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Samia Abedin (Columbia College '19), creator of "We Are Columbia" - a video challenging students to be uncomfortable and talk to each other, writes about her project. 

How do we also recognize and strengthen the support culture that is such a strong part of our community? Inspired and encouraged by many conversations across the University, the Office of University Life and partners across campus introduce: Wellness Days @Columbia.

At a time when the federal government has withdrawn important protections for transgender students, it is ever more important to reiterate Columbia’s own policy:  All students, faculty, staff and visitors should use whichever restroom is most consistent with their gender identity.

Services and support for undocumented students at Columbia will continue for as long as circumstances require, and will be updated as conditions change.

As issues related to speech on campus are being discussed and debated around the country, a post from last spring on speech and public debate at Columbia under our Rules of University Conduct. To share your ideas on these issues with the University community, please write to

We have extensive resources for support, counseling (including addiction and depression) and wellness at Columbia, marshalling deep expertise and profound compassion, to provide support, service and hope to all in our community.

Whatever your views, whether you supported any or none of the candidates, this is a time – both right now and in the days and months ahead –  to pause and affirm our shared commitment to learning and discovery, to our diversity as a strength, and to inclusive community as a core Columbia value.

A guest post from the Native American Council at Columbia, on their organization and an historic plaque on campus: "The Lenape plaque is one small yet permanent way in which we as a community here at Columbia hope that Native people, specifically those who still call this island their traditional home, can be centered." View photos on our Facebook!

The Sexual Respect Initiative is about understanding and responding to the links among us and doing what we can to create change, not just in this moment but throughout the year and beyond. 

Community is something we create, each day, through vigorous exchange of ideas and through how we treat each other, both when we agree and when we do not.  It also poses a question to each of us:  How will you participate in creating and sustaining our shared community? Here is your invitation to join us in creating community.