ROOTED (Respecting Ourselves & Others Through Empathy & Dialogue) is a group of trained facilitators dedicated to creating student-led spaces of solidarity, empathy and learning for members of the Columbia community to explore identity, power and privilege and how these forces impact experiences on campus and beyond.
We will be hosting three Dinner & Dialogue events in Fall 2022. Students of all identities and experiences are invited to participate in these powerful peer-facilitated conversations. Each conversation’s goal is to explore how power and privilege intersect with the topic; what participants can learn from hearing one another's experiences; and what can be collectively gained through recognizing our own power and social responsibility.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 20 - Is Language Trend? Exploring African American Vernacular English Appropriation and Appreciation (6:30-8:00 p.m. in Satow Room)
How do we reckon with the popularization of certain words and phrases from African American Vernacular English (AAVE)? When aspects of AAVE arise to cultural popularity, questions arise about authenticity. How do we know the origins of certain phrases? How do we reconcile with multiple social identities claiming certain parts of the popular lexicon? This workshop seeks to explore the distinctions between cultural appropriation, appreciation, and capital.
Thursday, November 17 - The Unseen: Unhoused People and Gentrificiation (6:30-8:00 p.m. in Lerner 555)
This dialogue seeks to explore Colombia's role in the gentrification of Harlem and our individual tendencies to ignore its ramifications. Participants will investigate their own relationship with unhoused people in our community and neighborhood. Together, we will discover ways to step away from “Look Away” culture.
Thursday, December 8 - Make it Make Cents: Exploring Wealth and Class at Columbia (6:30-8:00 p.m. in Lerner 555)
This “rich” dialogue leads participants in a critical evaluation of wealth dynamics at Columbia. Participants will explore their own relationships to financial aid and how that affects their academic/career goals, while recognizing the intersections of class with their other identities. Participants will leave with actionable skills for interacting with questions of socio-economic status.