April 8–14, 2021
From webinars to virtual tours to networking, alumni and faculty from across the University have organized a week of special programming to share with alumni from all Columbia Schools. Speakers will explore public health, global policy, social justice, the arts, and more.
Join your fellow Columbians for the opportunity to learn from and share with each other.
Thursday, April 8
Insights: Powered by Barnard features dialogue between President Sian Leah Beilock and top leaders in a variety of industries. Following the discussions, there will be opportunities for audience Q&A.
Please join us for the next conversation with special guests, Kathrin U. Jansen, PhD, senior vice president, head of Vaccine Research and Development, Pfizer and Albert Bourla P: ’23BC, DVM, PhD, chairman and chief executive officer, Pfizer.
Contact: Maja Dziemianowicz, email@example.com
Saturday, April 10
Join Merit E. Janow, Dean of Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, for a dynamic conversation with a distinguished panel of SIPA faculty and alumni on the domestic, international, and political impact of the new U.S. administration and the public policy challenges and opportunities ahead.
- Frederick Kempe ’71JRN, ’72SIPA, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
- John Neuffer ’86SIPA, President and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
- Michael Nutter, David N. Dinkins Professor of Professional Practice in Urban and Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA
- Erin Banco ’15SIPA, Health care reporter, POLITICO
- Merit E. Janow, Dean, School of International and Public Affairs; Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs
Monday, April 12
Join a conversation with venture capital leaders Elie Wurtman ’91GS and Yahal Zilka ’82GS. They will discuss their careers in the industry, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and their philanthropic efforts to help young people. Elie, co-founder and partner at PICO Venture Partners, and Yahal, co-founder and managing partner of 10D, and co-founder and co-managing partner of Magma Venture Partners, both have decades of experience as entrepreneurs, executives, and investors.
Please join the Columbia Alumni Association and Untapped New York for a virtual walking tour of Columbia University's Morningside Heights and Manhattanville Campuses. A guide will virtually lead you through the area over Zoom and answer any questions you may have. We will highlight several hidden gems along the way, and unearth the history of the area from the origins of Morningside Park, to Columbia's newest campus. Untapped New York was founded by Michelle Young ’12GSAPP in 2009.
President Biden recently announced that all American adults will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1; however, the vaccine rollout has not been simple or seamless. Not only has the pandemic highlighted undeniable and devastating health care inequalities in the U.S., but global health experts also warn that inequitable rollout across the globe could leave poor countries playing catch-up for years.
In this exclusive AlumniTALK, a panel of expert alumni will help make sense of the vaccine rollout and discuss the ways in which the pandemic has exposed stark healthcare inequalities on a national and international scale.
- Kern Collymore ’10CC, Co-Founder, Sixth-World Solutions
- Carlos Cuevas ’05CC, ’12SIPA, ’12PH, Chief Strategy Officer, SOMOS IPA
- Diana Benton Schechter ’05CC, VP of Strategy and Operations, The END Fund
- Janene Yazzie ’10BC, Co-Founder, Sixth-World Solution
Learn about the pioneering work Columbia Engineering alumni are doing in cellular technology, cryptocurrency, and healthcare. This webinar will include four ten-minute presentations from Columbia Engineering Young Alumni (CEYA) board members Caroline Chiu ’17SEAS, Medical Assistant at Forward; Ashley Nagel ’13, ’15SEAS, RF Software Automation Engineer at Apple; Sidd Ramakrishnan ’16SEAS, Software Engineer at CoinList; and Leonard Robinson ’13SEAS, Lead Manufacturing Engineer at Cytiva (formerly GE Life Sciences). The presentations will be moderated by CEYA board member, Alyce Ge ’13SEAS, Data Scientist, Cherre.
Tuesday, April 13
Join fellow alumni from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for a networking social hour. This program will feature special alumni panelists Yousseff Cherif ’09GSAS, Chantal Schuster ’06GS, ’07SIPA, and Tarek Daouk ’09GSAPP. Our panelists will share their experiences and perspectives from this past year and reminisce about their time as students transitioning to alumni. The program will include an opportunity to network with all three panelists and other alumni from across the region.
Contact: Mia Wright, firstname.lastname@example.org
In April of 2019, the National Institutes of Health announced that Columbia University received one of the largest grants ever to reduce overdose deaths by 40% in 67 counties or communities in a little over three years. Named the HEALing Community Study, Dr. Nabila El-Bassel, University Professor and the Willma & Albert Musher Professor of Social Work, is the Principal Investigator. She is conducting this research with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, researchers, academics, governmental partners, community organizations, and individuals to meet this goal.
In this lecture, Dr. El-Bassel will discuss the scope of the opioid overdose crisis among 67 heavily impacted communities in four states in the U.S. She will also speak about the methodology that is used in the study and how this model can be applied to other health and mental health problems.
The College of Dental Medicine's Alumni Insiders Series features short talks by key faculty designed to keep alumni abreast of current activities and important priorities at the school.
Join us on April 13 to hear about Innovations in Preclinical Education with Dr. Dana Wolf, Senior Associate Dean for Predoctoral Academic and Student Affairs and Dr. Roseanna Graham, Chair, Section of Cariology and Restorative Sciences.
Wednesday, April 14
A year into the pandemic, issues of health inequities, disparities, and injustice have come to the forefront of the public consciousness. Columbia alumnae and faculty who are passionate about these issues have been leading the drive to expose these failures and to improve health care for everyone in our communities.
Please join us for Dr. Brenda Aiken’s (Director of Medical Services for Columbia Health) virtual conversation with Dr. Julia Iyasere (Executive Director of the Dalio Center for Health Justice at New York-Presbyterian) and Dr. Courtney Cogburn (Associate Professor, Columbia School of Social Work). Dr. Iyasere will give us the inside view on how the Dalio Center was established just last year to address health disparities, and what the current projects are. And Dr. Cogburn will explore the findings of her transdisciplinary research on racial inequities in healthcare.
Contact: Nick Mannino, email@example.com