Six of the nine Global Centers—Amman, Beijing, Istanbul, Nairobi, Paris, and Tunis—are now welcoming students with upgraded technology, equipment, and full-time, onsite, trained staff. In addition, The Global Centers is offering students access to Columbia-designated space at WeWork locations in seven cities to convene, collaborate, study, or just hang out. The University has also arranged for dedicated space for its students in Tel Aviv at Tel Aviv University and in Athens. The Global Centers also offers access passes to Columbia University students in 50 global cities to use at any WeWork location in their country.
For more than a decade, United States Army veteran Kristofer Goldsmith ’20 has been championing veterans’ rights after experiencing shortcomings in the system, testifying before the United States Congress and advocating for several bills to protect veterans that became law. Most recently, his efforts have been focused on combating online disinformation campaigns designed to influence political opinions within veteran communities.
Last Wednesday, the worldwide Columbia community came together to raise an unprecedented $695,784 for GS students from hundreds of individual gifts—an incredible 56 percent increase in fundraising compared to last year’s totals, and a more-than-threefold increase over the last five years. These gifts directly support scholarships for current and future students at the School of General Studies.
Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration Announces Interim Executive Director
The Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) has appointed Jason Dempsey Interim Executive Director of the Center. Dempsey, one of the nation’s leading experts on military demographics and civilian-military relations, has served as Senior Advisor to CVTI since 2017, joining soon after its launch.
On Friday, October 30, the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) hosted a virtual college fair for active duty service members and military veterans interested in enrolling in two- and four- year institutions. At this first-of-its-kind event, students met virtually with representatives from 88 institutions including the Columbia University School of General Studies, Princeton, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, and more.
In honor of Veterans Day, GS is featuring a number of students and alumni who have served in armed forces around the world. Nearly 500 military veterans are currently enrolled at GS—21 percent of the School's student body.
Randee Howard, one of few Black, female veterans, enlisted in the United States Navy in 2014, putting her dreams of earning a degree on hold. After her service, in 2019, she enrolled at the Columbia University School of General Studies where she has been able to prioritize education, while also advocating for and serving both the female veteran community at Columbia through a leadership role in the MilVets, and other women through Columbia’s Center for Justice.
Schwarzman Scholars, the one-year, fully-funded Master of Global Affairs program based at Schwarzman College in Beijing, mobilized quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, getting their students to safety and transitioning all classes online within just four weeks. Many GS alumni have participated in Schwarzman Scholars over the years, and this year, three are taking part remotely in the program.