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Hire Sumati Gupta as Full-Time Faculty

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Professor Sumati Gupta is an invaluable Professor, Advisor, Mentor and Role Model to Barnard students. The Psychology Department must do everything in its power to insure she gets a full-time offer with adequate pay and benefits in contract negotiations.

 Advising: Professor Gupta is one the most sought after advisors in the psychology department. She heads more student independent research projects than any other Barnard psychology professor. Further, she accepts projects with students whom are pursuing whatever they are passionate about even if she has no direct expertise in the matter. She puts her students’ research before her own projects and we feel immensely grateful to have an unselfish professor that supports us to pursue our passions. 

Teaching: Her courses are in such high demand that she regularly caps her classes and turns students away each semester. If there is no long term planning on a student’s behalf- it is extremely difficult to secure a spot in her exceptional courses. She is consistent and transparent as a teacher, coming prepared and clearly stating what is required of her students.

Mentor and Role Model:  Dr. Gupta goes above and beyond to embolden Barnard and Columbia students and encapsulates the ideal Barnard woman that students work towards becoming. 

- She offers clinical psychology information sessions once or twice a semester and offers to talk to any student interested in pursuing a career in clinical psych. Where she finds the time for this as a full time teacher and practicing therapist is astonishing, and Barnard needs to compensate her commitment to her students.

 - With any crisis on campus or change in the political environment, she holds grief sessions and confronts complex tragedies with grace and wisdom. She instills valuable emotional intelligence to her own students and is admiral in her position to independently confront tragedy head on and do what she can to improve this campus’ culture.

 We, Barnard and Columbia students, made this petition in an effort to demonstrate how indispensable Dr. Gupta is to our community. We implore you to make a decision in contract negotiations that honors her as a teacher and counselor to many with appropriate pay and benefits. She is irreplaceable. 

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