One of the integral functions of the Office of Student Affairs at SIPA is supporting and facilitating co-curricular activities and opportunities. The resources on this page will acquaint you with extracurricular activities and services that will enhance your life on campus. A vibrant array of student groups organize programming on a variety of issues in international and public affairs, along with social events and community service. Learn about SIPA networking resources, publications, and campus services that will add value to your graduate school experience.

SEA is a student-run organization dedicated to building relationships among SIPA students and energy sector practitioners in the field. In tandem with industry leaders, SEA further endeavors to educate SIPA students about professional opportunities in energy and to foster information-sharing that complements SIPA's curriculum in Energy and Environment. SEA's diverse membership brings a variety of professional backgrounds to the organization. Its student members are enrolled in a number of Columbia University programs and SIPA concentrations, including energy, finance, environmental policy, development, sustainability and security. SEA's members aspire to careers in fields that will directly impact the world's energy future.
ECO STRIVES TO: 1. Develop a community of practice for SIPA students interested in environmental policy 2. Foster a better understanding of and relationships with organizations that employ environmental policy students in NYC and beyond. 3. Enhance members’ skills and expertise in environmental policy through practical workshops 4. Engage in environmental activism and advocacy on campus Co-Presidents: Yen Le (ykl2107) Dan Louis (dcl2128)
The SIPA Finance Society is a student-led organization at the School of International and Public Affairs of Columbia University, created to give students interested in finance a venue for interacting, learning, mentoring and socializing. The club's objectives are to educate our members about the financial services industry, to help them gain practical experience, and to make them part of a strong social and professional network. Elected Board Co-Presidents: Nathaniel Byerly & Caroline Chung Treasurer: Matthew McMahon
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...
SIPA Students of Color (SSOC) is a diverse community of students, alumni and faculty that focuses on the support and advancement of underrepresented students becoming future policy leaders and development professionals. Our core belief is that the world is best served by policymakers and leaders who represent a wide variety of cultural traditions, political worldviews and life experiences. The organization’s primary function is to assist its members in achieving their academic and professional goals. More importantly - SSOC seeks to leverage its broad network to assist Columbia SIPA in the recruitment of underrepresented students and faculty while advocating for the...
SIPA Women In Leadership (SIPA WIL) is an organization at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), consisting of Columbia students, alumni, administrators, friends, and mentors. SIPA WIL’s goal is to build a lifelong resource center that provides professional and personal development tools to aspiring and existing women leaders. To advance this mission, the organization strives to empower its members by furthering skills, connecting with a vast and extensive network, and providing mentorship. Elected Board Joanna Munoz President
The SAA is an organization dedicated to promoting, analyzing, and sharing South Asian traditions, culture and issues throughout SIPA and Columbia University. The organization is committed to fostering interaction among students with an interest in South Asia, and providing them a forum to exchange ideas, critically examine relevant issues, and enhance their passion for and knowledge of the region. More specifically, the objective of SAA is to: 1) Promote cohesion among students with an interest in South Asia at SIPA 2) Create awareness of South Asian issues and culture 3) Promote cooperation (including networking) with other organizations interested in South...
The Southeast Asian Student Initiative (SEASI) is a student-run organization at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs that serves as a forum for interaction among members of the student community who share an interest in the Southeast Asian region. We are committed to promoting awareness, understanding and dialogue on the region’s culture, politics and economics through activities, such as brown bag discussions, internship panels, movie screenings and lecture series. Elected Board Rafael Ignacio Co-President Caroline Chung Co-President
SIPA Spectrum is an organization within which SIPA LGBTQ and straight allies may network, build a community, and hold dialogue on international and domestic issues regarding homosexuality and through which community members may access relevant resources and information. Elected Board President: Tushar Malik – tm2786@columbia.edu Vice President: Mena Tajrishi – mt3073@columbia.edu Student Liason: David Arnold – dja2142@columbia.edu Communications Chair: Aurelio Amaral – an2703@columbia.edu Treasurer: Giorgi Suladze – gs2832@columbia.edu
The SDDS is the association of PhD students in sustainable development. It serves as a forum for discussion both on sustainability science research and on the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical interventions that promote sustainability. To this end, the SDDS organizes advanced seminars, held by Columbia faculty members or invited professors, addressed to graduate students, as well as talks open to all Columbia University students. The SDDS seeks to improve linkages between academia and policymakers by organizing workshops in collaboration with governmental and non-governmental organizations. The SDDS also advocates specific measures that promote sustainability at the campus, local, national,...

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