There are many ways to get involved with Multicultural Affairs! See below for opportunities to get involved in Fall 2018.
Opportunities for Spring 2019
Apply to be a resident in the Intercultural House for the 2019-2020 academic year
Priority Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2018; After this date applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for any remaining openings.
Prospective ICH residents should support the IRC’s objective to collectively work toward social justice, to actively build community within the ICH and on campus, and to develop awareness of issues related to social inequity through education and social exchange. Applicants must be enrolled in no less than twelve points at Barnard College, Columbia College or The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Applicants must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors during their year of residence and in good academic standing and disciplinary status (status may be verified as a part of the application process).
Apply to be a coordinator or orientation leader (OL) for the International Student Orientation Program
Deadline for the coordinator application: Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Deadline for the OL and Head OL application: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 12 p.m. (noon) EST
The International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) is designed to help international first-year Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students who have limited experience in the U.S. comfortably transition into the Columbia University community before the New Student Orientation Program (NSOP).
Apply to be a student facilitator for Under1Roof and/or ROOTED
Joint application available in early February
Specifically created for all incoming first-year students in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, Under1Roof is a required program that explores how we individually and collectively create an inclusive community at Columbia University. It provides the framework on how inter-group understanding and community building are achieved through continual engagement and education about the different social identities that all students bring to campus. It is the exciting beginning of a sustained dialogue that will last throughout a student’s education here and beyond.
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 treatement of different groups in society. ROOTED facilitators lead open dialogues through the ROOTED Real Talk series, plan an annual week centered on allyship, and work with student organizations, residences, and other constituencies to create tailored dialogue-based programming.
Apply to be a Multicultural Affairs Student Coordinator
Application available late February
Visit our MA Student Coordinator page to learn more and apply.
Apply to be a Columbia Mentoring Initiative Chair or Mentor
Application available in March
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. In CMI, you will be part of a family of first years, experienced returning students and alumni with a wealth of knowledge about life on and off campus, as well as campus resources. Bond with an experienced mentor, create long-lasting relationships with your fellow CMI first years, learn about life after Columbia in our career-oriented dinners and gain support from your classmates as you participate in discussions about the intersections of identities.
Visit our Columbia Mentoring Initiative page to learn more and apply.
Apply to be a Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council member as a student on the First-Generation Student Advisory Board, International Student Advisory Board, Queer and Trans Student Advisory Board, and Student of Color Advisory Board
Application available in March
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.