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The Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center hosted a Harlem Buyer Fair to connect local food, body care and gift vendors with buyers from Whole Foods, FreshDirect, Columbia Dining and more. Participating vendors had completed the Harlem Local Vendor Program, a business accelerator program designed to provide local Harlem vendors with the opportunity to exhibit their products for Whole Foods Market foragers/buyers, Columbia University procurement representatives and other program procurement partners.
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University announced today that Larry Siems, formerly the Director of Freedom to Write and International Programs at PEN American Center, has joined the Institute as chief of staff. Siems will have a broad role at the Institute, encompassing responsibilities relating to strategic planning, communications, fundraising, management, and administration.
Columbia College has appointed Kecia Hayes, a Teachers College alumna with more than 20 years of education experience, as the new executive director of the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center (DDC), a program that works to enhance higher education opportunities for local low-income and first-generation youth ages 12–27.