Congratulations to Jennifer So ’18 on Getting Published in the Asian Journal of Public Policy!

Congratulations to Jennifer So ‘18 on the recent publication of her article, “Supporting Variability in Women’s Lifestyles: A Study of Single-motherhood Transition in South Korea and Japan,” co-authored by Jiajia Zhou, SIPA ’18, in the Asian Journal of Public Policy.

The paper evolved from a course paper written in Professor Qin Gao’s Global Social Policy class last spring and addresses potential solutions to the challenges single mothers in South Korea and Japan face in balancing employment prospects with child-rearing responsibilities within the existing welfare policies. Kudos to Jennifer and Jiajia on this wonderful achievement!

Philanthropy New York’s Public Policy Fellowship Information Session | Tuesday, February 12 + Open House | Wednesday, February 27

Interested in philanthropy? Consider applying for Philanthropy New York’s Public Policy Fellowship, a two-year, full-time employment opportunity for candidates who are committed to deepening racial equity practices in the sector.

Philanthropy New York is a membership association of approximately 280+ private, corporate, family and public grantmaking organizations based in the New York City region that provides a broad range of services to over 3,500 individual philanthropic professionals and trustees of those organizations.

The Public Policy Fellowship is designed to support the organization’s commitment to building diversity and equity in the philanthropic field and increase their organization’s capacity to work with their membership. Fellows facilitate issue-based working groups, develop and execute programs on current issues in the field, curate content for their media platforms, and write insightful reports and publications.

This opportunity is open to diverse candidates completing their master’s program this spring or who have recently graduated (May 2017 or more recent).

Read the full job description (also attached) for more details.

Information Session

Philanthropy New York’s third fellow, Jo Christine Miles, will be leading an information session on Tuesday, February 12 from 1:00 to 1:50 pm EST in Room C06 to share additional insight into the program. Register to attend via Career Connect. A live-stream link will be made available to all those who register. In-person attendance is strongly encouraged.

Light refreshments will be provided!

For more information aboua the fellowship, go to

Public Policy Fellowship Open House

Philanthropy NY will also be hosting a night of networking with staff, sector professionals, including from WT Grant Foundation, New York State Health Foundation, Arbor Brothers, and Ford Foundation, and like-minded peers, on Wednesday, February 27, 4:00 to 6:00 pm EST at their offices at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice on 320 East 43rd Street. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the philanthropic sector, careers in the field, and the fellowship from the perspective of the members they serve.

Register and learn more here.

Apply to the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures by March 1, 2019 | Informational Webinar on February 15

The Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia University is now accepting applications for the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. This Fund provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage social and environmental ventures around the world. Ventures must be led by Columbia University students or alumni, or be advised and have significant involvement by Columbia University faculty or researchers.

Want to learn more or have questions? Attend their informational webinar on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 12-1 pm EST! During this webinar, you will learn about upcoming deadlines and the application process, have the chance to ask any questions you may have, and network with other social and environmental venture teams. RSVP here.

More information and the online application is available at:

Application Deadlines:  March 1 and August 15, annually

GoinGlobal Training Sessions

Are you taking advantage of our GoinGlobal subscription? You can access GoinGlobal by logging into Career Connect, and clicking on the logo on the main dashboard. (Alumni – go here.)

GoinGlobal resources can help you plan ahead for international jobs and internships. Schedule a complimentary, one hour training session to learn more about:

  • Work authorization regulations
  • Industry and employment trends
  • Professional and social networking organizations
  • Office protocol and interviewing customs

Find upcoming training dates and register here.

DCAS Launches Redesigned Online Application System

The NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services has launched their redesigned Online Application System (OASys) 2.0, your new official Civil Service exam gateway for employment with the City of New York.

If you’re interested in pursuing civil service opportunities with NYC, this site is your primary tool for identifying and applying for current and upcoming exams, which are required to qualify for these opportunities. (Learn more about civil service here.)

OASys 2.0 includes the following new features:

  • Comprehensive profile self-management (e.g., update contact information at any time)
  • Enhanced password recovery features (e.g., reset password via email or security questions)
  • Ability to store and re-use education and experience details
  • Electronic submission of affirmation statements
  • Civil Service examination dashboards, which include information about exams you have applied for and taken (e.g., payment status and test results), ranging from September 2009 to the present, to include your status on active eligible lists

To learn more about OASys 2.0, view the short videos below, and visit the Overview and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages available to you on the OASys 2.0 home page.

Preparing for Careers and Internships in Policy: A Panel Discussion | Wednesday, February 13

Wondering what a social worker can do in the policy field or what policy work entails?

Attend our upcoming panel discussion to meet experienced professionals and learn about the different ways social workers can make an impact in the policy space, as well as steps you can take to navigate your own path toward similar roles.

Wednesday, February 12
12:15 – 1:45 PM
Room C03

Register (live-stream link will be made available to those who register)

In-person attendance is strongly encouraged.


Associate Director, Field Education at Columbia School of Social Work

Ericka Echavarria is a private consultant and a mitigation specialist. Through comprehensive psychological investigations and narratives, she advocates on behalf of clients facing the death penalty in capital murder cases, as well as clients in the federal and state criminal justice system.

Her areas of focus include: criminal and family law, child welfare, school social work, addiction, trauma, mental health, and case management. She has advocated for immigrant survivors of domestic violence; families and children in the family court and child welfare systems; clients struggling with addiction; defendants in the federal and state criminal justice system; and children facing learning, emotional, behavioral, and psychological difficulties in school. She has provided technical assistance to other advocates who provide services to these clients by conducting training in mental health, self-awareness, diversity, motivation, and behavior management.

She earned her MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work in 2008, and her JD from Albany Law School in 2002.

Community Engagement Director, Arthritis Foundation

Laura Ilowite, LMSW, is the Community Engagement Director at the Arthritis Foundation. She received her Master of Social Work from Columbia University where she was awarded the Mae L. Wien Prize. She specialized in AGPP with a Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities field of practice. Laura has worked at nonprofits such as Active Minds, National Eating Disorders Association, and Spence-Chapin doing advocacy, program management, community outreach, and community education. She’s passionate about healthcare, women’s issues, families and working for mission focused organization.

Director, Global Drug Policy Program, Open Society Foundations

Kasia Malinowska is the director of the Global Drug Policy Program at the Open Society Foundations, which promotes drug policies rooted in human rights, social justice, and public health. She previously led the Open Society’s International Harm Reduction Development program, which supports the health and human rights of people who use drugs. Before joining the Open Society Foundations, she worked for the United Nations Development Program in New York and Warsaw, leading capacity building and drug and HIV policy reform in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Kasia publishes regularly on drug policy as it relates to women, social justice, health, human rights, civil society, and governance. Her academic publications include works in the Lancet, the British Medical Journal, and the International Journal on Drug Policy. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on “HIV among Drug Users in Poland: The Paradoxes of an Epidemic.”

Kasia co-authored Poland’s first National AIDS program; helped formulate policy at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; the World Health Organization; and the Millennium Project Task Force on HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Kasia holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and a DrPH from Columbia University.

Lead Advisor for African Communities and an Equal Employment Opportunity Recruitment Strategist at the New York City Commission on Human Rights

Christelle Onwu is 2017 graduate of the Coro Immigrant Civic Leadership Program (ICLP), and serves as an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she teaches a course on Justice in the Africana World in the Africana Department. She is a fierce advocate for under-served populations with a focus on African communities in New York City. In her role at the Commission, Christelle advocates and mobilizes the African community throughout the five boroughs, and has given an unprecedented voice to the fastest growing immigrant group in New York City, while also championing the causes of other communities.

Prior to the Commission, Christelle served as a Social Worker Supervisor at Sauti Yetu Center for African Women and Families. There she provided bilingual (French and English) counseling and case management to survivors of gender-based violence. She also served as a Policy Analyst at Safe Passage Project, New York Law School, where she worked with an interdisciplinary team of people to analyze quantitative and qualitative research data on immigration policies within New York City and State. Furthermore, Christelle interned at Families for Freedom as a Policy Analyst, where she drafted policy memos on how to handle diverse foreign nationals who are facing deportations with criminal convictions. She earned her Bachelor degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Social Work Policy at Columbia University School of School Work, where her article titled “Understanding Female Genital Cutting in the United Kingdom within Immigrant Communities” was published in the Social Work Review. She is a proud New Yorker, lives in the Bronx with her family, and hails from Cameroon. She is fluent in French, pidgin, and Eton.

Kraft Global Fellows Program | Apply by January 29

From the Office of the University Chaplain:

The Office of the University Chaplain’s Kraft Global Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kraft Family Fund for Intercultural and Interfaith Awareness. The project is led by Jewelnel Davis, University Chaplain and Associate Provost.

The mission of the program is to promote interfaith and cross-cultural experience and to provide an opportunity for Columbia University students to add a global perspective to their Columbia University academic experience by utilizing the resources of the Columbia Global Centers, while enriching the Columbia University community by creating opportunities for students to share their research, their experience, and the resources of the Columbia Global Centers once they return.

In March 2019, the Kraft Global Fellows Program will support students to travel to Santiago, Chile. The group research project will focus on the religions, cultures, and communities of Chile.

The deadline for consideration is January 29, 2019 by 5:00 pm.

For more details including application instructions, review the  program flyer

Welcome Back to the Spring Semester

We are excited to welcome you back to the Social Work Community and happy New Year! We hope your holiday was restorative and enjoyable. As always, the Office of Career Services and Leadership Management is committed to providing you with support and resources to empower your professional journey throughout your time here at CSSW and thereafter.

Tips for Spring Semester

With the beginning of the spring semester, also comes high anticipation for the graduation season. This is also a prime time to focus on your career plan and job search strategies. To help get you started, below are some tips to make the best of this semester:

Never Stop Learning: Be present at your surroundings and classes, recognize that knowledge learned in school lasts even after graduation and will pop up at any point in your life.

Expand Your Network: Take advantage of the Columbia community, make connections with people from diverse backgrounds, and let them know you are looking for opportunities.

Develop Your Personal Brand and Remember Your Reputation is Earned: Your peers, teachers, or friends could all be your future career partners. Your attitude, interactions and conversations with individuals, and performance in team work settings will shape your professional reputation now and in the future.

Don’t Slow Down Your Job Search: Utilize online job boards (Career Connect, LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, etc.) to browse various opportunities you are interested in.

Leverage the Office of Career Services and Leadership Management: There are different jobs and professional events posted everyday, as well as appointment/drop-in hours available to answer your career questions and to guide you along the way.

For any questions about our services, feel free to email