About University Life

"The mission of the new Office of University Life will be to further the academic and community experience of students, faculty and staff at Columbia."

- Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger 

At the Office of University Life, our focus is on the University community.

Columbia is intensely diverse and robustly pluralistic -- with 16 schools and students, faculty and staff from myriad disciplines, backgrounds and experiences. Yet we share a collective commitment to advancing learning and knowledge at the highest level, and to sharing these efforts thoughout the world. 

The Office of University Life is your hub for University-wide student life information and initiatives.

Here's a look at some of our work. Be sure to check out the other parts of this website for more.

University Life In the News

Columbia Spectator: On the importance of sitting (Op-ed by Suzanne Goldberg)

January 29, 2018 - I think we can all relate to the need to slow down, at least every once in a while, and that taking steps, whether by sitting, walking or just taking a deep breath, can make a real difference in how we feel. Wellness Days at Columbia provide a jumpstart, with many paths for fun, relaxation and learning.


Thomson Reuters: Hugs and dirty jokes - Americans differ on acceptable behavior

December 27, 2017 - Since people come to work with different ideas of what is appropriate, managers should train their employees and develop clear lines of conduct so that there are no misunderstandings, said Suzanne Goldberg, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School.
“The onus is on employers” to set the tone, Goldberg said. “Even if the co-workers don’t object or go to management to complain.”


The Guardian: What the Colorado baker who refused to sell to a gay couple gets wrong (Op-Ed by Suzanne Goldberg)

December 15, 2017 - This baker seems to be arguing that the law is telling him what to believe or do. But, to state the obvious, the law does not require him to sell wedding cakes. Instead, the law says that if you open a shop on Main Street or anywhere else, you can’t pick and choose to whom you sell your products, just like you can’t pick and choose which tax laws or safety laws you’ll comply with. 


Columbia Spectator: Students of color on the unique challenges they face at Columbia

November 18, 2017 - “Students who come from these historically marginalized communities don’t want to do that emotional labor of having to sit through a conversation and explain who they are, relive a traumatizing experience, or be put in the role of the teacher, yet again,” AVP of Student Life Ixchel Rosal said. “We want to make sure that everyone can participate, and the more we can facilitate student-to-student dialogue—making it as safe as possible for people—that sort of student-to-student engagement is really where true engagement with a topic can happen.”


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