One of Multicultural Affairs’ objectives is to support students when they have been treated unjustly with respect to their identities at Columbia. Our primary role as advocates is to make sure that student concerns are heard and to help students determine what course of action is available to them to address their concerns.
Please contact a staff member of Multicultural Affairs if we can support you with a campus issue. We are located in 505 Lerner and in the Intercultural Resource Center.
- Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council
- Bias Response Protocol
- Campus Campaigns
- Constituency Leaders Meeting
The Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council (MAAC) is a group comprised of a broad representation of undergraduates from Columbia College and Columbia Engineering who work collectively toward continually enhancing the programs and services of the Multicultural Affairs and other campus offices; evaluating the needs of our diverse undergraduate student population; identifying relevant campus issues; and promoting a campus environment of inclusion, self-awareness, intercultural engagement and social responsibility. Its mission and functions can be found here.
MAAC is comprised of four distinct advisory boards:
- First-Gen Student Advisory Board (FAB)
- International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)
- Queer and Trans Student Advisory Board (QTAB)
- Student of Color Advisory Board (SOCAB)
As members of Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, we share the University’s commitment to creating a learning environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, we acknowledge that no campus community is removed from larger systemic issues, such as racism, homophobia, religious intolerance, sexism and classism.
We have worked with students and key administrative offices to develop a protocol responding to acts of hate and bias in our community in order to better create a safe and secure environment for all of our students.
Students who witness, hear of or are victim to acts of bias and hate should immediately contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555. Once Public Safety is notified, the Bias Response Team, which consists of deans across Undergraduate Student Life, Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, is alerted, and several steps are taken to respond to the needs of our community.
Multicultural Affairs promotes various awareness and educational campaigns to help raise the visibilty of key issues and important messages across campus. One example is the "Love love. Hate hate." campaign. A partnership with former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, this initiative brings the "Love Love. Hate Hate." campaign to Columbia University. Former Mayor Bloomberg and Former Speaker Quinn launched the city-wide campaign, which celebrates diversity and condemns acts of hate and bias, in October 2010. Columbia was the first university to bring the campaign to its campus.