Taking Up Space (@Sipa and beyond)

As graduate students, it can sometimes feel like we’re all fighting for a seat at the table. But being conscious of who should fill that seat is key. Or once we’ve decided to take that seat, realizing that having a seat is as much about listening as it is contributing. We don’t need to command every space we’re in. It’s important to lean in sometimes, but other times we can sit back, and just listen.

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OpinionSean HansenComment
Getting Heard at SIPA: Students Campaign to Improve SIPA’s Curriculum

Last December, The Morningside Post – under the leadership and guidance of Ali Feldhausen – created and administered a survey to gauge student feedback on SIPA’s professional development offerings. The results were telling: 42% of students gave the professional development (PD) course a “poor” rating, while only a combined 8% described the same class as “Excellent” or “Very Good.”

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Shakir Out, Scare Tactics In

In January 2019, SIPA students met with rights advocate Omar Shakir in the occupied West Bank. As Israeli authorities prepare to revoke Shakir’s lawful work permit on April 30th, Columbia student leaders question the suppression of free speech Israel’s ‘democratic’ state.

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