Opening Ceremony and Reception

400 Years of Inequality: A Call to Action
11:45 am
1:15 pm
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Bard Hall Lounge
Office of the Dean
Mailman School Students, Faculty and Staff, Open to the Columbia Community, Open to the Public, Alumni
This year is a poignant moment for us to reflect on the grim 400th anniversary of the first Africans sold into bondage in North America. The scars we still bear as a country from slavery are evident in countless ways, including the significant health and structural inequalities that persist throughout the United States.

As a school of public health deeply dedicated to health and justice for all, we have decided to embark on a year-long journey this Fall to better understand the role of slavery in sewing inequality into the fabric of American society. Our community will delve into how threads of this history are woven in and through every aspect of our present with particular impact on health and solutions going forward.

On Monday, October 14, we will host a number of presentations and lectures commemorating this grim anniversary. Events throughout the day will draw speakers and engagement from across Columbia medical campus and our surrounding Washington Heights community.

Join us for reflections, readings, and special performances by local groups Sing Harlem and Dance Project of Washington Heights.


Lauren Sagnella, Associate Director, Special Event