As we engage in anti-racism work, it is crucial to create spaces for difficult conversations and for individual and collective healing. Our office worked with the School of Social Work to develop a three-session mini-institute for Columbia faculty.
Please visit this page for more information.
The Office of the Provost issued a request for proposals to provide seed grant funding for faculty and/or academic units within the Columbia community that engage with issues of structural racism. The goal of this initiative is to provide resources to enable collaborative dialogue, action, and insight for systemic change towards racial equity. Awards were funded up to $5,000. Projects that are complex, such as interdisciplinary collaborations, were funded up to $10,000.
A Request for Proposals was issued on June 30, 2020. The application form can be found here and the submission deadline was September 17, 2020.
Faculty Conversation Spaces
Our office will host a series of informal, unmoderated online spaces for faculty affected by recent events to come together, share their experiences, and provide mutual support.
The Junior Faculty session took place on 7/21 at 3pm.
The Mid-Career and Senior Faculty session took place on 7/23 at 12pm.
In collaboration with our colleagues at Barnard College and Teachers College, we are piloting an all-faculty summer reading initiative. For our first round, participants may choose from three books, and we hosted a series of faculty-facilitated book club discussions in the fall of 2020.
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
Birthright Citizens by Martha Jones
How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
More information about this initiative can be found here.