Save the Date: Men of Color Alliance Welcome Back, 09/14/2016

Alumni volunteers requested below:

Dear Friends of the Columbia Men of Color Alliance,

Thanks for your continued support of the Men of Color Alliance (MCA) and the work of Office of Multicultural Affairs. At the beginning of each semester, MCA hosts Wings and Things. This “Welcome Back” event is an opportunity for participants to learn more about MCA and gather to support one another and learn about resources on campus.

This year, the program is open to alums, faculty, staff and graduate students. It’s important that our incoming and returning undergraduate men of color meet the collective network that is here to support them. So, please join us on September 14, 2016 at 7:00p.m. in the Broadway Room in Lerner Hall.

To help organize the event and subsequent MCA involvement, I am asking alumni, faculty, staff and graduate students to RSVP for the event. Even if you’re unable to attend the event, please complete the form so that we can add you to the mailing list for further MCA involvement.

Please let me know if you have any questions about MCA or Wings and Things.

You may register for the event here.

Please feel free to share this Facebook event page with incoming and returning undergraduate men of color.

All the best,
Pronouns in use: He, Him, His

Raphael T. Richard, Jr. | Assistant Director
Multicultural Affairs | Undergraduate Student Life
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Volunteering at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s College Advisory Program


  • College Transition days  for our college-bound seniors will be broken up into 3 days across 3 months- Days and topics are as follows;

Looking for people who can facilitate workshops on: 

MAY 24th –4-7pm – Day 1:  Time & Money management workshops

4:15-5:15p Time management 

  • Importance of  Time Management for College students
  • Discuss planners and scheduling
  • Discuss priorities and free time

5:30-6:30p-Money Matters       

  • What type of things do you think you’ll need to budget for?
  • Have group brainstorm on expenses they may encounter in college
  • Tips on money managing
  • Understanding loans
  • Old enough for Credit
  • Bank accounts savings/checking

JUNE 20th 4-7pm –  Day 2:  Social aspects- focus:

4:15-5:15p    Social Issues: in and outside the classroom

  • Brainstorm on issues that may arise in a college setting
  • Laying ground rules with roommate
  • Surviving the culture shock
  • Importance of creating community: clubs, sports and extra-curriculars
  • Role playing: how would you handle this?
  • Mental health- feeling homesick, depression, anxieties
  • Physical health-Healthy meals( freshmen 15)

5:30-6:45p     Social Issues: Part 2  -Campus Safety

  • Social Networking-  do’s and don’ts of Social media
  • Dating
  • Sexual assaults
  • Substance abuse

AUGUST 5th or 12th 4-7pm  – Day 3:  College 101 the first week

  • What are some of the things that need to get done the 1st week on campus ?
  • Reviewing different college offices and the services they provide
  • Review Top 10 issues identified by college students
  • Academics review
  • Anatomy of a syllabus
  • Office hours
  • Review College packing list
  • Review Tips for commuters
  • Review Tips for community college

Looking for personal statement editors for our

  • Rising Seniors Summer Bootcamp– is a two week intensive college-prep program running August 22nd-Sept 1st 12-30p- 5p –

Also looking for facilitators on building organizational skills, creating a final list of schools,  personal statement development, CUNY, SUNY and Common application completion as well as FASFA introduction and scholarship research.

Looking to incorporate admission officers and college students to visit and speak on the application process and the college experience.  

  • Date TBD (usually in Early January before Spring semester commences)  Alumni College Fair- open to all– 

 Perhaps a personalized college tour led by alumni of Columbia can be included.

  • (August during bootcamp– for rising seniors, November- for seniors, February – April for 7th-11th graders)  College Tours

Special thanks to Brittney Taylor ’11 for IRAAS Alumni coordination!



3/3/16 – IRAAS Major and IRAAS Alumni Council Panel: What’s a Job Got to do With it? African-American Studies in the Professions

Hello IRAAS Alumni:
We are hosting a panel next week at Columbia University! If alumni want to come and support, we encourage it as a networking opportunity for undergrads. Details below.
IRAAS Major and IRAAS Alumni Council Panel:
What’s a Job Got to do With it? African-American Studies in the Professions
Wednesday, March 3, 2016
6:45-7:45pm: IRAAS Alumni Panel
8-9pm: Reception with Food
IRWGS Conference Room, Schermerhorn Extension
IRAAS Alumni Panelists Include:
David Johns (White House Initiative)
Diane Shearer, Esq. (Private Law Firm)
Alvin Mallette (Equal Employment Opportunity Council)
Elegance Bratton (Filmmaker and Artist)
Zinga A. Fraser, PhD Moderator