Multicultural Affairs supports and advises several groups catering to the needs to cultural and identity groups. Here are some of the groups for our LGBTQ community and their allies.
Columbia Queer Alliance (CQA)
Since 1967, the Columbia Queer Alliance is proud to continue its legacy of pioneering activism and social justice, breaking down barriers and fostering strong, engaged communities along the way. We have continued to stand up, speak out and organize for queer students and their allies by facilitating educational workshops, open forums, speaker series, and social events such as First Friday.
GendeRevolution is Columbia’s first organization devoted solely to equal rights for transgender individuals. We aim to provide safe spaces on campus for all trans members of the Columbia/Barnard community.
The overall objective of Proud Colors is to implement a comprehensive action program to promote an understanding of the past, present, and future experiences, problems, and needs of queer students of color. One of the functions of Proud Colors is to further knowledge and acceptance of the queer of color community through discussions, lectures, and other social events. Proud Colors also serves as an independent social, political, support, and discussion group and welcomes all people concerned with the advancement of the interests queer of people of color.
Queer & Asian (Q&A)
Q&A is a student group dedicated to creating a space for queer, genderqueer, and trans Asian students, domestic and international. We host events and discussions addressing issues specific to the intersection of being queer and Asians. One goal of Q&A is also to address the multitude of identities within the queer Asian community and provide support for all.
Columbia iQ (CUIQ)
Columbia iQ is the affinity group of LGBTQ undergraduates which seeks to foster queer and trans leadership and community in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). From discussions and panels to networking and employer site visits, iQ is committed to community-building, mentorship, and expanding the visibility of queer and trans individuals in STEM.
JQ is the Jewish gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and ally group at Columbia and Barnard. JQ works to foster awareness of LGBTQ issues in the greater Jewish community and create a safe space for LGBTQ Jewish students on campus. Our monthly informal dinners provide a community for LGBTQ Jewish students, and our educational events create opportunities for the wider campus community to learn and show support.
Columbia Queer Business Society (CQBS)
The Columbia Queer Business Society (CQBS) represents the first pre-professional LGBTQ community at Columbia for students interested in a variety of fields including consulting, finance, technology, and public-sector business. CQBS aims to dispel misconceptions about being LGBTQ in business and, in addtion to education, informational, and networking events, would like to foster a community among Columbia students with similar backgrounds and career aspirations.
Queer Health Alliance
The Queer Health Alliance aims to provide a community for queer and allied premedical students at Columbia where they can share their experiences, discuss relevant issues (such as LGBTQ health issues and disparities), and build a network.
The GS Alliance is a group dedicated to the unique concerns and interests of the nontraditional stydent LGBTQ and ally community. We welcome students from all Columbia schools and are open to all orientations and gender identities. GS Alliance is a support group, a social club, an activist's haven, and anything else that we need to be for each other.
The LGBT Organization of Barnard College but is open to students of all school affiliations, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Q provides a safe space for queer students to meet, mix, mingle, and come together as a community.
Graduate School Student Groups
The majority of the graduate schools of Columbia University offer LGBTQ-related student clubs and programming. Many of the groups and their events are open to students from other colleges, including the undergraduate schools.
- Cluster Q, Columbia Business School
- Lambda Health Alliance, College of Physicians and Surgeons
- Queer and Trans People of Color at Columbia Law School (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Outlaws, Columbia Law School
- Queer Academics at Columbia, All Graduate Student Group
- Queer Caucus, School of Social Work
- Queer Health Task Force, Mailman School of Public Health
- Queer Nurses United, School of Nursing
- Queer TC, Teachers College