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. GCA also manages Columbia Community Service (CCS), a program through which Columbia faculty and staff contribute to local non-profit organizations, and the Columbia Community Scholars Program. The office has special responsibilities with regard to development of the university's campus expansion in Manhattanville and the associated West Harlem Community Benefits Agreement.
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Congratulations to the seventh cohort of Columbia Community Scholars! The Columbia Community Scholars Program was developed to enable independent scholars to pursue their lifelong learning aspirations, whether it be completing an independent project or attaining skills in a particular area. The program allows Scholars in Upper Manhattan a formal opportunity to access University resources and participate in the intellectual life of the University through interaction with faculty, students and other visiting scholars.
Another Community Day is upon us in Manhattanville. On September 28th a number of family friendly events will take place at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, The Forum, Jerome L. Greene Science Center and the Small Square. The day is organized in partnership with the Zuckerman Institute, Wellness Center, The Forum, Wallach Art Gallery, and School of The Arts and community organizations. The bulk of the events will take place between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m., however there will be some events starting as early as 11 a.m. and ending as late as 6 p.m. Read below for more information.
A longtime donor to Columbia Community Service, Professor Edward Leonard of Chemical Engineering at Columbia University, went beyond the call of the Annual “Back to School Campaign” to donate a research microscope to CCS Grantee, Triple F Empowerment, an organization that works to inspire, empower and encourage the young people of Harlem to pursue education and careers in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) fields.