Columbia World Projects (CWP) today welcomed its inaugural student cohort of the Social Impact Fellowship. The eight selected rising junior and senior undergraduate students from Columbia College, the School of General Studies and Barnard College will spend the summer in residence at CWP, followed by engagement with CWP programming during the coming academic year.
This is the first program to be launched by CWP as part of its Fourth Purpose Academy, a series of education and training opportunities for students and faculty to help realize what University President Lee C. Bollinger calls the university’s “Fourth Purpose” – advancing human welfare and confronting the great challenges of our time.
The six-week Summer Intensive will deepen the fellows’ knowledge and build new skills and capacities as they confront complex global challenges. During the 2022-2023 academic year, students will remain engaged with CWP, receiving mentorship, participating in hands-on learning opportunities at CWP, and meeting thought leaders and social impact innovators, including participants in the Columbia University Obama Foundation Scholars Program. The Social Impact Fellowship will be offered annually for emerging undergraduate leaders. A graduate student cohort is expected to launch in the fall of 2022.
“We are thrilled to welcome our inaugural cohort of Social Impact Fellows who come to the program with an impressive drive to confront the great challenges of our time,” said Columbia World Projects’ Director, Wafaa El-Sadr. “Their experiences this summer paired with mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities throughout the year will further embolden the ability of these young leaders to create meaningful change in their future careers.”
Meet the inaugural cohort:
Peter BrownSchool of General StudiesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Peter Brown is a rising senior at Columbia University’s School of General Studies. Majoring in Political Science, Peter hopes to improve his understanding of the political theories that...
Julianna DesjardinsColumbia CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Julianna Desjardins is a rising junior at Columbia College where she is majoring in Sustainable Development. Her passion for social impact work is rooted in her experience living at the...
Ronit DhuliaColumbia CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ronit Dhulia is a rising junior at Columbia College pursuing a major in Biology and a concentration in Economics. His social impact areas of interest include addressing healthcare disparities and global poverty.
Ellie GeorgeBarnard CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Ellie George is a rising senior at Barnard College double-majoring in Architecture and English. Her social impact area of interest is inclusive urbanism and seeking sustainable, resilient...
Johanna MartinezColumbia CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Johanna Martinez is a rising junior at Columbia College studying Sustainable Development and Public Health. Johanna founded her non-profit The Blue Jay Foundation in 2015 and has since...
Julian MeloSchool of General StudiesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Julian Melo is an immigrant, first generation American, United States Army veteran and rising senior at the School of General Studies, where he is pursuing a degree in Political Science.
Machaela ParkinSchool of General StudiesRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Machaela Parkin is a recent transfer student and rising junior at the School of General Studies, where she is majoring in Human Rights, with the hope of eventually pursuing a career in public interest law.
Eliza Marie TagleBarnard CollegeRead Full Bio arrow_right_alt
Eliza Marie Tagle is a rising junior at Barnard College majoring in Biology. She is the incoming Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees of the Barnard Student Government Association...