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.


Frederick Douglas Boulevard, known as Harlem’s Restaurant Row, will be buzzing on Tuesday, May 5, from 6 to 10 pm, when Experience: Harlem and the Frederick Douglas Business Alliance (FBDA) kick off the fourth annual “Food and Drink Boulevard.” Participants are invited to enjoy a variety of samplings from the boulevard’s many restaurants while sipping on signature cocktails created at each stop. For a ticket price of $10, guests will gain access to the special menu of appetizers and cocktails in each venue.

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.