IGB Delegates and Affiliates
Last updated September 12, 2021.
Tushar Agrawal (M.S. Data Science ’22) graduated from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani with a B.Eng. in Computer Science. During his undergraduate education, Tushar co-founded ‘Autochain’, leveraging blockchain technology to resolve the trust gap in the used-car market. This has also led to his recognition as an Innovative Individual by the Ministry of Economy in the UAE. Tushar has also worked towards social initiatives such as utilizing deep learning architectures to establish a communication medium for the deaf, and firmly believes that the true essence of modern technology is to employ it in creating solutions that can benefit society. At the Data Science Institute (DSI) at Columbia, Tushar is a DSI Scholar and Socio-Economic team member at HydroDetectus.
M.S. Neuroscience, Teachers College
I’m a California girl who made her way to NY from Dallas! Find me on campus singing with Spark Notes or doing research in the NEED Lab.
I'm studying computer science at SEAS. I love outdoor sports like paddle boarding and hiking. I'm so thrilled to be part of the IGB Executive Board. I look forward to doing my best to serve the Columbia community this year.
Columbia College, 2022, History
I am Haitian-American and I grew up in Miami Florida. I am excited to continue to advocating for inclusive policies such as LGBTQIA+ healthcare improvement and expanding spaces for the diverse student body.
Krystal Cruz is a pre-doctoral fellow in the Research Group on Disparities in Health at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education, Health and Psychology in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies and is graduating in 2022. She studies the biopsychosocial model as a theoretical framework to explore critical racial health disparities related to maternal morbidity and mortality, perinatal mental health and substance use disorders, the influence of neighborhood social conditions and built environmental factors on psychosocial stress and wellbeing during gestation, intrauterine environmental influences across the life course, and global mental health. She is also honored to be the doctoral student of Professor Barbara Wallace (Princeton ’80), her academic mentor, and the first African American woman to move through the ranks and gain tenure in the history of Columbia University, doing so in 1994; her dissertation committee member, Sociomedical Sciences Professor Robert E. Fullilove, Dean of Community and Minority Affairs at the Mailman School of Public Health sowed transformational seeds of inspiration and cultivated a strong conviction within her to conduct research and promote scholarship imbued with liberation theology.
Throughout her academic studies, she has participated in the following extracurricular activities: Chairperson of the Office of University Life Interschool Governing Board; Columbia University Senator serving on the Student Affairs, Libraries and Rules committees; Office of University Life Race, Ethnicity & Inclusion/Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging committee member, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Students of Color Alliance commencement co-chair, The Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center mentor, founding member of the School of Education, Health and Psychology’s Diversity and Community Affairs committee; she is also the founding president of the United Nations Association of the United States of America Columbia University-wide Chapter.
Columbia College, 2020, History
I was born in Mexico City but grew up in both Guanajuato and Monterrey, Mexico. I currently serve as both the Co-Chair for the Student Organization of Latinxs and the VP of Campus Life for the Columbia College Student Council.
I am Ingrid, a junior at Barnard majoring in Economics and Math. I am originally from Beijing and went to high school and first year of college in Oklahoma. On campus, I am involved with Columbia Smart Woman Securities and American Enterprise Institute Executive Council. I am interested in the financial services industry and foreign affairs.
I'm in my second year of a master's program in the Philosophy Department (GSAS).
I'm originally from Illinois. I graduated from Dartmouth College in 2007 with a B.A. in Government. Afterwards, I joined the Peace Corps where I was a rural health volunteer in El Salvador between 2008-2009. Then I joined the Army. I'm an active duty Army Officer and I'm in my second year of the M.A. program in Philosophy. Upon completion of my program, I will be a military instructor in the Department of English and Philosophy at West Point.
School of Nursing, Masters Direct Entry program, class of 2020
I am from South Jersey but have been living in NYC for the past 8 years. I also serve as a representative on the MDE Student Advisory Committee.
Chell Parkins is a Doctoral Fellow and Administrative Fellow in the Dance Education Program at Teachers College, where her research explores experiences of Latinx communities engaged in culturally relevant dance-making practices. She has been a dance educator, advocate, performer, and choreographer for almost three decades and most recently completed a social justice film project, WanderlustDance: Puerto Rico.
Parkins is currently the Residential Student Senator in the TC Student Senate. Last year she served on the TC Campus Safety Advisory Committee, Institutional Affairs Committee, Dining Service Search Committee, Student Speaker Selection Committee, and as a Senate Representative to the Faculty Executive Committee. She also co-founded TC’s Student-Parent Group and was a recipient of the Shirley Chisholm Trailblazer Award and the TC Student Leadership Grant.
I'm a rising junior in the College majoring in Urban Studies, and my academic interests lie at the intersection of city politics, exclusive social groups, and historical preservation. In addition to serving as Communications Chair for the IGB, I work with the Columbia Political Union on everything from infographics to leading panels, debates and other events that bring together people from across the University and around the world. I believe student groups like CPU should be accessible to all members of our community, catalyzing new connections and opportunities for professional and personal growth. This is essential not only for the social fulfillment of students, but also the proper functioning of the University as a cohesive institution. Throughout the 2021-2022 academic year, I look forward to helping the IGB bring out the best from Columbia's constellation of excellent extracurriculars.
Alexandria Yao is from Cupertino, California, and grew up training in Indiana and Colorado for figure skating (and competed for Team USA). On campus, she is currently involved in Columbia Mentorship Initiative, Alpha Chi Omega, Taiwanese American Student Association, and president of Columbia Women in Medicine and Tzu Chi Collegiate Association. She is also conducting research on genomic associations at the medical school campus.
I'm Albert Hao (he/him), a sophomore at CC studying Computer Science. I'm from the Bay Area in California. I will work to make sure student groups get equitable representation and adequate funding for important student events. On campus, I'm also involved in Columbia's CC Student Council and University Life Events Council - I’m also on the Columbia Debate Team and enjoy lively discussion about international and domestic events. In my free time, you'll find me biking, reading, cooking, and playing volleyball and DnD.
CBS 2021, Master of Business Administration. Also SIPA 2021, Master of International Affairs (only elected to IGB rep through SIPA).
Born in California, raised in New Jersey. I co-founded the Dual Degree Club at CBS.