Inclusion and Belonging at Columbia

"No matter how committed one has been to challenging these deep injustices and providing remedies, whether as a person, an institution, or a society, we are all rightly being called upon to do more and to begin again, with a great sense of honesty and new purpose. I am committed to that task, but, more importantly, Columbia is committed to it. Columbia is an old institution by the standards of the United States, and it has its share of shameful periods and moments of great progress. I hope we can collectively add to the latter. Across the University, there are many people reflecting on what can be done."

– President Lee C. Bollinger

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

Read Columbia's Commitment to Anti-Racism – A Midyear Progress Report (Fall Term 2020) 

 

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.

 

View meeting notes

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.  

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.

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.

Resources

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. 

DACA

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.

Undergraduates

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.