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Community Partnerships
With their rich history and cultural diversity, Harlem, Washington Heights, and other surrounding neighborhoods help make Columbia a great place to work and study. Columbians, in turn, seek to give back to surrounding communities—through more than 100 community partnerships that deliver health care, education and job training; offer management expertise to educators; and provide mentorship to youth, among numerous other services. Below is a sampling of these programs.

For a full list of programs, eligibility, and contact information, visit the Columbia University Neighbors Web site.

Double Discovery Center
Born in the upheavals of the 1960s, Double Discovery Center is an educational project that allows Harlem students to discover academia—and Columbia students to discover the hopes, fears, and challenges facing inner-city youth. DDC serves more than 1,000 college-bound, low-income youth.

Mobile Dental Center
Travels to forty-five day care and Head Start centers in Northern Manhattan, providing comprehensive dental care to 3,000 children, ages 3 to 5, during every school year.

Harlem Horizon Arts Studio
Provides a safe environment where local children, ages 5 to 15, can express themselves artistically through painting, sketching, sculpting, collage, two-dimensional art creation, and portfolio development. Children display their artwork at an annual art exhibition at Columbia University.

Morningside Park Greenmarket
Offers locally grown, nutritious food at reasonable prices to reduce both local carbon footprints and obesity. Run by Community Markets, an organization dedicated to supporting local agriculture, strengthening local communities, and making fresh produce available to neighborhoods with limited access.

SPURS
Provides fellowships at Columbia University Medical Center for promising minority and/or economically disadvantaged undergraduates from City University of New York in top research labs.

SLICE (Service Learning in Community Environment)
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science trains fifteen local residents—from teens to adults—as information technology specialists in a free, sixteen-month program with links to employment.

Columbia Community Service
Supports soup kitchens, after-school programs, and other worthy local nonprofits via direct financial aid.

Partnership for Gender-Specific Medicine
Collaborates with the private sector in research on gender-specific medicine.

Alianza Dominicana and Legal Aid
An initiative of the Law School, the Legal Aid Society, and Alianza Dominicana to provide free legal advice and support on immigration issues.

Revson Fellows
Advance civic leadership in New York via nine-month fellowships for mid-career professionals at Columbia.

Harlem Children’s Zone Asthma Initiative
Harlem Children’s Zone is a neighborhood-based early childhood health and education project. The Asthma Initiative targets the nearly one-third of children involved in its programs who have asthma to improve their symptoms and management of the disease.

Gallery Space in Harlem
Offers artists from Upper Manhattan free exhibition space in two Columbia University Medical Center buildings.

Columbia/Harlem Jazz Project
Collaboration between Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies and several Upper Manhattan arts organizations that presents leading jazz artists in a series of public programs in and around the Harlem community.


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