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Meet Jay Rappaport – CCSC Elections – University Senator

Photo Courtesy Jay Rappaport

As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:

  1. What motivated you to run for this position?
  2. If elected, what would your goals be?
  3. What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
  4. Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Below, you can find the candidate(s)’s unfiltered responses to help in deciding who you choose to vote for.  The Lion has yet to endorse any candidate at this time and the views below do not necessarily represent the views of our team. For more information, email

1) The opportunity to serve the student body motivated me to run for this position. I believe the Senate’s resources and university-wide purview put it in a unique position to help create policies to both improve individual Columbia students’ experience and our Columbia community. I am running to be a part of that.
2) If elected, my goals broadly would be to improve the individual Columbia student experience and strengthen our community. Towards both of those ends, I want to reform the mental health services to make sure that they cater to the diverse needs of the student body and that all students know how to access the services. I also want to create a new student center in Uris, complete with pool tables and food, as Columbia proceeds with the Manhattanville expansion.
3) I want to fix the disability accessibility of our campus. To do so, I will work preemptively with Public Safety to increase the amount of wheelchair accessible paths between the different levels of campus and elevators. Additionally, I will work towards creating a network for disabled students to communicate with Public Safety should any service be out of order to allow for them to fix it as quickly as possible.
4) I will always prioritize the student body’s thoughts and concerns.
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