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].


Elected Board

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