When Kikka Hanazawa ’00, CEO of VPL and Founder of Fashion Girls for Humanity, first learned about COVID-19 in early March 2020, she immediately began to search for ways to contribute to and provide relief to those affected. One year later, FGFH continues to combat PPE shortages across the United States by providing open-source resources and forging key collaborations with major brands and companies.
The Justice and Pandemics Preparedness Academy is a partnership among the Columbia School of General Studies, the Mailman School of Public Health, and the Columbia School of Social Work that is open to students from all four undergraduate schools and provides students with the opportunity to learn, first-hand, about the intersection of pandemic preparedness and systemic racism. This spring, it welcomes 25 students into its second cohort.
Michael Higgins, who began his studies at GS in 2015, co-founded The Food Pantry at Columbia to address food insecurity — when students do not have access to a reliable source of nutritious food or food that meets their dietary needs. Since The Food Pantry's founding in 2016, it has grown to serve all 20 schools and now operates through an e-commerce site, allowing for increased safety and disbursements during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At age 13, Heide Morris ‘21GS began her career in modeling when an agent approached her at a Britney Spears concert. After spending over a decade in the fashion industry, she found herself craving something new, where she could be more certain about what opportunities lay ahead. Today, her focus lies in her entrepreneurial ventures and completing her final semester at Columbia GS, where she is majoring in psychology.
On Tuesday, February 23, faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered virtually to celebrate the induction of 71 students into the School of General Studies (GS) Honor Society. The GS Honor Society was created in 1997 to recognize the exceptional academic achievements of GS students who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.8 in more than 30 points of academic coursework at Columbia.