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Sankofa Tzedek

Applications for Sankofa Tzedek are now open! Apply by Friday, September 20 at noon.

Sankofa: From the Akan tribe in Ghana, symbolizing a quest for knowledge based on critical examination and intelligent, patient investigation. Sankofa recognizes that as a people moves forward, the knowledge of the past must never be forgotten. (Carter G. Woodson Center)

Tzedek: Hebrew word for “justice” as found in the biblical phrase “Justice. Justice. Shall you pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16:20)

About the Program

Sankofa Tzedek, a collaboration between Multicultural Affairs and the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, brings together a cohort of students on campus for a year of personal identity development, intergroup dialogue, intercultural learning, transformational travel, and social justice education that centers the experiences and histories of Black and Jewish communities. These two communities, once seen as natural allies in various social movements, have faced increasing separation and tension in recent decades, including the erasure of Black Jewish narratives and experiences. Through friendship building; sustained dialogue on social identity, power and privilege, and activism; and an exploration of the histories of Black and Jewish communities in New York City and beyond, participants will build transformational relationships; solidify a commitment to intercommunity solidarity for the purpose of ending racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of oppression; and acquire skills for being effective dialogue leaders on campus.

Sankofa Tzedek meets monthly for day-long programs on Fridays, along with a weekend-long retreat in the fall and a one-week immersive travel experience during January of Winter Break.

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Program Highlights

  • Build Community: Sankofa Tzedek creates an intimate cohort of friends who engage in meaningful dialogue, share culture and traditions, and work to build a campus of affirmation and justice
  • Meet Changemakers: Participate in lively, candid conversations with community leaders and social justice movement strategists of the past and present
  • Take A Journey: Explore sites of significance in New York City and participate in a one-week justice pilgrimage to Atlanta, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma, and Tuskegee to walk the path of history
  • Lead Dialogue: Receive training to develop facilitation skills and have the opportunity to lead dialogue-based programming for peers on Barnard and Columbia's campuses

Undergraduate Student Life


505-515 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-3612

Fax: 212-854-9801

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.