Events and Opportunities, 9/13 - 9/29
We hope you can join us for the second week of Welcome Home Columbia, a series of free, fun events happening now through September 16! All students from all schools and campuses are welcome.
COVID-19 Reminder and Monkeypox Information:
- Take a moment to review updated Fall 2022 COVID-19 policies, required action steps and other important health information.
- COVID-19 Community Health Compact: Are you new to Columbia this year? The September 30th deadline is fast approaching to read and sign the Compact.
- Visiting Barnard? Please mask in all indoor spaces and review guest policies for academic buildings and residence halls.
- Monkeypox: If you have questions about Monkeypox, visit the University’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page.
Welcome Home Columbia
All Welcome Home Columbia events are free and open to all students. Please bring your CUID to attend.
- Religious Life Information Session + Dinner (In-Person). Connect with new and returning students and learn about Religious Life resources over a meal in Earl Hall. Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Passport to Columbia (In-Person). Kick-start the Fall semester with an evening of karaoke, food and games from around the globe, hosted by the University Life Events Council and the International Students & Scholars Office. All are welcome at this celebration of international identities and the diversity of our community. Interested in volunteering for this event? Email Stephanie Busch at [email protected]. Thursday, September 15, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Learn more and register here.
- Columbia Quest (In-Person). Connect with fellow students on this cross-campus scavenger hunt to explore Columbia's incredible resources! Register and be assigned to a team or sign up with friends. Students who complete the hunt will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Friday, September 16, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Financial Well-being Workshop (Virtual). Join Student Financial Services for a presentation promoting financial well-being and the tools that enable a greater sense of agency and choice in your future. Thursday, September 15, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Yoga Class (In-Person). Take a break to relax with yoga in Earl Hall, hosted by Religious Life every Thursday. Please bring your own mat and arrive 5-10 minutes early to sign in and set up. Thursday, September 15, 7:00 - 8:00 PM. Learn more.
Events and Opportunities with University Life:
- Become a University Life Ambassador. Passionate about building community at Columbia? As a University Life Ambassador, you can help promote a welcoming, inclusive environment for all Columbia students across all campuses. Apply here by Sunday, September 18.
- Graduate Welcome (Hybrid). University Life invites MA, MS, and PhD students of color and allies from all programs and fields of study to engage with faculty and professionals at this day-long event. Build community and meet peers and mentors with shared experiences as diverse scholars. Friday, September 23, 10:00 AM - 6:30 PM. Learn more and register here.
- The Art of the Latinx Rant (In-Person). Join Venezuelan-American comedian, writer, and actor Joanna Hausmann and Professor Frances Negron-Muntaner for a far reaching conversation about Latinx identity and humor. This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Latin American Studies, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, and Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race. Thursday, September 29, 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Social Justice Mini-Grant Program. University Life invites students to apply for the Social Justice Mini-Grant Program and share innovative ideas to address social injustices, including efforts to bring awareness to racial, economic, accessibility and educational inequities. Learn more at the next information session on September 27, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Apply here by November 4.
Happening Around Campus
- How I Did It — Behind The Reporting of the Civilian Casualty Files (Hybrid). In this conversation, New York Times journalist Azmat Khan will discuss his research and reporting on civilian casualties resulting from U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq and Syria. Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Security Awareness Day (In-Person). Join Public Safety for electronic engraving, free bike tune-ups, document shredding and electronic disposal. Discounted bike locks and accessories will also be on sale. Wednesday, September 14, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- After Ayotzinapa (In-Person). This discussion hosted by Institute of Latin American Studies examines the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College in Guerrero, Mexico in 2014 and the ongoing crisis of disappearances in Mexico. Wednesday, September 14, 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Delivering Science in Our Public Health System (In-Person). Join the Mailman School of Public Health for a conversation about using research to improve health systems and promote equity. Wednesday, September 14, 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- There’s a Disco Ball Between Us: A Theory of Black Gay Life (Hybrid). Jafari S. Allen will discuss his new book There’s a Disco Ball Between Us and how Black queer history speaks to contemporary struggles for social justice. Wednesday, September 14, 6:00 - 7:30 PM. Learn more and register.
- GHAP Advocate Information Session (Virtual). Columbia Health will host an information sessions about the Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP) Advocates program. GHAP Advocates support the sexual and reproductive health of the Columbia community. Thursday, September 15, 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Learn more.
- U.S. Constitution Day - The Right to Privacy Post-Dobbs (In-Person) Join the Office of Diversity and Community Affairs for a conversation about the Dobbs decision and its implications for higher education and advocacy. Monday, September 19, 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Self Defense Class (In-Person). Join Public Safety and the Shotokan Karate Club for a free self-defense class. Monday, September 19, 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Kraft Global Fellows Program. The Office of the University Chaplain is accepting applications for the January 2023 Kraft Global Fellowship Program to Nairobi. Fellows will work on a group research project, meet with community leaders, and visit religious and historical sites. Apply here by Tuesday, September 20.
Columbia World Leaders Forum
This series of conversations with heads of state and other leaders spotlight pressing issues and offer Columbia students and scholars opportunities to ask questions of world leaders.
- Columbia World Leaders Forum: Luis Abinader Corona (In-Person). Join Wafaa El-Sadr, Executive Vice President for Columbia Global Centers, for a conversation with Luis Abinader Corona, President of the Dominican Republic. Tuesday, September 20, 4:00 - 5:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (In-Person). Join Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of Belarusian democratic forces, and Alexander Cooley, Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, for a conversation about the peaceful struggle for democracy in Belarus. Wednesday, September 21, 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Learn more and register.
- Dimitar Kovachevski (In-Person). Alexander Cooley will speak with the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Dimitar Kovachevski. Wednesday, September 21, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Learn more and register here.
- Alok Sharma (In-Person). British Cabinet Minister and President of the 26th UN Conference on Climate Change (COP 26) Alok Sharma will reflect on the progress made in the historic Glasgow Climate Pact and urgent climate needs in conversation with Alexander N. Halliday, Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School. Thursday, September 22, 10:30 - 11:30 AM. Learn more and register.
- Gabriel Boric Font (In-Person). Join President Gabriel Boric Font of the Republic of Chile and Maria Victoria Murillo, Director of the Institute for Latin American Studies, for a conversation about how greater participation among women, youth, and indigenous peoples is transforming Chile. Thursday, September 22, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Learn more and register.
Joseph Defraine Greenwell, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Senior Associate Vice President for Student Life
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