7 Photos From a Celebration of Columbia's 11th Cohort of A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars

On Oct. 26, Bundles Scholars old and new joined together in Low Library to celebrate the 11th cohort. 

Kymani Hayden
October 31, 2023

On Oct. 26, A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars joined together in the Burden Room at Low Library on Columbia's campus to welcome the 11th cohort of scholars.

Bundles Scholars are members of the Upper Manhattan community who receive a three-year affiliation with Columbia and access to campus resources while they complete work towards a project or skill that relates to or benefits their community. Bundles Scholars join an intellectual collective with the other program participants and can connect with the University's various academic and research-based resources. 

After remarks from Deborah Sack, Vice President of Operations in the Office of Public Affairs, three of five of this year's scholars introduced their research interests and projects:

  • Renita Croney, interior designer and consultant whose work will explore the black aesthetic through the exploration of objects, shapes, textures, and more. 
  • Chris Lawrence, a community leader whose work will provide help and resources to older adults living within the local area. 
  • Bonita LloydNettles, an experienced entrepreneur whose work will preserve jazz music through art, literary, and oral history. 

George Calderaro, Director of Community Relations at the School of Professional Studies, also spoke about the Community Scholars Lecture Series, which will return this December.

Scholars from former cohorts as well as staffers then had the chance to mingle, share ideas, and connect. 

Here are a few photos from the evening that highlight the excitement around this year's new scholars:

A woman reads from a book facing the crowd.
A man and a woman stand next to each other talking.
Chris Lawrence
Two women and a man talking, standing up in a circle.
A woman laughs while speaking to the crowd.
One man and two women pose for a photo, looking at the camera.

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