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SummerFest 2021 – Patience Higgins Quartet

If you like your jazz uptempo and overflowing with vitality, look no farther. Patience is a cooking, muscular-toned tenorman somewhere between Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins—a musician great enough to have toured with Ellington, David Murray and Stevie Wonder. Add in the excitement of star guests and the high-energy enthusiasm of a packed house. Smoking guest solos by James Zollar on trumpet>>>

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Summer Saturdays – Harlem Naturalist Series with The Hort

Calling all nature lovers! From birding along the Hudson River to tree id, and investigating our native medicinal plants, come explore the natural world around us. Join The Hort’s educators every week to learn something new and help us collect data on our local species. Saturday mornings in July & August. We’ll bring the coffee! Something different every Saturday, so join us for>>>

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Just Conversations with Dean Kelly Brown Douglas | Dr. Sherry Molock

On Thursday, July 29 at 2:30 pm EST, join Dean Douglas as she speaks with Dr. Sherry Molock, a Senior Research Fellow at The Steve Fund. They will discuss how The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health>>>

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Uptown Night Market

West Harlem Development Corporation joins Manhattan Community Board 9 to welcome West Harlem back outdoors at the Uptown Night Market! The Uptown Night Market is the place to be in West Harlem every second Thursday of the month starting from July until November 2021. Each evening (4 pm-10 pm) will feature a curated selection of many locally-based food & beverage concepts, arts & crafts>>>

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Nourish Senior Food Pantry

The Cathedral is proud to partner with NY Common Pantry’s Nourish, a Commodity Supplemental Food Program, to distribute shelf-stable food packages for seniors. Today’s distribution will be held outside, next to the Peace Fountain. To qualify, seniors must be 60 years old or older, have a New York state address, and meet financial eligibility requirements. Most seniors who qualify for>>>

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The Mindful Lens of Cross-Cultural Communication Workshop

The Mindful Lens of Cross-Cultural Communication presented by Dr. Dilshad Dayani This experiential online seminar will help you- – Establish awareness recognizing how to frame your POV using stem coaching. – Integrate strategic global cultural nuances to promote a safe space. – Incorporate 3 basic questions for a cultural framework of productivity. – Develop, and adapt>>>

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Books That Bind: The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri

The August selection for Books that Bind is The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri. We’ll be meeting Thursday, August 19, 2021. Join us! Free and open to the public. Learn more about The Ruth Stafford Peale Library by clicking here. Register Today ABOUT THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO BY CHRISTY LEFTERI: “The unforgettable love story of a mother blinded by loss and her husband who insists on their>>>

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Sebastian Fries, PhD – President & CEO, International House New York

Sebastian Fries joined I-House as President and CEO in May 2021. Prior to I-House he served as the inaugural Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, where he led industry relations between Columbia faculty and Fortune 500 corporations. Prior to Columbia, Fries was the Chief Giving Officer at TOMS Shoes in Los Angeles, CA, where he led the>>>

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Shuly Rubin Schwartz – Chancellor, Jewish Theological Seminary

Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Irving Lehrman Research Professor of American Jewish History, a groundbreaking scholar of American Jewish history, and a visionary institutional leader, is the eighth chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary. She is the first woman to serve in this role since JTS was founded in 1886. Chancellor Schwartz is devoted to building on JTS’s unique strengths as a Jewish>>>

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Hazel Rogers – Administrative Fellow, Mount Sinai Morningside

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion—together with hospital leadership from Mount Sinai Beth Israel, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Morningside, and Mount Sinai West—hosted a ceremony on Monday, June 29, to celebrate the six young professionals, who were hailed as “amazing,” “creative,” and “insightful.”  The goal of the two-year administrative development program is to recruit, develop>>>

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Melanie Dorsey – Director of Student Engagement & Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Manhattan School of Music

Melanie Dorsey is a management professional with 15+ years experience in interdepartmental coordination, leadership support, and event planning in the nonprofit sector.  She joined Manhattan School of Music in the spring of 2004 as Assistant Director of Student Life, arriving with a strong love and respect for the arts, having studied interior design and art history at Appalachian State>>>

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Nicole Mirando – Assistant Dean for Academic Administration, Union Theological Seminary

Nicole is an experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She has served as Assistant Dean and Registrar at UTS. Prior to working at UTS, she held administrative positions at University of Loyola MD. Ms. Mirando’s skills span Nonprofit Organizations, Customer Satisfaction, Data Reporting, and Management.

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Charlene Visconti – Dean of Students, Union Theological Seminary

Charlene Visconti has served as Dean of Students since January 2020. Previously, she was dean of students at New York University Shanghai. In her prior role, Visconti was responsible for the overall student life experience and engaged an international community of scholars from diverse backgrounds. Visconti holds a J.D. from New York University, a bachelors from Marymount Manhattan College and an>>>

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Cammie Jones – Executive Director of Community Engagement & Inclusion, Barnard College

Cammie Jones has been hired as Executive Director of Community Engagement and Inclusion at Barnard College, effective today. This newly created role is a position of leadership charged with developing the college’s approach to civic and community engagement through facilitating relationships between the college, community leaders and stakeholders across the city as well as in Harlem. The new>>>

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The Morningside Heights neighborhood is home to the world's leading academic and religious institutions who together, create a truly unique community in which to live, learn, and grow.

Morningside Area Alliance facilitates partnerships between members and is a go-to source for neighborhood information.

Officers of the Board

Brent Dickman, President & Treasurer

Paula Mayo, Vice President

Isadora Wilkenfeld, Secretary


Executive Committee Members

Paula Mayo, Chair | Brent Dickman | Ariana González Stokas | Isadora Wilkenfeld

Committees & Roundtable Leadership

Matthew Camp, Chair: Policy Responders

Brent Dickman, Chair: Finance

Robin Reese, Chair: Communications

Isadora Wilkenfeld, Chair: Nominations