Economic Recovery Forum, COVID-19 Student Service Corps, Summer Info, Writing Help, PK-12 Resources for Student Parents

Friday, May 1, 2020

Dear Students,

As classes wind down and you turn toward final papers and exams, all of us in University Life are sending encouragement your way, wherever you are in the world. It was great to see many of you in this week’s virtual student events – and please consider dropping into a counseling workshop, religious life gathering or virtual workout in the week to come.

Below you’ll find summer semester info, Denim Day photos, PK-12 resources for student parents, COVID-19 Student Service Corps opportunities, and more and check University Life’s website for more events and resources.

Econ 101
Watch an interactive discussion about COVID-19 and Economic Recovery with leading Columbia experts in this replay of University Life’s Forum from earlier this week.

Summer Updates
Find answers to your questions about summer academics, events, housing, and more on the University’s COVID-19 website.  

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
See how University Life staff and others across the University marked Denim Day as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and our ongoing commitment to sexual respect at Columbia. If you need help, including for relationship violence and other gender-based misconduct, Sexual Violence Response’s compassionate and knowledgeable team is ready to assist you 24/7.    

Resources on Coping with Loss and Grief
Access these resources from Columbia Health to develop skills for coping with loss and grief, in addition to resources on grief from Columbia School of Social Work.

PK-12 Resources for Student Parents
If you’re a parent or caring for younger siblings during this time, take a look at these resources for children – from toddlers to high schoolers.

Extended Hours for Writing Help
The Columbia Writing Center has extended its hours for Writing Productivity Sessions for all Columbia undergraduate and graduate students. Sign up here using the Center’s scheduler.

International Students and Scholars Office
Last week’s US Presidential Proclamation temporarily suspends the entry of some foreign nationals to the U.S. This temporary suspension does not apply to students and scholars with nonimmigrant visa status. Check the ISSO website for updates, and for information about COVID-19 CARES Act Stimulus Payments.

Columbia’s COVID-19 Student Service Corps and Other Ways to Volunteer
More than 1500 student volunteers are filling critical needs through the COVID-19 Student Service Corps, with 20+ service-learning projects, founded and managed by CUIMC students with CUIMC faculty support. Visit University Life’s COVID-19 resource site to learn about other volunteer opportunities.

As classes end, it is all the more important to stay connected, so please do try out the resources, events and other opportunities on University Life’s website and be in touch with your questions and suggestions at

In community,

Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg
Executive Vice President for University Life
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law


See below for a quick resource guide for help, COVID-19 information and counseling and support. Visit University Life’s Student Resources on COVID-19 for comprehensive listings.

Easy-Access Medical, Mental Health and SVR Contact Information

  • To reach a medical professional, call 212-854-7426 (Morningside) or 212-305-3400 (CUIMC).
  • To reach a mental health professional, call 212-854-2878 (Morningside) or 212-305-3400 (CUIMC).
  • To reach Sexual Violence Response (all campuses), call 212-854-HELP/4357.

Information About COVID-19

  • Columbia’s COVID-19 website provides information, resources and volunteer opportunities for the Columbia community.
  • Call Columbia’s COVID-19 hotline for general questions, Monday-Friday, 9 am-5 pm, 212-854-9355.
  • Remember to protect yourself and others: wear a face-covering or mask if you need to leave your home for essential reasons and where social distancing isn’t possible, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, don’t touch your face with unwashed hands, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily, and stay home if you’re not feeling well.

Virtual Support Groups, Workshops and Gatherings – Counseling, Student Wellness and Religious Life