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Events 2023-2024

August 23, Wednesday (9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) Freshmen Roosevelt Orientation. Now that you have registered and independently toured campus earlier in the summer, we will gather to get to know each other and anticipate how to make the most of the year ahead!
  • 9:30 a.m. Introductions: Auditorium, Roosevelt House 47-49 East 65th Street
  • 10:45 a.m. Tour of Roosevelt House
  • 11:15 a.m. Walk to Main Campus - 417 West Building. Tshirt and book distribution.
  • 11:30 a.m. Discussion: Preparing for Success
  • 1:00 p.m. All Scholars Lunch and Ice Breakers
August 31, Thursday (3:30 pm. - 4:30 p.m.) All Roosevelt Fall Mentoring Welcome - with Pizza and Tshirt and Book distribution. The Roosevelt Student Advisory Council and upper classmen will introduce themselves, share tips for navigating freshmen year, and take questions. Break out sessions will follow. Room 417 West.
September 6, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2 p.m.) Insight on Applying to Policy Schools for Masters Programs, by Columiba SIPA. Brianne M. Kain, Associate Director of Admissions, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University will provide an overview and discussion of the application process and take your questions. For more than 70 years, SIPA has been educating professionals who work in public, private, and nonprofit organizations to make a difference in the world. Through rigorous social science research and hands-on practice, SIPA’s graduates and faculty strive to improve social services, advocate for human rights, strengthen markets, protect the environment, and secure peace, in their home communities and around the world.
September 8, Friday (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.) Social Meet Up: Picnic on Roosevelt Island BYO Blanket. A group will leave from the Hunter West Lobby. Students may also opt to travel independently at the event site. To be added to WhatsApp group for travel logistics and more details, please RSVP here.
  • One (1) stop on the F train from 63rd Street
  • Four freedoms park nearby
  • Easy to buy food there
September 12, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) REQUIRED Uptown Grand Central: Fostering Neighborhood Economic Development. Uptown Grand Central is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that grew out of community action initiated in 2013. The organization is dedicated to transforming East 125th Street into a thriving corridor by delivering programs that put advocacy into action through collaborations with businesses, residents and neighborhood organizations across East Harlem.Hemmerdinger Hall, Room 706 East Building, inside the library. Walk all the way straight back from 7th floor turnstile entrance.
  • Carey King, Wake Forest BA '99, Columbia Journalism MA '07, Director, Uptown Grand Centeral. Ms. King was formerly Director of Communications & Education, Corbin Hill Food Project, a farm share program that sources produce from ethical suppliers, and a reporter for The Sylva Herald, a community paper in North Carolina.
September 26, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) REQUIRED Guest Speaker: Nicole Gelinas on New York City's Post-COVID Economic Future. Hemmerdinger Hall, Room 706 East Building, inside the library. Walk straight back from the 7th floor turnstile entrance.
  • Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal and a columnist at the New York Post. She writes on urban economics and finance. Gelinas is a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder and the author of After the Fall: Saving Capitalism from Wall Street -- and Washington (2011). Gelinas has published analysis and opinion pieces in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and other media outlets. Please RVSP at this link.
September 28, Thursday (6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.) on Zoom (not required). Graduate Student Panel: School of International & Public Affiars, Columbia University. Current SIPA Columbia Master's students who will speak about their experiences in the program, share tips for preparation for graduate school, and explain how their current studies relate to their long term career plans. Please register at the Zoom link.
Speakers will include:
Natalia Kanos:
Reena Mensingh:
Leen Sawan:

Upperclassmen Mentoring our Freshmen - On Zoom, Wednesdays from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
October 11 - Managing midterms
October 25 - Major Exploration Assignment
November 15 - Academic Planning Assignment


October 17, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) REQUIRED Guest Speaker: Dorie Hagler on the Experience of Volunteering with the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps brings together skilled, committed recent college graduate volunteers with welcoming host communities for service opportunities in more than 60 countries. Volunteers live and work side by side with community members on locally prioritized projects, building relationships, exchanging cultures and knowledge, and helping transform lives for generations.Hemmerdinger Hall, Room 706 East Building, inside the library. Walk straight back from the 7th floor turnstile entrance. Please RSVP

October 31, Tuesday (2:45 - 3:45 p.m.) REQUIRED Guest Panel: Introduction to Affordable Housing with HPD’s Office of Neighborhood Strategies. “Affordable housing”- it’s a simple phrase that actually refers to a complex assortment of housing types and tools. Join urban planners from NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD)’s Office of Neighborhood Strategies as they unpack the landscape of affordable housing in NYC. They will share insights on the several housing crises the City is facing today, how City agencies are working to tackle these issues, and discuss how affordable housing gets planned, financed, and built. Stick around after the presentation as HPD staff answer your questions about housing and the work urban planners do to promote housing and neighborhood development that meets community needs. Room 417 West Please RSVP

October 27, Seniors Group Advising Meeting on Zoom (Cohorts 2020 and earlier, and anyone graduating by Summer 2024)


November 3, Sophomores Group Advising Meeting on Zoom (Cohort 2022, and anyone graduating by Summer 2026)

November 8, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.) REQUIRED FOR ALL 2022 COHORT: Connect the Dots with OPS. Dr. Stephen Lassonde from the Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships will discuss how to put gether a narrative about your experience, background and goals for purposes of all kinds of opportunities. Dr. Lassonde may send relevant info/matierials in advance of the workshop. Cohort entry 2022, please plan now. This program will be held IN PERSON and is an EXCLUSIVE SESSION ONLY FOR ROOSEVELTS, location TBD. Please RSVP HERE and save the date.

November 10, Juniors Group Advising Meeting on Zoom (Cohort 2021, and anyone graduating by Summer 2025)

November 20, Monday (3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.) Group Service Activity: Wait Tables at Early Thanksgiving Dinner for the Elderly at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (LHNH). LHNH is a multi-service neighborhood organization that serves people in need of all ages and backgrounds. LHNH sends groups of staffers to speak with our Freshmen seminar every February and have directly supported the journey of Roosevelt Scholars. Please RSVP HERE and save the date .

December 4, Monday (12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) Holiday Party & Stress Relief Strategies - Location TBD

November TDB,  Careers & Issues Panel: Public Health

November TDB,  Careers & Issues Panel: International Human Rights



February TBD, Tuesday (2:30 - 3:30) ALL WELCOME - REQUIRED FOR FRESHMEN: Campus Opportunities Mentoring Speed Rounds. Upperclassmen will share their own experiences with the campus involvement that has been most meaningful to them. Past discussions have included Generation Citizen, Model U.N., Sustainable Cities, The Envoy, Moot Court, Welfare Rights Initiative, NYPRIG among others. Late lunch will be served.

February TBD (2:30 - 3:30) Group Book Discussion with Breakout. Room 417 West.


March TBD, Wednesday (1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) Researching Resume Builders. Are you thinking about summer internships but aren't sure how to get started? Worried that you don't have enough experience to get experience? This discussion will address students at various starting points and levels. We will discuss strategies for first experiences; exploring your interests; setting up a system to move ahead for the long term, and more.

March TBD, Tuesday (2:30 - 3:30) REQUIRED Annual Roosevelt Fortnight Research Exchange, Co-sponsored by the Office of Prestigious Scholarships & Fellowships. In addition to research presentations by students, Dr. Stephen Lassonde from OPS will join us to discuss the importance of research projects and the trajectory of your academic experience and long term career opportunities.


April TBD, Tuesday (2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.) REQUIRED Grove Mississippi Service Corps Report. Students will report out on their recent trip to Jackson. Presentations will begin at 2:30 in the Roosevelt House Auditorium.


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