Student Services Team









Cindy Meekins
Associate Director for Academic Administration and Student Services

Location: Mudd Building, Room 460
Telephone: (212) 939-7007

Cindy Meekins has 18+ years of higher education experience. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in English Literature and Women & Gender Studies, and special concentrations in Black Literature and Culture and Women’s Literature, from Rutgers-New Brunswick, and her Master’s Degree in English Literature and Language with a concentration in Black Literature and Culture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the Columbia University Computer Science Department in October 2019, from 2004 to 2017, Cindy served as Academic Advisor, Senior Counselor, and University Director for Student Employment during her 13-year tenure at Rutgers University, where she also taught approximately one hundred upper-level, writing-intensive courses for the English Department, Women and Gender Studies Department, and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.

In 2017, Cindy transitioned to Barnard College as Director for Student Employment Services, a position she held for 8 months before being promoted to Director for Experiential Education, when she was tapped to assist with the launch of President Sian Beilock’s signature program, Beyond Barnard. For the Beyond Barnard initiative, Cindy conceptualized, successfully carried out, and managed five key areas: internships, externships, civic engagement, student employment, and post-baccalaureate programs.

In her role for the Computer Science Department at Columbia University, Cindy provides oversight to the Student Services Team, which supports all undergraduate, Master’s and PhD students pursuing computer science degrees, the Computer Science Department Faculty, offers career services and support, and also hosts all student-related events and programs. Cindy resides in Princeton, New Jersey, and in her spare time, she enjoys her kitten, Opie Taylor, cycling, the beach, and spending time with her two beloved nieces.

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  • MS/PhD
  • PhD








Clarissa C. Peña
Assistant Director of Student Affairs

Location: Mudd Hall, Room 455
Telephone: (212) 939-7002

Clarissa was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She has worked within SEAS since 2011 and joined the Computer Science Department in 2016.

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– SEAS Students

MS Students
– Foundations of Computer Science
– Network Systems
– Software Systems
– Vision, Graphics, Interaction, & Robotics
– Dual Degree Journalism & Computer Science








Randolph Rivo
Student Affairs Officer

Location: Mudd Hall, Room 455
Telephone: (212) 939-7031

Randolph Rivo identifies as a first-generation Filipino-American, gay man who grew up in sunny San Diego, California. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley as well as his Master’s degree in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California.

Rivo has been with Columbia University’s Department of Computer Science since 2016. Rivo is also a self-published author. His first book “You.Me.Us.” is now available on Amazon. When he’s not at work, he enjoys reading, going to the movies, and gallivanting around New York City, where there’s always something new to discover.

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– Barnard
– Columbia College
– General Studies

MS Students
– Computational Biology
– Computer Security
– Machine Learning
– Natural Language Processing
– CS@CU MS Bridge









Ivy Elkins
Career Placement Officer

Location: Mudd Hall, Room 476
Telephone: 212-939-7009

Ivy joined the Computer Science Department as the Career Placement Officer during the summer of 2018. In her role she counsels and guides the professional development of CS students, enhancing their growth outside of the classroom, in addition to working with employers to connect them to talent within the department. Previous to her current role she received her MA in Higher Education-Student Personnel at The University of Mississippi where she worked as a Graduate Assistant for two years in the Career Center. She also holds a BA in Retail Merchandising & Product Development from Florida State University.

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  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Interview Skills
  • Job Searches
  • Grad School Programs
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Employer Connections



For general questions we recommend you contact the CS@CU Student Services team by email at the following addresses which we are able to respond to fairly quickly.

Undergraduate Advising
Undergraduate Program requirements
Faculty Advisors
Undergraduate Student Services

MS Advising
MS Program requirements
MS Track Advisors
MS Student Services

PhD Advising
PhD Program Requirements
PhD Administrative Advisor, Cindy Meekins

Admissions Questions:
Undergraduate Admissions
CS MS Admissions
CS PhD Admissions Inquiries
SEAS Admissions