Fatjon Kaja is, by all counts, an exceptional student here at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Furthermore, his good humor, sensitivity, and commitment to service for the public good have made him a trusted peer among the school's students and fellows. In this interview with Neighborhoods and Nations, we ask Kaja to describe his path from rural Albania to Harlem. Along the way, Kaja offers insight into why he believes Colin Powell School students have an edge as they pursue civic and global leadership roles after completing their studies at The City College of New York.Read More
Members of the faculty have grown concerned about how you are thinking about and coping with issues of police brutality, the response of our justice system, and the protests that have occupied so much of our attention and emotional energy these past few weeks. We've noticed many of you with deep concerns and questions. We also know that many of you have felt compelled to join your voice with others in protest.
We’d like to respond. Starting next Monday, December 15, we will be holding a series of meetings in the social science conference room (NAC 6/141) to discuss these issues.
We’re not calling the meetings talks or teach-ins, because we don’t imagine that we’d be in any way instructing you. Rather, think of participating faculty members as resource people: we’ll convene a conversation, be on hand to share whatever we know and answer questions, but mainly make some space for students to talk through some of these issues, and to meet others, like yourselves, who are concerned, have questions, or want to talk. We’ll post a roster of participating faculty, and the experience and expertise that they bring to the table—from knowledge of critical race theory, to legal expertise, to an understanding of the political context. And you will hopefully attend the meeting or meetings that best to fit your schedule or address your concerns.
Dean, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, CCNY
(as of 12/15/14: check back for updates as we'll be adding sessions in the coming days)
Monday December 15:
11:00 AM Leslie Paik, Sociology (Race, Justice, and the Law)
2:00 PM Cheryl Sterling, Director of the Black Studies Department (Critical Race Theory)
Tuesday December 16:
10 AM-12 PM Michael Busch, Associate Director, Office of Student Success
2:00 PM Stan Thangaraj, Anthropology (Cross-racial Possibilities for Solidarity Work Post-Ferguson)
Wednesday December 17
3:00 PM Jennifer Lutton, Honors Center (Race and Racism)
Thursday, December 18
11:00 AM Lotti Silber, Anthropology (Human Rights and Justice)