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 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.


September 11, 2019

Join us at Community Day in Manhattanville - September 28th

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, Walach 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. 

August 07, 2019

Longtime CCS Donor Supports STEAM Initiative and Shares Memories

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.

July 31, 2019

Columbia Hosts NYC Economic Development Day for Harlem Week

Columbia University will host and sponsor The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce's NYC Economic Development Day (EDD) Conference on August 8th, held in partnership with The City of New York, New York State, and Federal agencies. EDD is a part of Harlem Week which celebrates the neighborhood’s assets and unique flavor, promoting Harlem’s rich African, African-American, Caribbean, Hispanic and European history, cultures, arts, entertainments, and sports.