Religious Life Staff

Ian Rottenberg

Rev. Dr. Ian Rottenberg
Dean of Religious Life
Director of the Earl Hall Center

Phone: (646) 906-5913
Office Address: 303 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: ir2379@columbia.edu

Rev. Dr. Rottenberg directs Columbia’s Earl Hall Center for Religious Life. Dean Rottenberg has academic degrees in philosophy and theology from Haverford College, Yale University, and Fordham University. As a leader of faith communities, he is passionate about increasing multi-faith dialogue, promoting mutual understanding, and working to meet the diverse religious needs of our university community. 

Amina Darwish

Amina Darwish
Coordinator of Muslim Life
Phone: (212) 854-6256
Office Address: 110 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: ad3522@columbia.edu
Website:  columbiamuslimlife.com

Amina Darwish "Imamina" is the Muslim Life Coordinator. She earned ijazas, traditional Islamic studies certifications, from the Qalam seminary in Dallas, TX and the Critical Loyalty seminary in Toronto, ON. She has also studied individually under different scholars from all over the world. She earned a PhD in Chemical engineering before switching careers to follow her true passion of community building. She worked as an adjunct faculty at the University of Cincinnati Clermont and Northern Kentucky University. Amina also served as the content development coordinator at the Muslim Youth of North America. She is passionate about building a diverse and inclusive Muslim community on campus. 

Tai Adenekan

Taiwo Adenekan
Departmental Administrator
Phone: (212) 854-8421
Office Address: 202 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: ta2467@columbia.edu

Tai Adenekan is the Departmental Administrator for the Earl Hall Center. In this role Tai manages operations which also includes finance and administration. Before joining the Earl Hall Center, Tai worked in the Office of Undergraduate Student Life.

Tessa McGowan

Tessa McGowan
Religious Life Coordinator
Phone: (212) 854-5714
Office Address: 203 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email:  tjm2180@columbia.edu

Tessa McGowan is the Religious Life Coordinator for the Earl Hall Center where she develops interfaith and intercultural programming. Tessa has a Bachelor's degree from McGill University and a Master's degree in religion.

Julian Bennett Holmes

Julian Bennett Holmes
Sacred Music Coordinator
Phone: (917) 885-9034
Office Address: 203 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: j.bennettholmes@columbia.edu

Julian Bennett Holmes studied with Lowell Liebermann and Richard Danielpour, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in musical composition at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Marjorie Merryman. As a teenager, he toured internationally, playing drums in experimental rock bands. 

He has won prizes including the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester Young Composer Competition, the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award, the Mannes College Bohuslav Martinu Prize, and the Second Prize at the Seventh International Antonín Dvorák Composition.

Camille Parmashwar on a Brownstone lined street.

Camille A. Parmashwar-Smith
Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (212) 851-9321
Office Address: 203 Earl Hall
Mailing Address:
2980 Broadway, MC 2008, NY, NY 10027
Email: cap2257@columbia.edu 

Camille A. Parmashwar-Smith is the Administrative Coordinator for the Earl Hall Center, supporting the DAF in various projects. A graduate from Mercy College in 2016, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with specialized knowledge in marketing and graphic designing. Camille doesn’t limit herself to one activity, but runs an online jewelry boutique, Millie’s Luxury Closet, and provides photography/graphic design services in her spare time.