The Community Affairs Unit of GCA supports the creation of an equitable ecosystem in Harlem and Upper Manhattan. The office seeks to create mutually beneficial outcomes for the university and community at large by fostering collaboration between university stakeholders, local residents, business owners, community based organizations and schools. This office also implements actions that can address structural inequality, with specific focus on how African American, Latinx and other populations of the African Diaspora have been disproportionately impacted by racism.
Community Affairs is also the University's primary liaison to the West Harlem Development Corporation, a non-profit organization founded in 2009 by Columbia University and community stakeholders to implement the deliverables outlined in the West Harlem Community Benefits Agreement. Other deliverables of the WH CBA managed by this office include the A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars, Connecting Youth Initiative, WHDC In-Kind Space Program and more.
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