Meet the Staff

Alina S. Wong, PhD
Associate Dean for Student Life
As the Associate Dean for Student Life. Alina engages holistic, co-curricular education and provides oversight and support for all Student Life programs and events to offer opportunities for student learning and personal development. Alina advises the Student Government Association and Nightline, and collaborates with all students to foster a vibrant and inclusive community. Alina serves on the Council for Diversity and Inclusion, the Commencement Planning Committee, and partners with faculty and staff to address campus climate and equity issues.
As a facilitator and scholar, Alina specializes in social justice education, and uses critical theory and intersectionality to consider the ways students develop a whole sense of self. Alina's research is published in The Misrepresented Minority: New Insights on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and the Implications for Higher Education (2013) and Intersectionality and Research in Higher Education (2015); and Counseling Women Across the Lifespan: Empowerment, Advocacy, and Intervention (2017). She has a chapter in Masculinities in Student Affairs: Intersectional Theories in Practice, an upcoming volume of New Directions for Student Services (2018). Alina also provides workshops, trainings, facilitation, and lectures in identity exploration and social justice education. Alina received her Bachelor's degree in history and Spanish from Amherst College; a Master's Degree in history from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and a Doctorate in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Alina comes to New York from Oregon, via Massachusetts, New Mexico, Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania.
Emy Cardoza
Assistant Dean for Student Life

As the Assistant Dean for Student Life, Emy guides student leadership development programs and provides support for multicultural life. Through initiatives like the Women of Color Support Group and Being Barnard, Emy collaborates with partners across the Student Services division to foster an inclusive campus community. As a member of the Student Life team, Emy advises the Governing Board at Barnard (GBB), the McIntosh Activities Council (McAC), Take Back the Night, and professional courtesy groups (CAVA, Spectator). Born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, Emy received her BA in Religious Studies from Rollins College and has also earned a Master’s of Divinity from the University of Chicago and a Master’s of Education from Loyola University Chicago.


Denise Boneta
Associate Director for Student Life

In her role, Denise is responsible for the overall management of the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP), social justice education programs, and providing support for commuter students and first year college transition. Denise manages the Social Justice Resource Room, the Prayer/Meditation Space, and assists in supporting student organization spaces including the Commuter Student Lounge, the Publications Suite, and others. As a Student Life staff member, Denise advises publication groups (Barnard Bulletin, Echoes, HerCampus, Hoot Magazine, and Barnard Bite), the Writing Collective, WBAR, the Clay Collective, Skip Stop, and the First Year Class Council. Denise received her undergraduate degree from New York University in Childhood/Special Education and her master’s degree from UMass Amherst in Social Justice Education. Denise welcomes students to stop by or email her at anytime if interested in getting involved, seeking spaces to have conversations around identity and power, or would like to provide feedback or suggestions for NSOP. 

Michael C. Abamont
Program Director for the Glicker-Milstein Theatre and Arts Education

Michael oversees the day-to-day and long-term operations of the Glicker-Milstein Theatre (GMT), including scheduling of the GMT and its support spaces and vetting technical support for productions. Michael also advises approximately thirty performance-based and art initiative-based groups including Ancient Drama Club, Bacchantae, Columbia, Musical Theatre Society (CMTS), Barnard Collaborative Dance Collective (Collab), Columbia University Ballet Ensemble (CUBE), Kings Crown Shakespeare Troupe (KCST), New Opera Workshop (NOW), NOMADS, Orchesis, V-Day, and X-Mas! to name a few. Michael received his Bachelors of Arts from DeSales University and his Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. 
Ana Angeles
Program Coordinator

As a Program Coordinator at Barnard Student Life, Ana develops community development and identity-based programming, co-chairs the Students of Color Leadership Retreat (SOCLR), and advises 20+ identity-based and social action student clubs, the Senior Class Council, the Senior Week Committee, Queer Awareness Month, Black History Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Ana also oversees the Columbia Urban Experience (CUE), a pre-orientation service-based program and is currently working on developing a social justice and activism academic year-long program, called ENACT. Ana is from both Manila, Philippines and Vallejo, California (the San Francisco Bay Area) and received her undergraduate degree from Cal State Monterey Bay in Business Administration and her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. Ana welcomes students to drop by 301 Diana or to e-mail her if they have any questions about getting involved, programming ideas, or just want to chat!

Karina Beras
Program Coordinator
In her role as a Program Coordinator for Student Life, Karina’s focus is on creating opportunities for leadership development and social justice education on Barnard's campus. Karina co-chairs the LGBTQ Leadership Retreat and advises identity-based and pre-professional student clubs, Native American Heritage Month, Latino Heritage Month, Women's History Month, and the Sophomore Class Council. Karina was born and raised in New York City (Harlem and the Bronx, specifically) and received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Higher Education Administration. Feel free to reach out to Karina if you have any questions about student clubs, planning events on campus, exciting ideas for making Barnard a more vibrant and inclusive campus community, or just want to chat/need a listening ear.

Jess Malcolm '14
Glicker-Milstein Theatre Coordinator
Jess earned her bachelor's degree in Theatre with a concentration in Sound Design from Barnard College. Since graduating, she has worked as a sound designer, audio engineer and stagehand in venues around the country. She has had the pleasure of working with a variety of artists and performers in spaces like Second Stage, New World Stages, BAM, and New York Live Arts. In her position, Jess advises performance groups, manages technical rehearsals and performances in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, and assists with arts initiatives across campus.
Gloria Anderson, Assistant to the Dean

Ruth Lopez, Department Assistant
Maria Pasquali, SGA Bookkeeper