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2019–2020 Diversity Committee

This committee is charged with improving the systematic attention given to concerns related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. In addition to faculty and administrators, there are multiple student members. This committee typically meets once per month.

Melissa Begg
Dean, Professor
cssw-dean@columbia.edu
Karma Lowe
Assistant Dean, DEI
knl3@columbia.edu
Chris Won
Program Coordinator, DEI
cw3264@columbia.edu
Moira Curtain
Assistant Dean, Director, Advising
mac17@columbia.edu
Courtney D. Cogburn
Associate Professor
cc3803@columbia.edu
Rick Greenberg
Lecturer
rg120@columbia.edu
Idris A Hamid
Lecturer
ah168@columbia.edu
Elwin Wu
Professor
ew157@columbia.edu
Ovita F. Williams
Associate Director, Field Education
ofw1@columbia.edu
Desmond Patton
Associate Professor, Associate Dean, Curriculum Innovation &
Academic Affairs
dp2787@columbia.edu
Julien Teitler
Professor; Senior Associate Dean, Research & Academic Affairs
teitler@columbia.edu
Adam J. Pellegrini
Director, Writing Center
ap3149@columbia.edu
Lorenzo Shaw-Graham
Student (final year)
ls3488@columbia.edu
Richard A Unite
Student (first year)
rau2104@columbia.edu
Sanjana Nidugondi
Student (first year)
sn2866@columbia.edu
Yunhe Bai
Student (first year)
yb2465@columbia.edu

Diversity Committee Goals

  • To promote and support the ongoing recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff of color and other underrepresented groups at CSSW
  • To support the Academic Affairs team, course conveners and DEI Office in suffusion of the Power, Race, Oppression and Privilege (PROP) framework throughout the curriculum, administrative practices and school policies
  • To encourage faculty, students and administrative teams to build collaborative, and mutually-beneficial partnerships between CSSW and communities
  • To support the Assistant Dean of DEI in developing systems of accountability for social justice, equity, and inclusion work within and beyond CSSW

  • To support the Assistant Dean of DEI in coordinating school-wide DEI strategic planning efforts