4/28 — Networking Event for Male Alumni and Students of Color


The Black Alumni Council is working with staff and students of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) invite Asian, Black and Latino Male Alumni to participate in a special professional development and networking event with Men of Color Alliance (MCA).

The Men of Color Alliance seeks to provide a safe and supportive space for self-identified Men of Color (Asian/Pacific Islander, Black/African, Arab/Middle Eastern, Latino, and/or Native/Indigenous). In an effort to strengthen bonds, they encourage service, foster intercultural unity and promote leadership in the greater Columbia University community.

Date: Tuesday, April 28th
Time: 7pm
Location: Intercultural Resource Center, 552 West 114th Street, New York, NY 10027

RSVP: Alumni interested in attending should email Kevin Matthews ’80CC to confirm your attendance – subject line, Men of Color Alliance Event.

Email: kcmatthews500@gmail.com

You can learn more about Men of Color Alliance at this link: https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/OMA/socialjustice/MCA.php



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, ’74GSAS, 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 and over to be served alcohol. No exceptions.

Date: Wednesday, February 18, 2015; 7–9 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Club of New York
15 West 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036-7402

In advance:
$5 students
$30 alumni and guests

At the door:
$10 students
$40 alumni and guests

12/13 — HBCU/Ivy League Collaborative Panel

HBCU Lvy 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 at
Historically Black Colleges/Universities and Ivy League Universities.

Refreshments will be provided
Discussion pertaining to College Experience & Admissions Process
Meet Alumni and admissions officers from

Columbia University, Hampton University, Harvard University, Howard University
Morehouse College, Spelman College, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University!

If you are alum of a school that is participating in the event we welcome your presence. There will be a 20 minute session before and after the panel discussion, where you will be able to engage with the high school students on a personal level an share your college experience.

Date & Time: Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm

Location: Jerome Greene Hall, 435 116th street, between Amsterdam and Morningside Drive




12/6 – Concert: You’re All I Need – Columbia University Gospel Choir and Band


The Columbia University Gospel Choir and Band would like to invite the members of the BAC community to come out to its winter concert, “You’re All I Need”.  This evening of uplifting, live gospel music, will take place on Saturday, December 6 at 7PM in the Event Oval of the Diana Center at Barnard College.

The Columbia University Gospel Choir consists of students, alumni and staff from several of the University’s schools including Barnard College, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, GSAS and SIPA.


Date & Time: Saturday, December 6 @ 7PM
Location: The Event Oval, Diana Center, Barnard College
3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027

Tickets: $6 (with CUID), $12 (without CUID & at the door)

12/3 – Race Matters, but Not How You Think it Does: How Stereotypes Affect How We Live, Work, Play and Pray Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns


On Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m., psychologist Valerie Purdie-Vaughns from Columbia University will discuss the nexus between brain science and narrowing racial and gender disparities in professional, health, and academic settings.

Purdie-Vaughns will examine how stereotypes affect how we live, work, and play. Drawing upon recent neuroimaging studies, she will explore the benefits of offering people concrete, psychological strategies to challenge the stress of discrimination—and how this can lead to improved grades and test scores. Brain imaging tests suggest this holds great promise in reducing health disparities as well.

Purdie-Vaughns is an expert on racial and gender achievement gaps and the use of interventions to improve outcomes. She has presented her research findings at the White House Conference on Education and at Harvard, Stanford, and Princeton Universities, among others.

This talk is part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Brain Insight Lecture series, offered free to the public to enhance understanding of the biology of the mind and the complexity of human behavior. The lectures are hosted by The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute at Columbia University and supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Register Here
For more information or to register, please call 212-851-2977 or email ZuckermanInstitute@Columbia.edu

Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.


11/20 – Bryonn Bain: “Lyrics From Lockdown”

Heyman Center Logo


One man. One mic. 40 characters. Two unbelievable true stories of wrongful imprisonment.

This unbelievably true story begins when Brooklyn’s own hip hop theater innovator and spoken word champion, Bryonn Bain (60 Minutes, The Village Voice, BET’s My Two Cents), is wrongly imprisoned in NYC jails — while studying law at Harvard. Weaving together the voices of over 40 characters into a one-man tour de force, “Lyrics From Lockdown,” executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte, is receiving extraordinary reviews around the world. A groundbreaking multimedia production, this critically acclaimed show uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip hop, theater, spoken word poetry, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell a provocative story exposing racial profiling and wrongful incarceration in a nation imprisoning more people than any other in the world.

Written and performed by Bryonn Bain.

Praise for “Lyrics From Lockdown”

“Every moment on stage was filled with a thing of beauty.” –Anna Deavere Smith

“He has style and considerable talent, and his lyrics — a stirring mix of lament and demand — pack a punch.” –The New York Times

Tickets available through the Miller Theatre Box Office.


About the Heyman Center

The Heyman Center for the Humanities provides the intellectual and physical space for interdisciplinary discussions among members of the Columbia community and the New York City public. It brings together faculty and students from across the university—from the humanities, social and natural sciences, law, medicine, journalism, and the arts—to share thinking, debate ideas, and collectively consider methodological, conceptual, and ethical issues of common interest and concern.  It sponsors public programming—lectures, poetry and fiction reading, workshops, conferences, symposia, seminars, and performances—fosters scholarly and artistic collaborations, and offers meeting spaces for its various affiliated members.

10/16 – IRAAS: Post-Racial Mythologies, Post Ferguson Realities

Post-Racial Mythologies, Post Ferguson Realities

Event Date:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY 10037-1801
(212) 491-4200

Unfortunately, the August 9, 2014, the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, was not an isolated incident. Nor will the issues it raises be resolved anytime soon, if the problems of policing and police practices continue as they are today.

Join faculty, students, and affiliates of the Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies in a contextual discussion of black communities, policing, and youth in the United States.

Panelist Include:
Beulah Agbabiaka
Columbia University CC’ 2015 | African-American Studies and Jazz Studies

Christina Greer
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Fordham University

Ernest Morell
Macy Professor of Education
Professor in the Department of Arts and Humanities
Director, Institute for Urban and Minority Education
Teachers College Columbia University

Rashad Robinson
Executive Director of ColorOfChange

Carla Shedd
Assistant Professor of Sociology and African-American Studies
Columbia University

Samuel K. Roberts
Columbia University
Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies
Associate Professor of History & Sociomedical Sciences

9/30 – Columbia Connects 2014: NYC


Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) for this year’s Columbia Connects—bringing alumni together to share our shared Columbia experience, discover new connections, and build a stronger network of Columbians across the globe.

We hope you’ll take part in our NYC event, culminating a month of celebrations with alumni near and far. This will be a fabulous event, featuring alumni groups from across campus and connecting Columbia alumni here in the great City of New York.

Alumni, students, and guests – $15 for two drink tickets and appetizers

Check out the pictures from other Columbia Connects events, and don’t forget to share your story with other Columbians!


Join the Celebration!


10/25 – Black Alumni Homecoming 2014



Join the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and the BAC at the 2014 Black Alumni Homecoming—a celebration of culture and achievements by black alumni at Columbia.

Questions? E-mail alumni-affinity@columbia.edu.

Date: Saturday, October 25
7:30–10:30 p.m.
Location: Providence
311 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Price in advance:
$20 students
$45 BAC members
$55 alumni and guests
Price at the door:
$30 students
$70 all others

Price includes a THREE-HOUR PREMIUM OPEN BAR, buffet dinner, music, and dancing—a $100 value!
Please note: due to Columbia’s alcohol policy, only students 21 and over may attend.

TOWN HALL: The Role of Millennials in the Aftermath of Ferguson

Town Hall&Rally

NOTE: We have rescheduled our General Meeting in observance of this important event. We will distribute details on a new date and time shortly.


The Role of Millennials in the Aftermath of Ferguson


Wednesday September 17th

Columbia Law School | Room 104 | 6:30pm

Join the BAC, the Harvard Black Alumni Society of New York (HBASNY) and a Coalition of Columbia Student Organizations for a Town Hall for change.
The Town Hall will be an open forum led by a host of academics, advocacy groups, and community activists to encourage genuine dialogue and tangible action steps, while also fostering a stronger sense of community and comprehension around the issues of activism, police engagement, and change agency in a 21st century context. The evening will include an interactive panel discussion followed by breakout sessions to connect with and engage with other attendees on these issues.

Panel Participants:

  • Jeffrey Fagan, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
  • Ekow Yankah, Professor of Law, Cardoza Law School
  • Whitney Tymas, Director of the Prosecution and Racial Justice Program, Vera Institute of Justice
  • Erica Ayala, Youth Leadership Development Associate, Children’s Defense Fund
  • Brandon Delesline, Multicultural Marketing Consultant

Town Hall Registration: