4/22 & 4/23– Black Theatre Ensemble presents “Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine” by Lynn Nottage


Join Black Theatre Ensemble for their spring production of Lynn Nottage’s Fabulation! Fabulation tells the story of Undine Barnes Calles, a successful business woman who gave up her roots for a fast-paced life in Manhattan. When she learns that her money has been embezzled by her husband, Undine must return to her childhood home in Brooklyn pregnant and broke. Come watch the drama unfold in this comic satire as Undine addresses her past and reconciles herself with her abandoned roots as she attempts to re-transform her reality into one of triumph.

Sponsored in part by the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. This funding is made possible through a generous gift from The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.

Visit the event website

Dates and Times:

Friday, April 22nd, 7pm
Saturday, April 23rd, 2pm and 7pm

Tickets are on sale at the TIC: $5 CUID / $7 Non-CUID

Email cu.blacktheatre@gmail.com for any questions.

5/21 – Washington, D.C. – Columbia College Dean Emeritus, Austin E. Quigley, leading a presentation


Dean Emeritus Austin E. Quigley:
“A Liberal Arts Education In a World of Specialists”


Columbia College Dean Emeritus, Austin E. Quigley, will be leading a presentation and discussion on the value of a liberal arts education, and how Columbia is particularly well suited to provide it.  Quigley served as Dean of Columbia College for 14 years and is currently a special adviser to President Bollinger on undergraduate education.  There is a current focus in the world on universities and what role they should play in the future.  Quigley will discuss some of the biggest current discussions including: the cost of college and the role of online learning.  Come prepared with thoughts and questions!

Event details:

Date: May 21, 2015

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Place: CASE (Council for Advancement & Support of Education), 1307 New York Avenue, NW (between 13th and 14th Streets NW)

Cost: $25 for members, member’s first guest, & College alumni / $35 for any further guests: tickets

Topic: The difficult economic circumstances of the last few years have renewed long standing debates over the appropriate nature of undergraduate education. The recurring demands in modern careers for specialized forms of expertise challenge the broad nature of a liberal arts education and strengthen claims that vocational training would be more useful. The ever increasing costs of residential colleges generate new questions about what might be achievable through distance learning online. And the emerging claims of globalization offer not yet clear perspectives on how we should prepare undergraduates for the future.

The evening will feature a reception with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar, which will be followed by Dean Quigley’s presentation and discussion with attendees.



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



Black Columbians Headline Women’s Entrepreneurship Event in Harlem

Let's Do it Panel Trimmed

Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley appear to have trouble finding outstanding women and people of color to embrace in the world of startup and entrepreneurial success. Perhaps that is because they were all in Harlem for Let’s Do it for the Ladies: Women Entrepreneurs of Color, an interactive panel event that featured four dynamic millennial female entrepreneurs.

The sold out event was hosted by Creative Workspace via the Harlem Business Alliance, organized by the think and do tank, Enodi (Entrepreneurs of the Diaspora), and generously sponsored by the construction management and technology company Bunkers Hill Construction.

The evening featured a range of young women of color who have launched enterprises they both own and lead. Each woman shared their personal journeys, tips on how they raised initial capital and offered insight on how they have grown their business ideas.

Lets Do It Robyn Andrea Burgess

“I’m a data nerd,” shared Robyn Andrea Burgess, ’10CC founder of Runaway Apricot when explaining the importance of leveraging data to guide her business approaches. “The first idea does not always happen. Have a testing plan see what’s working and not working. Then be creative and take all of the right elements to create an approach that works,” she advised.

Ms. Burgess founded Runaway Apricot eight years ago as a way to inform and encourage communities to make healthy choices in preparing local, seasonal and healthy foods from scratch.

Lets Do It Yvonne Tinsley

The speakers emphasized that a viable business idea must solve problems and not simply just be new. “Being creative is contributing to a solution,” said Yvonne Tinsley ‘13SSW. “A crooked fork is unique, but it’s not useful. If you’re not contributing something useful you’re just unique, you’re not useful.”

Ms. Tinsley is the co-founder of Oshun, a forthcoming mobile app and web platform that is set to launch in October 2015. The service will link women with premier hair stylists.

Burgess and Tinsley were joined on the panel by Maureen Erokwu, founder of Vosmap, a tech firm that partners with Google to help expand its Street View efforts, and by Malyia McNaughton, owner and designer of Made by Malyia Jewelry, which offers handcrafted delicate jewelry. Made by Malyia has been featured on Essence.com.

The evening also included the New York premiere screening of On the Rise Africa, a business talk show featuring African entrepreneurs created by critically acclaimed filmmaker Femi Agbayewa. The episode showcased African female tech company founders, including Erokwu and Anie Akpe, founder of Innov8tiv.

Lets Do it Khalid David

Lets Do it- Michael Rain

“Harlem has long been a  place for the innovators and Creative Workspace is a platform for entrepreneurs to share ideas, projects and products,” said Khalid David ‘10SEAS, founder of Bunkers Hill Construction and member of Creative Workspace. “At our event, we simply celebrated some of the most dynamic new leaders coming out of New York. Lucky for us, they were all woman of color representing the diaspora.”

“Let’s Do it for the Ladies” was conceived and planned by Mr. David and Michael Rain ‘10GS co-founder of Enodi and communications chief to the startup ZNews Africa. The pair wanted to offer engaging programing to observe Women’s History Month and create a space where current and future entrepreneurs can meet to do more than exchange ideas, but also to plan concrete courses of action to build their ideas up together.

“This is exactly the kind of movement we’re working to make happen,” says Rahim Diallo, co-founder of Enodi. “We’re not trying to do the same old networking party where people exchange cards and nothing happens. We want to bring people together to collaborate and focus on actually getting something done. That’s the only way we will grow successfully as a community.”

10/17 – TOWN HALL: Rules of Protest Under Review

TOWN HALL: Rules of Protest Under Review

Date: October 17th (THIS FRIDAY)
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Havemeyer 309

Black students, campus activists, and free speech advocates are concerned about a key issue at Columbia. This year, the rules governing protest and free speech at Columbia are being reviewed by the University Senate. Under the Rules of Protest, students can be put on probation, suspended, or even expelled — for speaking out against the University.

The official University Town Hall seeks student input on the Rules.

The Rules (link here: http://tinyurl.com/CUFreeSpeech) are supposed to protect student speech. Our students are concerned for their rights and future at Columbia.

We will continue to inform the Black Alumni community as the issue goes forward.


4/21 – Perspectives on Diversity Brunch

Perspectives on Diversity Brunch

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions cordially invites Columbia College and Columbia Engineering alumni to the

Perspectives on Diversity Brunch

in honor of

the Class of 2017

Sunday, April 21, 2013
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Rotunda, Low Library

We hope you can join us in welcoming the newest members of the Columbia community. Come inspire, engage and connect with admitted students and families and share your stories and experiences.

Kindly RSVP by Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

For questions, please contact mrcinfo@columbia.edu or (212) 854-2522.