Alumni of Color Honor Eric Holder

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Over two hundred and fifty Black, Latino and other alumni of Barnard and Columbia gathered in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at a surprise party to honor former Attorney General Eric Holder, ‘73CC, ‘76 Law. The event to thank our friend and role model, and the nation’s first African American Attorney General, was coordinated by a large group of Eric’s classmates led by Steven Noah Sims ‘73CC, ‘75SW and Rachelle Viki Browne, Esq. ‘74 Barnard and drew alumni of several generations from across the country, including California, Oregon, Atlanta and New York.

The two-day gathering held at the Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel included White House tours for early registrants, the Saturday evening surprise party featuring old school favorites and an active dance floor, and an uplifting worship service Sunday morning led by Dr. Marilyn Sanders Mobley, ’74 Barnard, with a stirring sermon by The Reverend Dr. Lewis M. Anthony, ‘74CC.

Chairpersons Sims and Browne thanked the Dean’s Office of Columbia College for its generous support of the surprise party and acknowledged a number of special guests, including Columbia Trustee and Black Alumni Council Heritage Award recipient A’Lelia Bundles ‘76JRN, Director of Principle Gifts at Columbia James T. McMenamin, Jr., The Dean of Barnard College Avis E. Hinkson ’84 Barnard, Barnard Trustee Frances L. Sadler ‘72 Barnard, and Professor Quandra Prettyman, who has taught English and Africana Studies at Barnard College since 1970. The chairs also thanked Cynthia Wood and Barbara Wood Harrison ‘79TC of the Garland E. Wood Foundation for its support of the upcoming Black and Latino alumni reunion planned for summer 2016. Garland Wood, ‘65CC,‘72BUS, was a founder of the Black Alumni Council and recipient of the BAC Heritage Award.

The 2016 Barnard Columbia Jam, as the previous reunions of Black and Latino alumni from the 60s and 70s were called, will take place August 12, 13 and 14, 2016 on the Barnard and Columbia campuses and invites alumni of all schools and years, with participation from students and faculty. Alumni volunteers are organizing The Jam in partnership with Barnard Alumnae Relations, Columbia Alumni Association, and The Black Alumni Council. Registration, reunion hotel, events, and other information will be available in the coming weeks.

For more information email barnard.columbia.jam@gmail.com or contact Bruce King ‘74CC, Frances Sadler ’72 Barnard, Wayne Turner ‘77CC, Kevin Matthews ‘80CC or Zachary Husser ‘73CC.

 

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(Eric Holder with event organizers, including Steve Sims on the left)

 

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(Columbia Alumni on the White House Tour)

Sponsor the Purchase of a Custom Stole for a Graduating Senior

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We would like to thank everyone who helped make the 2014 Black Graduation ceremony the biggest to date. Last year, we were able to raise enough money to purchase custom graduation stoles for all of nearly 150 seniors who walked down the graduation aisle. This year, more than 120 graduating seniors have already signed up to participate in the ceremony and the BAC has committed to help them raise the funds needed once again.

We kindly ask that you consider purchasing one or more stoles using the link below. The stoles help to distinguish the students from among masses of other graduates and will become cherished keepsake for each recipient.

Thank you for your participation!

To donate click on this link

$25.75 covers the purchase of one stole. Sample design pictured below:

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

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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.

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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

Price:
In advance:
$5 students
$30 alumni and guests

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

12/13 — HBCU/Ivy League Collaborative Panel

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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

RSVP Here

 

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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

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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.

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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.

 

10/25 – Black Alumni Homecoming 2014

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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.
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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

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

NOW WHAT?

The Role of Millennials in the Aftermath of Ferguson

COMMUNITY TOWN HALL MEETING

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:

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There is still time to Support A Gift For A Graduating Black Columbian

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The 2014 Black Graduation was a beautiful ceremony filled with special moments that graduates and their families will remember for a lifetime. This year we purchased custom graduation stoles for over 100 students who walked down the graduation aisle.

BAC commits to help raise the funds needed to support the stoles distributed each year and there is still time left to sponsor a proud symbol of distinction for students, which endures as cherished keepsake.

We kindly ask that you consider purchasing one or more using the link below.

Thank you for your participation.

The BAC Executive Board

DONATE HERE

$25/ 1 Stole

or

$100/5 Stoles

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Sponsor A Gift For A Graduating Black Columbian

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We are thankful for the support we garner each year from alumni who make the Black Graduation ceremony a successful and special event. Last year we were able to raise enough money to purchase custom graduation stoles for all of nearly 120 students who walked down the graduation aisle.

This year, even more graduating seniors have already signed up to participate in the ceremony and the BAC has committed to help them raise the funds needed once again.

We kindly ask that you consider purchasing one or more stoles using the link below. The stoles serve as a proud symbol of distinction for  students and endure as cherished keepsake for each recipient.

Thank you for your participation.

The BAC Executive Board

DONATE HERE

$25/ 1 Stole

or

$100/5 Stoles

 

View More photos from the 2013 Black Graduation ceremony

 

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4/1 – Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities

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Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities
Date: April 1, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm EDT
Location: Rotunda, Low Memorial Library

This program will feature an address by Craig S. Wilder, Professor and Head of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Author, titled Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. The address will be followed by remarks and a panel discussion with Craig S. Wilder, and Columbia University Professors, Ansley T. Erickson, Eric Foner, and Karl Jacoby. Together they will discuss the history of slavery in New York City, the intersections of slavery and Columbia University, and issues of race at Universities in the 20th century. The panel discussion will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.

Welcome and Introduction by:

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University in the City of New York

Moderated by:

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University

Copies of Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities will be available for purchase in the lobby of Low Memorial Library prior to and after the program on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Courtesy of Book Culture Booksellers.

Register here