National Science Foundation Announces West Harlem as Wireless Testbed

In April 2018, the National Science Foundation (NSF), under its Platform for Advanced Wireless Research (PAWR) initiative, formally announced the West Harlem area as its wireless testbed for the next wave of mobile technology. The $22.5 million grant was awarded to a New York City–based university team— consisting of Rutgers University, Columbia University (CU), and New York University—that will partner with New York City, Silicon Harlem, City College of New York, and the University of Arizona to develop the Cloud Enhanced Open Software Defined Mobile Wireless Testbed for City-Scale Deployment (COSMOS) project. The testbed will cover one square mile in the West Harlem area, with City College to the north, Columbia University’s Morningside campus to the south, the Hudson River to the west, and the Apollo Theater to the east.

May 02, 2018

Columbia and Read Ahead: 20 Years and Counting

Since 1998, Columbia University has been partnering with Read Ahead (formerly Everybody Wins! NY), a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer mentors with elementary school students throughout New York City, for one-on-one lunchtime mentoring sessions of reading and conversation.

May 02, 2018

REAP Program Seeks to Provide Careers to 2,000 Formerly Incarcerated People by 2020

When Damon Rodriguez stepped out of prison in 2013, he already had a plan. While in jail, he was fortunate to come across stories in local newspapers about an organization that helps formerly incarcerated people (FIPs) start a new chapter of their lives. Many people face immense challenges finding work after they’re released from prisons. The latest reports reveal that the American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people.

May 02, 2018

Columbia Pioneers HBCU Fellowship Initiative

Diversity in the workforce remains a salient issue in the United States. According to, Fortune 500 companies employ 17.5 percent of America’s workforce, but only 3 percent of these companies share full diversity data, suggesting that diversity may not always be a priority. Yet the Harvard Business Review reports that diverse firms are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their national industry median, 45 percent more likely to report market share growth, and 70 percent more likely to report they captured a new market.

May 02, 2018

SPS and WHDC Partner to Provide Excellence in Nonprofit Management Series

The School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Columbia University was founded in 1995 to specialize in career advancement through professional and interdisciplinary education. Under the leadership of Dean Jason Wingard, the SPS Community Relations office was created in fall 2015 to identify and engage individuals and organizations within the community that could serve as potential partners on a variety of initiatives and community service projects.

May 02, 2018

Columbia-Harlem SBDC and Columbia Dining Partner to Launch the Uris Incubator Program

The Harlem Local Vendor Program (HLVP)—a partnership between the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Harlem Park to Park, Hot Bread Kitchen Incubates, Whole Foods Market, and others—is designed to help manufacturers of locally made consumer goods increase their business acumen and capacity so that they may contract with more and larger

May 02, 2018

The Mass Transit Man— Thomas Abdallah

Thomas Abdallah, an adjunct professor in the Sustainability Management Program of Columbia University, loves mass transit. And that’s a good thing, because Abdallah is also the deputy vice president and chief environmental engineer of Capital Program Management at MTA New York City Transit, where he gets to inspect and improve transit facilities every day.

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