Learn more about CSSW's racial justice initiatives.


CSSW seeks scholars of race and racism, with a particular focus on anti-Black and/or anti-Latinx racism.

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2020–2021 DEI Advisory 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, Columbia School of Social Work; Professor
cssw-dean@columbia.edu
Karma Lowe
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Community Engagement
knl3@Columbia.edu
Desmond Patton
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Curriculum Innovation; Associate Professor
dp2787@columbia.edu
Moira Curtain
Associate Dean of Student Affairs; Dean of Students; Adjunct Lecturer
mac17@columbia.edu
Carmela Alcántara
Associate Dean, Doctoral Education; Associate Professor
ca2543@columbia.edu
Kathryne Leak
Associate Dean, Field & Education
khl6@columbia.edu
Michael Lovaglio
Associate Dean, Enrollment Management
ML3992@columbia.edu
Courtney D. Cogburn
Associate Professor
cc3803@columbia.edu
Elwin Wu
Professor
ew157@columbia.edu
Samantha C. Winter
Assistant Professor
scw2154@columbia.edu
Andrew Hamid
Lecturer
ah168@columbia.edu
Rick Greenberg
Lecturer
rg120@columbia.edu
Ovita F. Williams
Associate Director, Field Education; Executive Director, Action Lab for Social Justice; Adjunct Lecturer
ofw1@columbia.edu
Atavia Whitfield
Director, Field Education
AWW2555@columbia.edu
Katherine Rochmat
Director, Sponsored Projects
KSV2104@columbia.edu
Adam J. Pellegrini
Director, Writing Center
ap3149@columbia.edu
Natasha Stanislas
Assistant Director, Admissions
NZS2103@Columbia.edu
Kadence Mitchell
Student (Final-Year), Program Coordinator, PDSA
KMM2346@columbia.edu
Mik Berry
Student (Final-Year), Program Coordinator, PDSA
MB4756@columbia.edu
Alexis Hajarizadeh
Student (Final-Year)
anh2152@columbia.edu
David Robertson
Student (Final-Year)
ddr2136@columbia.edu
Meredith Slopen
Student (PhD)
mes2004@columbia.edu

DEI Advisory 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