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Anne Canty, Director of Communications

Conference on Columbia University and the Community

New York City Public Advocate Mark Green and Congressman Charles Rangel will speak at Columbia on Friday, April 12, as part of a day-long conference which will seek ways to strengthen the relationship between Columbia and its surrounding community.

The conference, "Columbia University and the Community: A Partnership in Learning," will also include presentations from faculty, students and administrators at Columbia and other universities and colleges. George Rupp, President of Columbia University, and Yolanda Moses, President of City College of New York, will speak and there will be presentations on the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Community Partnerships. Several Columbia faculty members who teach community-related courses will also participate. The conference is meant to foster a dialogue among students and faculty.

"Columbia and the Community" is sponsored by the Barnard-Columbia Center for Urban Policy and also by Columbia's Community Impact, which last year received a Federal grant to provide direct services to New York City's Empowerment Zone and to study how universities around the country can work with their local empowerment zones. The day will conclude with an induction ceremony for participants in the Americorps program from Columbia and City College. The Americorps participants were funded through Community Impact's grant.

The conference is free and open to the entire Columbia community. For more information or to register for the conference call Deborah Ward or Sarah Katz at 854-8886.