Dean's Letter

It has for many years been a point of pride that the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) is Columbia University’s most international school, welcoming half of its student body from outside the United States. Representing 75 or more countries in a typical year, our students bridge divides of language, culture, and national origin.

To attend SIPA is to join a vibrant multicultural community—to meet and study with people from around the world. As we embrace our international diversity, we must also acknowledge other equally important differences such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and more. Mindful of this, SIPA has formally committed to train new students in the areas of self, social, and global awareness as part of orientation this fall. I am pleased that incoming students will for the first time participate in workshops that support what we call Multicultural Competence.

In addition to underscoring the expectation that students, faculty, and staff will respect each other’s differences, this training prepares SIPA students for leadership, because the process of designing public policy should reflect consideration for diverse segments of societies.

The orientation workshops will be led by Dr. Cheryl Franks, a consultant with extensive experience in this area, and modeled after initiatives at peer institutions at Columbia University including the Mailman School of Public Health and the School of Social Work. Based on their positive experiences I am confident we are starting with a strong model.

In conjunction with these workshops, we have also initiated efforts to train staff and peer advisors in the Office of Student Affairs to handle concerns related to diversity and inclusiveness.

I am grateful to those students, faculty, and staff who have contributed to these critical initiatives. They are important steps in our effort to strengthen our commitment to welcome and continue to foster diversity in our community.

I look forward to working with you to support this component of our mission, and I expect students will provide crucial engagement and feedback to help develop our culture of inclusiveness.

Merit E. Janow
Dean, School of International and Public Affairs
Professor of Professional Practice in International Law and Public Affairs

Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy

Dean Merit E. Janow and counterparts at SIPA's peer schools make statement on "Commitment to Diversity."

Mission

The SIPA Diversity Committee (formerly, Diversity Task Force) was convened by Dean Janow during the spring 2014 to support the efforts of SIPA faculty, staff, and student organizations in fostering a community at SIPA that is welcoming, respectful of individual and group differences, and representative of our society.

The Diversity Committee will advise the Dean and her leadership team on efforts to support greater diversity at SIPA on a range of topics, including, for example, improving recruitment of students of color, identifying scholarships for students from historically under-represented communities to attend SIPA, and addressing specific concerns of students of color in career planning.

The Committee will meet monthly during the semester. Regular meetings will provide a frequent, structured opportunity for members to raise concerns and review progress on the Committee's activities and goals.

Each semester the Committee will sponsor a public event for the SIPA community. These events will be an important part of our outreach to prospective students of color to apply to SIPA, and to link concerns of our on-campus and alumni communities.

 

Members

 

Faculty Representatives

 

Michael A. Nutter (Faculty Chair)
David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Policy

Focus areas: Cities, ethical and transparent government, politics, development of effective national urban policy

After serving almost 15 years in the Philadelphia City Council, Michael A. Nutter was elected the 98th Mayor of his hometown, where he served in office from 2008 until 2016. During his time as Mayor, he also served as the President of the United States Conference of Mayors from June 2012 to June 2013.

Since leaving public service, Mayor Nutter has remained active in public policy, government, and civic life, in critical areas of education, media, public policy, political campaigns, the corporate community, and academic institutions across the country. In addition to his appointment as the Inaugural David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) by the Columbia University Board of Trustees, Mayor Nutter has been appointed as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; political commentator at CNN; Senior Fellow and national spokesperson for the program “What Works Cities” at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Executive Fellow in Leadership (ISL) at the Lebow College of Business Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) at Drexel University; Chair of the first Mayor’s Advisory Council at Airbnb; Executive Fellow at the University of Chicago Urban Labs; Member of the Economic and Community Advisory Council at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs; and Distinguished Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution. Mayor Nutter received his Bachelors in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Hisham Aidi

Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Focus areas: Sub-Saharan migration and transnationalism, African migration into Europe and racial politics in North Africa

Hisham Aidi's research interests include cultural globalization and the political economy of race and social movements. He received his PhD in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and at the Driskell Center for the Study of the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of Redeploying the State a comparative study of neo-liberalism and labor movements in Latin America; and co-editor, with Manning Marable, of Black Routes to Islam.

In 2002-2003, Aidi was a consultant for UNDP's Human Development Report.   From 2000-2003,  he was part of Harvard University's Encarta Africana project, and worked as a cultural reporter, covering youth culture and immigration in Harlem and the Bronx, for Africana, The New African and ColorLines.  More recently, his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, The New Yorker and Salon.  Since 2007, he has been a contributing editor of Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society.  Aidi is the author most recently of Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture, a study of American cultural diplomacy.

 

Yasmine Ergas

Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs; Associate Director, Institute for the Study of Human Rights; Director, Specialization in Gender and Public Policy

Focus areas: Globalization, gender equality, and human rights.

Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy and Lecturer in Discipline in International and Public Affairs. She also directs the program in Gender and Human Rights of Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, is a member of the Executive Committee of the University’s Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, and is the co-convener of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Council at Columbia University. 

A lawyer and sociologist, she has worked on issues regarding gender and women’s rights as a policy analyst and advisor, scholar and advocate. She has served as a consultant to international and domestic policy organizations, including the OECD, UNESCO, the Millennium Villages Project, the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and CENSIS, a major applied social research institute in Italy, and been on the staff of the Social Science Research Council. Her recent work has focused on the emergence of an international market in reproductive services, the transformations of ‘motherhood’ and the impacts of human rights programs and policies. Previous relevant work centered on feminist movements and their interactions with public policies; the implications of the concept of ‘gender’ for feminist politics; child care policies in international and comparative perspective; educational policies and the social implications of HIV/AIDS.  A graduate of the Universities of Sussex and Rome and Columbia Law School, Ergas is a former member of the School of Social Science of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; visiting scholar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University; and a Pembroke Fellow of Brown University.

 

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez

Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Focus areas: Political economy of the United States with a focus on organized interests, government and social policy

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez is an Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs. He studies the political economy of the United States, with an emphasis on the politics of organized interests, especially business, and public policy. One forthcoming book examines how employers are increasingly recruiting their workers into politics to change elections and public policy. Other projects examine lobbying and legislative staffers, the development of cross-state networks of conservative activists and business interests, and the role of elite donors in American politics. 

Hertel-Fernandez’s academic work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law, the Journal of Politics, and Perspectives on Politics, and has been featured in a range of popular outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the Washington Post.

 

Dipali Mukhopadhyay 

Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Focus areas: International security, modern state formation in conflict and post-conflict settings, the role of warlords in the state building project in post-2001 Afghanistan. She recently published the book Warlords, Strongman Governors and State Building in Afghanistan .

Prior to joining Columbia's faculty, Mukhopadhyay spent 2011 as a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University. Her current work on Afghanistan builds on her first book with a study of palace politics during the Karzai presidency. She also has a number of projects underway on the Syrian civil war related to Western engagement with the opposition and rebel governance. Mukhopadhyay’s research has been funded by the Carnegie Corporation, the Eisenhower Institute, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, Harvard Law School, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Department of Education. Her writings have been published in academic books and journals as well as by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy, U.S. Institute of Peace, U.S. News & World Report, and the Washington Post's Monkey Cage Blog. She is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Mukhopadhyay received her doctorate from Tufts University's Fletcher School in 2010 and her B.A. in political science from Yale University.

 

Administrative representatives
 

Cory T. Way (Administrative Chair)

Associate Dean for Student Affairs; Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Focus Areas: Criminal justice policy and management; crime, media and journalism; presidential commutations and pardons; white collar crime; the intersection of art and crime; mentoring in the legal profession.

Cory Way is Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at SIPA.  He was formerly an award-winning Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University, the Kirkland House Dean at Harvard College, and Affiliated Faculty at Harvard Law School's Centre on the Legal Profession.  

Way holds a doctorate from Oxford and is a licensed attorney who has practiced both litigation and corporate law at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Zuckerman Spaeder in Washington, DC. While in law practice he maintained an active pro bono practice, most recently winning political asylum for a Rwanda genocide survivor whose entire family had been murdered; his work on this novel case earned a pro bono award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.

He holds degrees from Princeton, Harvard, Virginia and the University of Oxford, where he also served in dean positions at Merton and Corpus Christi Colleges. While in England he was also appointed as Course Director for a masters degree program at the University of Cambridge. Way’s public service includes four years at the U.S. Department of Justice (working for the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, the U.S. Pardon Attorney, and the Director of the Bureau of Prisons) and one year as a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.  He has also served in an executive director capacity for both the National Committee on Community Corrections and the National Prison Industry Task Force.

 

Laura L. McCreedy
Executive Assistant, Dean's Office

Laura is an Executive Assistant in the Office of the Dean at SIPA, where she assists with special projects and events, including support for the Diversity Committee. Prior to working for SIPA, Laura worked as an intern for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Representation Office in Tanzania; in the President’s Office at the Carnegie Corporation of New York; as a Program Associate for the Interfaith, Youth, Adult Diversity and Inclusion and Police-Community relations initiatives (Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust (ALPACT) at the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion (MRDI); as a Program Manager and consultant for Diversity and Inclusion and Women’s Leadership initiatives at Booz Allen Hamilton and Accenture; Program Manager of Global Health and Medical/Dental Education at the Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) and the Museum of Anthropology at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Laura holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Anthropology from Wayne State University and a Master’s of Science by Research (MPhil) degree in Social Psychology from the University of Edinburgh, where her research focused on social cognition, specifically superordinate and cross-categorizations and conflict resolution in Kosovo. She is a first year student in the Executive Master's of Public Administration (EMPA) at SIPA, specializing in International Conflict Resolution.

 

Samantha Shapses-Wertheim
Assistant Dean, Office of Student Affairs

Samantha Shapses has worked for the past 15 years at Columbia and New York University as a student affairs dean and professional focusing on leadership, student engagement and social justice in higher education. Samantha holds an Ed.D. from NYU in Higher and Postsecondary Education, a master’s degree from NYU in Higher Education and Student Affairs, and a bachelor’s from Washington University in St. Louis in Comparative Arts and Women’s Studies. Samantha is also a trained facilitator in cross-cultural communication.

Her research and publications have focused on multicultural education and social justice. Samantha has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches courses on social justice education and higher education administration.

 

Diane Nguyen
Associate Director of Admissions 
 

 

Student representatives

 

Jin Woo Chung

Jin Woo Chung is in the MIA program concentrating in economic and political development. Before SIPA, he worked on the Minority and Women Owned Business Program at the NYC Mayor's Office and served at a community development organization in the South Bronx. He is a former Coro Fellow in New York City and served in AmeriCorps in the South Bronx. He is a graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter College, majoring in history.

As part of the Diversity Committee, he hopes to continue efforts in diversifying the faculty at SIPA and holding events and programs which increase awareness on issues surrounding race and privilege.

 

Benjamin Seebaugh

Benjamin is an MPA candidate in the Urban & Social policy concentration, and Technology, Media, and Communications specialization. He holds B.A. degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Women's & Gender Studies from the Honors College of West Virginia University (where he also served as the university's first-ever LGBTQ Program Coordinator). Most recently, Benjamin served as a Project Manager for the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) where he oversaw a portfolio of jail reform projects on Rikers Island. While there, he also founded the NYC DOC chapter of the Gay Officers Action League (GOAL).

As part of the Diversity Committee and Events Director for SPECTRUM, Benjamin hopes to assist with strategic planning for long-term development goals, and to advocate for policies that make SIPA an even more diverse, vibrant, and inclusive environment for all current and prospective students.

 

Bios forthcoming

Omotolani Elumade

Sasha Lagombra

Zulpha Styer

 

STUDENT Diversity Coalition Representatives

 

Lindi Anggraini SIPA Students Association (SIPASA)

Lindi Anggraini is currently pursuing MPA at SIPA, concentrating in Economic Development especially in the developing world, where she is representing from. She was born and growing up in Indonesia. Lindi has spent more than 7 years providing consultancy and advisory on business and organization reform to both private sectors and government institutions, as a manager in Accenture and as an adviser for Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Development.

Lindi was elected as a Vice President of Student Government (SIPASA). She is eager to dedicate her time to contribute to the society, as part of the Diversity Committee as SIPASA representative. She has passion to promote equality, embrace diversity in the daily norm practice, and empower women to live their passions. In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and exploring new places.

 

Daniella Gómez BonillaGender and Public Policy Working Group (GPWG)

Daniella is a first-year MPA student concentrating in Urban and Social Policy and specializing in Gender and Public Policy. She is Colombian and before coming to SIPA, she worked for five years for the Colombian Government, implementing social impact projects, related to renewable energy, water and sanitation, and social and productive inclusion. She has also worked in the private sector promoting gender equity policies in the workplace and female leadership.

Daniella belongs to Columbia University Task Force on inclusion and belonging, she is a feminist activist and writes articles on feminism and diversity for a digital newspaper in Colombia. At SIPA, she is the President of the Gender Policy Working Group, a student organization devoted to the awareness, sensitivity, and understanding of global issues related to gender diversity and equality. At the Diversity Committee, Daniella aims to foster initiatives to ensure education on social justice, equity, and gender diversity becomes part of the curricular contents.

 

Maria Jose PintoWomen in Leadership (WIL)

Maria Jose Pinto is a first year Master in International Affairs candidate, concentrating in Economic and Political Development and specializing in Latin American Studies & Gender and Public Policy. She is the current President to the Women in Leadership Organization at the School. Maria was born and raised in Peru, where she received her Business bachelor degree at Universidad del Pacifico in Lima.

Before SIPA, Maria worked at the British Embassy in Lima, as a Science & Innovation Coordinator for Peru, managing Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to, among other things, eliminate gender stereotypes to increase girls in STEM in the country. She previously worked with Carolina Trivelli, a former Minister for Social Inclusion in the country, on Modelo Peru, a financial inclusion initiative, which was partly focused on women’s economic empowerment.

Maria’s current focus is gender equality in Latin America, particularly related to women in politics, and how gender roles in the region have shaped women’s destinies for centuries.

 

George-Ann RyanWorking Group on Race, Inequality, Solidarity, and Economics (RISE)

George-Ann Ryan is a first generation graduate student at pursuing a Master of International Affairs degree at Columbia | SIPA, concentrating in Economic and Political Development and specialising in Advanced Economic and Political Analysis. She is a proud Pace University, NYC alumna where she was awarded a B.A. in Economics, magna cum laude with a focus on quantitative research methods.

Prior to SIPA, George-Ann worked as a Research and Administrative Assistant at the Economic Security Project -- an NYC-based organization dedicated to guaranteeing financial security to all. While there, she worked at the intersection of the tech, policy, and philanthropic spheres to research the feasibility and impact of unconditional cash transfers. George-Ann later joined the team of The Sadie Collective, an organization dedicated to diversifying the Economics profession through the education, community, & mentorship of Black women, as Chief Financial Officer.

As she hails from the twin-island state of Antigua and Barbuda, George-Ann's current academic interests revolve around equitable, sustainable, and independent economic development in the Caribbean.

 

Bios forthcoming

Uttara Agarwal – Empowering Asian Women (EAW)

Saniya AliSIPA Students of Color (SSOC)

Theotis SharpeSIPA Pan-African Network (SPAN)

Edgar WibisonoSPECTRUM

 

A full list of SIPA student organizations can be found here.

Past Members

  • Rachel Claude, MPA '15
  • Nina Sawhney, MPA '15
  • Manuel Vazquez Cano, MPA '15
  • Li Zhou, MPA '15
  • David Deutch, MIA '16
  • Rashima Kwatra, MPA '16
  • Ji-Hyeun Kwon-Min, MIA '16
  • Kiara Reed, MPA '16
  • Damian Fagon, MPA '17
  • Andres E. Ochoa, MIA '17
  • Stanislas Phanord, MPA '17
  • Alexandra Maria Wilcox, MIA '17
  • Raiesa Ali
  • Gretchen Baldwin
  • Andrew Chang
  • Andres Chong-Qui Torres
  • Saumya Deva 
  • Maria Avila Ruiz
  • Zachary Kazzaz 
  • Teresa de Lima Perosa
  • Ali Matalon
  • Lawrence McDonald
  • Laura McEown
  • Caroline Morrow
  • Hamza Naseem Iqbal
  • Sophie Papavizas
  • Katy Swartz
  • Yang Shi

Meetings

2019

  • Wednesday, May 1
  • Wednesday, March 27
  • Wednesday, February 20
  • Wednesday, January 20

2018

  • Wednesday, December 12
  • Wednesday, November 14
  • Wednesday, October 17
  • Wednesday, September 5
  • Wednesday, May 2
  • Wednesday, March 28
  • Wednesday, February 28
  • Wednesday, January 22

2017

  • Monday, December 11
  • Wednesday, November 15: SIPA Open Forum
  • Wednesday, November 1
  • Wednesday, January 25: Agenda
  • Wednesday, March 29: Agenda

2016

2015

2014

Events

Upcoming Events

Amend the 13th: A Conversation about Ending Legalized Slavery in the United States and Abolishing the Prison System As We Know It
Friday, February 22, 2019, 1-3pm, The Forum Auditorium at Broadway and West 125th Street
Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. and faculty and staff at Columbia University, in coalition with other organizations and individuals, have organized a panel discussion with experts to begin the conversation about this process for criminal justice change. The goal of the dialogue is to develop strategies that will increase public awareness, fuel public discourse, and build momentum to amend the 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution. Organized by the Columbia University Office of Government and Community Affairs and co-sponsored by the SIPA Diversity Committee. For more information and to RSVP please visit the event website.

 

Past Events

Film Screening of MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
The Diversity Committee hosted a screening of the film MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. Drawn from a cache of personal video recordings from the past 22 years, the Sundance award winning film is a personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, M.I.A., chronicling her remarkable journey as the daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance and refugee immigrant to pop star.

"Why Policy Matters: Access, Equity, and Voting in the U.S."
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
This event explored how policy has shaped equity and access to voting across the United States. Panelists shared four varying perspectives on why policy matters in the enhancement or suppression of voter engagement within their area of work, community, and constituents. Speakers included: Mayor Michael Nutter, Professor of Practice, School of International and Public Affairs; Jonathan Brater, Council, Democracy Program Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law; Farai Chideya, Program Officer, Ford Foundation; Alex Hertel-Fernandez, Assistant Professor, School of International and Public. Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy

Identity@SIPA Student Experience Panel
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Identity@SIPA: Student Stories presented the perspectives of 8 students with varying intersectional identities in conversation with each other and members of the SIPA community on identity, inclusion and systemic structures of power and privilege from a global context. Student panelists included: Katy Swartz, Kier Joy, Lindsay Horne, Mike Drake, Maria Fernanda Avila Ruiz, Nitin Magima, Maggie Wang, and Karla Henriquez. Sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Diversity Coalition https://www.facebook.com/events/1125812444245556/

Diversity ‘Dine’alogue: Panel on the Decriminalization of Homosexuality in India (Section 377)
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Panelists who worked to petition the appeal of Section 377, as well as prominent LGBTQIA rights activists, discussed the appeal of the law and its implications for India and the region. Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy

“Why the November elections matter and what you can do to help”
Monday, September 24, 2018
Congressional representative (then candidate), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined SIPA faculty Prof Anya Schiffrin and Prof Joseph Stiglitz in conversation and called on Columbia students to register to vote and get involved with local politics. Co-sponsored by the SIPA Technology, Media, and Communications (TMaC) specialization and the SIPA Diversity Committee

SIPA Intersectionality Conference
Friday, April 20, 2018
The first annual SIPA Intersectionality Conference organized by SIPA Students of Color (SSOC) was held on April 20. The Conference examined the intersectional role of identities in social, economic, and political inequities in the U.S. with the keynote given by Melissa Mark-Viverito, senior advisor to the Latino Victory Fund and former speaker of the NYC Council. Co-Sponsored by the SIPA Diversity Coalition and SIPA Diversity Committee

Diversity ‘Dine’alogue with Professor Christina Greer: "Race and Policy in the Current Political Climate"
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
This "Dine-alogue" was a discussion of politics - past, present, and future. Professor Greer also discussed the 2020 Census and considered questions including: "What is the future of American democracy and the Democratic party?"
Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy

Interactive Electoral Workshop
Monday, April 16, 2018
The workshop was facilitated by policy experts from the Brennan for Justice and SIPA faculty members, Prof Fuchs and Prof Shapiro, with the goal of addressing low voter turnout in U.S. elections. Co-Sponsored by Citizen American Voter and the SIPA Diversity Committee

Diversity ‘Dine’alogue with Vice Provost, Dennis Mitchell: "Race and Policy in Higher Education"
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Vice Provost Dennis Mitchell joined students, faculty and staff for SIPA’s first Diversity Dine-alogue to discuss “Race and Policy in Higher Education”. Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy

2018 Admitted Students' Day Diversity Social
Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Harlem Tavern - 2153 Frederick Douglass Blvd
The SIPA Admissions' Office, SIPA Students of Color (SSOC), and members of the Diversity Coalition hosted a mixer for Admitted Students' Day.

Identity@SIPA: The role of self-awareness in public policy and international affairs
Wednesday, February 26, 2018
Dean Shapses and members of the Diversity Committee facilitated this interactive workshop which asked SIPA students, staff, and faculty to reflect upon their identities as both individuals and as communities and to consider the role of self-awareness on public policy and international affairs. This pilot will inform the development of a new multicultural orientation workshop. Committee members Hamza Iqbal, Zachary Kazzaz, Kier Joy, and Laura McCreedy served as co-facilitators.

J-Term Orientation Diversity Training
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Dean Shapses and members of the Diversity Committee facilitated this diversity workshop for incoming students, which focused on personal and social identity and public policy. Committee members Andrew Chang, Laura McCreedy, and Samira Abdul-Karim served as co-facilitators.

"The Uncertainty of U.S. Immigration Policy – Where Do We Go From Here?"
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy in collaboration with SIPA Students of Color (SSOC)
Read more / Watch complete program

Spring 2016 Diversity Task Force Event
April 27, 2016
Theme: Progress and Pushback: The State of Global LGBTI Human Rights

Ernesto Cortés, Jr. – "Leadership Training and Civics Education in the Southwest"
Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy
March 22, 2016
Watch complete program

4th Annual Diversity Symposium
November 23, 2015
Theme: From Protests to Public Policy: Advocacy for Positive Change
In collaboration with the Office of Admissions, the 4th annual Diversity Symposium focused on public policy, advocacy, and leadership for communities of color.

Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. – "Genealogy, Genetics, and Race"
October 19, 2015
Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy

Film screening of "From Civil Rights to Civil Unrest: Constance Baker Motley and the Struggle for Equal Justice Under the Law"
October 8, 2015
Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy

Benjamin Todd Jealous – "At the Intersection of Tech and Social Impact"
April 1, 2015
Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy
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Racial Justice Leadership Institute
February 20, 2015
An interactive training on how to challenge and change institutional racial inequities developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation.

Panel on "Improving Police-Community Relations"
February 5, 2015
Dean Merit E. Janow, Mayor David N. Dinkins, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams (pictured), and Kadiatou Diallo were key speakers at an event co-sponsored by the Amadou Diallo Foundation (ADF)
Event organized as part of the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy
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3rd Annual Diversity Symposium
November 14, 2014
Theme:  Policies and the Politics of Diversity
In collaboration with the Admission Office, this event is aimed at attracting underrepresented students from the tri-state area.

Multicultural Competence Workshop during New Student Orientation
August 27, 2014

Patricia J. Williams, Columbia Law School professor – "The Death of Contingency: Risk, Race and Rue"
January 28, 2014
Inaugural event in the Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy
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Student diversity grant initiative

Sponsored by the SIPA Diversity Committee, the Student Diversity Initiative Grant, is a program that provides financial support to students or student organizations for a project or event that advances diversity and inclusion at SIPA. All SIPA students (and student organizations) are eligible to apply for the grant. Awards range between $100 to $1500 and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
For details or to apply click here.

Current Student Initiative Grants

The SIPA Diversity Committee is pleased to announce the first two events awarded the Student Diversity Initative Grant!

SIPA Intersectionality Conference
Friday, April 20, 2018
The first annual SIPA Intersectionality Conference organized by SIPA Students of Color (SSOC) was held on April 20. The Conference examined the intersectional role of identities in social, economic, and political inequities in the U.S. with the keynote given by Melissa Mark-Viverito, senior advisor to the Latino Victory Fund and former speaker of the NYC Council. Co-Sponsored by the SIPA Diversity Coalition and SIPA Diversity Committee

Interactive Electoral Workshop
Monday, April 16, 2018
The workshop was facilitated by policy experts from the Brennan for Justice and SIPA faculty members, Prof Fuchs and Prof Shapiro, with the goal of addressing low voter turnout in U.S. elections. Co-Sponsored by Citizen American Voter and the SIPA Diversity Committee