One of the OMA’s objectives is to support students when they have been treated unjustly with respect to their diversity 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 resolve their concerns.
Please contact a member of the OMA staff if you have a problem or concern that needs to be addressed. We are located in 510 Lerner and in the Intercultural Resource Center.
- Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council
- Bias Response Protocol
- Campus Campaigns
- Consituency Leaders Meeting
- Taking Action
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.
The MAAC is comprised of four distinct advisory boards:
- First-Gen Student Advisory Board (FAB)
- International Student Advisory Board (ISAB)
- Queer and trans Student Advisory Bord (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, outlined in this brochure, 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.
The OMA promotes various awareness and educational campaigns to help raise vaisibility of key issues and important messaging across campus. One example is the "Love love. Hate hate." campaign. A partnership with New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, this initiative brings the Love Love. Hate Hate. campaign to Columbia University. Then Mayor Bloomberg and 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.