Diversity Offices and Initiatives

Columbia’s commitment to diversity is supported by a variety of offices and initiatives. The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement partners with these offices and initiatives to advance the University's mission.

Diversity Offices and Initiatives by School/Unit

Barnard’s vibrant community crosses boundaries of background and identity to find shared experiences and to open minds. Voicing opinions, no matter how singular or strong, is the essence of our culture, and respecting the unfamiliar is a challenge we embrace. After all, the College was founded, in great part, because women were excluded from receiving the same rigorous liberal arts education available to men. Over our 125-year history, we have broadened our original commitment to inclusion, diversity, and social responsibility so that no matter where our students come from or where they are heading, they share a boundless passion for learning inspired by our unique and distinguished faculty.

Barnard College believes that supporting diversity is both an individual and institutional responsibility that we must practice every day. We come together to ensure that members of the community feel safe and valued and have the opportunity to collaborate and create understanding.  It is our hope that we can all remain invested in this process.

View the list of diversity and inclusion efforts at Barnard.

The College of Dental Medicine welcomes students and faculty from all backgrounds and ethnicities with the conviction that diversity creates a vibrant and exciting learning environment. It is part of our mission to promote a climate for multiculturalism and inclusion within our community for students, faculty, staff, and patients.

The Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) serves as the internal support system for underrepresented minority students, faculty and staff and plays an integral role in the recruitment and retention of under-represented students. The ODA has implemented various programs to increase the training of under-represented minorities in the College of Dental Medicine predoctoral and postdoctoral programs. The Office also mentors several student groups, including chapters of the Student National Dental Association (SNDA) and the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HDA), and the CUMC Queer and Ally Partnership (LGBTQ)


The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is fully committed to increasing the diversity of the student body of the College of Physicians and Surgeons by actively recruiting, enrolling, supporting, and graduating diverse populations. Our diverse student body and faculty ensure a comprehensive and enriching learning experience for all students. Student life is further enriched by a myriad of student organizations including groups that support the academic, social, cultural, and spiritual needs of the student body and faculty. Our students are also active in the multicultural community that surrounds the medical center and throughout New York City.

At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success. That's why we're committed to promoting diversity in all its forms by making sure that those from different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and professional backgrounds are represented, welcomed, and engaged in our community.

The Columbia Business School Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative was established in summer 2019 and focuses on three areas of strategic importance:

  • community diversity
  • curriculum and classroom inclusion; and
  • culture and climate.


Columbia’s location in New York City and influence around the world creates communities within communities. It begins on our campus, extends to the Morningside neighborhood, then out to the greatest city in the world and beyond to the world itself. Explore all that these communities have to offer you as a Columbia undergraduate.

Responding to the needs of Columbia’s diverse undergraduate student body is the Columbia College and Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science Office of Multicultural Affairs. The office aims to promote an inclusive University climate by acting as an educational resource that prepares students to succeed in a heterogeneous and ever-changing society. We provide a supportive environment for intercultural communication, constructive interaction, and mutual understanding. Our goal is to create a greater sense of community and improve the quality of life for Columbia students. We also partner with the Columbia’s Center for Career Education to sponsor programming that engages Columbia’s diverse community of scholars in developing successful strategies for career planning. Specially designed seminars, workshops, and lectures help prepare future leaders for a variety of industries through leadership development, mentoring, and multicultural awareness.

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Columbia School of Social Work is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion practices and policies in classrooms, social spaces, offices, and all interactions between CSSW students, faculty, and staff. The Office was created as a result of a student-led initiative to demonstrate a commitment to social justice, equity, and inclusion.

The DEI Office oversees and develops programming and services that link issues of diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, intersectionality, and social justice for students, faculty, and staff, including:

  • facilitating affinity group-based supportive spaces, workshops and trainings for students, faculty and staff
  • organizing school-wide heritage celebrations.
  • collaborating with student caucuses; and
  • providing mediation services.

If you have a DEI-related concern, feedback or event idea, please share here.

Columbia University School of Nursing is dedicated to providing an intellectual environment that promotes social justice. The School is committed to diversity in our students, faculty, and staff because incorporating such difference inspires transformation, innovation and leadership in nursing education, practice, research, and health policy. Columbia Nursing supports a culture of inclusion that embraces diverse local, regional, and global communities with the goal of improving health of all people.

Columbia Nursing's Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs (ODCA) serves as a resource to foster a culture and climate that values diversity, inclusion, and respect for difference in our students, faculty, and staff. ODCA engages in activities and provides support to increase diversity in our recruitment, retention, and mentorship of students, faculty, and staff. ODCA promotes outreach and engagement in advancing community connections on behalf of the School. The office provides a platform for open discussion of critical issues and is committed to operationalizing the School’s social justice and health equity mission.

At Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, diversity is an academic value, a marker of institutional excellence as well as a benchmark of innovation for our research, programming, and student environment. If you have ideas for improving the work of the Office of Academic Diversity, wish to get involved in the upcoming events the office is hosting, or are interested in learning more about the Graduate School’s efforts in the area of diversity, equity, and student inclusion, we strongly encourage you to reach out to us at gsas-diversity@columbia.edu

Lamont-Doherty is strongly committed to fostering a diverse and vibrant community of scientists, faculty, postdocs and students. Housed in the LDEO Directorate, the Office of Academic Affairs and Diversity was created following the recommendation of NSF-ADVANCE, and has within its purview a broad area of activities including diversity, search procedures, academic appointments, salary structures, academic review processes, postdoctoral affairs, LGBTQ issues, Title IX issues, mentoring, campus life and quality of work environment issues. We believe that diversity and excellence go hand in hand, and this creates an inclusive work environment for all.

The Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion facilitates the creation of an inclusive and equitable campus community committed to the development of public health practice and scholarship that reflects structural competency and cultural humility. Through a rich agenda of curricular and co-curricular activities that engage the multiple and intersecting dimensions of our social and cultural identities and promote the recognition and understanding of historical and current social inequalities, members of the Mailman community will learn to develop and implement action steps in our institution, community, and the broader field of public health necessary for the promotion of health equity.

Teachers College is committed to providing educational and professional opportunities for all individuals and assisting them in making their experience at Teachers College successful and positive. The Office of Access and Services for Individuals With Disabilities works with all academic departments, faculty members, and administrative offices in an attempt to ensure that individuals with disabilities can participate fully and equally in the Teachers College community.

OASID’s primary areas of concern include:

  • providing reasonable accommodations
  • removing physical and attitudinal barriers
  • facilitating participation in college activities
  • advocating for the rights of individuals with disabilities

Campus-wide Diversity Offices and Initiatives

Search the broad spectrum of research institutes and centers in the natural and biomedical sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities.

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The Commission on the Status of Women inquires into the status, equity, and opportunities available at Columbia to women who are students, supporting staff, and officers of instruction, research, the libraries, or administration. The commission works independently, and reports and make recommendations periodically to the University Senate and its executive committee on the status of women.

Disability Services facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating accommodations and support services, and cultivating a campus culture that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of students.

Students seeking accommodations or support services from Disability Services are required to register with the office. If you are interested in pursuing an evaluation for a learning disability, please visit the referrals and other campus resources page.

Find information on policies, forms and documents, employee benefits, and other resources for the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.

Columbia has a long-standing commitment to working with minority-, women-, or locally owned businesses, whether by establishing purchasing relationships with vendors, entering into consulting agreements for services, or contracting for construction, renovation, or repair services.   

Columbia University, one of the world’s leading academic institutions, is the size of a small city–one with a uniquely engaged and pluralistic membership. At the Office of University Life, our focus is directly on our University as a community, with special attention to student life across Columbia's many schools. We convene students, faculty, and administrators to work together on issues that need our attention–from inclusion and belonging to mental health and wellness, sexual respect and gender-based misconduct prevention, and much more.

The Office of Work/Life is committed to supporting the well-being of Columbia University’s diverse community of faculty, staff, and students in their pursuit of meaningful and productive academic, personal and work lives. Through our programs and services in the areas of adult/elder care, back-up care, breastfeeding support, faculty spouse/partner dual career search, housing and relocation, early education and child care, schooling and wellness, the Office of Work/Life seeks to support all members of the Columbia community through various phases of life, education, and career. The Office of Work/Life partners with offices across the university to advance policies and initiatives that are designed to address the varied work/life needs of the Columbia community and is particularly dedicated to supporting the recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty population.

In meeting rooms and auditoriums, theaters and playing fields, brownstones and practice rooms, students pursue their passions. At Columbia, there are over 500 opportunities to explore, to grow, to lead, to share, with support from a variety of offices like Student EngagementMulticultural Affairs and Residential Programs. Check out a sampling of some of the club and organization websites, or explore LionLink, the online community for student groups at Columbia.

HERC is the only non-profit organization devoted to connecting exceptional professionals with careers at higher education and affiliated employers that have a shared mission to promote equity and inclusion, support dual-career couples and create a future shaped by diversity of thought and perspectives. As a consortium of over 700 colleges, universities, hospitals, research labs, government agencies, and related non- and for-profit organizations its members share a commitment to hiring the most diverse and talented faculty, staff, and executives. With 18 regions and a growing membership, HERC is a gateway to more jobs in higher education and related fields than any other website and is an expanding resource for its member institutions in recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and administrators.