Columbia University in the City of New York

Centers & Institutes

Columbia's interdisciplinary centers and institutes present a diverse array of engaging, thought-provoking events for the community. The sampling here includes many that have partnered to co-sponsor programs with the Office of University Life.

Center for American Studies uses history, literature, politics, art and other forms of expression to explore the American experience.

Center for Institutional and Social Change aims to develop knowledge and practice that enables ongoing change needed for (1) individuals and groups to participate fully and thrive within institutions and communities; (2) institutions to take up their responsibilities to the larger society; and (3) policymakers to create contexts that facilitate full participation. 

Center for Intersectionality and Social Policy Studies focuses on examining how social structures and identity categories such as gender, race, and class interact, resulting in social inequity.

Center for Justice is an interdisciplinary and community collaboration hoping to transform our criminal justice system from a punishment-based system to a prevention and healing-based system.

Center for Race, Philosophy and Social Justice promotes normatively inflected social and political thought geared to thinking through the demands of racial justice in the United States .

Center for the Study of Law and Culture works to facilitate interdisciplinary study, research, and scholarship on the intersections of law and culture.

Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race supports and promotes innovative thinking about race, ethnicity, indigeneity and other categories of identity to better understand their role in society.

Center for the Study of Social Difference supports and promotes innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship on the role of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race in global dynamics of power and inequality.

Center on African-American Politics and Society promotes social science research on the political, social, and economic conditions affecting black communities.

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma is a project of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, dedicated to informed, innovative and ethical news reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy.

Heyman Center for the Humanities brings together faculty and students from across the university to share and debate ethical issues of common interest and concern.  

Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life brings together students and faculty to address the revitalization of religion over the last 40 years.

Institute for Research in African-American Studies is one of the nation’s most prestigious centers of scholarship on the black American experience.

Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality is the interdisciplinary capital of feminist scholarship and teaching at Columbia.

SIPA Diversity Task Force supports the efforts of SIPA faculty, staff, and student organizations in fostering a welcoming, respectful environment that is representative of our society as a whole.

Social Intervention Group (SIG) works to advance evidence-based, sustainable solutions to HIV, substance use, violence, trauma and other co-occurring issues affecting vulnerable populations.

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture has been advancing the interdisciplinary study of American architecture, urbanism, and landscape since 1982.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council is a network of leaders of centers, institutes, and initiatives at Columbia University dedicated to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. 

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