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2016-2017 Statements & Speeches

Amicus Brief Filed Concerning Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees »
February 13, 2017

Over the past two weeks, we have been working with several other academic institutions (sixteen, including all Ivy League universities) on an amicus brief that was filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York challenging the Executive Order regarding immigrants from seven designated countries and refugees. READ MORE
 

Response to Executive Order on Refugee and Immigration Policy »
January 29, 2017

With the executive order issued by President Trump barring admission to the United States of Syrian refugees and imposing of a 90-day ban on all immigrant and non-immigrant entry from seven Muslim-majority nations, the fear so many have had about federal policies being changed in ways that could affect our community has become disturbingly real. READ MORE

 

Message Regarding the Presidential Election»
November 9, 2016

I am writing because of concerns for our community arising out of yesterday’s national election.  Certainly, not in my lifetime has there been a choice that is embraced by so many while also causing feelings of apprehension and vulnerability among so many others, including many students, faculty, and staff across our diverse University community. READ MORE

 

70th Columbia Community Service Campaign Announcement»
November 2, 2016

Not quite a century ago, during World War II, members of our academic community joined together to form the Committee for War Relief, which supported the war effort through organizations such as the United War Fund and the American Red Cross. READ MORE

 

Announcement Regarding Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies»
October 25, 2016

Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies for the past 20 years, has informed me that he will be stepping down as Dean at the end of this academic year. READ MORE

 

Remarks at the Manhattanville Campus Dedication Ceremony»
October 24, 2016

On this morning, October 24, 2016, we assemble on this little square, at the feet of these two nearly finished and magnificent academic buildings, to mark the moment of inception of the new campus of Manhattanville – the most transformational expansion of Columbia University since the dedication of the Morningside Heights campus in 1896. READ MORE

 

Remarks at the Memorial Service for Fritz Stern»
September 30, 2016

Oh behalf of Columbia University I want to extend our warmest welcome and condolences to Elizabeth and to the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and other family members, friends, and colleagues of Fritz Stern who have come together this afternoon to understand and celebrate his life. READ MORE

 

Washington Heights Medical Campus Named in Honor of Herbert and Florence Irving»
September 21, 2016

It is with pride and appreciation that Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian announce that our shared medical campus in Washington Heights is being named in honor of Herbert and Florence Irving... READ MORE

 

Announcement Regarding Columbia University's Sustainability Principles»
September 12, 2016

I am writing to share with you a new set of Columbia University Sustainability Principles that will serve as the cornerstone of an ongoing University-wide initiative that must involve our entire community. READ MORE
 

2016 Convocation Address»
August 16, 2016

This is a very special occasion for all of us, and I want to say to the parents and families—we know how thrilling this moment is, and how poignant. READ MORE

 

Announcement Regarding Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the School of Social Work »
August 1, 2016

Jeanette Takamura, Dean of the School of Social Work, has informed me that she will be stepping down from her position on December 31, 2016, after successfully leading the School for 15 years. READ MORE

 

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