Our Team

The Fund is overseen by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of current students, alumni, and faculty members dedicated to a safer Columbia. Each member serves a two year term and new members are accepted through an application process. To ensure that the Board meaningfully and accurately works to support all those impacted by sexual violence and include communities that have experienced marginalization and exclusion, the Board will include representatives who are survivors of sexual violence, identify as LGBTQ, and people of color at all times. For more information about the Board or how to get involved, please email us at info@safercolumbia.com

Madeleine Dobie

Madeleine Dobie teaches French and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is the author of Foreign Bodies. Gender, Language and Culture in French Orientalism, Trading Places. Colonization and Slavery in Eighteenth-Century French Culture, Relire Mayotte Capécia: une femme des Antilles dans l’espace colonial français, and articles on the Thousand and one Nights, Mediterranean Studies, and the contemporary literature of migration. She is currently writing a book on Algerian culture in the wake of the ‘black decade’ of the 1990s.

Maritsa Cholmondeley

Maritsa Cholmondeley, CC '03, is currently the Director of Development for Youth Speaks in San Francisco. She's also worked for national organizations including A Better Chance, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation, and started her nonprofit career at Columbia Community Service as an undergraduate. Maritsa is also on the Board of Directors for Diaspora Community Services, an organization providing essential health and supportive programs to low-income and immigrant families in Central Brooklyn, and she is a co-founder of Women of Color in Development, a network of people dedicated to the equal advancement of women of color in nonprofit leadership.

Patricia Dailey

Patricia Dailey. Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature.. B.A. Sarah Lawrence College; Ph.D. University of California, Irvine (2002); LMS, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (2005). Patricia Dailey joined Columbia faculty in Fall 2004 after a holding a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University (2002-2004). She specializes in medieval literature and culture (English, Dutch, French, and Italian) and critical theory, focusing on women's mystical texts, visions, Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose, medieval rhetoric, hermeneutics, and theology. Her book Promised Bodies: Time, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts (Columbia University Press, 2013) examines the relation between gender, temporality, the body, and language in medieval mystical texts, with a focus on the thirteenth century mystic Hadewijch. She is the founder of the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium.

Andrea García-Vargas

Andrea García-Vargas is a Columbia College alumni from the Class of 2013 with a B.A. in English literature and creative writing. While at Columbia, she was an editorial page editor and opinion columnist for The Columbia Daily Spectator, where she regularly amplified the voices of people from marginalized communities at Columbia, including survivors. She was also a founding facilitator of Columbia FemSex, a peer-facilitated, semester-long discussion group at Columbia University dedicated to educating and empowering individuals with their sexual selves.

Andrea has written for Vice, Chicago Tribune, and Mic, and has also made appearances on CNN and NPR. Besides being a co-founder and organizer for Columbia Alumni Allied Against Sexual Assault, she also a curator for Upworthy.com based in Oakland, California.

Shamus Khan

Shamus Khan is associate professor of sociology at Columbia University. He writes on inequality, culture, and elites, both for academic and popular audiences.

Danielle Naghi

Danielle Naghi graduated from Columbia College in 2013 and is currently a second year student at Columbia University School of Social Work. She has been organizing around the issue of rape and sexual assault at her school and is in the process of forming Students Against Sexual Violence (sasV), an official student caucus that aims to educate and mobilize social work students around prevention and response. After graduating, Danielle aspires to apply her social work skills to a broad series of domains, including sexual and domestic violence prevention, counseling, and political advocacy.

Melissa Louidor

Melissa Louidor is a student at Barnard and self-selects into identity-based communities within which individual safety and community healing and accountability are prioritized. She works among various groups on campus to promote and generate constructive conversations surrounding vital student issues such as implementing sexual assault policy reform to eradicate the campus culture of violence and attend to the needs of survivors, changing Barnard's admission policy concerning trans women and restructuring campus dialogues to promote gender self-determination as well as understanding gender from an intersectional perspective. As a Sophomore, Melissa is continuously seeking spaces on campus that promote values of intersectional thought, attendance to vital student issues, and activism both within and outside of the Columbia/Barnard community.

Aries Dela Cruz

Aries Dela Cruz (GS ’09) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers. He is an organizer with Columbia Alumni Allied Against Sexual Assault, and is actively involved in Columbia’s alumni community, serving on and chairing several committees. As a Columbia student, he served on the board of the Queer Alliance, and Daily Spectator, and was awarded a King’s Crown Award and Dean’s Citation and Prize.

Amanda Matos

Amanda R. Matos is a community organizer from the Bronx, New York and has dedicated her time and efforts toward racial and gender justice and reproductive freedom. She is the Founder and Director of The WomanHOOD Project (Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination), an innovative after school mentorship program for young women of color in the Bronx. She also works in the reproductive rights field fighting for legislation that protects people's access to healthcare. Amanda was a 2011 Young People For fellow and credits this organization with providing her with the tools to engage in meaningful anti-oppressive work. She now serves as a mentor and trainer to support the cultivation of young progressive leaders in the fellowship program.

Zoe Ridolfi-Starr

Zoe Ridolfi-Starr (Columbia ’15) is a co-founder of No Red Tape, a group of survivors and allies fighting to end sexual violence and rape culture at Columbia and beyond. She is a lead complainant in the Title IX, Clery, and Title II complaints against Columbia University, where she is a senior studying political science and critical race studies. As a case manager for End Rape on Campus, she now helps other students file Title IX and Clery complaints against their schools and provides media and organizing support. She also works as an organizer for Know Your IX, a survivor-led and student-driven campaign to end campus violence by improving both campus and government policies. As a second generation queer woman and a survivor of sexual violence survivor herself, she is committed to centering the voices of survivors and people of marginalized identities in anti-violence work, and building community-based solutions to sexual violence that do not rely on inherently violent institutions like the prison-industrial complex.

Marybeth Seitz-Brown

Marybeth Seitz-Brown is an activist within the anti-sexual and domestic violence movement. She graduated with a BA in Linguistics in 2014 from Columbia College, where she was an organizer with No Red Tape and a member of Student Worker Solidarity. Since graduating, she joined the board of Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) and has been organizing alumni to join the movement with Columbia Alumni Allied Against Sexual Assault. When she's not educating, agitating, and organizing, Marybeth works at the Roosevelt Institute.

Hannah D’Apice

Hannah D’Apice (CC ’12) is a teacher and organizer committed to the pursuit of social/identity justice and anti-violence work through the lens of pedagogy and education. She co-founded Columbia Alumni Allied Against Sexual Assault and is based in Singapore as a lecturer in tertiary education.

Darializa Avila

Darializa Avila Chevalier is a student at Columbia College in the class of 2016. She is a student activist in the anti-sexual and domestic violence movement and has worked with various groups on campus that share her concern on the issue. She is passionate about social and political issues including the intersectional identities of survivors of color. She is majoring in Political Science and Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. She hopes to pursue a career in international diplomacy and/or development as it relates to the Middle East.

Brennon Mendez

Lhana Ormenyi

Lhana Ormenyi, BC '17, is majoring in Urban Studies and splits her time between her major, theatre, and activism. She works in the theatre department scene shop and has been in the cast and production team of various school productions, including directing a brand new production, Beyond Cis-terhood. A Los Angeles native, she has been involved in community organizing from an early age. Lhana became an organizer with No Red Tape the beginning of her Sophomore year, a continuation of her long-held commitment for social justice.