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September 25, 2017

Columbia Spectator: Sexual Respect Continues Here, With Us

Imagine what it would be like to have a campus where sexual harassment, assault, stalking, and other gender-based misconduct never occurred. What would it take to move from imagining change to making it happen? The easiest and most tangible way—this month and in the weeks ahead—is for every Columbia student to participate in the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative and to encourage your friends and classmates to do the same.


February 1, 2017

The Search for Sanctuary: Undocumented Students, DACA, and Trump (Columbia Spectator)

The Office of University Life’s Associate Vice President for Student Life Ixchel Rosal speaks with the Spectator’s Ana Espinoza about steps Columbia is taking to support undocumented students. 
Read more in The Eye.

October 25, 2016

Columbia Spectator: Why Sexual Respect?

Workshops and training are not about a preferred type of sex, or even about encouragement of sexual contact at all (though I’m told that many workshops do provide fun and useful information). Instead, they help underscore how important it is in our community that students treat each other with respect in this realm.
But what is sexual respect, anyway? And why should you care?

September 9, 2016

Columbia Spectator: First associate vice president for student life looks to advocate for students

Ixchel Rosal, the University's first associate vide president for student life views herself as an advocate for students. Rosal was named to the position last spring, and officially started this summer. The creation of the role, housed within the Office of University Life, was announced last year, after students voiced concerns about how student-facing the office would be.

June 16, 2016

Columbia Spectator: Nearly 150 gather on campus to mourn Orlando attack on LGBTQ, Latinx communities

On Wednesday night, Columbia’s campus served as a place of sanctuary and community for the nearly 150 students, faculty, and staff who gathered to mourn the victims of the attack.

April 14, 2016

President Bollinger in Harvard Law Review

What Once Was Lost Must Now Be Found: Rediscovering an Affirmative Action Jurisprudence Informed by the Reality of Race in America
In The Harvard Law Review Forum, Columbia President Lee Bollinger writes on affirmative action and the upcoming Fisher v. University of Texas decision.

March 31, 2016

Convincing our community to care about the sexual respect requirement

The SRI also aligns with student, administrator, and expert sentiments about the need for mandatory sexual respect education. And there’s no denying that the SRI is one of the first and most comprehensive programs of its nature in the nation.

March 28, 2016 Sexual Respect

Columbia Spectator on Bystander Intervention Training

(Prof. Suzanne) Goldberg said that the ideal is a campus culture wherein bystander intervention is the norm, and training is a way to get there.

March 27, 2016

Transgender bathroom use debates play out across U.S. - Prof. Goldberg on CBS News

"This is the new fight for LGBT rights. We are really in an extraordinary moment where states are rolling back existing protections and actively trying to discriminate...It seems there is a wave of anti-LGBT laws spreading across the country."

February 27, 2016

Bwog: Digital Sex And The Meaning Of Respect

In the second year of the Sexual Respect Initiative, Columbia has offered more workshops and more sessions of each option.

February 10, 2016

Spectator: Students express apathy toward sexual respect requirement despite new options and smoother rollout

"In our view, having students participate, engage on these issues, and understand deeply the shared responsibility of community members is very important."

January 9, 2016

New York Times: Campus Sex With A Syllabus

" students at Columbia must complete a course in 'sexual respect.'"

December 7, 2015

Reversing Affirmative Action Would Send Us Backwards on Race (President Bollinger in TIME)

When the Supreme Court revisits affirmative action in Fisher v. Universityof Texas on Dec. 9, the legalistic discussion of narrowly tailored means and race-neutral alternatives will obscure a more basic question: Do the searing events and protests that began in Ferguson, Mo., and continue to echo across the country leave any doubt about how far we have to go to overcome racial discrimination and to achieve a truly integrated society?

November 19, 2015

Students, faculty address institutionalized racism at University Life event

The teach-in and speak-out, titled "Race, Ethnicity and University Life" and moderated by Dean of Social Science Alondra Nelson, was organized by the Office of University Life to address institutionalized racism in light of nationwide protests regarding the experiences of students of color on college campuses.

November 6, 2015

Office of University Life hosts second panel, discusses systematic racism and current tensions

"The three presenters were very knowledgable about different topics and able to talk about them, so that everyone could relate and understand," Holman said. "It was great, really insightful, and I'm glad I came out."

October 20, 2015

Office of University Life launches event series to explore issues of social justice, identity

“We are looking to have lively, engaging conversations with everyone in the University community and especially students,” Executive Vice President for University Life Suzanne Goldberg told Spectator in an interview.

October 19, 2015

Revised Sexual Respect Initiative will offer more workshops, more time for students to complete initiative

Columbia’s Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative, which is required for new students and returning students who have not already completed the program, will offer a greater variety of programming options and give students more time to finish the requirement than last year.

October 13, 2015

What Is the Office of University Life? (Op-ed)

What does it mean to be part of this University community?  Columbia, after all, is the size of a small city, with more than 50,000 of us affiliated, including students, faculty, staff and many others.
In response to this question, the Office has three focal points: student life, intellectual life, and community citizenship.