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SIPA Senators

The University Senate was established by the Trustees after a University-wide referendum in 1969. The Senate is a University-wide legislature, representing faculty, students, and other constituencies. It makes policy on a range of issues that affect the entire University or more than one school, including educational programs and priorities, the budget, academic freedom and tenure, the conduct of research, the libraries, information technology, Columbia's external relations, student sexual misconduct, rules governing political demonstrations, and the welfare of faculty, students, and research officers.

The University Senate is a unicameral body consisting of 107 members drawn from all constituencies of the University. The University President serves as the Senate’s presiding officer, who chairs monthly plenaries. All members of the Columbia community are welcome at these meetings.

The following Senators form SIPA’s delegation to the University Senate.

Sharyn O’Halloran
George Blumenthal Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs

Kristina Ford
Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of International and Public Affairs

Shree Sinha
Master of Public Administration, 2014