Student Caucuses

During your time at Columbia we strongly encourage you to actively participate in student life by joining one of the nearly 30 student groups, known as caucuses. Caucuses provide the opportunity to cultivate relationships with your peers while advocating for a cause that is important to you. Below is our current caucus list. We are in the process of adding new leaders for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you have any questions or comments about caucuses, please reach out to Student Life at swstudevent@columbia.edu.

Advanced Generalist Practice & Programming Caucus

Engaging students in learning about the AGPP concentration and how the AGPP track can serve their goals in social work.

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Pamela Ossona

Yurou Zeng

E-mail: agppcaucus1@gmail.com

E-mail: SWAGPP@columbia.edu

Aging Caucus

Promoting a greater understanding of the field of gerontology as well as the aging community and to advocate on their behalf.

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Caitlin Kay

Est Park

Chris Bowman

E-mail: agecaucus@gmail.com

E-mail: SWAAC@columbia.edu

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Caucus

Promoting a greater understanding of the Asian and Pacific Islander experience, both domestic and global, through events and discussions.

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Joshua Rene Plamo Binag

Catherine Hyowon Han

E-mail:cssw.apicaucus@gmail.com

E-mail:SWAPIC@columbia.edu

Black Caucus

Developing a support system for students at CSSW who identify as part of the African diaspora and fostering positive relationships with the local community.

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Sobrel Okpo

Jody Wong

Allana John-Charles

David Robertson

E-mail: black.caucus.cssw@gmail.com

E-mail: SWBC@columbia.edu

Chinese Culture Caucus

Developing a sense of community for Chinese-identified individuals at the Columbia School of Social Work.

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Currently Vacant

Clients & Sexuality in Social Work Caucus

Providing social workers with self-reflection opportunities about sexuality with different demographics.

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Currently Vacant

Columbia Social Work Review

The Review is an annual peer-reviewed journal for students in the field of social work to share their research, experiences and views.

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Gaelle Bottex

Katharina Lemmerz

E-mail: cswreview@gmail.com

E-mail: SWCSWR@columbia.edu

Community Engagement and Justice Caucus

Providing a forum for CSSW students to gain an awareness about a range of concerns related to the criminal justice system, mass incarceration and restorative justice.

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Abby Durgan

Sanjana Nidugondi

E-mail: cjcaucus@gmail.com

E-mail: SWCEJC@columbia.edu

Disability Awareness Caucus

Providing a space for students with a spectrum of abilities to learn, gather, discuss, advocate, teach and learn about issues impacting disabled persons.

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Lauren Silverman

Yunhe Bai

E-mail: csswdac@gmail.com

E-mail: SWDAC@columbia.edu

Education Caucus

Exploring education as an issue of social justice and human rights. Promoting the idea that education is a tool that can drive widespread social change.

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Jan Krovatin

Leah Mendelson

Abby Yip

Johanna Bellorin

E-mail: edcaucus@gmail.com

E-mail: SWEC@columbia.edu

First Generation Low Income Caucus

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Est Park

Abigail Jaimes (A.J.)

Vanessa Hernandez

E-mail: SWFGLIC@columbia.edu

International Students Caucus

Providing a space for international students to seek support, share about their culture, and plan events to bring awareness of their experiences with the greater CSSW community.

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Aysha Khawaja

Maggie He

Ester Gherzi

E-mail: iscaucus@gmail.com

E-mail: SWISC@columbia.edu

Jewish Caucus

Inform social work practice and theory through the integration of Jewish culture, faith, and ideas.

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Nicholas Hakimi

Emily Lassman

Alyssa Zakaryan

E-mail: SWJC@columbia.edu

LatinX Caucus

Engaging CSSW and surrounding areas about issues affecting the LatinX community, particularly within the field of social work.

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Paola Sanchez Valdez

Savannah Monet Castaneda

Jessica Melendez

Frances Daniella Delgadillo

E-mail: cussw.latino.caucus@gmail.com

E-mail:SWLC@columbia.edu

Media and Social Justice Caucus

Exploring the interplay of social work issues (e.g. stigma, advocacy, group identity) and how they are portrayed in the media.

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Currently Vacant

Mental Health Caucus

We strive to educate and provide culturally competent, just and equitable opportunities for all students by uplifting BIPOC voices and engaging in anti-oppressive practices in all aspects of mental health.

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Sarah Jamgotch

Celestie Nguyen

Vidushi Saxena

Sabrina Shih

E-mail: CUmentalhealthcaucus@gmail.com

E-mail: SWMHC@columbia.edu

Military Caucus

Providing a space for students to explore issues and trainings related to working with veterans and active duty military personel.

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Andrea Esposito

Lenora Gashi

E-mail: militarycaucuscssw@gmail.com

E-mail: SWMC@columbia.edu

Policy Caucus

Providing panels and other events that give critical insight and perspective into the macro level of social work and engaging students in the work of policy analysis and policy practice.

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Tess Weiner

Caitlin Kay

E-mail: csswpolicycaucus@gmail.com

E-mail: SWPC@columbia.edu

Queer Caucus

Creating a welcoming space in which to foster camaraderie amongst lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and unlabeled (LGBTQQIU) students and their allies.

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Richard Unite

Alyssa Zakaryan

Abigail Jaimes (AJ)

Andrew Garvin

E-mail: csswqueercaucus@gmail.com

E-mail: SWQC@columbia.edu

SEA Caucus

Cultivating the professional development of students with an interest in social enterprise, corporate social responsibility and management models within social services.

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Madhumitha Prakash

E-mail: cussw.seac@gmail.com

E-mail: SWSEAC@columbia.edu

Social Work Arts Group (SWAG)

Providing a forum for students to express themselves and explore social justice and self-care through the lens of the arts.

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Alyssa Zakaryan

Chris Mansa LaPorte

Carly Weiss

E-mail: cuswag@gmail.com

Trans & Gender Non-Conforming Caucus

Further supporting, understanding, and taking action around trans identities and issues.

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Currently Vacant