Athena is a rising sophomore from the beautiful island of Kauai, Hawaii. She is looking forward to majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Religion, Spirituality, & Belief and a minor in Education. You can catch Athena finding community through the identity-based organizations she's involved with (Columbia Catholic Ministries, Liga Filipina, and Malama Hawaii to name a few), giving campus tours as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative, having smoothie study breaks at the Diana Center, or adventuring around the city during golden hour to get those artsy Instagram pictures. As someone who fell in love with Barnard during the summer, she's super pumped to be sharing NYC with all her lovely PCPers.
Madison is a rising junior from Tucson, AZ. She is an American Studies major concentrating in Political Theory. On campus, she is involved with the Athena Pre-Law society, Sigma Delta Tau, and works in the admissions office. Madison interns for a women's media company during the semester. You can most likely find her running in Riverside Park or instagramming her favorite NYC foods.
A rising junior from Birmingham, Alabama, Hampton is a French Literature and Translation major. When she isn't tucked into a corner of the Diana Center cafe with her nose in a book, she's likely to be rehearsing with Bacchantae, Barnard's official all-female acapella group. Apart from singing and beatboxing, Hampton has a passion for contemporary art, theater, literature, and cheeseburgers from Five Guys, and though it may be surprising, she is a trained circus instructor. Hampton has previously interned with an independent filmmaker in Greenwich Village, and she is thrilled to be working with PCP this summer!
Gabrielle is a rising senior from Chantilly, Virginia who studies English and Film. An actor, dancer, and singer, Gabrielle spends her school year active in theatre productions on campus. She looks forward to helping you take full advantage of this opportunity!
Anna is a rising senior majoring in Applied Mathematics from St. Paul, MN. On campus, Anna manages the Barnard Bartending Agency and works as a fellow at the Empirical Reasoning Center. Her favorite things to do are make maps and bake banana bread. She can be found eating pizza in the Diana Center and watching the Norwegian TV show Skam. She can't wait to spend another summer as an RA with PCP and to get to know all of you!
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Madeline is a rising junior majoring in History with a concentration in Rights, Law & the State and minoring in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Originally hailing from Surf City (Huntington Beach, California), she is incredibly excited to have a summer in the city filled with urban excursions throughout Manhattan and feminist politics at the Young Women's Leadership Institute. During the school year, you can find her dedicating hours in the Barnard Writing Center and facilitating student activism with the Collective Advocacy Project. Additionally, she hosts a show on WBAR Barnard College Freeform Radio and builds sets for student theatre productions (most recently, the Varsity Show). In the past, she has interned for IMUNA, an educational non-profit, and the District Office of New York City Council Member Ben Kallos. Madeline is extremely excited to be facilitating YWLI this year!
Gaby is a rising junior majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Gender and Policing and they are from (South) Portland, Maine. On campus they are involved with ENACT, a cohort of students who plan events to raise awareness about mass incarceration and also tutor high school students who are detained at Rikers Island. Gaby loves dancing to mid-2000s pop music and spending quality time with their friends. They can't wait to meet all of their YWLI residents! Hit them up for a rousing game of gin rummy or if you want to let loose to some Tegan & Sara.
Alani is a rising junior majoring in Urban Studies concentrating in Political Science, and minoring in Race and Ethnicity Studies. She is a member of the Asian Political Collective and CU Taiko, a Japanese drumming group. On campus, she initiated the rebirth of the Asian Political Collective, which is a collection of Asian-identified students mobilizing to become more politically active. When she is not studying or running to meetings, Alani spends her time on YouTube, watching ukulele videos and is a documentary junkie. She is interested in under-served communities of color, especially Native American and African American communities, and wants to pursue a career of public service in the future.
Ronda Kyle is rising junior from Cleveland, Ohio, majoring in English with a minor in Education. She is a Writing Fellow here at Barnard as well as a Resident Assistant during the school year. She is also a student caller at Columbia’s Calling Center. She loves fashion and previously interned at ELLE magazine as an accessories intern here in New York City! When she isn't studying or working, she's behind her camera, listening to music, shopping, or writing poetry. Ronda is also a PCP alum (2014) and is excited to spend another summer in the city!
Isabelle is a rising junior from Durham, North Carolina. She is majoring in Philosophy and minoring in Religion. On campus, Isabelle is the '17-'18 president of the Asian American Alliance, and is interested in campus activism. When she's not lounging around watching YouTube videos, you can find her at dessert shops around the city, exploring downtown with her camera, or working a Barnard Bartending job. As a returning RA, Isabelle is excited to experience PCP for her second time and make long lasting memories with her residents!
Morgen is a rising junior from Suffolk, Virginia, majoring in psychology and human rights. She currently works at Thompkins Hall Nursery and is in the process of restarting EYIP (Empowering Youth in Politics) in neighboring high schools with some fellow students. Morgen is an Athena Scholar and, in addition to her participation in Barnard/Columbia Dances, she's a member of Onyx and Orchesis dance troupes. When she's not dancing you'll find her talking too fast to anyone and everyone on campus and or chilling in the Diana Center. She's super excited to be a member of the PCP 2017 staff and her door will always be open so stop by anytime for questions or a friendly chat!
Julia is a rising senior from the bustling city of Utica, NY. She is an Economics major and runs Barnard's online radio station, WBAR, where she DJs, grabs free tickets for shows in NYC, and plans concerts on campus. When she's not playing music or doing her econ problem sets, Julia can most likely be found napping in the Social Justice Resource Room. She is a PCP Liberal Arts Intensive alum and probably already knows your name from spending days in the office tracking down your application materials, so say hi!
Azul is a rising senior from Houston, Texas. She is majoring in Political Science and minoring in Economics and Spanish & Latin American Studies. On campus she is a Research Analyst with Smart Women Securities, an organization focused on educating women about the financial markets and empowering them to invest. She is also the Assistant Philanthropy Chair for her sorority Alpha Omicron Pi and a member of the Athena Scholars Program at Barnard. In her free time, Azul loves to travel and explore the city. She also considers herself a total foodie; her Instagram is full of random pictures from her travels and the aesthetically pleasing food she has consumed. She is incredibly excited to meet her residents and spend a summer with them, enjoying all that New York City has to offer!
Anna is a rising sophomore from Boston, Massachusetts who plans on majoring in History and minoring in Religion and Economics. On campus, she is an active member of Columbia's Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Barnard Babysitting, and the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. When she's not studying or "mothering" her friends, you can find her running in Riverside Park (if you dare to wake up before 9 am), jamming to 90s hit music, watching Netflix obsessively (West Wing, Sherlock, and Stranger Things each give her incredible joy), and going on grand NYC adventures (she's on a mission to discover the best ramen and bubble tea in the city). She is incredibly excited to meet the PCPers this summer and to welcome them to the school and the city that she loves!
Safiya is a rising junior from Queens, New York. She is majoring in Sociology with a minor in Africana Studies. During her time at Barnard, she has been heavily involved on campus as an RA and with Columbia University Bellydance Troupe. Her passions include dance, singing, watching movies, eating, and exploring the city, especially in the summer. She loves animals and listening to music to relax. She is thrilled to join the PCP team!
Hannah is a rising junior at Barnard majoring in English and Human Rights. She loves soup, petting strangers' dogs, and oxford commas. While she was born and raised in Los Angeles, she has fallen in love with the East Coast and all that New York City has to offer! On campus, she is an associate copy editor for the Columbia Spectator and is involved in Columbia InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. When she's not waiting in line at the Korean food truck on Broadway or avoiding Times Square, you can find her boxing or watching Mad Max: Fury Road. As a former PCP-er and returning Resident Assistant, Hannah is fortunate enough to be able to give back to this wonderful program and is thrilled to get to know the PCP students!
Summer is a rising senior who is thrilled to be joining the PCP staff for the first time. As a passionate urbanite from Boston, MA, Summer is an Urban Studies major with a specialization in Sociology. She loves exploring the city and can be found most weekends listening to jazz, visiting her favorite museum, The Museum of the City of New York, or heading to a thrift shop in the East Village. Summer is also an avid consumer of tasty foods; she enjoys baking, snacking, and trying new restaurants around the city. When she's not in class, she is interning at the nearby Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvements District, babysitting for one of the many friendly NYC families, or working as a Head Writing Fellow in the Barnard Writing Center during the week. Summer is excited to share the Barnard experience with her residents and looks forward to an unforgettable summer in the city.
Izzie is a rising sophomore from the Bronx, NY majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics. On campus, she plays on the intramural volleyball team at Columbia, in the Barnard flute choir, and is a member of Mujeres, a club for Latinx women at Barnard. In addition to those activities, you may see her giving tours around campus as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative. In her free time, she loves to hang out with her friends from her sorority Alpha Omicros Pi and watch Netflix for hours (her current favorite shows include It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Scandal!). She can't wait to meet all the new PCP residents and spend the summer exploring the city with all the students and staff participating in the program!
Joelle Santiago is a rising sophomore from Northern New Jersey. She plans to major in Gender Studies and minor in Dance. Joelle is passionate about dance, and studies mainly contemporary and modern. This year she also joined the Columbia University Ballroom Team, and will be the club Secretary beginning in the fall. She is assisting with Dance in the City, and is thrilled to be part of the PCP Staff this summer!
Rania is a rising senior who grew up in Central Jersey and majors in Women and Gender Studies and Economics. On campus she is a peer educator at Well-Woman and the co-president of South Asian Feminism(s) Alliance. In her free time she can be found cooking her favorite Bengali recipes or going for a jog in Riverside Park. She is passionate about radical self-care, watching Netflix in public, and mid-2000s pop music. She is so excited to spend the summer with the PCP students and staff!
Willa Smith is a rising sophomore (and PCP alum!) studying History with a concentration in European History. She is originally from Austin, Texas, and is somehow adapting to the New York City weather. On campus, she is involved with Columbia University Democrats as well as the Athena Leadership Center. She also works as a Social Media Barnard Student Admissions Representative. Willa is super excited to be involved with PCP this summer and can't wait to meet all of the Entrepreneurs-in-Training students!
Julia is a rising junior from Bergen County, New Jersey majoring in Sociology and minoring in English. She is a STEP tutor, a regular contributor to Her Campus and to the Barnard Bulletin, and a member of the Athena Pre-Law Society. She is also a Campus Ambassador for Fairygodboss.com and a member of the communications team for the non-profit Romanian-American Professional Network. In her spare time, you can find Julia scribbling in a notebook and reading (and dog spotting) in Riverside park, finding new food places, listening to and playing music, tinkering with her camera, or watching political satire. She is a PCP 2014 alumnae and is super excited about being back this summer!
Liz Tsourakis is in denial about being a rising senior. She hails from Tampa, FL and graduated from Hillsborough High School's IB program in 2014. Liz loves little black cats, studying psychology, and going on silly adventures around the city. This is her second year as a PCP RA and she is beyond excited for this summer.
Ishya is a rising sophomore majoring in Political Science and English. Outside of class, she's a writer for the Columbia Spectator, on the board of the Athena Digital Design Agency, and involved with Columbia Democrats. In her spare time you can find her training for her upcoming marathon in Central Park, in the kitchen baking (she makes a mean cherry pie), or venturing downtown on her quest to find NYC's best donut. She can't wait to spend this summer in New York with PCP!
Emma is a rising senior majoring in English with a concentration in Film, originally from Martinsville, Virginia. In addition to taking classes, she works in Barnard’s English Department, is a member of the Roosevelt Institute, and dances with various on-campus groups. She spent last semester interning for the Film Society of Lincoln Center, where she worked for their public relations team. In her spare time, Emma enjoys trying all the mac n’ cheese the city has to offer and spending too much time talking about how much she misses her cat. She is so excited to spend another summer with PCP!
Madeleine Wood is a rising junior originally from Park City, Utah. She is studying American Studies and Dance, with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity. She is passionate about arts advocacy and social justice. On campus, she is involved in multiple dance groups including: the hip-hop dance crew, Raw Elementz and performing collective, CoLab. In her free time she loves going to concerts, art exhibits, dance performances, running in the parks and avoiding Times Square. She loves cooking/baking and is an avid Drake enthusiast. She loves Barnard passionately and is very excited to be back for her second summer with PCP as Head Resident Assistant.