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GSAPP views diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. Our community is made of students, staff, faculty, and alumni who draw from a dynamic range of backgrounds to contribute to the pursuit of our common goals. The work and well-being of GSAPP are strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, age, ability, political views, veteran status, and more. We actively seek and welcome people of color, women, persons with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTQIA, and those at the intersections of these identities, from across the spectrum of disciplines and methods to join us.

Together, we strive to create an environment that values diversity, promotes an inclusive culture, and establishes a profound sense of belonging for each member of our community. We welcome you to our page as we ask you to assist us on our journey to imagine a future where the built environment is shaped by the diversity of its inhabitants with equity and joy.

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Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP) is pleased to announce that Malika Khalsa and Fernando Ortiz are the recipients of the 2023 Community Fellowship. They are the second cohort, following inaugural fellows Andrew Padilla and Najha Zigbi-Johnson.

The Community Fellow Program is a critical component of GSAPP’s commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, which strengthens our community through advancing opportunities for students and faculty to engage and co-create with practitioners who envision and actualize projects to better serve the built environment. The program aims to create an innovative knowledge-sharing network between GSAPP and our local communities.

The Community Fellowship Program is a three-year commitment to award two $20,000 fellowships to local practitioners each academic year. Fellows participate in lectures, programs, and classes with the intention to promote educational ties between the School and surrounding communities of color in response to students’ desire to learn more about the urban environment in which the School is situated. Learn more about our fellows below.