Support Greater Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at SIPA:
By signing this petition, you join a host of students, alumni, faculty and staff at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in demanding greater diversity, equity and inclusion at SIPA.
We write to you as SIPA students in the classes of 2019 and 2020—and as student organization leaders, peer advisers, program assistants, research assistants, TAs and members of the Diversity Coalition at SIPA (a coalition a dozen organizations who have been fighting for social justice and great equity, diversity and inclusion at SIPA since 2015).
We envision a SIPA that more holistically serves underserved and underrepresented students, truly prepares students for serving and representing diverse communities, and that is better equipped as institution in intervening in the pressing problems of injustice and inequity in our society. In order to seriously pursue these objectives, we have developed a Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion. This plan will be released in the coming days at: www.SIPAwhatshouldbe.org.

We ask you to stand with us by signing the petition below:

“As students, alumni, faculty & staff, practitioners, researchers and policymakers, we the undersigned call for a SIPA that ensures equitable opportunity for all students and greater diversity and equity of all kinds, including diversity of thought and perspectives. In this spirit, we support the need for a comprehensive SIPA Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion. We call on SIPA and Columbia administration to:

- Allocate greater resources and take concerted action to improve the diversity and representation of faculty and Administration at SIPA.
- Allocate greater resources and take concerted action to improve student diversity, representation and need-based financial aid.
- Improve support services and campus climate for underrepresented, marginalized and non-traditional students
- Critically re-center and transform its curriculum – including by creating a mandatory core requirement on issues of power, social differences, oppression and equity.
- Transform the institution of SIPA as a whole—including by hiring a Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at SIPA, with the power and resources to improve SIPA, and establishing with students a SIPA-wide equity statement and strategic plan."

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