Senior year has consisted of a lot of fun, a lot of work, and a lot of reflection. The two things I will remember most from these past four years are the people I met and the activist movements I witnessed here at Columbia. In order to preserve these memories and document the hard work of my friends and peers, I started this podcast project: a short series of interviews with members of Columbia Divest for Climate Divest, No Red Tape, Student Worker Solidarity, and others to discuss their missions, strategies, and lessons learned.
At the very least, I want this project to add to Columbia student’s reservoir of institutional memory. At the most, these recorded conversations will encourage first-years and sophomores to check out existing groups or to start their own. Knowing the history of one’s community is an important — if not critical — step in activism: if you understand what has happened and been done before, sustaining progressive change becomes a lot easier. Instead of reinventing the wheel each time a cohort of activists graduates, you can pick up where they left off.
You can find each podcast under the “episode” tab above. Give them a listen, share with friends if you’d like, and thanks for checking this page out!