working groups were formed for each of the 14 important areas of action, led by members of the JED Steering Committee and including faculty, students and professional staff from the University. Note that some staff members lead more than one working group, in which case the group composition may be identical to another group with the same leader.

  1. Ensure that emotional well-being is a campus-wide responsibility

    LEAD: James J. Valentini, Dean of Columbia College

    Members:
    Mary C. Boyce, Dean of Columbia Engineering
    Gerry Rosberg, Senior Executive Vice President
    Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean of the School of General Studies

  2. Teach students the skills necessary to cope with the stresses of college life, make wise lifestyle choices and be academically successful.

    LEADS: Tom Harford, Dean of Students, School of General Studies
    Andrew Plaa, Dean of Berick Center for Student Advising, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering

    Members:
    Sara Remedios, Associate Dean of Students, School of General Studies
    Josh Edwin, Senior Assistant Dean of Students, School of General Studies
    Andrew Brugman, Program Manager for Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Kathlyn Wilkinson, Assistant Director, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Ixcel Rosal, Associate Vice President, University Life
    Amanda Daugherty, Advising Dean, Berick Center for Student Advising, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Megan Rigney, Associate Dean of Berick Center for Student Advising, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Melody Gomez, Student, School of General Studies

  3. Implement sustainable programs that offer students the opportunity to build connections with others in their community.

    LEAD: Cristen Kromm, Dean of Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering

    Members:
    Scott Wright, Vice President for Campus Services
    Sean Trulby, Director of Student Life, School of General Studies
    Melinda Aquino, Melinda Aquino, Director of Multicultural Affairs for Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Scott Helfrich, Associate Director of Residential Life for Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Aaron Gomes, Associate Director of Student Engagement for Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Roosevelt Montas, Director of Center for Core Curriculum, Columbia College
    Amaris Benavidez, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Larson Holt, Student, Columbia College
    Cat Sposato, Student, Columbia College
    Sahil Rai, Student, Columbia College
    Celeste McFarlane, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Madison Harden, Student, Columbia College
    Grant Pace, Student, Columbia College
    Maria Fernanda Martinez, Student, Columbia College
    Sitara Herur, Student, School of General Studies
    Raisa Flor, Student, School of General Studies

  4. Ensure incoming students with mental health and substance abuse histories are supported in their transition to college.

    LEAD: Melanie Bernitz, Associate Vice President/Medical Director, Columbia Health

    Members:
    Colleen Eng, Physician, Columbia Health Medical Services
    Martine Duplan, Ambulatory Care Nurse, Columbia Health Medical Services
    Sara Berger, Associate Director Operations, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
    Laura Dayan, Associate Director, Student Case Management, Columbia Health Disability Services
    Sophia Cheng, Immunization Compliance Coordinator, Columbia Health Insurance and Immunization Compliance
    Nelson Andujar, Clinical Systems Analyst, Columbia Health
    Matthew Evan Linsky, Student, School of General Studies

  5. Provide robust screening opportunities at diverse touchpoints in the student experience.

    LEADS: Melanie Bernitz, Associate Vice President/Medical Director, Columbia Health
    Raphael Coleman, Director, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion

    Members:
    Alicia Czachowski, Health Promotion Specialist, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Radhika Patel, Chief of Staff, University Life
    Kristina Hernandez, Executive Director, Marketing Communications, Campus Services
    Christa Hill, Health Communications Officer, Facilities
    Shyamolie Biyani, Student, Columbia College
    Nicholas Villalobos, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Zohar Qamar, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Ria Garg, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Zita Surprenant, Student Columbia College

  6. Train campus community members to identify, reach out to and refer students who may be struggling.

    LEADS: Richard Eichler, Executive Director, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
    Matthew Patashnick, Assistant Dean, Student and Family Support

    Members:
    Anne Goldfield, Associate Director for Outreach and Community Clinical Services, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
    Raphael Coleman, Director, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Ixcel Rosal, Associate Vice President, University Life
    Michael McNeil, Chief of Administration, Columbia Health
    Nathan Rosin, Student, Columbia College
    Nicole Allicock, Student, Columbia College

  7. Promote help-seeking behavior through destigmatization efforts and increased access to resource information.

    LEADS: Melanie Bernitz, Associate Vice President/Medical Director, Columbia Health
    Richard Eichler, Executive Director, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services

    Members:
    Anne Goldfield, Associate Director for Outreach and Community Clinical Services, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
    Raphael Coleman, Director, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Alicia Czachowski, Health Promotion Specialist, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Kristina Hernandez, Executive Director, Marketing Communications, Campus Services
    Kim McBryan, Associate Director, Marketing Communications, Campus Services
    Shyamolie Biyani, Student, Columbia College
    Nicole Allicock, Student, Columbia College
    Nicholas Villalobos, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Raisa Flor, Student, School of General Studies
    Danielle Deiseroth, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Zoha Qamar, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Alfredo Dominguez, Student, Columbia College
    Ria Garg, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Andrew Rodriguez, Student, Columbia College
    Vinay Ramesh, Student, Columbia Engineering

  8. Strengthen leave policies and protocols that best support students in distress.

    LEADS: Tom Harford, Dean of Students, School of General Studies
    Andrew Plaa, Dean of Berick Center for Student Advising, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering

    Members:
    Josh Edwin, Senior Assistant Dean of Students, School of General Studies
    Allan Cassorla, Associate Director, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Service
    Stephanie King, Director of Student Wellness, for Student and Family Support, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Angie Carrillo, Associate Dean of Berick Center for Student Advising, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering

  9. Enhance systems, protocols and processes in order to coordinate necessary care for students.

    LEADS: Melanie Bernitz, Associate Vice President/Medical Director, Columbia Health
    Richard Eichler, Executive Director, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services

    Members:
    Anne Goldfield, Associate Director for Outreach and Community Clinical Services, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
    Raphael Coleman, Director, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Alicia Czachowski, Health Promotion Specialist, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Kristina Hernandez, Executive Director, Marketing Communications, Campus Services
    Kim McBryan, Associate Director, Marketing Communications, Campus Services
    Shyamolie Biyani, Student, Columbia College
    Nicole Allicock, Student, Columbia College
    Nicholas Villalobos, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Raisa Flor, Student, School of General Studies
    Danielle Deiseroth, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Zoha Qamar, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Alfredo Dominguez, Student, Columbia College
    Ria Garg, Student, Columbia Engineering

  10. Ensure access to all necessary clinical care services.

    LEADS: Melanie Bernitz, Associate Vice President/Medical Director, Columbia Health
    Richard Eichler, Executive Director, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services

    Members:
    Anne Goldfield, Associate Director for Outreach and Community Clinical Service, Columbia Health Counseling and Psychological Services
    Raphael Coleman, Director, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Alicia Czachowski, Health Promotion Specialist, Columbia Health Alice! Health Promotion
    Kristina Hernandez, Executive Director, Marketing Communications, Campus Services
    Kim McBryan, Associate Director, Marketing Communications, Campus Services
    Shyamolie Biyani, Student, Columbia College
    Nicole Allicock, Student, Columbia College
    Nicholas Villalobos, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Raisa Flor, Student, School of General Studies
    Danielle Deiseroth, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Zoha Qamar, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Alfredo Dominguez, Student, Columbia College
    Ria Garg, Student, Columbia Engineering
    Andrew Rodriguez, Student, Columbia College
    Vinay Ramesh, Student, Columbia Engineering

  11. Ensure that substance abuse policies and protocols best support students.

    LEAD: Melanie Bernitz, Associate Vice President/Medical Director, Columbia Health

    Members:
    Michael McNeil, Chief of Administration, Columbia Health
    Jim Fey, Director of Morningside Operations, Public Safety
    Lichinia Beltre, Executive Director of Compliance, Student Financial Services
    Sam Roberts, Faculty
    Lisa Rosen-Metsch, Dean, School of General Studies
    Alexander Meshel, Student, Columbia College
    Dean Foskett, Student, School of General Studies
    Kevin Graves, Student, School of General Studies

  12. Reinforce adequate and appropriate institutional response to student deaths or other emergencies.

    LEAD: Matthew Patashnick, Assistant Dean, Student and Family Support

    Members:
    Stephanie King, Director of Student Wellness for Student and Family Support, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Tara Hanna, Executive Director of Residential Life forUndergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Rob Penaherrera, Residence Hall Director for Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Alycen Ashburn, Director of Student Marketing and Communications, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Sean Trulby, Director of Student Life, School of General Studies

  13. Strengthen established protocols for the reporting of, and follow-up to, emergency situations.

    LEAD: Matthew Patashnick, Assistant Dean, Student and Family Support

    Members:
    Stephanie King, Director of Student Wellness for Student and Family Support, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Tara Hanna, Executive Director of Residential Life forUndergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Rob Penaherrera, Residence Hall Director for Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Alycen Ashburn, Director of Student Marketing and Communications, Columbia College/Columbia Engineering
    Sean Trulby, Director of Student Life, School of General Studies

  14. Minimize environmental risks for suicide.

    LEAD: Scott Wright, Vice President for Campus Services

    Members:
    Joyce Jackson, Executive Director, Columbia Housing
    Diego Rivera, Executive Director, Facilities
    Don Schlosser, Assistant Vice President, Facilities
    Rich Bova, Director, Facilities