Announcing the 2021-22 Recipients of the Racial Justice Mini-Grants!

February 01, 2022

Dear Students,

We are pleased to announce the recipients of University Life’s 2022 Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program. The program supports student projects that provide opportunities for the Columbia community to understand and unlearn racism, effectively act or advocate to address racism, and strengthen our campus culture of inclusion and belonging.

Please join us in congratulating the grant recipients:

  • "Resilience Against Power and Privilege" Podcast, JoAnne Lee and Joel Sedano 
  • The Saltwater Railroad: Untold Black Liberation, Malakai Hart
  • Race, Racism, and Religion: Silences and Absences, and Histories and Methodologies, Zehra Mehdi and Gaurika Mehta
  • For Pecola: Emerging Evidence of the Structural Consequences of Colorism, TK Saccoh 
  • Dismantling Racism and Decolonizing Ourselves Through Art, Lisa Cardoso, Angie Maldonado Rodriguez, and Kaya Kim
  • Reproductive Justice Panel: What’s Happening in Texas?, Olivia Cordingley
  • How-To Workshop: Making Business Decisions that Mitigate Harm, Wilburt Carpenter 
  • Three-part Seminar Series to Address “Racial Myths” in Global Health, Joanne Michelle F Ocampo and Alejandra Paniagua-Avila
  • Genealogies of Revolution and the Struggle for Racial Justice in Sudan, Anna Simone Reumert
  • Zora’s Daughters Podcast, Alyssa A.L. James and Brendane A. Tynes

Student applicants from across the University demonstrated an inspiring level of thoughtfulness and creativity, as well as a deep dedication to promoting racial justice. Ixchel Rosal, Associate Vice President for Student Life, says, “This program provides students an opportunity to contribute to the culture they want to see at Columbia–one that both promotes racial justice and provides people with concrete tools to address this critical issue. We're excited to partner with the students in this new cohort of grantees and watch their important work come to fruition.”

This project is funded through a partnership between University Life and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life. Learn more about the Racial Justice Mini Grants program here.

It also builds off of similar work throughout the University. In Fall of 2020, the Office of the Provost launched the Addressing Racism: A Call to Action for Columbia Faculty Seed Grant Opportunity to provide resources for individual and interdisciplinary projects that engage with issues of structural racism. To date 70 faculty projects have been funded. 

If you’d like to stay up to date on projects and events organized through the Racial Justice Mini-Grants program, we’ll share updates in our weekly Events and Opportunities emails and on Facebook and Instagram. We hope to see you at some of these student-driven programs this Spring!


Dennis A. Mitchell, DDS, MPH (he/him)
Executive Vice President for University Life
Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement
Professor of Dental Medicine at CUMC