GAP is a year-long international friendship program that aims to foster intercultural dialogue among Columbia's diverse student body. The program consists of students of different races, nationalities, classes, genders, sexual orientations, and class years. It provides a safe(r) space for discussing topics such as culture shock, communication styles, social perceptions, identity, and family traditions. GAP selects a cohort of approximately 20 ambassadors who participate in monthly dialogues led by student facilitators. Ambassadors are also matched into smaller peer groups (also led by student facilitators) which meet monthly for additional bonding opportunities, intercultural activities, and discussions.
This program is best for undergraduate students who are seeking to know more about the community they live within and open to reflect on and share their own values and beliefs.