Visit by the Columbia University Chaplain and Associate Provost


Columbia University Chaplain and Associate Provost Jewelnel Davis

Visit by the Columbia University Chaplain and Associate Provost

October 10, 2013

Columbia Global Centers | Europe hosted Jewelnel Davis, university chaplain, associate provost, and director of the Earl Hall Center at Columbia University, from Oct. 2 through 9 in Paris.

This visit concluded her worldwide tour of Columbia's eight Global Centers. During her week-long stay in Paris, Chaplain Davis's schedule was filled with Columbia and intercultural meetings, student activities, performances, and site visits.

At Reid Hall, she discussed with Columbia administrators: the Columbia Global Centers | Europe team; that of Columbia University Undergraduate Programs in Paris; the Associate Director of the M.A. Programs in History and Literature and French Studies in a Global Context; and the Codirector of the Master of Public Health of the Mailman School for Public Health in partnership with the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique. She hosted a lunch with 25 students from Columbia's various programs in Paris, discussing her role as Chaplain at Morningside Heights, different aspects of the students' study-abroad experience, and their impressions of French multiculturalism. She participated in a Master of Public Health seminar entitled "The Ethics of Prevention." She also attended "Portrait of Wally : the film about Nazi-confiscated art" presented by Arts Arena at Reid Hall. 

In the city of Paris, Chaplain Davis took part in a number of activities and meetings. She joined Columbia undergraduates in their pastry workshop and the M.A. students for their guided visit to La Défense. Exclusive meetings were arranged between Chaplain Davis and officers of Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of the United States, directors of NGOs and community centers, the Director of the Institut Musulman de la Mosquée de Paris, as well as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the American Church of Paris. Various museum tours, neighborhood visits, and performances in the presence of Columbia faculty and staff completed this intense itinerary.  

By the end of her visit, Chaplain Davis had a very good idea of what it is like to study, work, and live in Paris as a Columbian, the numerous resources and opportunities for cultural exchange that abound here, and the potential for meaningful partnerships with European institutions.

Visibly pleased with her visit, she told a staff member at the end of her last day, "This is just the beginning for the Global Center in Paris."





This slideshow features pictures taken by or for Jewelnel Davis, Columbia University Chaplain and Associate Provost, during her visit hosted by Columbia Global Centers | Europe.