Justice and Equity

Local Public High School Students Learn Philosophy and Find Their Voices

Columbia's Freedom and Citizenship program is now accepting applications from rising juniors.

News and Research

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Beyond the Bars 2020 Conference

From March 5 - 8, The Center for Justice's 10th annual "Beyond the Bars" conference will gather a broad range of activists, organizers, practitioners, students, educators, faculty, impacted people and community members to deal with issues related to incarceration in our society.

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Mapping Hunger in New York City: A Look at the Rate of Food Hardship in New York City Neighborhoods

A new report from the Center on Poverty and Social Policy shows that more than half of New Yorkers experienced food hardship at least once over four years.

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Dance pioneer Arthur Mitchell; courtesy Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Arts as Central to African American and African Diaspora Studies

A recent grant from the Mellon Foundation to the African American and African Diaspora Studies department will support new arts-based programming.


Virtual Reality Program Explores Racism

School of Social Work's Courtney Cogburn explains how her virtual reality tool, 1000 Cut Journey, helps people understand racism.

CBS News
February 13, 2020

Op-Ed: Trump’s tax reform is leaving millions of poor children behind

Center on Poverty and Social Policy's Sophie Collyer along with David Harris from the Children’s Research and Education Institute discuss how the poorest families and their children in the United States are not eligible for benefits from the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Los Angeles Times
January 17, 2020

Keeping Kids Out of Cells

The Justice Lab's Vincent Schiraldi speaks about the benefits of keeping youth offenders out of prisons and the importance of juvenile justice reform across the country.

The San Francisco Chronicle
December 29, 2019


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The Outside: Episode 1

This is a the first in a series of videos from the Tamer Center's ReEntry Acceleration Program featuring formerly incarcerated individuals and how they are adjusting to life outside prison.

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EXiT: Executives Transforming Probation & Parole

Executives Transforming Probation and Parole (EXiT) unites current and former community supervision executives to build a national movement to transform probation and parole. EXiT is supported by the Columbia University Justice Lab.