Applications for Special Interest Communities are now open! The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 12 at 11:59 p.m.
Special Interest Communities (SICs) offer unique residential experiences to those interested in living among students with common identities or interests. This living arrangement creates opportunities to impact the larger Columbia community through the implementation of programs, events and workshops in addition to fostering a connection to faculty, staff and alumni. It is truly a unique experience as all members are encouraged to discover themselves while developing a shared community that comes together around similarities and differences alike.
For more specific information about SIC locations and associated costs, view the Columbia Housing website.
Questions about Special Interest Communities? Please reach out to Clifford Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019–20 Special Interest Communities
Application Development Initiative
Application Development Initiative aims to channel creative potential of Columbia students into concrete technical projects by providing resources, guidance, and an opportunity to learn outside of both the classroom and standard curriculum. ADI's mission can be expressed in a two word imperative: "Build Things." The ADI will serve as a hub for technical innovation on campus and a support structure for the developer community.
Casa Latina is a safe and accessible space for Latinx communities and allies. Casa Latina's programming is centered on the universal education and celebration of Latinx culture with an awareness for social justice. We are a space dedicated to exploring the intersections of Latinx culture and identities.
Community Health House
Community Health House (CHH) addresses issues such as health equity, mental health, and sexual health through events that take place on a monthly basis. Ultimately we seek to promote a dialogue about public health topics that are relevant and we perceive as not being sufficiently addressed in the local community, while maintaining a focus on the well-being and personal health of the members of CHH.
Greenborough aims to establish a community of students who develop creative and practical ways to live sustainability. We serve as a hub of environmental activism for our campus and the broader community.
Jazz House aims to provide a community within which members can dedicate themselves to jazz music and culture, fostering personal connections, and sharing their love of the art form to listeners across Columbia and New York City. We hope to raise awareness about jazz and educate Columbia students of the music's unique and essential role in America's cultural history, while we ourselves continue to study the music and pay respect to its creators. Our continual efforts in increasing and developing our musical abilities and knowledge base will help us engage in the appreciation of the genre.
Manhattan House acknowledges the first people of this land, the Lenni Lenape, through the name Manhattan, which means "island of many hills." We strive to provide a community for indigenous students and their supporters that fosters pride in identity, understanding of indigenous issues, and relationships with both the campus and our Native communities.
Muse House is an SIC that focuses on sharing and learning about music in a fun community setting that provokes thought, discussion and inspiration! Their mission is to create an environment centered on diversity, self-expression, and collaboration.
Muslim Student House
Muslim Student House's mission is to provide a space for anyone to come and learn more about the Muslim community, as well as provide a safe space where the Muslim community can thrive on campus.
Pan-African House's mission is to educate the Columbia community on 'Pan Africanism.' Pan Africanism is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to unify and uplift people of the African diaspora. Pan-African House aims to institute programming that will raise awareness about Pan Africanism and build a stronger community.
Potluck House is a place to share. We come together to share art, music, space and ideas over food. We believe that food builds community. We need it. We want to share it.
Q House is a unique residential community dedicated to providing a safe living environment for LGBT*Q students at Columbia University. Q House residents strive to foster a safe campus environment and engage the Columbia University Community in meaningful dialogue. In addition, residents seek to foster a creative environment of collaboration which focuses on the intersections of identities. To this end, Q House will sponsor events for the larger Columbia University community focused on building safer social and educational environments in which all students feel welcome.
upLIFT House is a vector through which we support, organize, and highlight FIrst-Generation low income students on campus and their experiences.
Writers House believes that writing tends to be a solitary activity. Writers House is a place where writers have both their own space to write, and a community of other writers to shelter and nurture them, like green tomatoes on your grandmother's porch.