School & Program Updates

School & Program Updates

Columbia Commemorates National Public Health Week 2017 with Series of Special Events

The Perspectives on Aging Group is leading a day of service on April 2 in which members will visit elders throughout the city to offer companionship.

The Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion and Dr. Robert Fullilove, professor of sociomedical sciences and associate dean, community and minority affairs, will lead a Community Inequality Walk through Washington Heights on April 7 to explore how fundamental causes of disease are inscribed in the city streets. Mailman School students will walk the neighborhood, identify points of disinvestment, discuss the structural processes and forces that create them, meet neighborhood activists, and learn how you can “cross Broadway” to make a difference.

Student groups at the Mailman School are hosting the following events:       

The Food Policy and Obesity Prevention Group (FPOP) — To raise awareness on the many stressors associated with poverty and having to rely on public assistance, FPOP is hosting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Challenge. Students, faculty, and administrators are invited to live one week on the SNAP budget of $4.25 per day, the same allotment as SNAP assistance or “food stamps.” Each participant will reflect on the impact of living on limited resources, as well as how crucial food assistance programs are for the more than 45 million Americans enrolled.
A SNAP Challenge Policy Talk will take place on April 5. Guest speakers from the Tisch Food Center will discuss the policy surrounding the upcoming Farm Bill and how SNAP may be affected. The talk will be concluded with a discussion fueled by participant feedback and awareness gained from SNAP Challenge.

The Greater Community Reach Group and The Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Group will hold a Menstrual Hygiene Product Drive throughout National Public Health Week for donating menstrual hygiene products. All donations will be sent to The Bowery Mission.

The Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and the Office of Career Services are holding an Alumni Networking Night on April 5. Students will have the opportunity to connect with recent and noteworthy alumni from various departments, learn about their Mailman experiences and how they arrived at where they are today.

A Screening of the film “Indian Point” and discussion with Director Ivy Meeropol

The film is a nuanced argument about the issues surrounding nuclear energy and offers a reality check for our uncertain nuclear future. Director/filmmaker Ms. Ivy Meeropol had unprecedented access to the Indian Point Plant at the center of the most contentious relicensing process in the industry’s history. The event is sponsored by the Sophie and Alex Rosner Seminar on History, Health and Social Justice in the department of sociomedical sciences.

Following the screening, Ms. Meeropol and film subjects, activist Ms. Marilyn Elie and environmental journalist Mr. Roger Witherspoon lead a Q & A and discussion of Indian Point’s future, with comments from Dr. Diana Hernandez, professor of sociomedical sciences.

This film premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival, and in 2017 it was announced that a pending deal between NY State and Entergy Corp. could see Indian Point Energy Center close by 2021.