A scholar and curator, Rich Blint is Associate Director of Columbia University School of the Arts Office of Community Outreach and Education. He is co-editor (with Douglas Field) of a special issue of African American Review on James Baldwin (Winter 2013); contributing editor of The James Baldwin Review; co-curator (with Ian Cofre) of the exhibition Bigger Than Shadows; and curator of the exhibition series built environments at the University's Medical Center campus, an initiative conceived to engage contemporary issues in fine art concerning aesthetics, value, difference, and public space. Prior to joining Columbia, Rich held positions at New York University's Institute for African American Affairs and the Center for Labor, Community, and Policy Studies at the Murphy Institute, The Graduate Center. Rich holds a B.A. in English and Honors from Hunter College, The City University of New York, and earned his Ph.D. in the Program in American Studies at NYU. A frequent interlocutor with artists across the genres, Rich has taught courses and guest lectured at Hunter College, Vassar College, and NYU. He currently serves on the Adjunct Faculty for the Masters Program in African American Studies at Columbia, and sits on the boards of Vanderbilt University's Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora, and The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Graduate and University Center, CUNY.
Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi
Victoria J. Collis-Buthelezi is a senior researcher on “African Universities,” at WiSER/PARI at the University of the Witwatersrand and South African Program director for the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity (AFRE) hosted at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. She has taught in the English department at the University of Cape Town and holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She co-convenes a National Institute of the Humanities (NIHSS) Catalytic Project (2016 – 2018) on “Other Universals,” which explores intellectual connections among India, the Caribbean, and Africa. Her work has appeared in Small Axe, Callaloo, and the UK Journal of Art and the Humanities. Currently she is guest editing an issue of The Black Scholar on “Black Studies in South Africa” after Mandela and a special issue on Lauretta Ngcobo for scrutiny2. Her current book project, To Empire Bound: Black Solidarity before the Rise of Anti-colonial Nationalism, excavates black globalism in Cape Town at the dawn of the twentieth-century.
David J Maurrasse, Ph.D.
David J Maurrasse, Ph.D.
Dr. David Maurrasse is the Founder and President of Marga Incorporated, a consulting firm founded in 2000 providing strategic advisory services and research to philanthropic initiatives and community partnerships. Marga coordinates the work of the Anchor Institutions Task Force. Dr. Maurrasse serves as the Director of this emerging network of over 400 members, which promotes the engagement of enduring institutions (e.g. universities and medical centers) in addressing economic development, health disparities, educational access, and beyond.
Marga also coordinates the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group (REPG), which engages a cluster of member foundations in strengthening policies and practices on racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The California Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the San Francisco Foundation, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and the Consumer Health Foundation are among members of REPG.
Numerous major foundations and universities are among those having received assistance from Marga over the years. Marga’s work has taken Dr. Maurrasse across the United States, as well as to Asia, Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Maurrasse is a Senior Fellow at the New World Foundation, where he has been advising the expansion of the Civic Opportunity Initiative Network (COIN), which provides college access and civic experiential and learning opportunities for young people from underserved communities.
Since 2000, Dr. Maurrasse has been affiliated with Columbia University, where he currently serves as Adjunct Associate Professor and Adjunct Research Scholar. His periodic course, Strategy, Community Partnerships and Philanthropy exposes Columbia graduates students to emerging trends in collaboratively addressing critical social issues across the globe. From 1995 to 2000 Dr. Maurrasse was an Assistant Professor at Yale University, and a Senior Program Advisor at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Maurrasse has published several books, including Listening to Harlem (2006), A Future for Everyone: Innovative Social Responsibility and Community Partnerships (2004), and Beyond the Campus: How Colleges and Universities form Partnerships with Their Communities (2001). His most recent book, Strategic Public Private Partnerships: Innovation and Development (2013) assesses the value and potential of cross sector partnerships around the world. Maurrasse has served on numerous boards, two of which he has chaired. He is currently a Trustee at Bucknell University. He is a member of the Global Urban Competitiveness Project, which convenes in various parts of the world to address trends in strengthening cities. Maurrasse has keynoted several conferences, addressing how to leverage institutional resources to meet pressing social needs. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and he holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.