Three Columbia Community Scholars Discuss “Hip-Hop Education: Propelling and Preserving the Movement”
One week before Kendrick Lamar became the first hip-hop artist to be awarded Columbia University’s Pulitzer Prize, Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies presented the panel discussion “Hip-Hop Education: Propelling and Preserving the Movement” to explore hip-hop as it approaches its 45th anniversary.
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.
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.
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.
Diversity in the workforce remains a salient issue in the United States. According to Fortune.com, 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.
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.
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
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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