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The Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University is excited to announce the launch of the Spring 2021 Global Thought Experience, an experiential learning initiative which enables Columbia undergraduates to complete a meaningful internship experience at a local organization working on issues ranging from immigration to social justice.

Medical Humanities (formerly known as Medicine, Literature and Society) has officially been approved as a new Columbia undergraduate major.

Earlier today, Dean Rosen-Metsch sent the following message to GS students regarding the spring 2021 semester.

The Postbac Premed/Prehealth Program at the School of General Studies invites currently registered Postbac students to apply to be part of a Postbac Program Student Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is intended to provide a venue for incorporating student perspectives into decision-making about the program’s activities. The Board will play an active role in developing new programs and services, and will help ensure that current services remain as effective, supportive, and accessible as possible.    

Randee Howard, one of few Black, female veterans, enlisted in the United States Navy in 2014, putting her dreams of earning a degree on hold. After her service, in 2019, she enrolled at the Columbia University School of General Studies where she has been able to prioritize education, while also advocating for and serving both the female veteran community at Columbia through a leadership role in the MilVets, and other women through Columbia’s Center for Justice.

In honor of Veterans Day, GS is featuring a number of students and alumni who have served in armed forces around the world. Nearly 500 military veterans are currently enrolled at GS—21 percent of the School's student body. 

Earlier today, Barry S. Kane, associate vice president and university registrar, sent the following message to students regarding the spring 2021 semester.

On Friday, October 30, the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) hosted a virtual college fair for active duty service members and military veterans interested in enrolling in two- and four- year institutions. At this first-of-its-kind event, students met virtually with representatives from 88 institutions including the Columbia University School of General Studies, Princeton, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, and more.

The Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) has appointed Jason Dempsey Interim Executive Director of the Center. Dempsey, one of the nation’s leading experts on military demographics and civilian-military relations, has served as Senior Advisor to CVTI since 2017, joining soon after its launch.

Last Wednesday, the worldwide Columbia community came together to raise an unprecedented $695,784 for GS students from hundreds of individual gifts—an incredible 56 percent increase in fundraising compared to last year’s totals, and a more-than-threefold increase over the last five years. These gifts directly support scholarships for current and future students at the School of General Studies.

For more than a decade, United States Army veteran Kristofer Goldsmith ’20 has been championing veterans’ rights after experiencing shortcomings in the system, testifying before the United States Congress and advocating for several bills to protect veterans that became law. Most recently, his efforts have been focused on combating online disinformation campaigns designed to influence political opinions within veteran communities.

On Friday, October 30, the Columbia University Center for Veteran Transition and Integration (CVTI) will host a virtual college fair for active duty service members and military veterans interested in enrolling in two- and four- year institutions. Representatives from more than 100 institutions will be available to speak with students, including the Columbia University School of General Studies, Princeton, Harvard, UC Berkeley, Virginia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, and more.

School of General Studies Veterans Appreciation Social Hour
Fri., Nov. 6, 12 - 1 p.m.
Zoom 

Students of the School of General Studies are invited to celebrate Veterans Day at a social hour presented by the GS Dean of Students Office and GS Student Life. The Zoom link to participate will be emailed to registrants prior to the start of the event. 

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2020 NYC Veterans Day Parade
Wed. Nov. 11, 12:30 - 2 p.m.
Online 

For the twelfth year in a row, the School of General Studies is a major sponsor in the Veterans Day Parade. As a part of the 2020 sponsorship, the GS community is invited to participate in the Veterans Day Parade by viewing the Virtual Line of March, which will recreate the Parade experience online.

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After four years spent discovering a love of learning at Mesa Community College in Arizona, Robbie LeDesma '14 experienced a critical medical crisis that inspired him to take his education more seriously. With a solidified direction, LeDesma completed his associate degree with almost double the number of required credits, a major scholarship to a university in Arizona, and the necessary skills and confidence to enroll at Columbia. LeDesma graduated from GS in 2014 and is finishing up his final year as a Ph.D student at Princeton University, where he is studying molecular biology. 

On Wednesday, October 21, faculty, staff, friends, and family gathered virtually to celebrate the induction of 78 students into the School of General Studies Honor Society. The GS Honor Society was created in 1997 to recognize the exceptional academic achievements of GS students who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.8 in more than 30 points of academic coursework at Columbia.