Student Body Fall 2021

Enrollment by Academic Degree Program

 

 

Enrollment by Citizenship

 

STUDENT HIGHLIGHTS

 

Ruby Khan MPA ’21

 

Clockwise from top left: Leselle Vincent MPA-DP ’22, Gabrielle Hayes MPA-DP ’21, Travis Nelson MPA ’22, Vincent Tang MPA-DP ’22, Chris Tingley MPA ’22, Zachey Kliger MPA ’22, Lexi Young ’21CC, Sameea Butt MPA ’22

Asaad Hanna MIA ’22 and Erick Rozo Silva MPA-DP ’22

 

Columbia University Adjusts Fossil Fuel Investment Policies

In January 2021 the University announced that it no longer holds any direct investments in publicly traded oil and gas companies and is formalizing this policy of non-investment for the foreseeable future.

Ruby Khan MPA ’21, a member of Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI), sat on the fossil fuel subcommittee that was entrusted with formalizing and fine-tuning this recommendation over the past year after the ACSRI received a divestment proposal from Columbia’s Extinction Rebellion student group in December 2019.

The fossil fuel subcommittee’s final recommendation was unanimously accepted by the ACSRI, leading to an announcement by President Bollinger.

SIPA Students Receive Racial Justice Mini-Grants from University Life

Two SIPA-led working groups were among the recipients of Columbia’s Office of University Life’s inaugural Racial Justice Mini-Grants.

The new program provides grants to recipients whose projects create opportunities to understand and unlearn racism, understand the intersectional dynamics of oppression, and strengthen our campus culture of inclusion and belonging.

SPEAK UP! — Sameea Butt MPA ’22, Gabrielle Hayes MPA-DP ’21, Zachey Kliger MPA ’22, Vincent Tang MPA-DP ’22, Chris Tingley MPA ’22, and Leselle Vincent MPA-DP ’22 — led conversations this spring on issues of race and anti-Black racism’s prevalence in both policy development and the classroom. The workshop was facilitated by the SIPA student organization Race, Income, Solidarity, and Economics (RISE).

The Intersections of Blackness: An Anti-Racism Project — facilitated by Travis Nelson MPA ’22 and Lexi Young ’21CC — will offer interactive virtual workshops, roundtables, and crash courses to engage Columbia students in conversation and action around Black issues and the long-term effects of anti-Black racism in our own communities and across the diaspora.

SIPA Welcomes Asaad Hanna MIA ’22 and Erick Rozo Silva MPA-DP ’22

In fall 2020 SIPA welcomed the latest Scholarship for Displaced Students recipients: Asaad Hanna MIA ’22 (Syria) and Erick Rozo Silva MPA-DP ’22 (Venezuela).

Hanna concentrates in International Security Policy and was recently a programs manager with the Washington, DC-based Syrian Emergency Task Force, which works on human rights and genocide prevention. He is currently a strategic adviser for the Lobo Institute, which works on disarming children and deradicalization.

Rozo Silva is an MPA in Development Practice candidate who also organizes for the Venezuelan diaspora in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, serving as a liaison for diverse initiatives and organizing demonstrations and forums to raise awareness of Venezuela’s ongoing economic and political crisis.

Each of our Scholarship for Displaced Students grantees has traveled a unique journey to this moment and overcome tremendous adversity and will undoubtedly leverage their Columbia education to give back to their communities and to the world.

 

2021 GRADUATION AWARDS
 

CAA CAMPBELL AWARD

Benson A. Neethipudi MPA ’21
For his contributions to student life at SIPA and service as a dedicated student leader, distinguished by a spirit of collaboration and partnership with fellow students, faculty, and staff

 

DR. SUSAN AURELIA GITELSON AWARD FOR HUMAN VALUES IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Arianna Bankler-Jukes MPA ’21, Drashti Brahmbhatt MPA ’21, Brittany Cronin MPA ’21, Diana McCaffrey MPA ’21, Etizaz Shah MIA ’21, Aastha Uprety MPA ’21, and Bingmei Zhou MIA ’21
For their Capstone project “Healthcare Is a Human Right: Examining Barriers to Medicaid Access”
Client: Center for Popular Diplomacy
Faculty Adviser: Kristina Eberbach

HARVEY PICKER PRIZE FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Jacob Stern MPA ’21
For his exceptional contributions to civic service both at Columbia and abroad

ISAAC ANDERSON RAUCH AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN A CAPSTONE PROJECT

Laura Pulecio Duarte MPA ’21, Diego Recinos MPA ’21, Francisco Galtieri MPA ’21, Qinying Liang MPA ’21, Bastian Stroemsheim MIA ’21, and Hiroyuki Yamagata MIA ’21
For their Capstone project “How Can Carbon Sinks Be Used to Offset Emissions from Equinor’s Production and Products?”
Client: Equinor
Faculty Adviser: Jason Bordoff

 

LEOUS/PARRY AWARD FOR PROGRESSIVE SUSTAINABILITY

Xuechun Bao MPA ’21, Zachary Gaeddert MPA ’21, Faiza Haq MPA ’21, Deepika Kalra MPA ’22, Sarah Kay MPA ’21, Peter Ruvalcaba MIA ’21, Fiona Wissell MPA ’21, and Qixin Xiang MPA ’21
For their Capstone project “Lessons Learned from Cutting-Edge Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) Projects of Bus Fleets”
Client: Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables
Faculty Adviser: Jeanne Fox

RAPHAEL SMITH MEMORIAL PRIZE

Ricardo García Coyne MPA-DP ’21
For his essay “And Yet We Travel

Sarah A. Sakha MIA ’21
For her essay Back to Barbari — and Backgammon