The Office of Government & Community Affairs (GCA) is the University’s primary liaison with federal, state, and local government, as well as with residents, community leaders, and civic organizations in surrounding neighborhoods. The office serves as a gateway to Columbia, responding to a range of inquiries concerning the University.  GCA staff also manages Columbia Community Service (CCS), a program through which Columbia faculty and staff contribute to local non-profit organizations.  The office also has special responsibilities with regard to development of the university's campus expansion in Manhattanville and the associated West Harlem Community Benefits Agreement.


The Office of the President and the Office of Government and Community Affairs are pleased to host the spring 2015 blood drive campaign: a drive by Columbia – for Columbians.

Join us for the 2015 Barnard Bike-A-Thon!

This annual, stationary Bike-A-Thon raises funds for Columbia Community Service, and 100% of all donations will be helping our neighbors in need! The Bike-A-Thon is a fun-filled day, featuring 125th Anniversary Barnard Bike-A-Thon t-shirts for all participants, round-the-clock music from WBAR live DJs, exciting prizes for the winners of our endurance, relay, and time trials, and refreshments from Aramark and local eateries! 


Event Information

Columbia University’s Community Scholars Program is seeking nominations and applications for its next class; the deadline is Thursday, April 30, 2015.  The program, one of the benefits associated with the Manhattanville Campus Expansion, offers independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University services and resources in order to work toward the completion of a particular project or to attain skill in a particular area.