There are many ways to get involved with Multicultural Affairs! See below for current opportunities (last updated August 17, 2020). "$" indicates paid positions.
Opportunities for Fall 2020
September 12-13: New students, connect with cultural student organizations at Multicultural Community Meetups!
The Multicultural Community Meetup spaces allow new and returning students to connect with each other and hear from student organizations connected to these communties: Asian and Asian American, Black and African Heritage, Latinx, Middle Eastern and North African (MENA), Mixed Heritage, Native and Indigenous, Queer & Trans People of Color (QTPOC) communities. Registration required; click on the meetup name to register. All times list below are Eastern Time.
- International Student Welcome and Social: Saturday, September 12, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
- Native and Indigenous Community Meetup: Saturday, September 12, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
- Latinx Community Meetup: Saturday, September 12, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
- QTPOC Community Meetup: Saturday, September 12, 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
- Asian and Pacific Islander Community Meetup: Sunday, September 13, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.
- Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Community Meetup: Sunday, September 13, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
- Black and African Community Meetup: Sunday, September 13, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Apply by September 13: Create change as a Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council member for 2020-21
The Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council (MAAC) is a collective of four distinct student advisory boards: Student of Color Advisory Board (SOCAB), Queer and Trans Student Advisory Board (QTAB), International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) and First-Generation Student Advisory Board (FAB).
Organized by Multicultural Affairs, MAAC is composed of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduate students to work toward a more respectful, accountable and socially just campus environment. In partnership with students, student organizations, Multicultural Affairs and campus partners, the council strives to continue creating a community in which students of all identities are supported, valued and celebrated.
First-year representative positions are open for all four boards: FAB, ISAB, QTAB and SOCAB. Positions for sophomores, juniors and seniors are open on these boards: ISAB, QTAB and SOCAB.
Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 13.
Apply by September 18: First-year students, find mentorship and community through the Columbia Mentoring Initiative!
Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that connects first-year and transfer students (mentees) with returning students (mentors) and all students with alumni. Co-chairs are responsible for coordinating mentorship activities through the Family Trees:
- Arab and Middle Eastern Family Tree
- Asian Family Tree
- Black Family Tree
- Indigenous Family Tree
- Latinx Family Tree
- LGBTQ Family Tree
- International Family Tree
- Mixed Heritage Family Tree
More information and the application can be found here.
Apply by September 25: Build intercultural connections through Global Ambassador Program
Interested in intercultural exchange? Ready to step out of your comfort zone to make new friends and/or learn new cultures? Planning to apply for an international internship? Just returned from a fabulous study abroad trip and crave more intercultural experiences? If so, join the Global Ambassador Program that connects international students and students from the U.S.
Applications are now open. Those who apply by the priority deadline of Friday, September 18, will receive additional consideration. The final deadline to apply is Friday, September 25.
Apply by September 25: Engage in antiracism personal work through Students Exploring Whiteness
Students Exploring Whiteness is a yearlong cohort program to engage students in sustained personal work around race and racism, with a goal of developing an anti-racist framework and toolkit that can be brought to other student communities on campus. Applications are open. Those who apply by the priority deadline of Friday, September 18, will receive additional consideration. The final deadline to apply is Friday, September 25.
Develop programs as a Multicultural Affairs Student Coordinator for 2020-21 ($)
The Multicultural Affairs Student Coordinators will be primarily charged with supporting the development and implementation of programming in Multicultural Affairs and specifically assigned to one of the following focus areas within the office:
- Diversity education and training
- First-Generation and/or Low-Income (FLI) @ Columbia
- International @ Columbia
- LGBTQ @ Columbia
- Students of Color (SOC) @ Columbia
Application will be available late August. More information about the Student Coordinator positions can be found here. Rolling deadline: applications will be accepted until successful applicants are identified.
Center solidarity and justice through Sankofa Tzedek
Sankofa Tzedek, a collaboration between Multicultural Affairs and the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, brings together a cohort of students on campus for a year of personal identity development, intergroup dialogue, intercultural learning, transformational travel, and social justice education that centers the experiences and histories of Black and Jewish communities. Applications are open and are due on a rolling basis through Monday, October 12 at noon EDT.