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CEMENT Mentoring Program

CEMENT Mentoring Program

We are currently accepting nominations for the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. Nominations are due September 15, 2021. Also, applications are due on Friday, July 30, 2021 for "Successfully Navigating Your Economics PhD: A Mentoring Workshop for 3rd and 4th Year Women/Non-Binary Economics PhD Students". Please click for the full announcement!
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Southern Economics Association (SEA) 91st Annual Conference

Southern Economics Association (SEA) 91st Annual Conference

Call for Applications. Successfully Navigating Your Economics PhD: A Mentoring Workshop for 3rd and 4th Year Women/Non-Binary Economics PhD Students. Friday,****APPLICATIONS DUE FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021****
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This page describes some of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives that are being undertaken by the Economics department. These efforts fall within the broader DEI framework in operation at the university and school level.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the diversity committee at econ-diversity-chair@columbia.edu

Bridge to PhD

The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that it will continue to be part of Columbia University’s Bridge to the Ph.D. program in 2021.

The Program is designed to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in STEM fields, including Economics. It is an intensive research, academic, and mentoring experience for post-baccalaureates seeking to strengthen their graduate school applications and to prepare for the transition into Ph.D. programs. In the 10 years the program has operated, its alumni have gone on to Ph.D. programs at institutions such as Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of California-Davis, the University of Chicago, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

Bridge participants are hired as full-time Columbia University research assistants (RAs) for up to two years and conduct research under the mentorship of faculty members, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students. Potential research areas within the department include behavioral economics, development, education and health, and political economy. An overview of the department’s research can be found on the Program for Economic Research website. The faculty webpage is also searchable by research area.

The 2021-2022 salary for Bridge RAs is a minimum of $50,123 per year. Program participants are also provided with $2,000 per year to support professional and educational expenses (examples include travel to professional conferences and the purchase of books), and, as full-time employees, are eligible for University benefits.

Additionally, Bridge participants typically enroll in one to two courses per semester at Columbia that is related to their future field of study. For economics scholars this might include mathematics courses, undergraduate electives in economics, or Master’s or PhD level introductory courses. The Program also provides monthly one-on-one progress meetings with the Program’s Director (Dr. Kwame Osei-Sarfo), and organizes a number of professional development workshops, provides access to GRE test preparation, and partners with Columbia’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science to ensure success while at Columbia and to facilitate application to Ph.D. programs.

The application for 2021 is now closed. Please visit the Bridge to the Ph.D. program website for information about upcoming application cycles. 

Columbia HBCU Fellowship Program

Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies aims to be a bridge between talented African-American students and the Fortune 500 companies looking to employ them. The program offers scholarships to the MA program in economics, as well as many other programs.

For more information, and to apply for the program please visit the HBCU Fellowship website.

Resources For Current Students

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  • The diversity committee has recently developed a document on the “Hidden Curriculum”, or features of life as a graduate student that might not be made explicit. One of the motivations in doing so is to recognize the importance of previously established networks, particularly for disadvantaged students, and, to mitigate the importance of these networks by making such information readily available.
  • The American Economic Association runs a mentoring program, which matches African-American, Latino, and Native American economics Ph.D. students and new doctorates with mentors in the field, and also facilitates networking between more senior economists and students at all stages of the educational and early-career pipeline. More details of the program, including how to apply can be found on the AEA website.
  • AGES has recently appointed two student liaisons to the diversity committee. If you would like more information about the work of committee they can be contacted r.g.rivera@columbia.edu (Roman Rivera) and v.mooers@columbia.edu (Victoria Mooers).
Get Involved

Interested in getting involved in initiatives to promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the economics profession? Below are a list of programs that may interest you.

  • The Bridge to the PhD is a post-baccalaureate program designed to increase the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs. In order to function the program needs both faculty members and Ph.D students to act as mentors, peer advisors and PIs. Please contact Dan O’Flaherty for further information.
  • GSAS partners with the Leadership Alliance to host an eight- to ten-week Summer Research Program for undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Participants conduct graduate-level research under the supervises of Columbia faculty and a graduate student mentor, approximating the graduate experience through exposure to the mentor/advisee relationship, scholarly research opportunities, and independent living. They operate at Columbia, and need both faulty and Ph.D. students to act as mentors. Please contact Afiya Wilson for more information.
  • The Double Discovery Center works with low-income, first-generation college-bound youth from Harlem and Washington Heights to help ensure their success to, through, and beyond college. Volunteer opportunities can be found on their website.
  • The Adopt a Paper mentoring program aims to expand and diversify access to high quality feedback by matching recent economics PhD recipients to senior scholars. Mentors provide advice on one working paper.
  • The American Economic Association runs a mentoring program, which matches African-American, Latino, and Native American economics Ph.D. students and new doctorates with mentors in the field, and also facilitates networking between more senior economists and students at all stages of the educational and early-career pipeline. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, visit the AEA website.
  • Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute is looking for mentors to join the 2021 Brainyac High School summer program. Mentors can be graduate students, postdocs, research scientists or faculty from any lab working in neuroscience or a related field at Columbia University. This year’s program dates are from Thursday, July 1, 2021 to Friday August 20, 2021, with a mentor-mentee matching process happening toward the end of spring (dates tbd). Sign up by March 14th!
DEI Research and Activity at Columbia

Many faculty members in the Economics Department are currently involved in research and activity related to DEI efforts. Some examples are below.

 

 

 

 

 

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1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)

Mail Code 3308

420 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10027

Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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