There are many ways to get involved with Multicultural Affairs! See below for current opportunities.
Opportunities for Fall 2019
Apply by September 8: Be a First-Year Representative on the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council (MAAC)
Application now open and due Sunday, September 8 at 11:59 p.m.
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 and works towards a more respectful, accountable and socially-just campus environment. In partnership with students, student organizations, Multicultural Affairs and campus partners, it strives to continue creating a university community in which students of all identities are supported, valued and celebrated.
Starts early September: Join the TGIF Lunch Lounge hosted by FLI @Columbia
Every Friday in September from 11:30am-1:30pm. Lunch provided.
Join us to connect with the first-generation and/or low income (FLI) community, decompress from the week, and ask questions about FLI student life at Columbia. First-year and returning students are welcome!
Apply to be a Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) First-Year Mentee
Mentee application now open and due Sunday, September 15 at 11:59 p.m.
The Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) is an inter-generational mentorship program that connects first year and transfer students with returning students (upperclass mentors), and all students with alumni. CMI provides students the opportunity to get involved in various "family trees" - Arab and Middle Eastern, Asian, Black, Indigenous, International, Latinx, LGBTQ+ and Mixed Heritage. Although participants will be asked to specify one family tree, we recognize the multiple identities of our students and provide opportunities for CMI participants to get involved in cross-cultural program-wide events. As a mentee, you will be part of a community of first-years and transfer students, returning students and alumni. Through the program, you will have the chance to bond with an experienced mentor, create long-lasting relationships with the other members of your family tree, learn about life after Columbia at our alumni events and gain support from your classmates as you participate in events that build community and highlight the intersections of identities.
Apply by September 20: Be a participant in Sankofa Tzedek
Deadline: Friday, September 20 at noon.
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. Through friendship building; sustained dialogue on social identity, power and privilege, and activism; and an exploration of the histories of Black and Jewish communities in New York City and the U.S. south, participants will build transformational relationships; solidify a commitment to intercommunity solidarity for the purpose of ending racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of oppression; and acquire skills for being effective dialogue leaders on campus.
Sankofa Tzedek meets monthly for day-long programs on Fridays, along with a weekend-long retreat in the fall and a one-week immersive travel experience during January of winter break. Ready to apply? Learn more and read our frequently asked questions, and then complete an application by Friday, September 20 at noon.
Apply by September 12: Be a participant in the Global Ambassador Program
Deadline: Sunday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m.
GAP is a year-long international friendship program that aims to foster intercultural dialogue among Columbia's diverse student body. The program matches 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.
GAP applicants should be prepared to commit to a full academic year of participation, which includes regular programming (usually twice a month) on Friday evenings (from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) as well as occasional additional programming.
Attend interactive dialogues as part of the Identity and Inclusion Series
The Identity & Inclusion Series is a set of interactive diversity and inclusion workshops on building a socially conscious community.
Each workshop is open to all students, faculty and staff; accessible to a variety of prior engagement levels; and facilitated with warmth by the members of the Multicultural Affairs team. Sign up for one or many!
Participate in student-led dialogue on diversity, identity, and community
ROOTED (Respecting Ourselves and Others Through Empathy and Dialogue) is dedicated to creating spaces of solidarity, empathy, and learning for members of the Columbia community to explore identity, power, and privilege. Led by trained student facilitators, ROOTED hosts respectful and informed discussions about diversity and explores the commonalities and disparities among the social and political treatment of different groups in society. ROOTED facilitators lead open dialogues through the ROOTED Dinner & Dialogue series, plan an annual week centered on allyship, and work with student organizations, residences, and other constituencies to create tailored dialogue-based programming. Visit our website to learn about upcoming opportunities to join the dialogue!