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2020 Signature Event

2020 Signature Event

 The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, Monique W. Morris Ed.D CC'94, GSAPP'96

Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline With Monique W. Morris Ed.D CC94, GSAPP96

Join Columbia College Women for an evening of empowerment, conversation and connection, featuring an exclusive screening of the groundbreaking documentary PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film's executive producer and writer, social justice scholar Monique W. Morris Ed.D CC’94, GSAPP’96, moderated by Barnard College professor Mignon R. Moore CC’92.

Prior to the screening, enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer, and mingle with other alumnae, as we come together with our strong CCW community to learn about how we can work to end the school-to-prison pipeline for young Black girls and women, an issue that affects us all.

Thursday, April 2
6:00–9:00 p.m.

Casa Italiana
1161 Amsterdam Ave
New York City


6:00–7:00 p.m. | Reception

7:00–8:15 p.m. | Screening of PUSHOUT

8:15–9:00 p.m. | Discussion and Q&A

About the Film

PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities that Black girls face in the United States; focuses on first-person narratives from five girls ages 12–19; and offers insight and ideas for progress from experts in the fields of social justice, gender equality and educational equity.

About Monique W. Morris Ed.D CC’94, GSAPP’96

Monique W. Morris Ed.D CC94, GSAPP96 is a social justice scholar who examines the ways in which Black communities, and other communities of color, are uniquely affected by social policies. She is an award-winning author and the founder and president of the National Black Women’s Justice Institute.

Learn more about Morris and her work and view her TED Talk.

About Mignon R. Moore CC’92

Mignon R. Moore CC’92 chairs the Department of Sociology at Barnard College and is a faculty affiliate of Columbias Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies. She is the author of Invisible Families: Gay Identities, Relationships and Motherhood Among Black Women, and her current research examines health and social support for sexual minority seniors to determine the ways community institutions can be of service to this population.

Host Committee

  • Laurel Abbruzzese CC91
  • Sarah Aibel CC’92
  • Kyra Tirana Barry CC’87
    Lauren Bauer-Zinman CC’90
  • Stephanie Falcone Bernik CC’89
    Tiffany Bryant CC’08
    Jessica Chi CC’15
    Virginia Cornish CC’91
  • Fatima Dicko SEAS’12
    Margaret Flynn CC’90
    Ahiza Garcia CC’10
  • Wanda Holland Green CC’89, TC’91
  • Zila Acosta Grimes CC’11, LAW’15
    Marvellous Iheukwumere CC’14
  • Stefanie Katz-Rothman CC’88
    Katie Kingsbery CC’07
    Grace Kim CC’15
    Sharon Liao CC’16
  • Emily Miles Terry CC’89
  • Mignon Moore CC’92
  • Neda Navab CC’08
    Diane Orlinsky CC’88
    Akosua Oforiwaa-Ayim CC’11
    Rita Pietropinto-Kitt CC’99
  • Blondel Pinnock CC’90
  • Maya Rubin CC’22
  • Jennifer Ryan CC’89
  • Teresa Saputo CC’87
  • Khadijah Sharif-Drinkard CC’93
  • Cat Sposato CC’21
    Zahrah Taufique CC’09
  • Terri Turner CC’21
  • Suzanne Waltman CC’87
    Courtney Wilkins CC’07
    Sherri Wolf CC’90

If you would like to join the host committee, please reach out to Sarah Gowrie at

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