Welcome Home Columbia

Fall 2021 marks the opportunity to reconnect, strengthen, and rebuild as a community as Columbia's campuses reopen. We are excited to welcome you back and invite you to participate in a series of events that bring us together this fall.

Columbia Welcome

September 8-17

Join University Life for a series of creative, community-building, virtual and in-person events to welcome all Columbia students.

Click here to see the many events planned for this celebration!

Columbia Reflects

September 20-21

The beginning of the new academic year presents us with chances to reflect on what we have experienced, consider the present moment, and look with hope toward what lies ahead.

Click here for a list of opportunities to gather and reflect as a community.

Read about how Columbia Commemorates COVID-19 Losses With Installation in Front of St. Paul’s Chapel.

Columbia Quest

September 23-24 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET

Connect with fellow students on this scavenger hunt to explore Columbia's incredible resources and learn about our campuses! Register to be assigned to a team or sign up with your own team. Compete individually or virtually as well. Teams who complete the hunt will be entered into a raffle for prizes and more!

Click here to learn more about Columbia Quest.

COLUMBIA WELCOME 2021: MARQUEE EVENTS

September 8-17

Join University Life for a series of creative, community-building, virtual and in-person events to welcome all Columbia students.

Speed Friending

Wednesday, Sept. 8
6:00-7:30 PM ET
Virtual

Are you looking to expand your social circle and make new friends? If so, check out Speed Friending for a fun time of networking, games, and free e-gift card giveaways!

Maps and Snacks

Thursday, Sept. 9
9:00-11:00 AM ET
Dodge Room, Earl Hall & Butler Plaza

Enjoy free snacks and grab a map from a University Life Welcome Ambassador! While supplies last.

Maps and Snacks

Friday, Sept. 10
9:00-11:00 AM ET
Dodge Room, Earl Hall & Butler Plaza

Enjoy free snacks and grab a map from a University Life Welcome Ambassador! While supplies last.

Justice Through the Arts

Friday, Sept. 10
12:00-1:30 PM ET
Virtual, RSVP Required

A showcase of artists from the Columbia community. Performers will express their own creativity through storytelling, poetry, dance, painting, digital media, and more.

Virtual Film Screening: In the Heights

Friday, Sept. 10 - Sunday, Sept. 12
All Day
Virtual

Join the University Life Events Council for a virtual screening of the newest Lin-Manuel Miranda film, In the Heights, adapted from his hit Broadway show!

Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program Info Session

Monday, Sept. 13
12:00-1:00 PM ET
Virtual

Join University Life for a general info session to learn more about the goals and application process for the 2021 Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program.

LGBTQ+ Affinity Space

Monday, Sept. 13
4:00-5:00 PM ET
Wien Lounge

Affinity spaces bring historically underrepresented and/or underserved students together to network, interact and socialize. Open to all students. RSVP required.

Low-Lapalooza: Silent Disco

Monday, Sept. 13
7:00-8:30 PM ET
Ancel Plaza

Join this night filled with free, fun activites such as Silent Disco with student DJs, games, giveaways and much more! Headsets and channels will be provided.

BI&POC Affinity Space

Tuesday, Sept. 14
2:00-3:00 PM ET
Philosophy Lawn

Affinity spaces bring historically underrepresented and/or underserved students together to network, interact and socialize. Open to all students. RSVP required.

First Gen Affinity Space

Tuesday, Sept. 14
4:00-5:00 PM ET
Philosophy Lawn

Affinity spaces bring historically underrepresented and/or underserved students together to network, interact and socialize. Open to all students. RSVP required.

Speed Friending

Tuesday, Sept. 14
6:00-7:00 PM ET
Wien Lounge

Are you looking to expand your social circle and make new friends? If so, check out Speed Friending for a fun time of networking, games, and free gift card giveaways!

Graduate Initiative Launch

Friday, Sept. 17
1:00 PM ET
Virtual, RSVP required

In this two-hour virtual event, participants will have the opportunity to engage staff with shared experiences, form connections with their peers through a student panel and learn more on resources offered throughout Columbia for graduate and professional students.

Art After Five

Friday, Sept. 17
1:00 PM ET
Wien Lounge

Stop by to create art for your space while meeting students from across campus! Activities will include creating vision boards, decorating picture frames, and water coloring. All students are invited to take a moment to craft and reflect on aspects of their well-being. 

Virtual Film Screening: Soul

Friday, Sept. 17 - Sunday, Sept. 19
All Day
Virtual

Join the University Life Events Council for a virtual screening of Pixar's Soul. Follow Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected as one misstep takes him on the journey of a lifetime

For more Columbia Welcome events, check out our Events page.

COLUMBIA REFLECTS 2021

September 20-21

A series of events to reflect on what we have experienced, consider the present moment, and look with hope toward what lies ahead.

Ribbons for Reflection and Hope

Monday, Sept. 20 & Tuesday, Sept. 21
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM ET

Hammer Building Lobby

Reflection and remembrance are essential aspects of our well-being. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the Hammer Lower Level Lobby to write a message of reflection, remembrance or hope on ribbons. These ribbons will later be displayed collectively as a community art project. Sponsored by CUIMC.

Drawing/Writing Movement Combination

Monday, Sept. 20
12:00-1:00 PM ET
Virtual

In this workshop, word prompts will be peppered throughout the drawing created. This will then be taken to movement, embodying the forces of nature that were drawn and written about. Sponsored by Sexual Violence Response.

All-Day Musical Reflection

Monday, Sept. 20
3:00-9:00 PM ET
St. Paul's Chapel

Various composers and musicians have contributed hours of music to honor and commemorate all those who have been lost and will run as an all-day audio installation in St. Paul’s Chapel. Sponsored by Sacred Music at Columbia from the Office of Religous Life.

Multi-Faith Service of Music, Reflection, and Hope

Monday, Sept. 20
1:30-2:30 PM ET

St. Paul's Chapel

Join us for a multi-faith service of music, reflection, and hope. Musical reflections will be offered, and religious life advisers from a variety of traditions will share readings from their traditions. Sponsored by Sacred Music at Columbia from the Office of Religous Life.

Antiracism Workshop

Monday, Sept. 20
2:30-5:00 PM ET
Dodge Room, Earl Hall

Through personal reflection, interactive exercises and group dialogue, this workshop explores racial oppression and its systemic maintenance, and approaches strategies and frameworks for shifting from “not-racist” to “anti-racist." Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Life.

Qi-Gong

Monday, Sept. 20
4:00-5:00 PM ET
Virtual

In this workshop, you will engage in a brief introduction to Qi Gong, followed by some deep breathing before engaging in a 30 minute guided Qi Gong exercises. Participants are encouraged to follow along with the exercises as they are comfortable. Sponsored by Sexual Violence Response.

Double Pandemic: Contending with COVID-19 & the Impact of Racism

Monday, Sept. 20
6:30-7:30 PM ET
Schiff Room, Earl Hall

All students are welcomed to join this moment of reflection where we will share what it means to contend with both COVID-19's impact alongside the ongoing fight for racial justice. Sponsored by University Life.

LAACU Conversaciones: Transforming Education for Black and Latino Boys

Monday, Sept. 20
7:00 PM ET
Virtual

Dr. Adriana Villavicencio shares about her book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper, in a conversation with Dr. Chris Emdin, offering powerful insights into the opportunities and challenges of creating large-scale educational change. Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and Development.

Inside the Reopening of Broadway

Tuesday, Sept. 21
12:00 PM ET
Virtual

Two big questions have loomed for the Broadway community - when will theaters be opening again and how will they address concerns about the lack of racial representation on stage? Co-sponsored by Columbia Alumni Association Arts Access and Columbia University School of the Arts.

A Discussion on Spiritual Well-Being for Faculty and Staff

Tuesday, Sept. 21
12:30-1:15 PM ET

Virtual

The pandemic has resulted in many collective and individual challenges for our Columbia community. Throughout this period, many of us have explored new ways to find solace or cope with these changes. As many embark on this “return to campus” phase, let’s take a moment to reflect as we move forward. Join our campus faith leaders for a panel discussion as we explore spirituality as a well-being dimension, share reflections on the last year and insights as we look ahead. Sponsored by the Office of Work/Life.

Movement Medicine

Tuesday, Sept. 21
12:30-1:30 PM ET
Virtual

Join this workshop scored by soft instrumental music. Instructor Renk Kocturk will be sharing affirmations, invitational language, and choice-making opportunities to bring participants closer to making decisions about their body. Sponsored by Sexual Violence Response.

Reflect and Set Intent: Facilitating Post-Traumatic Growth for Ourselves and Our Communities

Tuesday, Sept. 21
1:30-2:30 PM ET
Lerner 568

Everyone has experienced a collective traumatic event throughout the past 18 months related to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and many have also experienced individual trauma related to these experiences as well. As we enter into a new chapter of community with each other at Columbia, join Alice! Health Promotion for a conversation and space to build community around healing, meaning-making, and intention-setting for this year to come.

Peace & Presence: Somatic Release

Tuesday, Sept. 21
2:00 PM ET
Virtual

After a traumatic experience our bodies may hold on to physical states that no longer serve us. In this workshop, you will learn about how your body may be holding on to tension or difficult emotions and practice ways to release it. Sponsored by Sexual Violence Response.

Men's Soccer v. Drexel

Tuesday, Sept. 21
7:00 PM ET

Baker Athletics Complex

After eighteen months of no athletic competition, come together and reflect with fellow classmates to cheer on the Lions as they return to action for the first time since the 2019 season. Sponsored by Columbia Athletics.

COLUMBIA QUEST 2021

September 23-24 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET

Connect with fellow students on this scavenger hunt to explore Columbia's incredible resources and learn about our campuses! Register to be assigned to a team or sign up with your own team. Teams who complete the hunt will be entered into a raffle for prizes and more!

Want to take part in the scavenger hunt? Register here.

Click here for campus maps and shuttle information.

University Life would like to share a special thanks the Office of the President for their sponsorship of Welcome Home Columbia. We would also like to thank all schools, central units and the Office of Public Affairs for their support, including the members of the Welcome Home Columbia Planning Committee, listed below.

Athletics, College of Dental Medicine, Columbia Alumni AssociationColumbia Health, CUIT, Facilities, Global Centers, Graduate School of Business, ISSO, Columbia Libraries, CUIMC Libraries, Mailman School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Public Safety (Morningside), Public Safety (CUIMC), Office of Religious Life, School of General Studies, Columbia Law, School of Professional Studies, School of the Arts, Student Health on Haven