Apply Now | Justice and Pandemics Preparedness Academy

A partnership among Columbia GS, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and Columbia School of Social Work, the Justice and Pandemics Preparedness Academy is a co-curricular activity open to students in the four undergraduate schools at Columbia University - Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia GS, and Barnard. The Academy will include focused study of pandemic preparedness, systemic racism, and the disproportionate impact pandemics have on communities of color drawing on the COVID-19 pandemic experience.

The Academy consists of three components:

  • An exciting series of virtual lectures the week of September 21 featuring Columbia faculty members engaged in cutting-edge scholarship and activism on these issues.
  • A weekly journal club will engage students in critical discussion of writings, videos, and social media accounts focused on pandemics from the lens of public health, social work, the humanities, and the social sciences.
  • Participating will also complete individual (or collaborative) writing/social media/video projects in their areas of interest.

All students will be assigned a faculty mentor based on shared interests between the student and faculty mentor.

Benefits to Student Participants:

  • Learning more about COVID-19 from perspectives of public health and social justice
  • Connecting with Columbia faculty in the Arts & Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia School of Social work
  • Developing meaningful relationship with faculty mentor
  • Connecting with students from four undergraduate schools
  • Strengthening skills in critical thinking and reflection, research, speaking, and writing.
  • Gaining opportunities to participate in service projects
  • Engaging in team-building and interdisciplinary collaboration

The Academy will be offered to 20 undergraduate students for the fall 2020 semester.

The deadline to apply is Friday, September 11. To learn more and to apply, please visit the Academy landing.