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Leadership Development and Training

OMA leadership initiatives are aimed at helping student organizational leaders better navigate the university system, enhance their programming and community building skills, better lead their respective organizations, better plan and manage events, and better collaborate with other organizations. 

Students of Color Leadership Retreat (SOCLR)

The Students of Color Leadership Retreat (SOCLR) is an annual retreat weekend that takes place during the fall semester in a residential camp setting. The SOCLR weekend is designed to fortify participants in their leadership at Columbia, Barnard and beyond, to focus on shared experiences, and to critically examine various issues and "isms" that relate to living in a multicultural and diverse community. Upon returning from the retreat, students are galvanized by the enhanced connections made during the weekend and are able to continue in their work as student leaders with a strong supportive community behind them. During the weekend, student leaders of color work on building their leadership skills using a developmental process. 

SOCLR is a joint venture between the Columbia Office of Multicultural Affairs, Barnard Student Life and General Studies Student Life. Consistent with Columbia University’s Non-Discrimination Policy, this program is open to all undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard.

LGBTQ Leadership Retreat

The LGBTQ Leadership Retreat is co-sponsored by the Columbia Office of Multicultural Affairs, Barnard Student Life and School of General Studies Student Life.  Spend the weekend making new friends, building community, and developing your leadership skills. We will explore what brings us together within the LGBTQ and ally community, as well as how our different experiences and identities create spaces for ally-building and activism.  Consistent with Columbia University’s Non-Discrimination Policy, this program is open to all undergraduates from Columbia and Barnard.

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Student Group Resources

The Student Group Resource pages should prove to be useful to many student group leaders and those planning campus programming.  This resouce guide provides useful information to help your group succeed on the Columbia campus.  Most importantly, your group adviser will offer great experience and assistance as you navigate your way through the creation of your event so be sure to reach out to your adviser as you begin planning for your group!

Multicultural Affairs


505 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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