Convicted of murder for participation in a 1981 killing of two police officers and a security guard in Nyack, north of New York City. At the time, she was a leftist radical. In 1984 she went to prison, was released in 2003, and joined the Columbia faculty in 2008. In 2013, FoxNews.com exclusively reported that the Columbia University School of Social Work’s Criminal Justice Initiative, a research group headed by Boudin, employs ex-cons and invites other felons to speak at student conferences. ex-cons — who have served time for murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault.
The ex-cons work for or with the Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI), co-founded in 2009 by former Weather Underground operative and Columbia adjunct professor Kathy Boudin, who pleaded guilty to felony murder for her role in an infamous 1981 armed robbery that left two police officers and a security guard dead. And while that case was well-publicized, the group is hardly upfront about the “practical experience” of Boudin and others associated with the CJI.
But students and parents who shell out more than $43,000 in annual tuition and fees might be hard-pressed to uncover the fact that former inmates are running the CJI. Outside of a vague reference to Boudin and Cheryl Wilkins being “part of a community of people who have returned from prison,” there is no information about their criminal pasts. Boudin’s school directory bio, for example, makes no mention of her time in prison. Several other CJI faculty, program members and associates have similarly disturbing backgrounds.
Dohrn has been an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Columbia for over ten years and specializes in nurse-midwifery, often travelling to other parts of the world, such as South Africa, to provide healthcare training for HIV/AIDS patients.
In the 1970s, during the Weather Underground’s radical heyday, Dohrn was something of a public figure for the activist group. She was a spokeswoman for her sister Bernadine as well as a national leader for the Prairie Fire Organizing Committee—a more mainstream arm of the Underground. Records show she never had any criminal charges filed against her.
Former Weather Underground cohort Kathy Boudin is not the only person teaching at Columbia University with links to the Weather Underground. The sister-in-law of William Ayers, co-founder of the group, holds a faculty position in Columbia University’s School of Nursing.