Who We Are


Adeline Medeiros, LMSW
Associate Director of Civic Engagement

Adeline Medeiros, LMSW is the Associate Director of Civic Engagement at Barnard College, where she has overseen the New York City Civic Engagement Program since October 2014. Through her work at Barnard, she provides opportunities for students to learn about social issues and to create change using varied methods of engagement and service. Previously, Ms. Medeiros served as an adjunct lecturer at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is also the founder of ideaRISE, a boutique social impact consulting agency.

Prior to joining the staff of Barnard College, Ms. Medeiros served as the Director of Brooklyn Initiatives for the Center for Community Leadership at JCRC-NY, training Brooklyn-based professionals to become more effective leaders. Previously, she worked and interned in an adult day program with individuals suffering from dementia, a substance abuse program helping recovering opiate addicts, an elementary school overseeing individual education plans and social skills groups, and a domestic violence program helping women to rebuild their lives as they transitioned out of the shelter system. She has extensive community building, social justice training, and leadership development experience, and she is an active leader in social work and anti-racist organizing spaces.

Ms. Medeiros received a Bachelor of Social Work from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA, and a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in New York, NY. She has received her LMSW and is a certified MBTI practitioner. In 2016, she was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers - NYC Chapter with the Emerging Social Work Leader Award.


2017-2018 Civic Engagement Fellows


Ishrat Aishee, Class of 2020 (ia2359@barnard.edu)
Ishrat is a sophomore from Cambridge, Massachusetts and is planning to major in economics, with a minor in anthropology. On campus, she is involved with Columbia's Muslim Students' Association and South Asian Feminism(s) Alliance, as well as being a PAL (Peer Academic Leader). In her spare time, Ishrat loves to watch spoken poetry performances and go chai-hunting! 

Talisa Ramos, Class of 2018 (tjr2136@barnard.edu)
Talisa is a senior from Brooklyn, NY. She is majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Race and Ethnicity. Talisa is a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, the Education Vice President of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, and a Barnard Student Admissions Representative. She also currently works in interviewing with the Admissions Department.