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DormStories hosts Viggo Blomquist and Aunoy Poddar bring you illuminating conversations with students, professors, and members of campus organizations. Content ranges from issues of mental health on campus to the university’s relationship with Morningside Heights. For any questions, comments, or recommendations for content, you can email DormStories at cudormstories@gmail.com.(DormStories is not affiliated with Columbia University)

Latest Episodes

Episode 5: Sunrise Movement Columbia

DormStories speaks with Naomi Hollard, the leader of Sunrise Columbia. Sunrise is a climate change activist movement. They have an upcoming town hall this Saturday on the Green New Deal. We talk about the creation of Sunrise Columbia, Hollard's path into activism, the fact everyone has something to lose from climate change, and The Green New Deal.

25 MINMAY 4
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Episode 5: Sunrise Movement Columbia

Episode 4: Education in Prisons and Columbia’s Center for Justice

This episode we speak with Professor Geraldine Downey and Jarrell Daniels from Columbia’s Center for Justice. The Center is dedicated to combating mass incarceration through education and advocacy. One of its initiatives, Justice-In-Education, organizes opportunities for Columbia professors to teach classes in local prisons. Professor Downey is the director of the Center and a member of Columbia’s Department of Psychology. 24-year-old Jarrell Daniels met Downey in one of her classes through the Justice-In-Education initiative. Since his release, he has worked as a research assistant at the Center, and has contributed to important justice-oriented projects. Make sure to check out the Center’s annual “Beyond the Bars” conference in early March! More information can be found on their website: http://centerforjustice.columbia.edu

43 MINMAR 2
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Episode 4: Education in Prisons and Columbia’s Center for Justice

Episode 3: Columbia University and the Community of West Harlem

For this discussion, we sit down with Trisha Mukherjee, author of the Spectator Eye feature article "A Columbia initiative has placed hundreds in University jobs. But many local residents have never heard of it." We discuss the university's expansion into Harlem and their competence in upholding their side of the community agreement to help residents adjust. We also feature music from the talented Mamadou Yattassaye (minute 14:43), a member of the band Soul For Youth and a resident of West Harlem. You can check out their song Tell Me Lies along with more of their work on soundcloud.

20 MIN2018 DEC 13
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Episode 3: Columbia University and the Community of West Harlem

Episode 2: Making Mental Health Events Effective

For our second episode, we get a chance to sit down with Angel Njoku and Prem Thakker to discuss their thoughts on the state of mental health at Columbia. Angel is a first year in SEAS who was willing to open up about her experience here at Columbia. Prem is the sophomore class president of CCSC and a member of the Mental Health Task Force. We asked him for his thoughts on the Mental Health Task Force and its approach to improving mental health on campus. We also have an appearance by Patches, a band started by Aunoy’s roommate Austin Horn and his friend Andrew Sobleson. Please check them out, they’re a fantastic band and their first album will be on spotify soon!!!! (Their music comes on at 22:10).

27 MIN2018 NOV 13
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Episode 2: Making Mental Health Events Effective

Episode 1: Why are we still segregated?

DormStories is our project to help bring important conversations out of the dorm room and onto campus. For our first episode, we interview the author of the op-ed titled “Does Columbia have a self-segregation problem?” Georgina is super cool and had a lot of great thoughts, so check it out!

43 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Episode 1: Why are we still segregated?
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Latest Episodes

Episode 5: Sunrise Movement Columbia

DormStories speaks with Naomi Hollard, the leader of Sunrise Columbia. Sunrise is a climate change activist movement. They have an upcoming town hall this Saturday on the Green New Deal. We talk about the creation of Sunrise Columbia, Hollard's path into activism, the fact everyone has something to lose from climate change, and The Green New Deal.

25 MINMAY 4
Comments
Episode 5: Sunrise Movement Columbia

Episode 4: Education in Prisons and Columbia’s Center for Justice

This episode we speak with Professor Geraldine Downey and Jarrell Daniels from Columbia’s Center for Justice. The Center is dedicated to combating mass incarceration through education and advocacy. One of its initiatives, Justice-In-Education, organizes opportunities for Columbia professors to teach classes in local prisons. Professor Downey is the director of the Center and a member of Columbia’s Department of Psychology. 24-year-old Jarrell Daniels met Downey in one of her classes through the Justice-In-Education initiative. Since his release, he has worked as a research assistant at the Center, and has contributed to important justice-oriented projects. Make sure to check out the Center’s annual “Beyond the Bars” conference in early March! More information can be found on their website: http://centerforjustice.columbia.edu

43 MINMAR 2
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Episode 4: Education in Prisons and Columbia’s Center for Justice

Episode 3: Columbia University and the Community of West Harlem

For this discussion, we sit down with Trisha Mukherjee, author of the Spectator Eye feature article "A Columbia initiative has placed hundreds in University jobs. But many local residents have never heard of it." We discuss the university's expansion into Harlem and their competence in upholding their side of the community agreement to help residents adjust. We also feature music from the talented Mamadou Yattassaye (minute 14:43), a member of the band Soul For Youth and a resident of West Harlem. You can check out their song Tell Me Lies along with more of their work on soundcloud.

20 MIN2018 DEC 13
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Episode 3: Columbia University and the Community of West Harlem

Episode 2: Making Mental Health Events Effective

For our second episode, we get a chance to sit down with Angel Njoku and Prem Thakker to discuss their thoughts on the state of mental health at Columbia. Angel is a first year in SEAS who was willing to open up about her experience here at Columbia. Prem is the sophomore class president of CCSC and a member of the Mental Health Task Force. We asked him for his thoughts on the Mental Health Task Force and its approach to improving mental health on campus. We also have an appearance by Patches, a band started by Aunoy’s roommate Austin Horn and his friend Andrew Sobleson. Please check them out, they’re a fantastic band and their first album will be on spotify soon!!!! (Their music comes on at 22:10).

27 MIN2018 NOV 13
Comments
Episode 2: Making Mental Health Events Effective

Episode 1: Why are we still segregated?

DormStories is our project to help bring important conversations out of the dorm room and onto campus. For our first episode, we interview the author of the op-ed titled “Does Columbia have a self-segregation problem?” Georgina is super cool and had a lot of great thoughts, so check it out!

43 MIN2018 NOV 12
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Episode 1: Why are we still segregated?
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