Thank You for supporting our Toy Drive

IMG_0507Saturday December 2, 2017 at Solomon & Kuff Rum Hall in Harlem, NY, unwrapped toys, educational items, posters, blankets, diverse dolls and gifts were collected to support children and young adults up to 22 years old.

Executives in attendance hailed from Amazon Black Employee Network, Sirius XM Black Employee Network, HSBC Bank, State University of New York (SUNY) Suffolk County Community College, City University of New York (CUNY) Brooklyn College, New York City Department of Youth and Community Services, New York City Parks Department, Rustic Tavern, NFL Network, Goldman Sachs, General Electric, Citizens Financial Group, JP Morgan Chase, and many more organizations.

Tyler James, Director of Workforce Development at New York City Administration of Children Services coordinated the successful toy drive to support over 100 youth. Attendees shared “It is such an honor to support our youth and build new community ties at the same time.”

Columbia University graduates attended from Columbia Business School, Columbia College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and Mailman School of Public Health.

The second annual event was held in conjunction with the 111th anniversary of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. founded December 4, 1906 at Cornell University. Representatives from the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island were eager to support this worthwhile initiative.

The collaboration was hosted by



Toy Drive & Holiday Social with Amazon Black Employee Network – NYC 6PM at Solomon & Kuff

IRAAS Invitation 2017-11-14 - Web

Saturday, December 2, 2017 6PM

Institute for Research in African American Studies Alumni Council of Columbia University

invites you to Solomon & Kuff 2331 12th Ave, NYC @ 133rd St

Toy Drive assisting NYC Administration for Children Services

Bring your unwrapped toys, educational items, posters, blankets or diverse dolls supporting children and young adults up to 22 years old.

$ Cash Bar


  • Specials
  • $30 + tax & tip: per hour unlimited top shelf open bar
  • $15 + tax & tip: per hour unlimited appetizers


For dinner reservations contact 212.939.9443

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Columbia Law School Paul Robeson Conference February 24, 2017


The Columbia Law School Black Law Students Association (BLSA) and Columbia Journal of Race and Law (CJRL) are proud to host the 23rd Annual Paul Robeson ’23 Conference, which will be held on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Columbia Law School, located at 435 W. 116th St. New York, NY 10027.

Our theme for the 2017 Paul Robeson Conference is Reclaiming the Narrative. In our current legal, political, and social climate, people of color still struggle to dictate their narrative. We aim to highlight the work of legal practitioners, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, and activists to pursue racial justice, uproot structural inequalities, and disrupt stereotypes about people of color.

Please RSVP to this free and exciting event at


Angela T. Rye, Esq. will give the keynote address during lunchtime. Rye is the Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a CNN commentator and NPR political analyst, and former Executive Director and General Counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus.

Khalil Cumberbatch will give the opening keynote address. Cumberbatch is a lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Manager of Trainings for JustLeadershipUSA, and a formerly incarcerated advocate for social justice movements.


The Conference will also feature three panels throughout the day, including:

A Path Forward for Democracy and Voting Rights After 2016, featuring:

  • Myrna Pérez ’03, Deputy Director, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice
  • Stuart Naifeh ’04, Senior Counsel, Demos 
  • Joanna Cuevas Ingram, Associate Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Building Wealth and Seeking Economic Justice, featuring:

  • Coss Marte, CEO/Founder, Coss Athletics
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, Esq., CEO and Executive Director, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Ifeoma Ike, Esq., Deputy Executive Director, NYC Young Men’s Initiative, Office of Mayor Bill deBlasio
  • JoAnne Page, President and CEO, The Fortune Society
  • Khary Lazarre, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Revolutionary Art, Activism, and the Law, featuring:

  • Soffiyah Elijah, Executive Director, Alliance of Families for Justice 
  • Ronald Hampton, Immediate Past Executive Director, National Black Police Association 
  • Britton Smith, Actor and Director, Broadway for Black Lives Matter


Breakfast and lunch will be served, and a reception will follow the Conference.

Please RSVP to this free and exciting event at

Full schedule is available here. Feel free to attend as much or as little as you can.

Questions? Please contact Shane Grannum ’18 at

Shane Grannum

J.D. Candidate | Columbia Law School ’18

A.B. Public Policy; Latin American/Caribbean Studies | Brown University ’15

2/23 – 2/25/17 Pratt Institute – Unity & Struggle Workshop with Tongo Eisen Martin


Hosted as a part of Pratt Institute’s BlackLivesMatter Teach-In:

Led by Tongo Eisen Martin, the Unity and Struggle workshop will cover realities of late stage imperialism and organizing against it. We will especially focus on consciousness; how do people accept the illusion of a permanent empire or oppressor, what does that counterrevolutionary acceptance look like, and conversely, what is revolutionary consciousness (at least in practice). We will begin to answer for ourselves how do we relate to each other now, and how do we need to relate to each other to win liberation.

RSVP here:

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3/11/17 Women Picturing Revolution: Focus on Africa and the African-Diaspora


Sat, March 11, 2017 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST

Columbia University

1255 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10027

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) will host Women Picturing Revolution: Focus on Africa and the African Diaspora, a one day seminar that reclaims and retells history in a manner that is both radical and necessary. From fine art photography made as a personal response to the legacy and locales of slavery, political oppression, and the inability to act, to well-known photojournalists documenting political and social upheavals, this seminar will examine not only the photographs, but also the conditions under which women in and/or from Africa or the African Diaspora make images. In-class content will include analysis of photographic work and projects, partial film screenings, review of related literature, conversations with guest artists, and a look at how contemporary image-makers are using social media. Participants will leave Women Picturing Revolution: Focus on Africa and the African Diaspora with a certificate showing their achievement upon completing the seminar. Participants will also leave with a reference guide equipping them with tools to better understand how women in and/or from Africa or the African Diaspora document resilience, resistance, and creative survival.

This seminar was co-created and will be taught by Lesly Deschler-Canossi and Zoraida Lopez-Diago. The fee for this one-day seminar is $150.00. Please register using the link above.


by Columbia University Institute for Research in African American Studies

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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Submission Deadline 9/12/16 IRAAS Newsletter

IRAAS is currently in the process of creating their Fall newsletter and is seeking IRAAS alumni updates.  Please send any news and/or  publication information you would like to share in our upcoming newsletter to Zoraida Lopez at by Monday, September 12.

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2016 Barnard-Columbia Jam: Reunion Conference August, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2016

2016 Barnard-Columbia Jam: 
Reunion Conference August, 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2016

Come network and party in New York City and on campus with Black and Latino alumni from the “foundational classes”. Alumni and students of all generations and Columbia schools and affiliates welcome!

Click here to visit the 2016 JAM Website and Register with early bird pricing

For more information:(484) 751-3207 or

The “Jam” was originally the reunion of Black and Latino men and women enrolled as undergraduates at Barnard College and Columbia College in the 1960s and 1970s who became the “foundational classes” on whose shoulders subsequent generations of students of color stand.

The Summer 2016 Alumni Reunion Jam is open to all Columbia University alumni from all schools and affiliates from all generations.

The mission of the Barnard-Columbia Jam is to forever honor the legacy of the foundational classes of color, and to extend a welcoming hand in fellowship to alumnae of all affiliated schools and classes, particularly those of shared ancestry.

Jam events and reunions expand and uplift the cultural, educational, ethnic and economic diversity at Barnard and Columbia as well as our global community beyond the gates, and, we party – we rejoice in the spirit of love and support that made this once small, yet vital minority community larger than life in the history of Columbia University in the City of New York.

Alumni Networking Hour 5/11 Noon, Grad Grams, and More


Via Rachel Ely Assistant Director for CAA Marketing & Digital Initiatives at Columbia University in the City of New York

This week, we’re bringing you some new networking opportunities and a chance to share career and life advice with Columbia’s newest graduates.


If you have extensive experience in education or are contemplating a new career in education, be sure to check out next week’s Networking Hour, dedicated entirely to the education industry. You will have the opportunity to make connections, swap contact information, and build your professional alumni network. Education areas for networking will include: PreK – 12, Higher Ed, and Online Learning. (Wednesday, May 11 at 12pm EST) REGISTER:

Looking for a place to find new career resources? Want to connect with Columbia alumni on a larger scale? Then it’s time you logged into the new online Alumni Community: The Community is a new and exclusive resource, available only to Columbia alumni. And be sure to check out the CAREER OPPORTUNITIES group – a free-form place to post career advice, professional development opportunities, or even job openings. IRAAS Alumni Council created a private discussion group – “IRAAS Alumni”

Columbia graduation is this month! This year, over 10,000 new graduates from Columbia’s 18 schools and affiliates join our alumni community. Help us welcome our newest alumni by sharing a piece of advice via Grad Grams: