2/18 — 2015 Black Alumni Heritage Award and Scholarship Reception

  Join the Black Alumni Council (BAC) and the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for the 2015 Black Alumni Heritage Award and Scholarship Reception honoring this year’s recipient Roger Lehecka ’67CC, ’74TC, Dean Emeritus of Columbia College. A reception with wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres will follow the program. Please note, you must be 21 years […]


12/13 — HBCU/Ivy League Collaborative Panel

The BAC is partnering with the Catalyst Network Foundation for a panel discussion with alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and alumni of color from Ivy League schools. Open to all Junior & Senior High School students in the New York City Metropolitan Area High School Students come learn about the unique learning opportunities […]

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Five Questions with Cultural Psychologist Valerie Purdie-Vaughns

This article was originally published by Columbia News on November 26, 2014 The issue of race is foremost in the nation’s consciousness as events in Ferguson, Mo. unfold. But for Valerie Purdie-Vaughns, there is a more important message. “There are parents sitting in their home right now who buried their son,” she said. “It is […]

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Columbia Alums Prep High School Students for SAT

BROOKLYN—On Saturday, a team of volunteers representing the BAC shared an afternoon with over 40 high school students to tutor and teach smart approaches to taking the SAT. The workshop, organized by the Catalyst Network Foundation (CNF), featured two sessions covering strategies for the math and verbal sections of the test. CNF engages under-served and […]

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About BAC

The Black Alumni Council of Columbia University (BAC) is an organization of current and future black alumni of across all schools of Columbia University dedicated to the support of its members. Our support is focused on: Fundraising, Social, educational, and networking events, University-wide outreach and communication and Mentoring. Read More... __________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The BAC works with the Columbia College Fund to raise money for current-use and summer study scholarships for the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund (BASF). The revenue from this fund, along with the dollars we raise each year, will provide financial aid in perpetuity to a greater number of students eligible for the BAC’s support. Read More... __________________________________________________________________________________________________________


The Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is a mentoring organization for Columbia undergraduate students that aims to create one-on-one mentoring partnerships between first year students and upperclassmen in order to facilitate ease the academic and social transition for incoming students. CMI is organized into five identity groups: Black, Latino, Asian, International and LGBTQ. Each mentoring pair belongs to one of these five affinity groups that are each coordinated by a student chair who organizes group events, and each affinity group interacts with the larger CMI community through CMI-wide events. Read More... __________________________________________________________________________________________________________