About Us

Sara Remedios
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Academic and Learning Initiatives

Dean Remedios directs the Academic Resource Center in addition to overseeing the Dean of Students Office's academic and learning initiatives. Prior to joining GS, she worked to restructure the CUNY Pipeline Honors Program, a program dedicated to assisting exceptional undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in gaining admission to doctoral programs. She is also an accomplished teacher. Dean Remedios holds a B.A. in English and political science from Washington University in St. Louis (2009), an M.Phil. in English literature from the City University of New York (2014), and a Ph.D. in English literature from the City University of New York (2016).

Tiffany Decker
Senior Assistant Dean of Students

Dean Decker joined GS in 2015. Before coming to Columbia, Dean Decker worked at MIT, where she served as the Manager of Operations and Evaluation. In that role, she implemented a new student support initiative, increased underrepresented student enrollment in STEM programs, and was recognized by Harvard, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Google for her pioneering research initiatives. Prior to entering higher education, Dean Decker taught high school English in New Jersey and worked as an event designer in San Francisco. She holds a B.A. in English and history from Agnes Scott College and an M.S.Ed. in higher education administration from the University of Pennsylvania.

Stephen O'Connell '17GS
Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of Academic and Learning Initiatives

Stephen O’Connell joined the GS Dean of Students Office in 2017 after graduating from the School of General Studies. His role as Assistant Dean of Students and Coordinator of Academic and Learning Initiatives includes working on academic support programs, overseeing the Tutoring Center, teaching University Studies, managing the Peer Advising Team, and academic advising. Prior to coming to Columbia, he worked for five years in various roles in Boston Public Schools and with AmeriCorps. Stephen holds a B.A. in history and sociology from Columbia University.

Brandon Graham
Assistant Dean of Students

Dean Graham joined GS in 2018. Before joining GS, Dean Graham served as a Senior Academic Advisor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, the Junior Class Advisor for Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School, and as a Career Advisor at Sacred Heart University. His dedication to education is supported by over a decade of professional experience in higher education, which includes academic advising, career education, and program development. Dean Graham holds a B.A. in English and an M.B.A., both from Sacred Heart University, and continues to study toward an M.A. in liberal studies with a concentration in urban education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Angela McKay

Angela McKay manages the daily administration of the ARC. She is a graduate of Rutgers University. Prior to coming to GS, she worked at Duke University as a project coordinator.