Students of Color @ Columbia provides students with cultural student group advising, events, education, advocacy, and other services and resources to help all students explore and better understand racial and ethnic identities, histories, experiences, and communities at Columbia and beyond. Additionally, as part of Multicultural Affairs, we hope to create a campus environment that is inclusive and supportive of student diversity in the area of race and ethnicity.
Programs and Events
- Sister Circle
- Men of Color Alliance
- Students of Color Leadership Retreat
- Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI): In addition to program-wide events and activities for all participants, students have the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees," including Arab & Middle Eastern Family Tree, Asian Family Tree, Black Family Tree, Indigenous Family Tree, Latinx Family Tree, and Mixed Heritage Family Tree.
- Graduation Programs, including Asian Graduation, Black Graduation, Native Graduation, and Raza Graduation
- Constiuency Meetings
- Welcome Week
- Study Breaks
Advocacy: Student of Color Advisory Board and SOC Resource Team
The Student of Color Advisory Board (SOCAB) is part of the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council (MAAC) under Multicultural Affairs. These undergraduate students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering work towards a more respectful, accountable, and socially just campus environment by identifying campus issues and work closely and collaboratively with Multicultural Affairs and other campus partners in developing realistic and action-oriented solutions.
Like each MAAC student advisory board, SOCAB works with a corresponding administrative resource team spearheaded by Multicultural Affairs. Informed by the work of SOCAB, the SOC Resource Team is a cross-functional work-team responsible for identifying unique and/or specific issues facing students of color. Each individual member of the team serves as a liaison, contributes to the conversation, and shares pertinent information back to their respective office. Each team supports the development, planning and implementation of initiatives aimed at assisting their respective population of students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering. SOC Team membership consists of staff from Multicultural Affairs, Center for Student Advising, Counseling and Psychological Services, Undergraduate Admissions, Global Programs an Fellowships, Center for Career Education, Alumni Affairs, Alice! Health Promotion, and Sexual Violence Response.
- Multicultural Affairs advises over 40 cultural and identity based student organizations.
- Additionally, students can get in involved in interest-based cultural groups, such as:
- Multicultural pre-professional organizations
- Cultural performance organizations
- Multicultural fraternities and sororities
- Multicultural Team in Counseling and Psychological Services
- Center for Career Education, including the CCE Clothing Closet
- Global Programs and Fellowships: Identity and Diversity Abroad
- Community Spaces
- Malcolm X Lounge (overseen by the Black Students' Organization)
- Alumni Groups
- Asian Columbia Alumni Association (ACAA)
- Black Alumni Council (BAC)
- Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University (LAACU)
Columbia College and Columbia Engineering
- Multicultural Affairs' SOC@Columbia
- Student of Color Advisory Board, Part of Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council
- Special Interest Communities in the Residence Halls: In addition to the Intercultural House through Multicultural Affairs, Residential Life offers the following special interest communities:
- Casa Latin@
- Manhattan House (Native and indigenous community)
- Pan-African House
- Columbia College Odyssey Mentoring Program (When creating your profile, under "Student Activities," select "First-Generation and/or Low-Income." You may also find First-Generation alumni by searching "Student Activities: First-Generation and/or Low-Income."
- Columbia College & Columbia Engineering Undergraduate Deans’ Student Assistance Fund (DSAF)