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LGBTQA at Columbia

OMA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Asexual and Allies (LGBTQAA) Programming

The entire OMA Staff is committed to working with and supporting students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, questioning, and allies. To contact staff specifically working on LGBTQA programs and outreach, please email Students may also connect with us by:

Visiting us 552 W. 114th St., New York, NY

Following us on Twitter: CU_OMA_LGBTQA

Liking us on Facebook: Columbia OMA LGBTQA Community

Click to access a calendar of all LGBTQ student organizational events.

Athlete Ally Week @ Columbia University

Athlete Ally Week is a weeklong collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs—LGBTQA Programming and Columbia University Athletics to raise awareness about the impact of homophobia in sports and the importance of creating inclusive campus communities and allyship. 

LGBTQA Community Leadership Retreat

The LGBTQA Community Retreat is co-sponsored by the Columbia Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Barnard Office of Diversity Initiatives.  Spend the weekend making new friends, building community, experiencing personal growth, and discovering leadership opportunities. We will explore what brings us together within the LGBTQA community, as well as how our different experiences and identities create spaces for ally-building and activism.

Join us for interactive activities, dialogue, and of course a tremendous amount of FUN!  

Please stay tuned for date and application. 

Q Chat & Chew

Q Chat and Chew is an informal dinner and discussion series held monthly at the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC).  It gives LGBTQA students an opportunity to discuss pressing issues in their lives or just have fun.  You bring your dinner, we'll provide dessert.  

Coming Out Discussion Group

Are you thinking about coming out?

Have you recently come out and are looking for community?

What does coming out mean to you and others?

Join us for our biweekly discussion to connect, support, and encourage.

The group meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 5-6pm in the IRC located at 552 W. 114th st.

For more information and location details, contact or Daniel Chiarilli at

OMA Teach-In Series

The OMA Teach-In Series explores issues, challenges, and current affairs impacting diverse LGBTQA communities specific to higher educational settings and possible impacts on learning and social membership experiences. 

Past topics have included:

  • Trans Teach-In
  • Queer & Religious
  • Institutionalized Homophobia & Heterosexism 

Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) – LGBT Family Tree

CMI connects both new students with undergraduate Peer Advisers and returning students with Alumni Mentors. CMI will offer LGBTQ students, as well as others, the opportunity to develop relationships with other LGBTQ students and alumni to share perspectives and experiences about life at Columbia and in the work world.

CU Safe Zone

CU Safe Zone provides an avenue through which straight-identified allies and LGBTQA people can actively express their affirmation for the LGBTQA community at Columbia University. CU Safe Zone members are identified by displaying the CU Safe Zone logo and thus signifying that their space is safe to talk about LGBTQA issues. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to join. Request a training:

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a cultural ceremony that celebrates our graduating LGBTQ and allied students. First started at the University of Michigan in 1995, the ceremony is now conducted at hundreds of universities nationwide including Princeton, Duke, MIT and NYU. Lavender Graduation is celebrated in April, please stay tuned for date, location and ways to be involved!

LGBTQ Students of Color Mixers

Proud Colors & the Office of Multicultural Affairs jointly support this informal and fun opportunity for students to mix and mingle, build community, and make some new friends (or reconnect with old ones!).  Held monthly in the IRC.  Light Refreshments Provided.  

Queer Awareness Month (QuAM)

Queer Awareness Month (QuAM) is a collaboration between Columbia University and Barnard College. QuAM strives to celebrate queer identities, as well as, to increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues and history. 

Columbia University's "It Gets Better" Campaign


LGBTQ Community Spaces on Campus

LGBTQ Resource Hub (“The Hub”) at the IRC

The Office of Multicultural Affairs operates a LGBTQ resource hub within the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC). The Hub is staffed by the OMA and contains information about campus resources and events. Additionally the space has resources for student organizing including computers, phone, fax, copier and file storage.

Location: 552 W. 114th St. (across the street from Lerner Hall).

Q House

Q House is a unique residential community dedicated to providing a safe living environment for LGBTQA students at Columbia.

Stephen Donaldson Lounge

Previously called the “Gay Lounge” – located in the basement of Furnald Hall.

Other Campus Resources

LGBTQA at Barnard




Multicultural Affairs


510 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-9801

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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