Barnard-Columbia Alumni Reunion Jam May 31 – June 2, 2018

Barnard-Columbia Alumni Reunion Jam 2018

Open to Columbia University alumni from all schools, affiliates, and generations, The “Jam” was originally the reunion of Black and Latino men and women who attended 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.

Join the party this reunion weekend with old school jams played live by Columbia classmate James “Plunky” Branch and his band Plunky and Oneness

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of Columbia’s 1968 student uprising, we also honor the foundational classes of color – recognizing Rachelle “Viki” Browne, The Honorable Walter Rivera, and Steven “Noah” Sims for their commitment, with in person tributes by Efraim Nieves, Esq., Ellen Holder Honeywell and Eric H. Holder, Jr., 82nd Attorney General of the United States.

Jam 2018 is brought to you in collaboration:

Black Alumni Council of Columbia University

Columbia College Office of Alumni Affairs and Development

Ifill Events, LLC

Plunky and Oneness

Make a charitable contribution to the Black Alumni Council Scholarship Fund for undergraduate education.

Recommended reunion activities:

Th., May 31 – Barnard Alumnae of Color Dinner

Fri., June 1 – The Jam | 8 pm | Proper West 54 W. 39th St.

Sat., June 2 – Panel: Remembering 1968 | 1 pm | CU Law School

Sat., June 2 – Alumni of Color Reception | 4 pm | Campus

More Reunion Weekend Info


Dr. Christine Pinnock ’03 10/19/17 The Presents: How To Be An Ally To Black Women

The Presents: How To Be An Ally To Black Women


HOW TO BE AN ALLY is a panel series from The Ripple that uplifts and amplifies the different voices being left out of the current feminist discussion.

Please join us this month as we highlight the voices of Black Women!

Thu, October 19, 2017, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT


Civic Hall, 118 W 22nd Street, 12th Floor, New York, NY 10011

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Doors at 5pm. Event begins promptly at 5:30pm.

Event is open to all ages, genders and religions.

Event space is wheelchair accessible.

Tickets will be sold at the door.

Our incredible speakers this month are:

  • Gia-Rayne B. Harris is a writer, actress, singer, and director. She can be seen performing with the New York Neo Futurists ensemble on a regular basis. She is an alum of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Health and a concentration in Gender Studies. Passionate about feminism and the advocacy of people of color, she is working on creating her own production company to create art that will provide a voice to underrepresented groups.
  • Dr. Christine A. Pinnock is a writer, Black feminist anthropologist and garden photographer who recently earned her doctorate in Anthropology from The Graduate Center (CUNY). Her broader research interests involve immigration, sexuality, diasporic/transnational communities, Caribbean literature, and gendered
    labor. Currently Dr. Pinnock is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS) at Columbia University. She teaches Gender, Sexuality and Labor in the Contemporary Caribbean and is also the consultant for IRAAS’ Thesis Writing Workshop. She is working on her manuscript, All Dis Way: Afro-Caribbean Women’s Narratives of Struggle with Immigration, Labor and Race in New York City, along with other writing projects. Dr. Pinnock is the owner of Building Future Legacies for Young Scholars, a college preparedness consulting firm, and is deeply committed to helping college-bound, undergraduate, and graduate scholars effectively navigate and succeed in higher education. She also provides professional development workshops for academic professionals and K-12 educators. Dr. Pinnock can be contacted at
  • Dominique McQueen is a Transgender U.S. Army Veteran turned model and philanthropist. While developing her own anti bullying campaign, Persist 4 Peace, she has worked closely with Someone Cares Inc, of Atlanta, serving as Project Manager. While continuing to pursue her entertainment career, she is also on the Veterans’ Affairs Mental Health Advisory Council and has recently become a Certified Peer Support Specialist for the DBSA.

Do you offer Financial Aid?

Yes! For those in need of financial assistance, The Ripple always offers a Financial Hardships Program. Please contact us at for more information.

What is The Ripple?

The Ripple is an intersectional women’s collective founded by Dana Suchow and Rachel Cargle,

At The Ripple, we believe that empowered women are the key to America’s future. Women have been completely disenfranchised in our society, and while not all disenfranchisement is equal, it doesn’t make any single woman less valuable or worthy. Waves start from ripples, and The Ripple is about empowering women to make waves in their communities through meaningful and lasting conversations.


Please email if any questions.

Homecoming 2017 – Columbia University Black Alumni Council

Black Alumni Council Board

WHEN   October 14, 2017 at 7:30pm – 10pm

WHERE 48 Lounge 1221 6th Ave Ny, NY 10020

Black Alumni Council of Columbia University (BAC) and Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), invite you to join alumni from all Columbia schools and generations for the 2017 Black Alumni Homecoming!
This festive evening held at 48 Lounge in midtown Manhattan, is an opportunity for the #BlackLion family to come together to celebrate our community, learn how to get involved, and have a great time with new and old Columbia friends.
The evening includes hors d’ouvres, premium open bar, music, and dancing.
Early Bird Tickets:
– Undergraduate Students: $30
– Alumni & Graduate Students: $60
– Non-Alumni Guests: $65
– Sponsor a Student: $60
After October 1st:
– Undergraduate Students: $60
– Alumni & Graduate Students: $70
– Non-Alumni Guests: $75
– Walk-In: $80
*Note: Due to Columbia’s alcohol policy, only those 21 and over may attend.
For information on BAC Homecoming sponsorship opportunities, contact Genna Farley ( Assistant Director, Alumni Relations.
We look forward to seeing you.


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




Save the Date – Beyond the Bars: Transcending the Punishment Paradigm

March 3-5, 2017

The Beyond the Bars Conference, now going into its 7th year, is an annual event that brings together a trans-disciplinary group to advance the work of ending mass incarceration and mass criminalization and building a just and safe society. Each year scholars, students, activists, advocates, policy makers, government officials and those who have been most directly impacted by issues of incarceration and criminalization come together for three days to deepen our collective analysis, strengthen our network of those working for change and make visible the many ways those from the academy and the community can engage in action.

This year’s conference, Transcending the Punishment Paradigm, will address the criminal justice system’s responses to violence focusing on the following four questions:

  1. What are the root causes of violence within communities? What are the root causes of state violence? How do the two intersect?
  2. What is needed to makes communities safe?
  3. What are the existing narratives about people who have committed violent acts? How do we change those narratives?
  4. When violence happens in the community, what are responses that decrease mass criminalization and incarceration and do not rely on the punishment paradigm?

Request for Proposals

Sunday, March 5, 2017, the third day of the Beyond the Bars conference, will feature 90-minute organizing workshops.  These sessions are designed to facilitate skill-sharing, learning, and active engagement.  The workshops are a chance to present the many political struggles connected to mass criminalization, to teach new tools for advocacy, and to connect participants to opportunities for continued engagement beyond the conference.  What skills do you wish more people had?  What do people need to know in order to contribute more effectively to your work?  What are the concrete steps people can take today to support the work that you’re doing?  We are particularly committed to highlighting the voices and organizing done by: people of color, women, queer and trans people, and young people.

We are interested in proposals that touch on various topics related to violence, including:

  • State violence (including policing, incarceration, deportation, and correctional supervision)
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Community Violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Transformative and restorative justice
  • The distinction between “violent and nonviolent offenders”
  • Trauma and healing
  • Interrupting violence and self-defense
  • Reentry

We are looking forward to learning various skills, including:

  • Self care: how do you do this work while dealing with vicarious trauma?
  • Alternate approaches to combatting violence
  • Anti-oppressive organizational practices
  • Creating political campaigns
  • Community organizing and base building
  • Communicating your message (including the use of social media)
  • Coordinating direct actions
  • Arts-based activism
  • Supporting people experiencing state violence (including currently incarcerated people)
  • Fundraising and budgeting
  • Legal advocacy
  • Mediation

We invite proposals for workshops that address one or more of these foundational topics and skills. In your proposal please emphasize tangible take-aways for participants and the ways you will facilitate this through active participation and/or gaining a deeper understanding of an issue.

Accepted proposals will be interactive and bridge the gap from analysis to action. We are especially excited about workshops that provide the opportunity for continued involvement after the conference weekend—either through one’s individual actions or through involvement with a group.

All workshops will be 1.5 hours long and take place on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Columbia University School of Social Work.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the following form by January 31, 2017:

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or comments at:

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

12/2/16 Conference – the caribbean digital III

the caribbean digital III

2 December 2016
Maison Française | Columbia University

Over the course of this day of multiform panel presentations, we will engage critically with the digital as praxis, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social, historical, and geo-political contours of the Caribbean and its diasporas. Presenters will consider the affordances and limitations of the digital with respect to a wide range of disciplines and methodologies. Discussions will pick up themes addressed in our 2014 inaugural event, our focused conversations at last year’s colloquium, as well as in a special section of sx archipelagos, the peer-reviewed Small Axe Project publishing platform dedicated to Caribbean digital scholarship and scholarship of the Caribbean digital.

Please take the time to explore our site. For each of the conference panels, our generous discussants have proposed differing “ways in” to their respective sessions – some engage pointedly the specifics of panelists’ interventions, while others evoke broader questions about the Caribbean (and the) digital. We have placed these discussion questions below the panel abstracts.

Also plan to join us on Thursday, 1 December, 4-6PM at the Studio@Butler for an information session and workshop devoted to multimedia mapping project In the Same Boats: Toward an Intellectual Cartography of the Afro-Atlantic.


This conference is free and open to the public.
Proceedings will be recorded and Livestreamed.

© 2016, Small Axe.

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.

IRAAS Graduate Student Presentations 2016

IRAAS Graduate Student Presentations
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

6:00pm-8:00pm; Rm 754 Schermerhorn Extension

Free and Open to the Public


“From Whiteness to Witness: Morality and the Reader in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and God Help the Child”
Esther G.K. Dummett, MA Candidate African-American Studies 
“South Sudanese Beauty Queens: Nation-Building, Identity  and
Notions of Supremacy”

Brittaney N. Graham, MA Candidate African-American Studies
“Come In My Room, Come On In The Prayer Room”: Sister Gertrude Morgan’s Subversive Salvation”

Imani Uzuri, MA Candidate African-American Studies 

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