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“I cannot tell you how proud I am of who you are going to be.”

This post was originally going to be titled “Spring Break, Capstone Workshops, and Rangel Fellows,” but I can’t top that quote from longtime congressman Charles Rangel. Now retired, he spoke to 12 SIPA Rangel Fellowship recipients last month. The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is a U.S. State Department initiative that encourages diversity and excellence among foreign service officers.

Our alumni network of Rangel Fellows has accomplished amazing things, and we hold them in high regard. Check out the summary of the Rangel Fellowship meeting at SIPA here. (You might recognize Kier Joy in that photo, who was featured in this video!)

If you’re wondering why SIPA didn’t have any class visits this week, it’s because it was spring recess at Columbia University. Many SIPA students are using this week has an opportunity to work on their Capstone Workshops, traveling all around the world to meet with their clients. A signature of the SIPA curriculum, the Capstone Workshop has small teams of students working on essentially live consulting projects, where they apply the theory they learn in the classroom to real-world issues. We’ve featured multiple capstone workshops on the blog and can’t wait to see what our current students have worked on so extensively this week.

Wishing everyone a happy spring!

Alternative Spring Break – Building Bottle Schools

SIPA students are an adventurous bunch.  As proof of this, some decided to spend their spring break to assist with a community development project in Guatemala.  Mynor Godoy was one of the students and he put together a great summary of their time.

To whet your appetite, here is the introduction:

Eight hours north of Guatemala’s capital city, we finally reached a plateau in Cuchumatan.  We were hit with a barren landscape; It was a far cry from the lush, green tropical scenes  promoted in the Guatemalan ecotourism pamphlet. We began the descent into the clouds in our van. The bumpy dirt road made us bounce around inside as our van hugged the turns on the winding cliff road. Finally, we came to a stop in a valley nestled by towering mountains. We had arrived in Todos Santos.

For the full write up on the trip, with many great pictures, click here.

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—Merit E. Janow, Dean, SIPA, Professor of Practice, International and Economic Law and International Affairs

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