Fall 2016

First General Body Meeting (09.19.16)

Our first general body meeting will be next week on Monday, September 19 from 7-8 PM in Butler 407!

We’ll introduce HeForShe at Columbia, share the events we have planned for the semester, and discuss how you can get involved with promoting gender equality on and off campus.

We hope to see you there! New members are always welcome!
Bring a friend!!

Spring 2016

Girls on the Run – Fundraiser with Insomnia Cookies (05.02.16), Co-Sponsored with Gamma Phi Beta

HeForShe Columbia and Gamma Phi Beta are partnering with Insomnia Cookies to fundraise for Girls on the Run NYC.

Any cookies you buy from Insomnia Cookies (111th and Amsterdam) from 11AM-3AM will benefit Girls on the Run NYC. Gamma Phi and HeForShe will also sell cookies on campus! Come to Lerner Hall, Table #1 from 11AM-2PM.

Girls on the Run – Volunteer Craft Session (04.25.16), Co-Sponsored with Gamma Phi Beta

Take a study break and come make cheer posters for the Girls on the Run celebratory 5K! We will provide all necessary craft supplies. This event is open to all Columbia undergraduates.

Girls on the Run is a transformational youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. Meeting twice a week in small teams, girls learn life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

Unaccompanied Minors Entering the U.S. (04.16.16), Co-Sponsored with Columbia University Child Rights Group

Join Columbia Child Rights Group for FREE LUNCH FROM VINE and a discussion on the need for the U.S. to enact a child-specific immigration protocol that promotes every child’s rights and best interests throughout each step of the immigration process.

The panel will feature:
Kathleen Maloney, J.D. – Columbia Law Professor
Elizabeth Jordan, J.D. – Staff Attorney, The Door Legal Services
Mr. Luis Gabriel Hoyos – Columbia Law Student

Step Up! Workout (04.15.16), Co-Sponsored with Sexual Violence Response

Join the movement against sexual assault by participating in a campus-wide workout focused on team-building exercises to promote a community of accountability. Learn how to step up together through Bystander Intervention to prevent sexual assault.

UN Women Tour (04.15.16)

Here are some issue areas submitted by students that UN Women representatives will speak to us about:

  • The HeForShe campaign: its origins, its current projects, and its hopes for the future.
  • Girls’ education: in the U.S. and the developing world
  • How do HeForShe and UN Women operate to achieve their objectives? How do staff take ideas from the planning stage and move them into action
  • Disaster relief
  • Commission on the Status of Women (CSW): how it went, what it does, etc.
  • How does UN Women hold countries accountable to their promises without military force?
  • How could we activate more college students around UN Women and gender equality, especially at rural universities in the United States?

General Body Meeting: The Hunting Ground (04.11.16)

Join HeForShe at Columbia University in discussing sexual assault on college campuses, accompanied by a screening of the trailer for the amazing documentary, The Hunting Ground.

In a tour de force of verité footage, expert insights, and first-person testimonies, The Hunting Ground follows undergraduate rape survivors pursuing both their education and justice, despite ongoing harassment and the devastating toll on them and their families.

Since the film’s premiere at Sundance, it had been screened at the White House and hundreds of college campuses across the country. The documentary has inspired new laws in New York and California and changes in campus policies. Winner of Best Documentary at the Utah Film Critics, The Hunting Ground is a must-see.

Joined by 50 survivors, Lady Gaga performed “Til it Happens to You” at the Oscars.
“An unblinking look at sexual assualts on campus” -New York Times.
“Terrifyingly true” -Newsweek

We hope you join us for this amazing opportunity!

Voices Against Violence: Discussion Panel (04.04.16)

Women and girls begin experiencing gender-based violence and discrimination at a young age. There is a pressing need to address this issue through grassroots, non-formal education methods that are global in execution and scale. This event will include a panel presentation on grassroots opportunities to address gender-based violence issues with young people, followed by two interactive exercises.

The panel will feature:
Urjassi Rudra: Advocacy and Program Specialist, UN Women
Mariama Diallo: Social Worker, Sanctuary for Families
Kristen Grennan (MPA ’16): UN Team Member, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts

General Body Meeting: Gender Discrimination in the Workplace (03.28.16)

In light of the recent New York Times article titled “Columbia Professor Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against University,” which details the discrimination one woman faced in her department, HeForShe Columbia will host a conversation on gender-based discrimination, inequality, and harassment in the workplace.

Stop by to participate and hear what your peers have to say regarding this issue. We’ll brainstorm what students can do to make the climate better at Columbia.

Article found here.

Girl Rising: Film Screening and Discussion Panel (03.08.16)

Celebrate International Women’s Day in the best way possible: with a screening of the amazing documentary Girl Rising followed by a discussion panel featuring accomplished professionals in the field of gender equality.

Girl Rising takes you on an unforgettable journey around the globe get to know nine remarkable girls pursuing their dreams in the developing world.

At 7:45 p.m., we will host a discussion panel featuring the following speakers:

Renée Joslyn – Director of Girls and Women Integration at the Clinton Global Initiative
Professor Susan Blaustein – Founder of Women Strong International and Director of the Millenium Cities Initiative
Professor Yasmine Ergas – Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy

The moderator will be a representative from Girl Rising!

We hope you join us for this amazing opportunity!! The event is FREE with a student ID for all Columbia and Barnard students!

Event brought to you by the Columbia Universtiy Coalition for Sustainable Development, HeforShe Columbia, Columbia Universtiy Amnesty International, Columbia Universtiy Child Rights Group.

Film Screening: La Misma Luna (03.03.16), Co-Sponsored with Columbia University Child Rights Group

Join us for a screening of La Misma Luna and FREE PIZZA at 8 PM in Hamilton 401! An optional discussion will be held following the screening.

La Misma Luna tells the parallel stories of mother and son, Rosario and Carlitos, who each embark on perilous journeys in order to reunite with one another. Rosario left her family in Mexico and lives in California, where she works illegally trying to earn enough money to support her son whom she left behind in Mexico in the care of her mother. When nine-year-old Carlitos’ grandmother passes away, he travels illegally from his home in Mexico to California to live with his mother. The film follows Rosario and Carlitos through the challenges and obstacles of their journeys. The film sheds light on the issue of illegal immigration and travel as an unaccompanied minor.

General Body Meeting: Girl Rising (02.29.16)

For our second general body meeting of the semester, we will focus on the obstacles girls face as they pursue their educations. We will examine these obstacles by discussing the stories of the girls featured in the documentary Girl Rising. Watch the trailer here, and come ready to discuss global girls’ education!

General Body Meeting: How Gender Inequality Affects Everyone (02.15.16)

This is the first General Body Meeting of the Spring 2016 Semester.

We’ll discuss:
The basics of HeForShe: UN Women’s campaign for gender equality.
How gender inequality affects us all.
What you can do to promote gender equality on and off campus.

You’ll have the opportunity to join one of our semester projects:
Partner with a NYC women’s shelter.
Join a social media campaign.
Take a tour of UN Women.

This is your chance to shape our Spring semester agenda.
We’ll be meeting every other Monday throughout this semester!

Fall 2015

Ending Gender Violence on Campus — Global Ideathon (12.04.15)

Students will generate action-oriented solutions to address:
How would you create a culture of transparency on college campuses to end gender-based violence?

Squads will assemble in person. Solutions will be submitted to HeForShe for consideration in a worldwide competition for the winning ideas—those that most clearly frame the issue, with an innovative, action-driven solution.

Gender and Leadership (10.08.15)

Come to discuss how gender shapes your workplace, university, and social circles. Network with other students who are interested in the UN. We’ll take you through the HeForShe basics and tell you how to get involved.

Spring 2015

General Interest Meeting (04.23.15)

Want to learn more about #HeForShe? Are you a man who stands up for women? Are you a woman who believes in gender equality? Come to our first general interest meeting! Together, we will be launching the campaign at Columbia. We’ll brainstorm concrete things you can do to make a difference. Bring your creativity, your friends, and your laptop.