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100/50: Embracing Our Legacy

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first matriculated Black student, Theodora Rutherford, Class of 1924, and the 50th anniversary of the Black Business Students Association.

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Our Mission

The 100/50: Embracing Our Legacy campaign will honor and commemorate the immense impact and contributions of the School’s Black students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends over the last century. The celebration will showcase CBS’s vibrant diversity, highlighting the exceptional thought leadership and expertise of our Black community members. Most importantly, it will honor the Black student experience and the long-standing legacy of the oldest affinity group at the School, illuminating the sometimes turbulent yet triumphant stories that are central to the overall history of Columbia Business School.

As part of the 100/50 celebration, CBS will host a series of marquee events in partnership with the BBSA, African American Alumni Association (4A), and other CBS partners.

Our Values

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Mark this historic moment and highlight Black students' individual and collective achievements throughout the history of CBS.


Acknowledge our authentic journey to get here. Recognize success, while also reflecting on the challenges and hurdles along the way. 

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The CBS community commits to continuous learning and improvement to build the best possible experience for all Black students and other underrepresented groups.


Calendar Icon Image100/50 Embracing Our Legacy Kickoff: Held on Tuesday, February 7

Calendar Icon ImageBBSA Elevate Conference: Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1

Calendar Icon ImageDEI Research Roundtable: Friday, May 12

Calendar Icon Image4A Alumni Homecoming at Reunion: Sunday, June 4

Calendar Icon Image100/50 Celebration Gala at Ziegfield Ballroom: Monday, October 9

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Kickoff Fireside Chat

Watch the Kickoff Fireside Chat with Benis '12 and Robert Reffkin '03

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