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 orientation of new students, and ensure equal opportunities for all members.
Membership in SPAN is open to students enrolled at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, subject to membership requirements outlined in SIPA’s student group policies. [Must be of African descent or have keen interest in development in Africa].
President: Varlee Alieu Sannor
Vice-President: Anne Wanjiku Mwendar
Secretary General: Henok Begashaw
Treasurer: Veronica Dubem Jideonwo
Communication Chair: Sophia Grace Davis
External Relations: Aditya Subramanian
Event co-Chair: Sandra Ofori
Event co-Chair: Dan Louis
Faculty Advisor: Mamadou Diouf, Director of Institute of Africa Studies