11/20- B.O.S.S. Family Dinner and Fundraiser


Dear Columbia University Black Alumni:

Greetings from The Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (B.O.S.S.)–Barnard’s longest running cultural student group for Black students since its establishment in 1968. On November 20th, B.O.S.S. will be hosting its annual Family Dinner – a celebration of family and fellowship centered around a free soul food dinner for members of the University community. In addition to inviting BAC alumni to attend, we also have a special request.

During this event, we hope to host a silent raffle, in which proceeds will go towards B.O.S.S. members attending the 21st Annual Black Solidarity Conference at Yale University in February 2016. The Conference is the largest gathering of Black undergraduates in the Northeast. Such an opportunity will allow B.O.S.S. members to network and connect with students from across the country. This year, B.O.S.S. hopes to sponsor 15 students–the largest cohort ever from Barnard College–to attend the Conference. In order to subsidize the registration and hotel costs for 15 students, B.O.S.S. must fundraise $1800.

For this raffle, we need prizes. We’re writing to ask BAC alumni to donate a gift card or small gift for our undergraduate audience. Examples of possible gift card retailers include: Target, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Apple, and H&M. Examples of small gifts include $100 American Express/VISA gift cards, Beats by Dre headphones/speakers, concert tickets, iPad mini/Kindle, spa certificates, and small kitchen appliances. Raffle winners will be selected at Family Dinner on the 20th. All prizes should be mailed before

November 20th to:
Maria Pasquali / B.O.S.S.
76 Claremont Avenue
New York, NY 10027

Per Barnard’s student group policies, B.O.S.S. is unable to accept any type of online donations or monetary donations in this effort, beyond in-person raffle sales. BAC Alumni can also support us in this endeavor by donating any unused Marriott hotel points for our hotel stay.

Finally, if any BAC alumni are in the New York City area, we’d love to see you at Family Dinner. Please take a moment to RSVP for our catering purposes: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boss-annual-family-dinner-tickets-19354033435

Many thanks for all your support in this endeavor.

The Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (B.O.S.S.) Executive Board
Cinneah El-Amin BC’16, President
Marianna Beaute BC’17, Vice-President

BAC General Body Meeting With NYT’s Dean Baquet


Join us for our monthly meeting with our special guest Columbia’s own Dean Baquet,  ?executive editor of The New York Times?, the top position in the newsroom?. Mr. Baquet will meet with Black alumni and student leaders about student activism and communication in an Interconnected World.

Mr. Baquet was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in March 1988 when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category. He has also received numerous local and regional awards.

Please RVSP to info@columbiabac.org to attend in person.

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Time: 6:15pm ET

Location: Columbia Alumni Center
622 West 113th Street
New York, NY 10025

To join us via conference line:
Dial-In: 1.302.202.1092
Access Code: 592-3459

10/17 – BAC Homecoming Celebration


If you have not attended the annual Black Alumni Council (BAC) Homecoming, you are missing the largest annual get-together of Columbia’s Black alumni from all schools and generations.

We hope you can make this year’s event on Saturday, October 17 at Providence in
New York City.

Come for food, cocktails, and conversation—and music and dancing, too! In addition to alumni, there will be many faculty members, administrators, and Black student leaders in attendance.

The BAC looks forward to seeing you.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 17, 7:30–10:30 p.m.
Location: Providence, 311 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

Price in advance:

  • $20 students
  • $50 alumni and guests

Price at the door:

  • $30 students
  • $70 all others

The price includes a buffet dinner, three-hour premium open bar, music, and dancing.
Please note: due to Columbia’s alcohol policy, only students 21 and over may attend.

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”

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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