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On July 21 at 9:00 a.m, the 39,000-squarefoot Whole Foods Harlem store located on West 125th Street opened its doors to the community with items from 11 local businesses and entrepreneurs—all graduates of the Harlem Local Vendor Program—selected to have their products featured on the shelves. The Harlem Local Vendor Program—a partnership between the Columbia- Harlem Small Business Development Center, Whole Foods Market, Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates, Harlem Park to Park, and others—hopes to develop economic stability and job creation in Upper Manhattan.
In a message to the campus community, President Lee Bollinger announced that, “following twelve years of exceptional leadership of the University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs, Executive Vice President Maxine Griffith is transitioning into a new role at the University. Maxine will serve as a special advisor to me, with a focus on Columbia World Projects and its engagement with issues around government, city planning, and urban design.” Griffith will also teach at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation as an adjunct professor of urban planning.
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which was established in 2016 with a $60 million operating endowment from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Columbia University, is not only a vital and much-needed support for news organizations across the country, but also a fundamental service to all citizens concerned about threats facing freedom of speech, a core pillar of American democracy.