We write with significant updates about the month ahead of us, addressing travel, quarantine, and campus safety at a time of year when many traditionally visit loved ones.  

This July, faculty and administrators participated in the Mini-Institute on Addressing Anti-Black Racism entitled, “Moving beyond Symbols and Performance: A Radical Reimagining of Antiracist Selves and Institutions.” Augustin Chaintreau, Associate Professor of Computer Science, was a participant in the summer pilot, and reflects on his experience.

We are writing to report on current circumstances and to preview the planning process that has begun for the spring term.

The Office of the Provost’s Addressing Racism initiative includes seed grant funding, a book club, and other events to help the community engage with issues of racism.

"Although brainstorming clearly has some benefits, how does it really get used as a part of a solution? I want to mechanically understand all the pieces."

Members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19 spoke at at a virtual forum for faculty, researchers, and staff on August 26, 2020. Watch the video.


Fall term is just around the corner. Members of our community are ask to comply with a series of obligations as they rejoin life on campus. 

In response to regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education in May, Columbia has updated gender-based misconduct policies for students, faculty, and staff.

With the University’s agreement with the Columbia Postdoctoral Workers-UAW (CPW-UAW), new salary minimums came into effect on July 1, 2020, and will be applied retroactively to that date.

Temporary guidelines have been established to pay students who may be unable to return to campus from abroad due to COVID-19 related disruptions.  

I am writing to salute the overwhelming ratification of the agreement reached with Columbia Postdoctoral Workers (CPW-UAW).

With only some six weeks ahead of us before the fall term, we are writing to summarize how the University is acting to make Columbia as safe as possible with an increasing level of campus density.

Watch video from the Faculty Forum on Renewing the Campus on Tuesday, July 14. The event focused on facilities and public health issues and featured members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19.


We are pleased to announce several new enhancements to the Faculty Diversity Initiative that will launch in the upcoming fall semester. 

Faculty are invited to a virtual panel with members of the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, July 14.