I am in no way advocating for superficial “political correctness” as we have come to hear speech referred to in this country. This linguistic difficulty is symptomatic of broader problems that transcend issues of vernacular. There is not enough discord about the problems of race in this country. It is tempting to say, “ah, those are the problems of the past” but if these two weeks have illustrated anything, it is that we need to challenge the issues our parents left on the table for us.
There are a few issues on this campus that I would like the address, as a way to start this conversation. At a meeting of student leaders yesterday, many concerns were discussed. The following are by no means a comprehensive list, but some that stood out to me. First and foremost, students expressed the need to an Ethic Studies Department. Related to that, was the need to have the core curriculum changed to reflect the diversity that our school espouses. Another concern is the tenure process for professors. It should never be that the politics held by an otherwise qualified applicant, will affect their chances of being approved. While I do not know enough about either subject right now, I intend to educate myself and invite leaders from the campus community to address council so that we can learn how to be an ally for these and the many other issues brought up by students. I intend the lend all the weight afforded me by the Gssc, in order to help make the voices of students be heard.
I look forward to continuing this blog as a forum to address issues among the GS community. I also hope that it can serve as a tool to mobilize GS to participate in student activism. Tomorrow , October 12th from 11AM to 1PM in 555 Learner Hall, there will be a forum to discuss these past two weeks, hosted by the GSsc. It is an opportunity for ALL students to express themselves, and I sincerely hope that you ALL are able to attend. There is too much at stake to choose silence.
Dear fellow member of the Columbia community:
As most of you now know, a terrible incident of bias occurred at
Tolerance and mutual respect are among the core values of our
I will be meeting with student leaders this afternoon, and other
Lee C. Bollinger
Dean Mary McGee's e-mail to the GS Student Body:
Dear GS students,
To the TC Community:
The police were here this morning because a hangman's noose was
The TC community and I deplore this hateful act, which violates every
Anyone who has any information about this incident is urged to
The 26th Precinct Detective Squad (212 678-1351);
Crime stoppers (1 800 577-TIPS);
John DeAngelis, Chief of Public Safety (212 678-4180);
Janice Robinson, TC General Counsel and Executive Director,