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Columbia’s president faces student protests while navigating complex challenges

Columbia University president Minouche Shafik, with a background in global finance institutions, faces challenges amidst ongoing student protests over the Israel-Hamas war. Balancing student, faculty, and political demands reflects the complexity of governing universities in today’s environment. Shafik’s response to the protests led to more demonstrations, criticism from lawmakers, and a motion of censure from a university group. Lawmakers are now urging her to resign, questioning her ability to maintain order on campus. Shafik’s nonacademic background and experience in international finance may not be enough to navigate the complex political landscape at Columbia.


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