Only a few weeks old, and 2023 is already off to a great start (minus this prolonged cold spell).
First, if you’ve missed the very exciting news, Columbia University has named Nemat “Minouche” Shafik—the current president of the London School of Economics and Political Science—the 20th president of Columbia University. She will assume the role on July 1, 2023. You can read the official announcement HERE. We are thrilled to have someone with ties to London leading Columbia.
In club news, we’ve also undergone some internal leadership changes. After successfully leading our club through incredible growth and engagement (and a pandemic) these past few years, Courtney has stepped aside as President taking on the mantle of Chair. I have assumed the role of President and will be supported by Laetitia and Rana, who will be working as co-vice presidents. Also joining our executive committee is John. All three have been very involved as board members and we’re excited they are taking on a larger role. And we're happy to keep Spyros as our treasurer.
Please join me in welcoming the new team, and thank Courtney for her service!
Our first scheduled event of this year is a special one which happens to fall on Valentine’s Day. We’ve partnered with Queer Britain and the US Alumni Club to host an exclusive evening at the new LGBTQ+ museum next to Coal Drop Yards at Kings Cross. This is our first Columbia Pride event in London, and we’re excited to kick it off in style. Details below.
We sincerely hope this year we’ll be able to see each other again at one of the many events we’re planning. But in the meantime, stay safe and warm.