As an institution, Columbia University is committed to the principles of equity and excellence. It actively pursues both, adhering to the belief that equity is the partner of excellence. Columbia University's goal is a workforce and student body that reflects the diversity and talent of New York City, the larger metropolitan area and the nation. Multicultural Affairs works with partners across the University to support this commitment. Here you will find highlighed resources supporting students, alumni, academic pursuits and community connections.
Non-discrimination Policies at Columbia University
- Student policies and procedures on discrimination and harassment
- Employee policies and procedures on discrimination and harassment
- Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
- Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race (CSER) (offers major and concentration)
- Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) (offers major and concentration)
- Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) (offers major)
- Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies(MESAAS) (offers major and concentration)
- Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALAC) (offers major and concentration)
- Center for Student Advising (for undergraduates in CC & SEAS)
- Office of Global Programs
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
- Q House (LGBTQA)
- Counseling and Psychological Services
- Students are welcome to select a mental-health clinician (bios and photos are available online). Some students may wish to select clinicians based on areas of special interest, including: LGBTQ, Religious/Spiritual, Multicultural focuses.
- During the fall and spring semester, CPS drop-in counseling hours are available at the IRC in the Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
- Gay Health Advocacy Project
- Sexual Violence Response, including peer education, peer advocates, and information about identity-based resources across NYC
- Disability Services
Religious and Spiritual Support and Programs
The following support and programs are offered through the Office of the University Chaplain.
- Religious life advisers
- Interfaith Fellows Program
- Common Meals – provides students, faculty, senior administrators, and New York City community leaders with a venue to discuss a specific topic or an emerging issue affecting the Columbia Community over a meal
- Columbia/ Barnard Hillel
Community Connections (service and volunteer opportunities)
- Double Discovery Center – works with low-income and first generation college bound Manhattan area youth from ages 12-27 to ensure high school graduation, college enrollment and completion and responsible adulthood.
- Community Impact – serves individuals in need in the communities of Upper Manhattan while providing meaningful volunteering and leadership opportunities for students at Columbia University and Barnard College.
For Graduate Students
- Graduate Assistant positions in the OMA (recruitment begins mid-March)
- School-specific diversity resourcesfor graduate and professional students
- Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) diversity resources and student organizations
- Teachers College diversity resources
- School of International and Public Affairs
- Columbia Law School
- Mailman School of Public Health student groups, including the Black & Latino Student Caucus and Queer Health Task Force
- Become a Mentor through the Columbia Mentoring Initiative
- Asian Columbia Alumni Association
- Black Alumni Council
- Columbia Pride (LGBTQ)
- Columbia University Muslim Alumni Association
- Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University
- Native Alumni Association (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Columbia Alumni Association