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Sankofa Tzedek

Applications for Sankofa Tzedek are now open! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until Friday, October 16 at noon EDT.

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)

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About the Program

Black and Jewish 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. Sankofa Tzedek brings together a cohort of students on campus for a year of personal identity development, intergroup dialogue, intercultural learning, relationship-building, and social justice education that centers the experiences and histories of Black and Jewish communities.

Sankofa Tzedek will begin with a (virtual) fall retreat in November and meet once during December. Beginning in the spring semester, the program will convene virtually biweekly for 2-3 hours on Fridays. The program will conclude in April, though -- conditions permitting -- participants will be invited to participate in an additional (optional) capstone travel experience in May: a social justice journey through the U.S. South. 

Participants will be compensated with a $600 stipend for their participation in the program. 

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.
  • Explore Solidarity: Learn about combating racism, antisemitism, and other forms of oppression.
  • Conditions permitting, participate in a weeklong justice pilgrimage to cities in the U.S. South to walk the path of history. For 2020-2021, this journey will be an optional capstone experience in May.

Multicultural Affairs


505 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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