Resisting University-driven Gentrification w/ Student Coalition on Expansion and Gentrification at Columbia Univ. and SMEAC

Resisting University-driven Gentrification w/ Student Coalition on Expansion and Gentrification at Columbia Univ. and SMEAC

The Student Coalition on Expansion and Gentrification at Columbia was represented by three undergraduates and one recent graduate (names?).

SMEAC was not represented at the panel as slated, though an East Baltimore resident (name?) and community organizer speaks toward the end of the recording.

SCEG Mission Statement (from http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cssn/expansion/)

"We are working from the following mission statement with the hope that community residents will give us additional feedback about how students can best support the needs and concerns of people who would be affected by the proposed West Harlem expansion:

University expansion and gentrification are processes that affect everyone in our community. As students we recognize our unique position in relationship to the university and community at large, and simultaneously, the necessity of our action in support of an equitable and just conclusion. To this end, we are unified in our commitment to continue to work and stand in solidarity with those most affected by the process of gentrification, and in our commitment to educate and mobilize the student body towards a goal of greater university accountability."