The Columbia Journal of Race and Law held its annual symposium on November 11, 2015. The symposium, “This House is Not a Home: A Discussion on Housing in Minority Communities,” focused on new, cutting-edge thinking about housing affordability and its impact on communities of color.

Columbia Law Professor Olatunde Johnson moderated and the Symposium featured the following speakers:

  • Michelle Aronowitz– Deputy General Counsel at Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones– Investigative Reporter for The New York Times Magazine
  • Tom Silverstein– Associate Counsel in the Lawyer’s Committee’s Fair Housing & Community Development Project
  • Professor Diane Houk– Columbia Law School, and Of Counsel at Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP

CJRL sparked discourse on a range of issues including fair housing barriers to the creation of affordable housing, gentrification, suburbanization, and segregation. The symposium was a great success, drawing more attendees than available seats.