Columbia Announced a Partner in Legacies of American Slaveries Network
Columbia College Chicago has been named an institutional affiliate by The Council of Independent Colleges for a multiyear project, “Legacies of American Slavery: Reckoning with the Past.” This initiative is designed to help Council of Independent Colleges member institutions, their students, and their communities explore the continuing impact of slavery on American life and culture. The project will support campus-based research, teaching, and learning as well as community-based programs about the multiple legacies of slavery.
"Being named an Institutional Affliate of the Legacies of Slavery Initiative is a real opportunity for Columbia. It should not only enhance our capacity to deepen students understanding of the African diaspora and the American experince, but also strengthen our connection to communities of color in Chicago," said Humanities, History, and Social Sciences Department Chair Richard King.
The Council of Independent Colleges is an association of 765 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, state-based councils of independent colleges, and other higher education affiliates, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of independent higher education’s contributions to society.
Programmatic activities will begin this spring and build toward a series of regional conferences during the 2021–2022 academic year.