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.

As its mission, SPAN creates a vibrant community of support for students within SIPA and Columbia concerned with Africa and its Diaspora. Annual flagship events include the African Economic Forum, African Development Forum, and Taste of Africa. We core objectives are: • Create a platform for African students and all other students interested in Africa to share ideas beneficial to development in Africa. • Leverage opportunities within SIPA and Columbia University, and collaborate with other student groups for increased visibility. • Organize events focused on development, and connect members with organizations for internship and post-graduation employment opportunities. • Participate in...
SIPA Students of Color (SSOC) is a diverse community of students, alumni and faculty that focuses on the support and advancement of underrepresented students becoming future policy leaders and development professionals. Our core belief is that the world is best served by policymakers and leaders who represent a wide variety of cultural traditions, political worldviews and life experiences. The organization’s primary function is to assist its members in achieving their academic and professional goals. More importantly - SSOC seeks to leverage its broad network to assist Columbia SIPA in the recruitment of underrepresented students and faculty while advocating for the...
SIPA Women In Leadership (SIPA WIL) is an organization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), consisting of Columbia students, alumni, administrators, friends, and mentors. SIPA WIL’s goal is to build a lifelong resource center that provides professional and personal development tools to aspiring and existing women leaders. To advance this mission, the organization strives to empower its members by furthering skills, connecting with a vast and extensive network, and providing mentorship.
SIPASA addresses the interests and concerns of SIPA students by direct student representation in the creation of policy and programming to further those interests and execute such operations, as enumerated under this Constitution. SIPASA shall strive to improve the overall student experience and partner with the administration to support the management and development of the School by: Representing the student body to the SIPA administration, SIPA faculty, SIPA alumni, Columbia-wide community and other stakeholders as necessary; b) Promoting student opinion and interests in the formulation of SIPA’s strategy and goals; c) Formulating SIPASA’s objectives in the areas of academic affairs, communication and external relations, career and alumni affairs, social affairs and student life; and d) Achieving the aforesaid objectives through programming, advocacy, and policy support.
The SAA is an organization dedicated to promoting, analyzing, and sharing South Asian traditions, culture and issues throughout SIPA and Columbia University. The organization is committed to fostering interaction among students with an interest in South Asia, and providing them a forum to exchange ideas, critically examine relevant issues, and enhance their passion for and knowledge of the region. More specifically, the objective of SAA is to: 1) Promote cohesion among students with an interest in South Asia at SIPA 2) Create awareness of South Asian issues and culture 3) Promote cooperation (including networking) with other organizations interested in South Asia
The Southeast Asian Student Initiative (SEASI) is a student-run organization at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs that serves as a forum for interaction among members of the student community who share an interest in the Southeast Asian region. We are committed to promoting awareness, understanding and dialogue on the region’s culture, politics and economics through activities, such as brown bag discussions, internship panels, movie screenings and lecture series.
SIPA Spectrum is an organization within which SIPA LGBTQ and straight allies may network, build a community, and hold dialogue on international and domestic issues regarding homosexuality and through which community members may access relevant resources and information.
The SDDS is the association of PhD students in sustainable development. It serves as a forum for discussion both on sustainability science research and on the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical interventions that promote sustainability. To this end, the SDDS organizes advanced seminars, held by Columbia faculty members or invited professors, addressed to graduate students, as well as talks open to all Columbia University students. The SDDS seeks to improve linkages between academia and policymakers by organizing workshops in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations. The SDDS also advocates specific measures that promote sustainability at the campus, local, national,...
Taiwan Focus aims to foster understanding and awareness of this island country, and to encourage dialogue and research on Taiwan-related issues in the Columbia University community. Taiwan Focus also serves as a platform to provide resources for those who are interested in studying and/or traveling in Taiwan. We organize and promote events including movie nights, brown bag talks, cultural events, and art exhibitions both on- and off-campus, on a variety of topics including Taiwanese society, culture, politics, economy, and history.
The SIPA Technology and Innovation Student Association was formed to help increase student knowledge of how technology influences international development and to expand opportunities for students within the information and communication technology (ICTs) for development and public policy. Through projects, panels, case competitions, and events, we aim to create a community around ICT for development and public policy as well as promote practical research and internship opportunities for SIPA students. Additionally, the TechISA supports SIPA curriculum development around technology for development and public policy. Our students and alumni work globally with organizations such as The Earth Institute, UNICEF, OCHA, Worldbank,...

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