One of the integral functions of the Office of Student Affairs at SIPA is supporting and facilitating co-curricular activities and opportunities. The resources on this page will acquaint you with extracurricular activities and services that will enhance your life on campus. A vibrant array of student groups organize programming on a variety of issues in international and public affairs, along with social events and community service. Learn about SIPA networking resources, publications, and campus services that will add value to your graduate school experience.

Established in 1947, the Journal of International Affairs is the second-oldest publication in the field of international relations, affiliated with and run by students at the School of International and Public Affairs.
Korea Focus serves SIPA and broader Columbia communities with interest in Korea in order to accomplish the following goals: To enhance the understanding as well as encouraging the research studies of Korea related issues, especially US-Korea relations and North Korea issues through guest lecture and seminar series panel discussions with experts and faculty members; To facilitate professional networking opportunities ; To promote cultural exhcanges and historical understanding; To prepare next generation leaders by widening the knowledge on Korea related issues.
The Latin American Student Association (LASA) is a group of graduate students interested in analyzing current economic, political and social issues in the region, promoting its culture and enhancing opportunities for future cooperation. The members of LASA are future leaders who attend the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. The association is aimed at fostering constant interaction with academic, private and public organizations interested in Latin American and Latin@ affairs. Please keep yourself posted and involved! Join our facebook page and follow us on Twitter @SIPA_LASA.
The MENA Forum is a student-run organization that serves to raise awareness about pressing issues in the Middle East and North Africa among the SIPA community, and to help foster graduate student engagement with faculty and policy professionals involved in these issues. As a forum for interaction and discussions, we welcome anyone who shares an interest in the Middle East region. We are committed to promoting understanding and discussing the region’s complex politics, history and culture. The MENA Forum stimulates discussions through films and articles, and organizes activities, such as guest speakers, panels and more.
The Migration Working Group aims to promote dialogue, awareness, and community involvement in national and international migration issues. Through advocacy, volunteerism, networking for careers and internships, and academic seminars and conferences we engage the Columbia community, as well as the wider New York community on these issues.
MESS' mission is to build a community of students at SIPA who are interested in monitoring and evaluating (M&E) so that they may learn together, share experiences, and establish supportive networks. We explore diverse perspectives and approaches to M&E and promote peer and professional networking in order to facilitate students' informed entry into career paths in M&E.
To organize public policy students across the U.S. to take action around social and economic justice issues, and to facilitate grassroots dialogue to better understand different perspectives and move forward together.
The SIPA Political Risk Working Group (SPR) is a student-run association at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on the field of political risk (PR) analysis and research. SPR is a forum where SIPA and other Columbia graduate students can develop PR analytical skills, understand PR’s influence in the market and the subsequent societal impact, and explore possible careers in the field. SPR’s approach towards PR is twofold: first, SPR aims to engage students, scholars, and practitioners with the theoretical study of PR; second, with a more concrete lens, SPR approaches current affairs in light of PR analyses by experts in the field who can guide students on how to approach such analyses and the possible career paths in the field.
The purpose of PSWG is threefold: To cultivate a community of progressives interested in security policy, based at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (hereafter "SIPA") but building bridges to both Columbia University broadly and the wider progressive community. To generate ideas about security policy and the politics of security policy that are rooted in the understanding that international security and domestic politics are fundamentally intertwined. To empower members to distribute and advocate for those ideas.
The Columbia University Puerto Rico Initiative was founded in January 2018 by a group of SIPA students concerned about the lack of attention given to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. The group saw a need to use its policy expertise and the resource of Columbia University to positively impact the situation on the island. The diverse group of students who traveled to Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery emerged with a sense not only that the university and federal government must lend a greater hand, but that the residents of the commonwealth should be empowered to design and lead their own recovery.

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