CU Engage: Civic Engagement at Columbia University

Welcome to CU Engage: Civic Engagement at Columbia University. 

What is civic engagement? Voting in elections, organizing friends and neighbors around an issue, writing to your elected officials, or learning or debating a topic are some of the ways that you can get involved to build the world you wish to live in.

The events and resources below are opportunities for you to have your voices heard  please check back often for updates. If you have feedback or ideas for this initiative, we invite you to share them with us


 Dialogue Through Political Differences event on Nov. 6, 2019 at Jerome Green Annex.

Wednesday Nov. 6, 2019

Campus Conversations: Dialogue Through Political Differences

11 am | Jerome Greene Annex

Join us for a student-led discussion on navigating political differences in the classroom and beyond. Cosponsored by the Office of Government and Community AffairsCoffee, tea and snacks will be provided. Register


A black, white and red PDF flyer shows details for the film The Report on Nov. 6, 2019 at Miller Theatre.

Wednesday Nov. 6, 2019

Pre-Release Screening of The Report

6 pm | Miller Theatre

Ahead of its wide release in theaters, Amazon Studios and University Life are screening the critically acclaimed docudrama The Report, starring Adam Driver. A Q&A with director Scott Z. Burns and U.S. Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones — who is played by Driver — will follow. Part of the 2019 Community Citizenship Film Series. Register.


A PDF flyer shows details of the upcoming Citizen-Leaders event with the Obama Foundation Scholars on Nov. 12, 2019, in the Jerome Greene Annex. The flyer shows an image of the 10 scholars.

Tuesday Nov. 12, 2019

Citizen-Leaders: A Conversation with the Obama Foundation Scholars

2 pm | Jerome Greene Annex

Join Columbia’s Obama Foundation Scholars for a discussion about active global citizenship and the power to effect change in our communities. Moderated by Suzanne Goldberg, EVP for University Life. Co-sponsored by Columbia World Projects — the host of the yearlong residency of Obama Foundation Scholars, and by the Office of Government and Community Affairs. Register



A PDF flyer shows details of the Nov. 13, 2019 Awakening Our Democracy panel discussion on the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The poster has a graphic of red and blue hands and shows photos of the panelists and moderator Suzanne Goldberg.

Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019

Awakening Our Democracy: Countdown to the 2020 Election

12 pm | 300 Pulitzer Hall 

The last three years have brought about intense divisions regarding our nation's future. Join experts for a conversation about the 2020 U.S. presidential election and the role we play in deciding the outcome. Register.


Additional Resources 

Columbia University Office of Government and Community Affairs

GCA Voting Website

Constitution Day

Voter Registration Resources

Turbo Vote

Who’s On The Ballot

Information on the United States 2020 Census


Census2020 (NYS)

Census2020 (NYC)

Census2020 Employment