This Week at Columbia: Events & Opportunities (2/13)

February 13, 2024

Dear Students, 

We hope you’ll join us at one or more of these upcoming events.

All events below are in Eastern Time, free, and open to all students unless otherwise noted.

Dialogue Across Difference Events & Opportunities

  • Awakening Our Democracy: What’s At Stake In These Polarized Times (Hybrid). The need for civic dialogue has never been greater. Our panel of experts, co-hosted by University Life and the Journalism School, will explore how the often binary conversations around current events inform our understanding of democracy, the elements that prevent us from coming together for civil discourse, and where we go from here. This event is part of the Dialogue Across Difference Initiative. Dinner will be provided. Thursday, February 15, 6 - 8 p.m. Register here.  
  • Become a Campus Conversations Facilitator. University Life will be offering stipends to Columbia graduate and professional students who participate in our facilitator training program and lead Campus Conversation events for students across our campuses this semester. Apply by Friday, February 16. 
  • Dialogue Across Difference Mini-Grant Program. Apply for the Dialogue Across Difference Mini-Grant Program. Grantees will receive funding for a project that fosters a resilient and inclusive community of learners, who can engage with diverse perspectives and navigate challenging conversations with a shared commitment to mutual understanding and respect. Apply by Friday, February 16. 

More University Life Events & Opportunities

  • Love Your Neighbor Food Drive (In-Person). This Valentine's Day, Community Impact welcomes shelf-stable food and baby products to serve the growing number of clients at the Ford Hall Food Pantry. Share love for our neighbors and you'll receive a sweet treat celebrating your gift! Wednesday, February 14, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more.
  • Free Friday Fitness Class: Zumba (In-Person). Dance, have fun, and get active with a free fitness class, led by PEREC instructor Tiffany. Zumba mixes low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style dance fitness party. All fitness levels are welcome. Wednesday, February 21, 6 - 7 p.m. Register here.
  • Graduate Hangout: Black History Month Game Lounge  (In-Person) Come enjoy a night of trivia, board games, cards, and fun! In honor of Black History Month, we will be featuring Black-owned and Black-founded games. Snacks will be provided. Thursday, February 22, 5 - 7 p.m. Register here.
  • Cultivating Hope (In-Person). Explore what the combination of positive psychology and religious traditions have to offer you on the path to a more hopeful life. This event will be hosted by Religious Life. Light refreshments will be served. Monday, February 26, 7 - 8 p.m. Register here.
  • Black and Latinx Roundtable with Columbia Faculty (In-Person). As part of the Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Engagement, University Life, in partnership with the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, invites you to a roundtable event where Columbia faculty will share their experiences navigating higher education as members of the Black and Latinx community. Dinner will be provided. Tuesday, February 27, 5 - 6:30 p.m. Learn more and register.
  • Community Lunch (In-Person). Community Impact and Broadway Community invite you to participate in a culinary service opportunity. You'll work alongside Community Lunch's head chef to prepare meals for neighbors in the Morningside Heights community. Want to learn more? Contact: Jonathan Socoy at Community Impact ([email protected]). Extra hands are especially needed Thursday mornings. Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Fridays, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. & 12 - 2:30 p.m. Sign up for a "Meal Prep" or "Soup Kitchen" shift. 
  • Yoga Class (In-Person). Take a break and relax with yoga in Earl Hall, hosted by Religious Life. Please bring your own mat and arrive 5-10 minutes early to sign in and set up. Thursdays, 7 - 8 p.m. Learn more.

Columbia Graduate Career Expo
Thursday, February 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Open to Graduate and Professional Students

Connect with employers across a variety of industries at this event co-hosted by The Career Design Lab at SPS, Union Theological Seminary, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Professional Studies, School of Social Work, Columbia University School of the Arts and Teachers College.

Register here.

Happening Around Campus

  • Listening Forums (In-Person). The Office of the President will be hosting opportunities throughout the academic year for students to communicate directly with senior administrative leaders. These Listening Forums are safe, respectful, and compassionate spaces to engage in meaningful dialogue about issues that affect you on campus. Various Times. Learn more and enter the lottery.
  • Thriving Relationship Valentines (In-Person) Swing by the Lerner Hall ramps and pick up a kind, affirming, or clever message about consent and healthy relationships for people in your life. These are not your run-of-the-mill valentines. Hosted by Columbia Health Sexual Violence Response. Wednesday, February 14, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Learn more. 
  • Music Monday at The Forum: Morrisania Band Project Tribute to Aretha (In-Person). Join Columbia community members and neighbors for a concert, celebrating the music and activism of Aretha Franklin at The Forum. Elissa Carmona and the award-winning Morrisania Band Project will perform. Monday, February 19, 6 - 7 p.m. Register here. 
  • Word: Life: An Opinionated Mixtape of Hip Hop Journalism (In-Person). Join Columbia Journalism School for a conference recognizing the 50th anniversary of the block party credited with creating hip hop and the reporters who covered hip hop in its most formative stages. Tuesday, February 20 - Wednesday, February 21. Register here.

Take care,

Joseph Defraine Greenwell, Ed.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs
University Life
Gender Pronouns: He/Him/His

Ixchel Rosal

Senior Associate Vice President for Student Life
University Life
Gender Pronouns: She/Her/Hers