It is with profound sadness that I share the death of Devon Wade, a doctoral candidate in Sociology, and a beloved colleague and friend to the GSAS community.
Informed by his own upbringing in a low-income Houston neighborhood plagued by violence, Devon dedicated himself to researching the understanding of inequality along racial and class lines. His work revealed the collateral consequences that incarceration has on the family—and specifically, the impact that this stigma has on the children involved. In recognition of his outstanding academic achievement, Devon received several prestigious awards, including the Truman Scholarship, the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Fellowship, and the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellowship.
Devon also worked closely with the Graduate School to ensure that diversity was always at the forefront of our agenda. He was a founding member of the Students of Color Alliance (SoCA), served as a student representative on the search committee that led to the hiring of the Dean of Academic Diversity in GSAS, and was an active member of our Summer Research Program as a graduate student mentor. Devon’s impact was felt far beyond Columbia: He traveled across the US to deliver motivational and keynote addresses at prisons, and mentored the children of incarcerated parents through No More Victims, a not-for-profit organization in Houston.
I join the GSAS and Columbia communities in mourning this heartbreaking loss, and extend my condolences to Devon’s family and friends.
Carlos J. Alonso, Dean
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Learn More about Devon’s Life and Work
- To honor Devon’s life and to continue his legacy of advocacy, generosity, and mentorship, a fund has been established in his name to support No More Victims. Learn more here.
- Donations are being accepted to assist Devon’s family with funeral arrangements. Click here contribute.
Additional plans to honor Devon’s life and work will be added to this page as they are announced.