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2019 Summer Internship with Dr. David Maurrasse

Are you a Columbia or Barnard student seeking an internship for summer 2019? Apply now to intern with Dr. David Maurrasse, researching philanthropic initiatives and strategic partnerships.

by |March 20, 2019

The Wall and Trump’s Anti-Immigration Policy Folly

The wall, growing limits on visas, children separated from their parents and the Muslim ban are all examples of Trump’s immigration policy folly.

by |December 21, 2018

America’s Public Libraries: A Democratizing, Positive Product of our Communities

A reminder that there is far more good in the world than evil, and that we always do better when we build libraries and schools instead of prisons.

by |October 29, 2018

We Need Community

We need to understand and empathize with our neighbors in need in order to build open, creative, generous and diverse communities.

by |September 17, 2018

Catastrophe and Community

Natural disaster reconstruction will not be easy, but our greatest assets in the rebuilding efforts are our communities and our common values.

by |November 8, 2017

Resisting White House Chaos by Building Community

Despite the chaos that has enveloped the White House, we can take comfort in the day-to-day functioning of our American communities.

by |August 21, 2017

Back to Public Service

Encouraging public service requires constant effort at promoting a value and sense of ethics that is essential to national well-being. The broad consensus of shared values is the basis of our political stability and that stability is why the American story remains one of positive, forward moving progress. T

by |August 1, 2016

Community Associations and Sustainable Development in Rural Brazil

After spending two days back in the big city of Fortaleza learning about the finer points of water management in the state of Ceará, I’ve returned to the rural municipality of Milhã, ground zero for the Columbia Water Center’s project to improve water access in Brazil’s semi-arid sertão region. Our group is now just three:… read more

by |September 28, 2011