President Shafik Welcomes Volunteers to the 'Great Broadway Sweep'

Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College join Morningside and West Harlem neighbors to help clean Broadway and send a message of unity.

September 26, 2023

Columbia President Minouche Shafik welcomed Barnard President Laura Rosenbury, Teachers College President Thomas Bailey, and New York City Council member Shaun Abreu to the Manhattanville Campus on September 20 to rally students, faculty, staff, Morningside Heights and West Harlem community partners, and neighbors to the third day of the Great Broadway Sweep. 

"It is such a huge pleasure to be with you here today in support of the Great Broadway Sweep and our partnership with the City of New York and with the Sanitation Foundation," Shafik said. "Being an integral part of the city, we see it as our responsibility to contribute to making this city even better. And we pride ourselves on being a good local citizen."

From left: Teachers College President Thomas Bailey, Columbia President Minouche Shafik, and Barnard President Laura Rosenbury hold up "Sustainable Columbia" T-shirts

Organized by the City’s nonprofit Sanitation Foundation and We Love NYC, the Great Broadway Sweep is a five-day effort to collect trash along New York City’s most iconic street. Columbia University Irving Medical Center held a similar rally on September 19, as the clean-up project moved south from Inwood to Times Square. 

Volunteers helping to clean Broadway in Manhattanville

Shafik noted Columbia's goal to reach net zero by 2050. "Our participation in this event today represents the pride that we feel as part of this city," she said. "And it’s also part of our commitment to sustainability and the environment."