Columbia College senior Mounia Abousaid unexpectedly dies

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Mounia Abousaid, a Columbia College senior Mounia Abousaid has died, according to a public email Dean James Valentini sent on Monday.

Mounia Abousaid, of Rabat, Morocco, was a resident at Broadway Residence hall, and was majoring in comparative literature and society.

In memory of Abousaid, Columbia College will be running a gathering space for its students in Broadway Hall’s West Lounge with members of Counseling and Psychological Services, Residential Life and the Office of the University Chaplain.

Counseling and Psychological services will also have walk-in hours daily.

“As you finish your finals this week, please take care of yourself and those around you,” Valentini wrote. “I know that all of you join me in sending our deepest condolences to Mounia’s family and friends, and ask that you keep them in your thoughts in the days ahead.”

The full email can be found below:

“Dear Students,

It is with great sadness that I write with some difficult news for our community. Mounia Abousaid, a Columbia College senior from Rabat, Morocco, and a resident of Broadway Hall, has passed away.

Mounia was a Comparative Literature and Society major who came to Columbia from the United World College in New Mexico, and was previously recognized for campus contributions with a King’s Crown Leadership Award. We have been in contact with Mounia’s family to provide support and assistance during this difficult time.

When we lose a member of our community, we are all affected. I encourage you to rely on one another and on University resources for support. The Broadway Residence Hall 14th Floor West Lounge will be open as a gathering space from noon until 5 p.m. today. Staff from offices including Counseling and Psychological Services, Residential Life and the Office of the University Chaplain will be there to support you.

Counseling and Psychological Services (212-854-2878) will have walk-in hours today from 6 to 9 p.m. on the 5th floor of Lerner Hall, 100 Carman Hall, 600 W. 113th St, Room 2BB, and 102 Broadway Hall, in addition to their regular hours in Lerner Hall. You may also seek support from Residential Life staff, as well as the Office of the University Chaplain (212-854-1493).

Your advisers in the Berick Center for Student Advising (212-854-6378) are also available to talk with you about any concerns. Please reach out if you feel that your finals or your academic work is being affected.

As you finish your finals this week, please take care of yourself and those around you. I know that all of you join me in sending our deepest condolences to Mounia’s family and friends, and ask that you keep them in your thoughts in the days ahead.

Sincerely,

James J. Valentini

Dean of Columbia College and

Vice President for Undergraduate Education”

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