About Education:

The Education Center, led by Center Director Carolyn Kelley, focuses on equalizing educational opportunities across the board, through policy discussions, policy proposals, and initiatives. In the past year, we've held discussions ranging from the standardization of textbooks to the school-to-prison pipeline. Our initiatives have covered financing higher education, diversifying New York City public schools, and informing students on campus about their Title Nine rights. This year we are continuing to work on Title IX rights and the financialization of higher education, particularly at Barnard. In the next year, we hope to build a community of people passionate about education who hope to craft the best policies to better prepare our future citizenry. This past year, after participating in the Roosevelt Institute's Re:Public incubator this summer, we selected diversification of New York City public schools as our initiative topic for this year. We also contributed to the discourse on adjunct professorships and graduate student unionization that is occurring on the Columbia/Barnard campus. We also hosted a film screening of Fail State, a new documentary about the rise of for-profit colleges.

Previous Publications: 

Funding Women's Education: A Step Towards Peace & Security by Lindsay Meyerson

Responding to Distant Disaster: Funding the Education of Child Refugees in Cash-Strapped Connecticut School Districts by Maeve Flaherty

Leveling the Playing Field: How Columbia Can Stop Hurting Its Low-Income Students by Troy Brown

Requiring Civics Education in New York City Public Schools by Rosie Moss

Health for All: Instituting Mandatory Health Education at Columbia University by Carolyn Kelly

Implementing Individualized Professional Development for Teachers to Improve Student Outcomes in New York City by Nicole Felmus

"Where do Tomatoes Come From?" The Need for Agricultural Education in New York City Public Schools by Lexie Lehmann