One key part of the education SIPA students get is professional experience. SIPA students travel all over the world during the summer, winter, and spring breaks and are often in the middle of where news is happening. This was the case with Haiti as well.
Six SIPA students and SIPA faculty member Elisabeth Lindenmayer are safe after becoming trapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during the devastating earthquake that struck that country on January 12. Lindenmayer, director of SIPA’s United Nations Studies Program, and the six students were in Haiti on a UN study trip. After evacuating by helicopter to the Dominican Republic, all returned home on Friday, January 15.
Everyone at SIPA is greatly relieved to hear that all involved in the development exercise are home safe. For a more detailed article please visit the Columbia Spectator site.