Neighbors Newsletter Fall/Winter 2019

Columbia University’s Office of Government and Community Affairs publishes the Neighbors Newsletter which has replaced The Columbia Newsletter: News for Our Neighbors as a resource for our constituents in Upper Manhattan.  Our purpose is to provide news from the University and beyond that our readers will find useful and engaging. 

In this issue, we feature Columbia’s Year of Water, a University wide exploration of water and all of its aspects: social, political, cultural, economic and environmental. We highlight the launch of the WHDC’s and partners’ inaugural Harlem Jazz and Music Festival. We showcase the work of the Q Clinic, a student-run organization and its efforts toward working with the unique needs of the LGBTQI+ community. We share how students are using Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library to create new scholarship in African American and African Diaspora Studies.

We revisit the Manhattanville Community Benefits Agreement to highlight the scholarships for elementary school teachers. We also catch up with brothers Mohammed and Rahim Diallo, graduates of the Harlem Local Vendor Program and their journey to open their new cafe. Finally, we celebrate the launch of Columbia University Neighbors, a hub of news, resources and more for our neighbors in Upper Manhattan. In addition to these stories, we include announcements and a listing of services provided by Columbia University in the surrounding community.