Promoting Social Justice & Combating Bias

University Life is committed to the values of inclusion and belonging
This website provides resources focused on combating bias and promoting social justice available both at Columbia and beyond. It is ever-evolving, and we are currently working to add additional pages and resources. We welcome your ideas, questions, and feedback - please email us at [email protected].

What is social justice?

Definitions vary, but at their core, the central idea underpinning the concept of social justice is that all people should both be treated equally AND have equal access to society's resources and opportunities. Concepts of social justice acknowledge that this access and treatment has been inequitable historically, a practice that continues in the present for people across identity groups.

Below are organizations advocating for justice across the country. Requests to add additional items can be sent to [email protected].

Please note Columbia University is not affiliated with, nor does it explicitly endorse, any of the organizations listed.

State Organizations

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming

"No matter how committed one has been to challenging these deep injustices and providing remedies, whether as a person, an institution, or a society, we are all rightly being called upon to do more and to begin again, with a great sense of honesty and new purpose. I am committed to that task, but, more importantly, Columbia is committed to it. Columbia is an old institution by the standards of the United States, and it has its share of shameful periods and moments of great progress. I hope we can collectively add to the latter. Across the University, there are many people reflecting on what can be done." 

– President Lee C. Bollinger, July 21, 2020