“SIPA CONNECTIONS” Lunch
International Affairs Building, Saturday, April 1, Noon – 1:30 pm
Come over to IAB for the opportunity to network with fellow alumni or to meet current SIPA students in an interactive classroom setting to learn more about their projects and initiatives. Space at the student presentations is first-come, first-served and seats are limited to approximately 50 seats in each classroom.
Click on the following links to jump to each option:
Option 1 – Attend Student/Alumni Presentations
4th Floor Classrooms
Pick up your boxed lunch on the 4th floor of IAB and select one of the five classroom presentations described below.
1. Cyber @ SIPA
Cyber @ SIPA will introduce alumni to the cyber activities both within SIPA and the SIPA alumni community. Students from the Digital & Cyber Group (DCG) will share the latest on the SIPA cyber curriculum, panels and events, latest technology and policy research, student publications, and SIPA’s own cyber policy ‘hackathon’ competition.
Presented by the SIPA Digital & Cyber Group (DCG)
- The SIPA Digital and Cyber Group (DCG) acts as a central source for a curated series of events to connect SIPA with the wider Columbia University and cyber-professional communities. The group includes a thriving alumni community from all sectors and aims to establish SIPA as the premier policy school for cyber issues.
Daniel Schnok MPA ’17, studying International Security Policy
Nicole Softness MPA ’18, studying International Security Policy
Jonathan Song MIA ’18, studying International Finance and Economic Policy
Alex Wortman MIA ’18, studying International Finance and Economic Policy
2. Migration Tech: The Nexus of Social Innovation and Movement
The ongoing refugee and migration situation has influenced entrepreneurs across multiple fields to think creatively about how to support these vulnerable populations. Technology has been key in changing the conversation around how we can support and connect with those moving across borders. Please join us for a discussion about the ways in which migration/immigration can be supported through technological advancements. Who are the leaders? And where do the opportunities lie? What are creative ways in which technology can be used to support refugee and immigrants?
Presented by SIPA’s Migration Working Group, the Social Entrepreneurship Club and the Technology and Innovation Student Association (TISA)
The Migration Working Group (MWG) provides a platform for SIPA, Columbia University and the greater NYC community to engage in contemporary migration and its impacts, fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and raising awareness through events and collaborations. With over 140 members and several collaborations with other student groups, the MWG organizes organize conferences, film screenings and panels that bring current topics in migration to light.
The Social Entrepreneurship Club provides entrepreneurs in the Columbia University ecosystem with the tools, resources and networks they need to launch social ventures that create solutions to complex problems in a manner that in financially sustainable, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive. The SEC currently has over 200 members and our flagship program is the Columbia Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator, a five-day workshop that works with early stage start-ups on business model validation and investment preparedness.
The Technology and Innovation Student Association (TISA) was established to offer students a more comprehensive understanding of technology’s role in both public policy and development. TISA is committed to facilitating greater discourse surrounding technology and public policy on campus, helping students to gain technical knowledge, and assisting students in gaining employment opportunities within the field. To this end, TISA has put on workshops, held lectures with individuals currently working in the field, and offered students the chance to meet with recruiters during networking receptions.
Shanna Crumley MPA ’18, studying Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy with a specialization in Technology, Media and Communications
Alice Bosley MIA ’17, studying Economic and Political Development specializing Management
Mehemed Bougsea MPA-DP ’17, studying Development Practice, specializing in ICT for Education and Employment
Caroline Logan MPA-DP ’17, studying Development Practice with a specialization in Disaster, Emergency, and Crisis Management
Fatima Raza MPA ’17, studying Economic and Political Development with a specialization in Technology, Media and Communications
3. Policy Disruptions: SIPA through a gender lens
SIPA’s new Gender and Public Policy Specialization is reshaping the way students approach public administration and international affairs. SIPA students are utilizing gender analysis to ensure policies, solutions, and technology innovations are intersectional, representative, and most effective. Hear from Professor Yasmine Ergas on the state of the specialization, its current relevance, and how gender policy dialogue is being shaped at SIPA. Hear current students discuss how they are utilizing gender analysis in their research projects, capstones, and student life activities.
Presented by SIPA’s Gender & Public Policy Specialization and the Gender Policy Working Group
- The Gender Policy Working Group (GPWG) works to build knowledge around the social, political and economic structures that affect people of all gender identities and sexual orientations in intersecting ways.
Angela Hartley MPA ’18, studying Economic and Political Development with a specialization in Gender and Public Policy (GPWG Director of Alumni Relations)
Lucia Diaz-Martin MPA ’17, studying Economic and Political Development with a specialization in Gender and Public Policy
Yasmine Ergas, Director, Gender and Public Policy Specialization and Lecturer in International and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA
Ana Gabriela Gonzalez MPA ’17, studying Urban and Social Policy with a specialization in Gender and Public Policy
Jadey Huray MPA ’18, studying Economic and Political Development with a specialization in Gender and Public Policy (GPWG President)
Alex Ro MIA ’17, studying Economic and Political Development with a specialization in Management
Mena Tajirishi MPA ’17, studying International Security Policy with a specialization in Gender and Public Policy
Alexandra Wilcox MIA ’17, Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy with a specialization in Gender and Public Policy
4. “I Too Sing America”: SIPA Students of Color in Public Policy - A Dialog
Join SIPA Students of Color in a celebration of diversity in the field of public policy. During this thought-provoking panel discussion moderated by Mayor Michael A. Nutter, five members of SIPA Students of Color will share their journeys in becoming future policy and development leaders. Through the exploration of policy issues that impact communities of color in the United States, this dialogue will emphasize how panelists understand and contextualize their personal experiences in relation to life at SIPA and 21st century public policy.
Presented by SIPA Students of Color (SSOC) and moderated by Mayor Michael A. Nutter, Faculty Advisor to SSOC
- SIPA Students of Color seeks to leverage its broad network to assist Columbia SIPA in the recruitment of underrepresented students and faculty while advocating for the inclusion of diverse and dynamic perspectives within Columbia SIPA’s course curriculum and cultural climate.
Michael A. Nutter, David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs
Genesis Mullins MPA ’18, studying Urban and Social Policy, President of the SSOC for 2017 (Lead Presenter)
Joshua Elder MPA ’18, studying Urban and Social Policy
Michelle Joseph MPA ’18, studying Development Practice
David Kim MIA ’18, studying International Security Policy
Mark Mock MIA ’18, studying Economic and Political Development
Rachel Sullivan MPA ’18, studying International Security Policy
Rahel Tekola MPA ’18, studying Urban and Social Policy
5. Affecting Change on Campus and Across the World - The Evolution of SIPA's Capstone Workshops and the Award for Progressive Sustainability
Connecting classroom theory with real-world solutions is a unique aspect of a SIPA education. Capstone workshop teams have collaborated with partner clients around the globe, helping to address vexing issues from urban poverty to rural energy needs. In what ways have student projects matured in sophistication? How has the concept of environmental sustainability been integrated across these initiatives? Hear from SIPA leadership, faculty, alumni, and students on how SIPA workshops are changing lives well beyond Morningside Heights.
Presented by JP Leous MPA-ESP ’06 and Neal Parry MPA-ESP ’06 with Suzanne Hollman, Capstone Program Director, and moderated by Eugenia McGill MIA ’00, Lecturer, SIPA
The Award for Progressive Sustainability was created to support interdisciplinary approaches to protecting the environment and to promote collaboration from across the University to address the world's environmental issues. Presented for the first time in 2007, the award recognizes the best student paper or project that identifies a social or political problem, highlights the environmental issues at stake, and presents a thorough cross-disciplinary solution.
Jenny McGill MIA ’00, Lecturer and Director of the EPD Workshop, SIPA
Pennie Douligeris MPA ’14, Analytics Product Manager, First Access
Nick Hamilton MIA ’11, Director of Urban Policy, The American Assembly
Suzanne Hollmann, Director of the Capstone Program, SIPA
JP Leous MPA ’06, Corporate Relations, The World Resources Institute
Ellen Morris, Adjunct Professor, SIPA and President and Founder, Sustainable Energy Solutions
Neal Parry MPA ’06, Senior Project Manager, Supply Chain, Legacy Health
2017 Recipients of the Award for Progressive Sustainability
La Ciucad Verde: Policy Path to Improve Urban Air Quality in Medellín
This Capstone project will review the current air quality situation in Medellín, along with any available projections of significant emissions changes, with an aim toward evaluating the social and economic externalities of urban air quality in Medellín. The project will develop a comparison between two broad scenarios: an active preventive scenario against air quality pollution crises, and a passive reactionary scenario post crises, along with a basic understanding the different costs of these two scenarios. By developing valuations of the social and economic costs of both scenarios, the Capstone team will be able to provide brief public policy recommendations for the city and policy makers of Medellín.
Shawn Bush MIA ’17, studying International Security Policy
Jilliam Jordan MPA ’17, studying Urban and Social Policy
Jeewon Kim MIA ’17, studying Energy and Environment
Yen Le MIA and MBA ’17, studying Energy and Environment
Debashree Poddar MPA ’17, studying Urban and Social Policy
Cameron Torreon MPA ’17, studying International Security Policy
Faculty Advisor: Adam Hinge, Adjunct Associate Professor, Managing Director, Sustainable Energy Partnerships
Option 2 – Networking Lunches
6th Floor and 15th Floor
Alumni planning to network with fellow alumni can pick up their boxed lunch on the 6th floor or the 15th floor and choose from one of the locations listed below.
- 6th Floor Café for casual open seating
- Room 1501 for Reunion Class of 2012 and open seating, and a beautiful view
- Room 1512 for Reunion Class of 2007