The David Bartsch and Joan Haffenreffer Bartsch Fellows to the UCGT

Each year, UCGT Fellows work alongside the faculty and staff of the CGT to lead and help cultivate the Undergraduate Committee, and to plan events and initiatives specifically for undergraduates, such as workshops related to the World Leaders Forums, “Talks With Professors,” “Global Thought Labs,” and so on.  Fellows also contribute to the expansion of the undergraduate Global Thought curriculum.

2023-2024 UCGT Fellows


Durga is a sophomore from Bangalore, India in the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris who is majoring in Politics, Government, and Law at Sciences Po and History at Columbia. She is interested in the intersection of history and law and enjoys studying intellectual radicalism, transnational networks of knowledge-production, the fraught spaces that educational institutions occupy, and the “glocal” experiences of children and youth. Durga serves as co-editor-in-chief at the Columbia Journal of Asia (CJA), co-founded the Post-Colonial Hybridities Research Initiative at Sciences Po, and co-founded UNICEF France’s campus chapter at Sciences Po Paris Campus du Havre. When she is free, she loves writing “pastiche poetry” and play adaptations, doing theatre, listening to and transcribing oral history interviews, and snacking on biscuits.


Jorge Hernandez-Perez is a first-generation Cuban-American, an aspiring researcher, and a sophomore at Columbia University studying public health. Jorge works as a research assistant at the Mailman School of Public Health’s Energy, Equity, Housing and Health (E2H2) program, where he conducts stakeholder outreach and participates in qualitative interviews, and has advocated for equitable education policies nationwide as the Southeast U.S. Youth of the Year. He can be found offering STEM tutoring services to New York City high schoolers as the external vice president of SCI-INSPIRE, organizing events for Columbia’s Journal of Global Health, or centering the mission of NAFSA as a youth representative at the United Nations. During his free time, he enjoys watching Succession “simply for Shiv” or playing Mario Kart on his Nintendo Switch.


Past UCGT Fellows