SIPA Graduation 2024

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At SIPA — the world’s leading school of global public policy — the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to our mission: to support the global public interest by educating students to serve and to lead, and to produce and share new knowledge on the critical public policy challenges facing the global community.

These values are embedded in the work of our faculty, the curriculums of our programs, our public engagement, and our commitment to maintain a respectful, welcoming environment for our incredibly diverse students, faculty, and staff. 

SIPA students embracing

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Climate & Engagement (DEICE) Committee

The SIPA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Climate & Engagement (DEICE) Committee supports the efforts of faculty, staff, and student organizations in fostering a community at SIPA that is welcoming, respectful of individual and group differences, and representative of our society.
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DEICE Committee Reports

The DEICE Committee reports annually to SIPA leadership and the SIPA community on its activities during the past school year and its plans for the following year. Read these reports:
Year-end report for 2022-23 »
Year-end report for 2021-22 »

DEI Assessment & Recommendations

In July 2020, SIPA initiated a school-wide DEI assessment. The assessment, which was undertaken in response to calls from students and alumni, was designed to consider past and ongoing DEI work at SIPA, compare it to efforts elsewhere at Columbia and peer schools, identify remaining gaps and areas for improvement, and recommend actions to make SIPA a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community. 
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Michael A. Nutter

I invite all members of our community to move beyond their comfort zone and participate in the vibrant community that comprises SIPA. It is only by pushing beyond established boundaries that we grow.

— Michael A. Nutter; David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs and Co-Chair, SIPA DEICE Committee

DEI Engagement

Since its founding in 1946, SIPA has built an international reputation as a place that engages deeply with the world to fulfill its mission of policy research and education. This engagement includes diverse and innovative programming, research, and learning opportunities.

DEI Resources

When it comes to matters of diversity and related issues, SIPA students, faculty, staff, and alumni enjoy access to many resources both within the School and as members of the broader Columbia University community.