Month: November 2016

ESC Statement on Wrestling Team

CW: Sexism, Racism, Misogyny, Homophobia

In light of recent events regarding the statements said in a forum by several senior members of the Columbia Men’s Wrestling Team, the Engineering Student Council stands with the communities that feel victimized, silenced, wronged, and unsafe. We stand with the survivors of sexual assault and the victims of racism, misogyny, sexism and homophobia . We will provide support in any way possible. No student should feel unsafe at any time on this campus, and we are acutely aware that the aforementioned statements force students to question the foundations on which their whole community is based.

Furthermore, we urge the engineering student population to consider that rooting out intolerance is a continuous effort. We encourage student leaders to foster communities within our larger Columbia community that do not allow hatred and intolerance to remain on campus. It can be difficult to step up as a bystander, and there are often very legitimate reasons not to do so. If you find yourself in a position to speak or act against behavior that goes against our community standards, we encourage you to feel empowered to do so.

Students who need assistance are also welcome to reach out to any member of council and are also encouraged to make use of these undergraduate resources on campus:

Public Safety: (212)-854-5555
Counseling and Psychological Services: (212)-854-2284
Office of Disability Services: (212)-854-2388 | disability@columbia.edu
Office of Multicultural Affairs: (212)-854-0720 | multicultural@columbia.edu
Office of Undergraduate Student Life: (212)-854-3612 | ugradstudentlife@columbia.edu
Nightline: (212)-854-7777
Health Services: (212- 854-2284
Sexual Violence Response: (212)-854-HELP (4357)
LGBTQ@Columbia: LGBTQA@columbia.edu
Office of the University Chaplain: (212)-854-6242
Advising Deans: (212)-854-6378 | ap50@columbia.edu
Residence Hall Leadership Organization: (212) 854-6805 | reslife@columbia.edu
Discrimination, Harassment & Gender-Based Misconduct Report Form: http://bit.ly/GBMReportForm

We’re here for you, SEAS.

With love and support,
Engineering Student Council

ESC Statement on Election

CW: Election

As representatives of a diverse student body, we recognize the unrest that the current American political situation has generated within the Columbia community. Therefore, it has been our priority to provide unconditional support to every member of our community. As a way to provide immediate support, council reached out to faculty and administrators in order to care for the mental and emotional well being of those who are affected. Going forward, we will continue to be a resource to any student who needs it. The members of our Engineering Student Council will not tolerate hate, in either action or speech. We will intervene, not solely as bystanders, but as devoted, passionate members of this Columbia community, to ensure our community is a welcoming place for all members of our diverse and vibrant student body. Students who need assistance are also welcome to reach out to any member of council and are also encouraged to make use of these undergraduate resources on campus:

Public Safety: (212)-854-5555
Counseling and Psychological Services: (212)-854-2284
Office of Disability Services: (212)-854-2388 | disability@columbia.edu
Office of Multicultural Affairs: (212)-854-0720 | multicultural@columbia.edu
Office of Undergraduate Student Life: (212)-854-3612 | ugradstudentlife@columbia.edu
Nightline: (212)-854-7777
Health Services: (212)-854-2284
Sexual Violence Response: (212)-854-HELP (4357)
LGBTQ@Columbia: LGBTQA@columbia.edu
Office of the University Chaplain: (212)-854-6242
Advising Deans: (212)-854-6378 | ap50@columbia.edu
Residence Hall Leadership Organization: (212) 854-6805 | reslife@columbia.edu
Discrimination, Harassment & Gender-Based Misconduct Report Form: http://bit.ly/GBMReportForm

With much love,
The Engineering Student Council

Who are Students with Disabilities?

Who are students with disabilities?

The connotation of the word disability for the general public is often a person who faces challenges when walking and uses a cane or wheelchair to get by; or someone who has an inconvenience physically interacting with the environment, whether it is through mobility or language. Although these are indeed defined as disabilities, they are just some of the many shapes that disabilities can take.

Therefore, describing a student who happens to have a disability does not necessarily depend on physical traits: according to the Americans with Disabilities Act, an individual with a disability is a person who has an impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. This impairment might be physical or mental.

Most of us are familiar with physical disabilities, or those distinguishable through our senses, but we often disregard disabilities that are not readily apparent — the ones we can’t ‘see’. A huge range of disabilities currently recognized in today’s medical community are completely invisible and can hardly be reduced to an exhaustive definition or symptom. Chronic pain, for instance, may leave  one capable some days and absolutely crushed on others. On the other hand, epilepsy can create a seizure with no warning whatsoever. Anxiety might stop  someone from completing the simplest of tasks; and diabetes, which is often overlooked as a disability, can affect  vision and cause fatigue.

Moreover, disabilities have no set timeline. They might be permanent, meaning they are always present, such as local and generalized paralysis and dyslexia; but they also might also be chronic, which means  their symptoms repetitively ‘come and go’ with time, such as Crohn’s Disease or seizure disorders. A condition might affect a person  from birth, like genetic conditions such as hereditary hearing loss and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or might develop later with age such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Consequently, there is no one sign or symptom to define a student with a disability. A student with a disability is anyone who falls under the umbrella of having a condition that affects their ability  to interact with their internal or external environment.

The Office of Disability Services has resources on campus available for all students who experience any condition that might interfere with their development at Columbia. If you feel that you or someone you know might have a condition that qualifies as a disability, Disability Services has walk-in hours Monday through Friday with coordinators available to answer all your questions. The hours are listed in:

https://health.columbia.edu/getting-care/drop-offices/disability-services-drop-hours. If you have any questions or concerns that could not be adequately addressed otherwise, feel free to reach out to ae2502@columbia.edu.

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