Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

About the Committee:


The MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program and its co-sponsors – the Earth Institute and the School of International and Public Affairs –are committed to anti-racism. From the perspective of our program specifically, anti-racism is especially pertinent because the pursuit of equity is bound with the pursuit of sustainability. The program is implementing measures to improve diversity among its faculty, students, and staff, as well as to integrate equity concerns in its curriculum.


The ESP Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, which was formed in 2020, oversees the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program's anti-racism work, provides accountability for the implementation of recommendations that emerge from committee discussions, and communicates periodically with students, alumni, and faculty on the program’s progress.


  • Dr. Steve Cohen (Faculty)

  • Dr. Adela Gondek (Faculty)

  • Rashika Choudhary (Current Student)

  • Maya Navabi (Current Student)

  • Rachel Patterson (Alumni)

  • Iara Vicente (Alumni)

  • Stephanie Hoyt (Staff)

  • George Sarrinikolaou (Staff)


Working with additional current students, the student representatives created the Environmental Justice Committee for the ESP Students and broader Columbia University Community.

The Committee meets throughout the year to discuss initiatives and assess progress. The materials and minutes of each meeting are below.

Record of Meetings:

November 20, 2020

Next Meeting: 

  • February 19, 2021


For more information contact:

Stephanie Hoyt
Assistant Director

SIPA Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
SIPA Office of Admissions – Columbia University
514 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025



Early Decision Deadline

November 01

Fellowship Consideration

January 15

Final Application Deadline

February 15

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