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 Government & Community Affairs invites you to an information session on congressional and other internship opportunities in Washington D.C in Lerner Hall's Broadway Room on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month-- Columbia University’s fall 2016 Blood Drive Campaign is dedicated to increasing awareness of this disease and providing support to cancer patients as well as others in need of donated blood.


Harlem historian and Columbia University Community Scholar John Reddick takes us on a journey back to when the innovative Harlem rhythms of “ragtime” were the equal of today’s “hip-hop” in their invigorating influence on early 20th-century jazz and popular music. Young Harlem composers like George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Lorenz Hart gravitated to these challenging and inspired rhythms introduced by Harlem’s early black composers, including James Reese Europe, H. T. Burleigh, and the theatrical music and comedy team of Williams & Walker.

Couldn't attend the 2016 recruitment / information / training sessions?

The Family Annex


The Family Annex, a Columbia University affiliated preschool, is currently seeking either volunteers in the area of child care, or occasional substitutes who will be hired on an as needed basis to work with teachers in the classrooms. The children are between 1.9 years of age and 4. They are an 11 month program that is open to Columbia and neighborhood families. They are immersed in the Reggio Emilia philosophy for learning. 

Registering to vote is the most straightforward way to engage in the democratic process.  We know that voter turnout increases when people urge their friends to vote. Whatever your voting preference, we hope that Columbia students will do their part to increase turnout in 2016 by making their voices heard come November 8th. Please see Government and Community Affairs' voter registration page for a complete listing of voting resources.