Countdown To Columbia

In This Newsletter

  • Student Insights on Our Diverse Campus
  • OMA: Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary
  • Our Various Identities
  • Under1Roof
  • International Student Programs and Services (ISPS)
  • LGBTQ Student Groups & LGBTQAA Programming
  • Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) - Apply by 9/14!
  • Community Retreats
  • LBGTQA Community Retreat - October
  • Students of Color Leadership Retreat (SOCLR) - November
  • Intercultural Forum Retreat - Spring
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

Welcome Class of 2018! We are excited to hear the many stories, perspectives, and cultures each of you is bringing into Columbia and sharing with our campus community.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs firmly believes that one of the most powerful educational resources outside of the classroom is found within the students themselves. From opportunities to explore your own identities to safe and supportive environments for meaningful dialogues across difference, we hope to further your experiences that are critical in shaping a community in which students of all identities are supported and valued.

We look forward to working with you and all of our University partners to create a more respectful, accountable, and socially just community!

Sincerely,

Melinda A. Aquino
Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs

Chelsea Griffin (center left), CC '16 | Transfer, Visiting & Combined Plan Programmer | New Student Orientation Program

Student Insights on Our Diverse Campus

Columbia is a global community with many opportunities to learn about and experience new cultures, customs, and traditions. 

I've had the opportunity to coordinate the Perspectives on Diversity program and work as a member of the Multicultural Recruitment Committee to recruit students like yourselves who will add to the diversity that is so emblematic of this great institution.

Each of you is coming to this university with your own background and history. I encourage you to develop your beliefs and opinions, challenge ideas, and engage in thoughtful dialogue with your peers.

News & Announcements

OMA: Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary

Responding to the needs of our diverse undergraduate student body, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) 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.

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Our Various Identities

Acknowledging our various identities is not about separating people but learning from new perspectives and understanding the social realities that have prevented coalitions within and among communities. With this understanding, we can be better, more informed allies to one another.

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Under1Roof

Under1Roof is a required NSOP program that explores how we individually and collectively create an inclusive community at Columbia. It provides the framework for intergroup understanding through engagement and education about the different social identities that students bring to campus. See you there!

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International Student Programs and Services (ISPS)

ISPS infuses international perspectives into the support services offered to students, advocates for the importance of a diverse international population in academic and social life, and stimulates conversation about international issues. Share your story!

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LGBTQ Student Groups & LGBTQAA Programming

The OMA supports several cultural and identity groups and offers related programming throughout the year. One example is CU Safe Zone, which provides an avenue for straight-identified allies and LGBTQA people to actively express their affirmation for the LGBTQA community at Columbia University.

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Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) - Apply by 9/14!

This inter-generational program connects first-years with returning-student mentors, and all students with alumni mentors. CMI helps first-year students with their adjustment to Columbia University and college life, and invites them to get involved in "family trees" for various affiliations.

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Community Retreats

Spend a weekend making friends, building community, experiencing personal growth, and discovering leadership opportunities. Each retreat is a chance to explore what brings us together within a shared community and how our different experiences and identities create spaces for ally-building and activism.

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LBGTQA Community Retreat - October

This retreat, co-sponsored by the Columbia Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Barnard Office of Diversity Initiatives, will explore what brings us together within the LGBTQA community through various workshops, ranging from discussing identity to brainstorming ways to effect positive change.

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Students of Color Leadership Retreat (SOCLR) - November

This annual retreat weekend takes place in a residential camp setting and is designed to fortify participants in their leadership at Columbia, Barnard, and beyond; to focus on shared experiences; and to critically examine various issues and "isms" that relate to living in a diverse community.

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Intercultural Forum Retreat - Spring

Offered for the first time in 2015, this retreat will provide a unique opportunity for students from all identities and backgrounds. Participants will work to promote a more cohesive Columbia community and create a space for healthy discourse about divisive issues.

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Upcoming Events

Jul
24
Send-off: Washington, D.C.
Jul
27
New Student Send-off: Plymouth, MN
Jul
27
New Student Send-off: Westchester, NY
Jul
30
COLUMBIA 101 Webinar for Columbia Engineering, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT
Jul
30
COLUMBIA 101 Webinar for Columbia College, 6:00-7:00 p.m. EDT
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Staten Island, NY
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Dalian, China
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Tampa, FL
Aug
3
New Student Send-off: Dallas, TX
Aug
5
New Student Send-off: Los Angeles, CA
Aug
6
New Student Send-off: New York City
Aug
7
New Student Send-off: Palm Beach, FL
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Costa Mesa, CA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Atlanta, GA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Long Island, NY
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: San Antonio, TX
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Phoenix, AZ
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Cincinnati, OH
Aug
17
New Student Send-off: Morristown, NJ

Important Dates

Jul
28
Deadline to Register for NSOP & Select Move-in Time
Aug
1
Submit proof of MMR immunity (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Certify Your Meningitis Vaccination Decision (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Submit Photo for University ID Card
Aug
8
Deadline to Sign Up an Authorized Payer
Aug
12
First Fall Tuition Bill Generated
Aug
17
CUE Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
20
COÖP and ISOP Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
24
Move-in Day One
Aug
25
Move-in Day Two
Aug
25
New Student Orientation Program Begins (through 9/1)
Aug
25
Family Orientation and Convocation
Sep
2
First Day of Fall Semester
Sep
12
First Fall Semester Tuition Bill Due
Sep
19
Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan: Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver

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