The mission of the Directly Impacted Group (DIG) is to provide support and advocate for formerly incarcerated students, staff, faculty and directly impacted family members on campus.
- Recruits for the purpose of increasing the retention of formerly incarcerated students, staff, and professors on campus at Columbia University
- Provides support, resources, and alternative pathways to success
- Alleviates transitional difficulties for impacted individuals by providing mentorship and resource information
- Holds a weekly support group where impacted individuals share and learn from one another
- Created a research initiative for impacted individuals on campus
- Develops partnerships with supportive organizations
- Seeks to educate ourselves and others on issues surrounding social justice, mass incarceration and post incarceration
- Advocates on behalf of those who have been impacted
- Will work with other city, state and private institutions to establish a nationwide alliance of formerly incarcerated students, staff, faculty and directly impacted family members in academia
- Has created a justice working group to strategize and mobilize with all students, staff and community activists sharing the common goal of ending mass incarceration
The DIG organization has progressed much this semester! Here are just a few accomplishments and developments for the organization:
- We have been officially recognized as an organization under the Center for Justice at Columbia University
- We have provided weekly support groups for directly impacted people on campus
- Directly Impacted Group members have applied to various graduate school programs at Columbia with the assistance of DIG
- We are currently working with Directly Impacted Group members on their graduate school applications
- We have helped directly impacted people get involved in the research initiative
- Professors have started to reach out to the organization with the purpose of having members share with their class
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
For the Spring 2017 Semester the Directly Impacted Group (DIG) will be hosting Bi-Weekly book reviews for the Columbia Community.
Book discussion with Dr. Carl Hart for his book “High Price”
March 8 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
For the Spring 2017 Semester the Directly Impacted Group (DIG) will be hosting Bi-Weekly Documentary Screening and Group Discussions for the Columbia Community.
Details for next book reading coming soon!
The goal of these events will be to explore topics related to incarceration and social justice.
Every Wednesday 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Columbia University, Department of Psychology,
219 Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue,
New York, NY 10027
NO RSVP NEEDED
WHO SHOULD YOU CONTACT?
If you are interested in learning more or you would like to attend DIG events please forward all inquires to:
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org