Columbia University in the City of New York

Inclusion & Diversity

"I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great fit, that we’re a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen…. Everybody matters."

- Barack Obama, 2015 State of the Union Address

The Columbia community is rich in its diversity, with students, faculty and administrators from every walk of life and part of the world. Myriad organizations, resources, and academic offerings within Columbia’s schools and within the University itself provide opportunities for intellectual exploration, social gathering, and more. 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (Undergraduate Student Life) (Morningside Campus) aims to promote an inclusive university climate by acting as an educational resource that prepares students to succeed in a heterogeneous and ever-changing society. The Office provides a supportive environment for intercultural communication, constructive interaction and mutual understanding. OMA aims to strengthen and enhance the richly diverse fabric of the Columbia community by providing and supporting programs and services including mentoring, advocacy, programming and education.  510 Alfred Lerner Hall/2920 Broadway; (212) 854-0720

Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (College of Physicians and Surgeons) assists with recruiting, counseling, and nurturing a diverse student body. The office provides counseling services to help students adjust to medical school and guidance concerning future career choices. In addition, the office is actively engaged in multiple pipeline programs for students from high school to recent college graduates. The Office also supports multicultural student organizations which provide a forum for student participation in campus affairs, student recruitment, social events, and service activities in the local community. William Black Building/630 W 168th St.; (212) 305-4157

The Office of Academic Diversity (Graduate School of Arts and Sciences) supports a diverse and inclusive academic environment at the graduate level of the institution. The Office of Academic Diversity is committed to creating and maintaining programs that foster a shared sense of community and respect at Columbia. To meet these goals, our initiatives focus on supporting underrepresented student populations, as well as students committed to advancing lasting, positive change in our institutional culture. The office has open hours Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment. 107 Low Library/535 W 116th St; gsas-diversity@columbia.edu.

The Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion at the Mailman School of Public Health facilitates the creation of an inclusive and equitable campus community committed to the development of public health practice and scholarship that reflects structural competency and cultural humility. ODCI offers robust curricular and co-curricular activities to support this goal, including faculty, TA, and student training, speakers and discussion spaces, and support for student groups to develop programming related to structural competency or inequality.

The Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) is strongly committed to fostering a diverse and vibrant community of scientists, faculty, postdocs and students. Housed in the LDEO Directorate, this office was created following the recommendation of NSF-ADVANCE, and has within its purview a broad area of activities including diversity, search procedures, academic appointments, salary structures, academic review processes, postdoctoral affairs, LGBTQ issues, Title IX issues, mentoring, campus life and quality of work environment issues. We believe that diversity and excellence go hand in hand, and that this creates an inclusive work environment for all. 218 Monell Building, Lamont CampusEmail: kdutt@ldeo.columbia.edu.

International at Columbia serves as a resource within Columbia College/SEAS for international students and families through a variety of academic and student life programs and support services. 510 Alfred Lerner Hall, Morningside

The International Student and Scholars Office (ISSO) and International Affairs Office (IAO) assist more than 13,000 students, students engaged in post-graduate practical training employment, research scholars, and accompanying family members from more than 150 countries with their immigration and documentation-related needs. ISSO-International House North, (212) 854-3587; IAO - (CUMC) William Black Building Room 1-126B, (212) 305-5455 

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action to inquire about your rights under University policies, request assistance, seek information about filing a complaint, or report misconduct or behavior that may violate these policies. Contact names and numbers listed here; main office 212-854-5511. Report discrimination, harassment and gender-based misconduct here.

LGBTQ @ Columbia (Undergraduate Student Life) for LGBTQ student group advising, events, education, advocacy, and more information to help students better understand diverse queer and trans identities, experiences, and communities. Trans @ Columbia also provides up to date policies, services, and resources for Columbia's transgender community. Download this guide for a list of student organizations, programs and additional resources. Contact Associate Director Chris Woodscmw2206@columbia.edu or 212-854-1675.

LGBTQIA+ @ CUMC is a weekly group and supportive space for students to discuss issues and experiences related to gender identity, sexuality, and sexual orientation as members of the CUMC community. Contact CUMC Mental Health Services’ Dr. Sam Klugman at sk4144@cumc.columbia.edu or 212-305-6830.

Gender-Neutral Restrooms - for a list of locations throughout the Morningside campus, see hereYou can also get this map under “Campus Services” in the University Life appFor a list of locations throughout the Columbia University Medical Center campus, see here. Download a printable restroom notice for Morningside here and for CUMC here.

For the National Center for Transgender Equality's FAQ on the Withdrawal of Federal Guidance for Transgender Students, see here.

Columbia Health  Medical Services and Counseling and Psychological Services provide on-campus services and access to off-campus resources that support people who identify on the transgender spectrum, including individual counseling, support groups, referrals and emergency consultations. Connect with a team of CPS therapists who can assist LGBTQ students. Call 212-854-2878 for Morningside.

Columbia’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law addresses cutting-edge issues in sexuality and gender law through litigation, legislation, public policy analysis, and other forms of advocacy.

LGBT and Ally Resources for CUMC Students and others - from CUMC's Student Health Services; (212) 305-3400

LGBTQ Student Groups is a listing of over a dozen student groups for undergraduate and graduate student communities.

Military and Veteran Affairs provides a list of student groups that aim to understand the role of the military in various professional pursuits and build a veterans' community at Columbia, as well as offers a central and comprehensive repository of the services, policies, and procedures that affect students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. 202 Kent Hall; 212-854-3161

Nursing Mothers - Lactation Rooms are available to support nursing mothers returning to work, school, or campus. Women may access the lactation rooms only for the purposes of expressing, storing and collecting breast milk. For more information on room locations and how to access, please visit this webpagePlease contact the Office of Work/Life, 212-854-8019, for more information.

The Office of the University Chaplain fosters personal growth and learning through spiritual, ethical, religious, and cultural exchange. Their Religious Life Advisors conduct on-campus worship services and provide faith-based programs, as well as confidential counseling on a walk-in basis or by appointment. Lerner Hall, W710; (212) 854-1493

Wish to see your organization or office listed? Contact universitylife@columbia.edu.