The Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Forum at Columbia University is the culminating event of the Kenneth Cole Community Engagement Program, an exciting initiative which serves to inspire and empower the next generation of community leaders. The theme, “The Power of Community Engagement: Impact, Innovation and the Individual” expresses the goal to discuss important social issues of today by highlighting innovative approaches to solutions and the ways in which individuals can have an impact on their communities.
9:30am: Keynote Address: Geoffrey Canada, Harlem Children’s Zone
10:45am: Panel 1: “Creating a Sustainable Community: Ensuring Access to Healthy Food”
Moderator: Claire Shipman CC’86 (ABC News)
Panelists: Kubi Ackerman (Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute), Michael Hurwitz (Greenmarket), and Abby Youngblood (Just Food)
1:30pm: Panel 2: “Advocating for a Just Community: Creating New Pathways to Justice”
Moderator: Chris Cuomo (ABC News)
Panelists: Ben Jealous CC’94 (NAACP), Angel Rodriguez (Andrew Glover Youth Program), and Professor Carla Shedd (Sociology and African American Studies)
3:30pm: Panel 3: “Creating a Global Community: Social Media and Social Change”
Moderator: Professor Sree Sreenivasan (School of Journalism)
Panelists: Mark Belinsky (Digital Democracy), Beka Economopoulos (Fission Strategy), and Professor Ted Perlmutter (School of Continuing Education).
This program is sponsored by Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Division of Student Affairs, and Columbia University Center for Career Education through a partnership with Kenneth Cole.