Community Affairs

The Community Affairs Unit of GCA supports the creation of an equitable ecosystem in Harlem and Upper Manhattan. The office seeks to create mutually beneficial outcomes for the University and community-at-large by fostering collaboration between Columbia stakeholders, local residents, business owners, community-based organizations and schools. The office also implements actions that can address structural inequality, with specific focus on how African American, Latinx, and other populations of the African Diaspora have been disproportionately impacted by racism.  

Community Affairs is also the University's primary liaison to the West Harlem Development Corporation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by the University and community stakeholders to implement the deliverables outlined in the West Harlem Community Benefits Agreement. Other deliverables of the WH CBA managed by this office include the A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars, Connecting Youth Initiative, WHDC In-Kind Space Program, and more. 

For more information contact:

Phoebe-Sade Arnold
Director, Community Affairs
[email protected]

Henry Danner
Director, Education and Workforce
[email protected]