Student Spotlight

Sai Priya Kodidala MPA ’24 Receives Social Justice Mini-Grant

By Helena Hussey MIA ’24
Posted Feb 07 2024
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Sai Priya Kodidala MPA '24

Congratulations to Sai Priya Kodidala MPA ’24, who recently received a Social Justice Mini-Grant from Columbia’s Office of University Life.

According to University Life, the mini-grant program is one way student leaders can contribute to a culture of inclusion, belonging, and social justice at Columbia. Kodidala's project, a Symposium on Intersectionality and Caste, will examine issues of caste-based discrimination and their intersection with other forms of oppression, such as those based on gender, religion, race, and socioeconomic factors. It will be structured as a series of panels and will provide a platform for educational discussions, presentations, and dialogues.

At SIPA Kodidala concentrates in International Finance and Economic Policy, with a specialization in Data Analysis and Quantitative Analytics. As a social impact professional and an award-winning writer, she is interested in impact finance focusing on education, sustainability, and social justice. She is also the founder of the Telugu Archive, a digital archive that traces Telugu literature, history, and art from religion, caste, and gender.

Last year Kodidala received the Laadli Media Award from Population First for her contribution to India's Caravan magazine — an article that shed light on the often overlooked contributions of women in the Telangana People’s Movement.