Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources


The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Feedback Form (ODEI)

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion invites anyone to submit feedback that will support the active process of achieving an environment where community members and guests feel heard, seen, and validated. Your feedback will help identify what is going well, concerns that need attention, and what efforts need to be more clear or expanded in our DEI programming, policy changes, and ways we can foster and create a more inclusive climate.

Contact: Email | Form

Affinity Groups Support Spaces (ODEI)

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion facilitates weekly Support Spaces for Black-identifying folx and Non-Black POC-identifying folx, with the goals for creating a space that allows for processing and peer support among folx who may carry shared identities and shared experiences.

Contact: Zoom (Black folx) | Zoom (NBPOC folx)
Meeting times: Fall Semester (Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET) *Bi-weekly starting 9/21

Drop-in Office Hours (ODEI)

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion hosts weekly virtual office hours to support students’ success in remote learning environments. The DEI staff will be present to answer any questions, listen to concerns, and to share resources.

Contact: Zoom
Meeting time: Fall Semester (Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. ET) *Bi-weekly starting 9/14

The Office of Advising

The Office of Advising supports students’ graduate success. Each student is assigned an advisor who is the ‘point person’ for their first and final year at CSSW. The advisor approaches the student’s education from a holistic perspective, considering academics, field education and life issues that may impact the students’ graduate school performance.

Contact: Email | Main Page

The Office of Enrollment and Student Services

The Office of Enrollment and Student Services helps students with course registration, cross-registration, transfer credits, summer session scheduling, providing policies on schedule changes, disability accommodations and much more.

Contact: Email | Main Page | Disability Services


Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA)

Confidential resource

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) works to prevent and respond to discrimination and discriminatory harassment by developing and implementing policies and procedures that address discrimination, harassment, gender-based misconduct, consensual relationships, the duty to report and the duty to act, and by enforcing relevant federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Contact: 212-854-5511 | Main Page | Form

Sexual Violence Response

Confidential resource

The Sexual Violence Response provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach.

Contact: 212-854-4357 (24/7) | 212-854-3500 | Main Page

Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative (SRI)

The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative invites you to examine the link between sexual respect and membership in the Columbia community. Created by students along with faculty and administrators, the Initiative asks each of us to do what we can to promote a campus culture that reinforces sexual respect and unequivocally rejects sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of gender-based misconduct, and empowers students to know where and when to get help.

Contact: Main Page | Student Rights

The Ombuds Office

Confidential resource

Independent of University Administration, the Ombuds Office serves as a confidential and informal resource for students, staff, and faculty, who may have a University-related concern–active-listening, negotiation, mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching, resolution.

Contact: 212-854-1234 | Main Page

The Office of the University Chaplain

Confidential resource

The Office of the University Chaplain offers virtual confidential pastoral counseling and care–faith-based, spirituality, pastoral care.

Contact: 212-666-7770 | Email | Main Page

The Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

Confidential resource

The Counseling and Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being of the Columbia community–counseling, virtual support spaces, online coping tools.

Contact: 212-854-2878 (24/7) | Main Page | Support Groups | Coping Tools


Action for Black Lives Initiative (ABL @Action Lab for Social Justice)

The Action for Black Lives Initiative is a student-run organization established to bring together social workers and communities in action to build a just and equitable society where Black people can thrive free of oppression, fear, and violence.

Contact: Email | Email Caitlin Yee | Email Natosha Dobbins | Main Page

Professional Development & Self-Awareness Workshops (PDSA @ODEI)

PDSA recognizes that forms of oppression often lead to the pain and silencing of many students, faculty and administrators. PDSA understands that there are many students, faculty and administrators that consistently work to achieve these goals, and supports these existing efforts by providing grants, administrative resources, and spaces for significant discussions and actions to occur. PDSA supports CSSW in upholding the connection between social work and social justice.

Contact: Email | Email Ashley Choi | Email Jean-Louis Reneson | Main Page

The Spaces for Uprooting Whiteness Group (SfUW)

Weekly spaces where white-identified/-identifying social work students or staff/administrators/faculty examine and uproot their relationship to white supremacy and domination. The SfUW were founded on three principles: 1) provide a space for white people to interrogate (their own) whiteness without the normative reliance on the labor of BIPOC; 2) support folks in building everyday practices of considering and confronting their own racial positionality and role in sociopolitical systems of white racism; and 3) challenge students to engage in these (antiracist) practices in their everyday and intimate lives where whiteness and racism normatively exist without any thought or challenge.

Contact: Email William Frey | Email Susan Witte
Meeting times: Students (Wed., 8:15-10:00 p.m. ET); Staff/Admin/Faculty (Mon., 3-4:30 p.m. ET)

DEI Glossary of Terms

Here are 100 common terms you may see or hear used in class, during discussions, and at your field placements. Of course, there are many beyond those included below, and the vastly complex terms are simplified in definitions for initial digestion with the call for ongoing learning and understanding.

Link: Glossary


The Office of Multicultural Affairs Identity & Inclusion Series (OMA @Columbia College)

The Identity & Inclusion Series is a set of interactive diversity and inclusion workshops on building a socially conscious community, including CU Safety Zone training on building solidarity with LGBTQ+ communities, unconscious bias training, and anti-racism training for staff.

Contact: Main Page

The Office of University Life Inclusion and Belonging

The Office of University Life facilitates university-wide programming and initiatives centering inclusion and belonging including commitment to anti-racism, the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, and resources for anti-Black violence, LGTBQ+ communities, and for DACA and undocumented students.

Contact: Main Page