Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board meets weekly with Sarit Abramowicz to ensure the program is fulfilling its goals and meets the needs of scholars. Student Advisory Board meetings take place at 9am on Tuesdays in the Vagelos Center, and all Athena Scholars are welcome to attend. Applications for SAB open at the end of each academic year, and board members serve two-year terms. If you have questions or suggestions about the Athena Scholars Program, please contact or you can also contact one of the advisory board members. 

2017-2018 Student Advisory Board

Demme Durrett   ( is enjoying her second year on the Student Advisory Board and is acting as the Coordinator for SAB. She is a junior at Barnard majoring in American Studies and Human Rights. Student life is one of Demme's favorite parts of Barnard. In addition, she is an active member of the McIntosh Activities Committee, Alpha Chi Omega, Meet Me at the Museuem, and SGA’s Committee on Arts and Culture. Additionally, she interns in The Athena Center and serves as a representative for the Class of 2019. Demme also leads an active life off campus as the founder of a nonprofit focused on human rights education, Youth for Human Rights – USA. In her free time, Demme loves checking out the latest brunch spots around the city.


Alyssa Hsing ( is a junior at Barnard majoring in Economics and Mathematics. This is her second year on the Student Advisory Board, and she is serving as Chair of the Alumni Relations Committee and is a Social Media Coordinator. She is an Athena Scholar and an intern in the Athena Center for Leadership Studies. At the center, she assists Dr. Hurwitz on research examining gender, feminism and culture in the Occupy Wall Street Movement and its relation to economic and political policy. In addition, Alyssa works closely with staff on ongoing projects including student programs and women’s leadership programs. On campus, she is a SGA Junior Class Council Representative, and on the Columbia University Sailing Team. In her free time, she loves to travel and has begun to document her adventures.


Julia Delgado ( is a junior majoring in Urban Studies with a specialization in Political Science. This is her first year on the Student Advisory Board and she is the Outreach Coordinator. On campus, she works in the Phys Ed Dept.'s Recreational Program and is involved with CU's Nourish International, SGA, Peace by PEACE, and the Barnard Honor Board. This past summer she was on the student NSOP Committee, designing fun joint school events for all new students to come together and have a good time. Something not many people know is that she is a second degree black belt, and trained for 11 years in martial arts. What she is really interested in though is working with NGOs and sustainable policy, so she is hoping to work in the public sector and dive into that type of work!


Simran Shah ( is a sophomore from Mumbai, India. This is her first year on the Student Advisory Board and she is on the Alumni Relations Committee. She loves creative things and almost every TV show on Earth. She is really passionate about food, haute couture, and fiction writing. Her motto in life is a quote from George Eliot's novel, Middlemarch, "It is never too late to be what you might have been." She is currently undecided about her major but she hopes to run a successful jewellery/clothing business one day.


Brooke Levy ( is a sophomore at Barnard College majoring in Political Economics. This is her first year on the Student Advisory Board and is the City-Wide Events Coordinator. In addition to being an Athena Scholar, Brooke is involved on campus as a Barnard Student Admissions Representative and a TA in an introductory biology lab. This past summer, Brooke pursued her interest in public health as an intern at the Susan G. Komen Foundation. She also volunteers with the nonprofit, Girls Health Ed, during the school-year to provide supplemental health education to girls in New York City schools. Brooke is very excited to be a part of the Student Advisory Board this year!


Hannah Welles ( is a sophomore from Nyack, New York majoring in Political Science. This is her first year on the Student Advisory Board and is a Feedback Coordinator and Social Media Coordinator. She is interested in human rights, French, and is thinking about going to law school one day. She also loves music, and has played the piano since she was four.