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 University LIfe invites you to a screening of 99 Homes, a high-stakes drama depicting the economic crisis of 2008 and the evictions that followed.

A discussion of the film will follow, featuring:

Stacey Tisdale (moderator), Senior Financial Editor, Black Enterprise
Ramin Bahrani, Associate Professor, Columbia University; director, 99 Homes
Joseph Stiglitz, Professor of Economics, Columbia University; Nobel Laureate in Economics

This event is free and open to the public, although pre-registration is required. 

Telemundo's Yo Decido: Decision 2016 will come to Columbia University's Pulitzer Hall on Friday, January 29th.  

On that day, students may register to vote in the Jorunalism School's main lobby from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The event is part of Telemundo's #Yodecido campain to raise awareness among Hispancis about the importance of exercising their right to vote.

The Office of Government and Community Affairs (GCA)’s second Fall Policy Forum for Elected and Appointed Officials recently convened on Columbia’s Morningside campus to take on the challenges facing at-risk youth and families in New York City. Organized with support from the Office of the Provost, the Forum provided a platform for several of the University’s top public policy researchers to present their findings directly to government representatives from the city, state and federal levels.  

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