Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia

“[A]ll of us together, in every way we can think of, must dedicate ourselves to living more truly to our intellectual, institutional and constitutional ideals. ... As the Black Lives Matter movement so powerfully underscores, there is still unfinished work from the past, but there are also new forms of discrimination that are taking root in society today. ... I can assure you, neither I nor Columbia intend to relent in this pursuit of the principles of equality and access to opportunity.”  

– President Lee C. Bollinger

Image of Low Memorial Library About Columbia's Commitment to Anti-Racism

 We invite and encourage all Columbia community members to get involved in the commitment to anti-racism set out by President Bollinger to address the structures and consequences of racism, and of anti-Black racism in particular.

Image of the word Black Lives Matter surrounded with social justice terms in different colorsRacial Justice and Anti-Black Violence Resources

Find books, films, podcasts and organizations advocating for justice across the country, gathered by members of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging and Columbia Libraries.


Angled view of Columbia's Morningside Heights campus at night with the Manhattan skyline in the backgroundThe Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia

The Task Force of Columbia students, faculty and staff works to identify issues and develop responsive strategies that address students’ experiences both in and outside of the classroom related to race, ethnicity, and other intersecting aspects of identity.

Photo of the Columbia LionWorking Group on Inclusive Public Safety

Columbia’s Working Group on Inclusive Public Safety focuses on supporting inclusive public safety on Columbia’s campuses. Learn more.


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Image of The Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Belonging logoThe Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Engagement

The Graduate Initiative is part of Columbia’s commitment to diversity and the success of all graduate and professional school students. Events and workshops offer an opportunity for graduate students from all Columbia schools to collaborate with and participate in innovative programs and supportive spaces.  

Photo of the Columbia University Alma Mater sculpture in front of Low Memorial LibraryDACA and Undocumented Students

Columbia welcomes undocumented and DACA students as part of our community.

Campus Conversations Image of the Campus Conversations logo

A dialogue-based initiative from the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia centered on building community, real conversation and dialogue across differences. It offers students a way to talk about identity and community across campus.

Photo of the Pride flagLGBTQ Community at Columbia

Information and a diverse range of resources and supports for students, faculty and staff.

Photo of Earl Hall - a brown, colonial style building with 4 columnsReligious Community at Columbia

Explore religion, spirituality and multifaith opportunities.

Columbia University buildings flanking Amsterdam AvenueRacial Justice Mini-Grant Program

University Life invites students to apply for the Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program and share innovative ideas to address racism, particularly anti-Black racism.


Reporting Bias

Our community’s tools to address bias include a reporting process and the Bias Incident Resource Team, plus resources within schools and various offices.

Racial Justice

Resources, gathered by members of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia in partnership with Columbia Libraries. 


Resources for support, legal assistance and more for undocumented students

Graduate Students

Organizations, resources, and offices that serve graduate students.

Disability Services

Supports students with disabilities and helps to coordinate accommodations and services.

Military and Veteran Affairs

For students who are members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces, including military and veteran student groups.


Organizations, resources, and offices that serve undergraduate students.

Support Related to Discrimination

Learn more about Columbia's resources for discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct.

Our Community, Our Values

“Make no mistake that Columbia rejects racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy, bigotry, misogyny. But beyond statements, can we show up as members of one community, especially when we are in a particularly challenging place?”  

- Ixchel Rosal, Associate Vice President for Student Life and co-chair of Columbia’s Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion Task Force.

Use Your Voice 

Work with other students, faculty and staff on University-wide inclusion and belonging initiatives.


Get involved.