Inclusive Public Safety Working Group

Columbia’s Working Group on Inclusive Public Safety focuses on creating an inclusive and equitable campus community. As an extension of Columbia's commitment to anti-racism and in particular to anti-Black racism, the group’s charge is to work with the leadership of the Office of Public Safety to examine existing trainings and practices and to recommend concrete strategies for ensuring that we can have truly inclusive safety for all who are on Columbia’s campuses.


Comprising students, faculty and staff from the Morningside and Medical Center campuses, this group will meet regularly throughout the Fall 2020 semester. The co-chairs are Suzanne B. Goldberg, Executive Vice President for University Life, and Flores Forbes, Associate Vice President in Government and Community Affairs.


To learn more about the group, read the initial announcement

Inclusive Public Safety Working Group Membership List, Fall 2020

Learn about the members of this working group.

Meeting Notes of the Inclusive Public Safety Working Group

  • September 11, 2020 — Attendees discussed the group's charge, goals, meeting structure and deliverables. 
  • September 25, 2020 — Attendees welcomed new committee members, discussed the work of Public Safety, including elements of inclusive public safety, and decided on three subcommittees: data gathering, comparative research and training.
  • October 9, 2020 — Attendees viewed a presentation from Public Safety, introduced a working draft on defining Inclusive Public Safety, and the three subcommittees discussed data-gathering, comparative research, training and capacity building.
  • October 23, 2020 — Attendees discussed the definition of Inclusive Public Safety, heard brief reports from subcommittee chairs and had separate subcommittee meetings.
  • November 6, 2020 — Attendees heard brief reports from each subcommittee, and the remainder of the meeting was spent in subcommittee break-outs.
  • November 20, 2020 — Attendees heard brief reports from subcommittee chairs, planned their December report and spent time in subcommittee discussions.
  • December 4, 2020 — Attendees heard brief reports from subcommittee chairs and reviewed the December report draft.

Seeking Your Insight and Ideas on Inclusive Public Safety at Columbia

Do you have ideas, experiences or feedback about public safety at Columbia that you’d like to share? 

Fill out this form and send us your suggestions, feedback and insights. We look forward to hearing from you.


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