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Dean's Student Advisory Council

We in the Dean’s Office are always seeking to improve how we implement American University’s educational and social mission. With that in mind, we want to make sure we have a mechanism in the College to address issues that are relevant to undergraduate students, whether issues are of an academic, social, community, or ethical nature. More specifically, the purpose of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council is to

  • Identify issues of concern by reaching out to a wide range of undergraduate students and bringing those concerns to our meetings
  • Keep the Dean's Office in touch with student concerns and needs
  • Provide critical feedback on College plans
  • Be a communication liaison between CAS and the student body

2020-2021 Advisory Council

Jake Berberian, Dean's Advisory Council


Hi! Currently, I am a senior applied mathematics and data science double major. I have been a teaching assistant for a few math and stats classes, and I am a member of Not Math Club. In other words, I spend a lot of time in DMTI. I'm from right outside Philadelphia and enjoy Philly sports, as well as spending time with family, friends, and my cat, Oliver.

Linnea Capobianco, Dean's Advisory Council


Hello! My name is Linnea Capobianco. I am a junior majoring in Economics and minoring in International Relations. I am active in environmental and photography clubs at AU. It is an absolute pleasure of mine to meet fellow students and engage in conversations about how AU can better serve the student body. I am here to listen, give advice, and advocate for you at the Dean’s council meetings:

Julia Cronin, CAS Dean's Student Advisory Council.


Hello, my name is Julia (she/her/hers)! I am a junior majoring in History and Secondary Education. I have been in the DC area for a few years, but hail from Plymouth, Mass. I am currently working as a substitute at Holton-Arms Academy as well as working with AU’s DC Reads program as a Team Leader and tutor for Higher Achievement. I am involved in AU She’s the First, a club whose members and mission are very close to my heart. I love playing cards, baking, reading, and going for walks through DC. Please feel free to reach out about CAS, SOE, or anything else you would like to discuss!

Shirley Liu, Dean's Advisory Council.


My name is Shirley (she/her) and I’m from New York City. I am a third-year student in the Public Health Scholars program and very excited to be graduating this spring! I studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya my sophomore year and plan on working abroad in the future. My interests lie in environmental justice and public health education, and AU has really helped shape that! I’ve been involved with on-campus research, the student zero waste club, and I teach at the local Mathnasium. Feel free to reach out!

Zara Memon, Dean's Advisory Council.


I am a junior at majoring in Economics and minoring in Mathematics with aspirations of working in academia. I am a non-binary student who uses they/them pronouns. I am originally from Maryland and am grateful to attend college so close to home. Outside of school I love thrifting, do competitive debate, and I am very involved in LGBT+ advocacy work. I would love to hear from you!

Abigail Morris, Dean's Advisory Council.


Abigail Morris is majoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies with a minor in Anthropology. Abigail has called DC home for three years and in addition to school, Abigail is deeply involved and passionate about harm reduction and mutual aid work in DC. In the coming years, Abigail plans on getting a master’s degree in education and becoming a high school social studies teacher.

Shalini Ramachandra, Dean's Advisory Council.


Shalini Ramachandra (she/her) is a third-year Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars student from Northbrook, Illinois, double majoring in Statistics (BS) and Public Health (BS). At AU, she is the current President of the Public Health Association, a research assistant in Dr. Kathleen Holton’s Nutritional Neuroscience lab, a mathematics and statistics tutor in the Quant Support tutoring lab, and an avid member of Not Math Club, South Asian Student Association, and Asian American Student Union. Outside of academics, she loves playing the flute and ukulele, reading, and sailing! Feel free to contact her at

Kiran Waqar, Dean's Advisory Council.


Kiran Waqar (she/her/hers) is a junior majoring in Sociology with minors in Arabic & Transcultural Studies. On campus, she is involved with Students for Justice in Palestine, Asian American Student Union Advocacy Committee, Muslim Student Association, Intergroup Dialogue, Alternative Breaks (check out @southafrica_altbreak!), and the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Scholars program. Off campus, Kiran works with youth and Muslim communities through the Burlington School District and HEART. She's from South Burlington, Vermont, the oldest of four, and always looking for reading recs and nature spots.