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LGBTQAA Programming

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

LGBTQA Programming Staff at the OMA

Lea Robinson, Assistant Director OMA/Manager LGBTQA Programming and Advising
Phone: 212-854-1675

Aasha Foster, Graduate Assistant  LGBTQA Programming and Advising

Office Location: 552 W. 114th St., New York, NY

Follow us on Twitter: CU_OMA_LGBTQA

Like us on Facebook: Columbia OMA LGBTQA Community

Athlete Ally Week @ Columbia University was a HUGE success!!

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. 

 2013 LGBTQ Community Leadership Retreat!

Applications are now closed!

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!  This year's retreat will take place during QuAM 2013 on the weekend of October 25-27, 2013 at an off-campus facility.  

Questions? Visit our blog:


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.  

Spring 2014:  TBD in January.

For more information & location, contact Aasha Foster (


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.

Spring 2014 Schedule:

Feb 6th and 20th

March 13th and 27th

April 10th and 24th

May 1st: Coming out Discussion Reunion

For more information & location, contact Lea Robinson ( or Daniel Chiarilli ( or call Lea @ 212-854-1675


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.  2013 Teach-in information coming soon!

Past topics have included:

Trans Teach-In

Queer & Religious

Institutionalized Homophobia & Heterosexism 


Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI) – LGBT Family Tree

CMI/ACOP connects both new students with undergraduate Peer Advisers and returning students with Alumni Mentors. CMI/ACOP 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.

Contact Lea Robinson at 212-854-1675 or for locations and more information.

Upcoming Safe Zone Trainings:

2014 Summer Trainings TBA

2014 Fall Trainings TBA

CU Safe Zone Participants:


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.

Participants and guests must register.  

This year's Lavender Graduation will be held Friday, April 25th from 1-3pm in John Jay Lounge.  Don't forget to vote for the 2014 LGBTQA Lavender Graduation Community Awards!  Please use the below link to nominate, please submit your nominations by Friday, April 18th at Noon.

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.

2014 Queer Awareness Month (QuAM)  Co-Chair Applications!

The CC/SEAS Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Office of Student Life | Diversity Initiatives at Barnard College are currently accepting applications for 2014 Queer Awareness Month (QuAM) Committee. We are looking for a Co-Chair team of three (3) students who are interested and enthusiastic about contributing their ideas, creativity & time for the development of QuAM. Each team MUST consist of a member from Columbia College, Barnard College and the School of General Studies.

When choosing your Co-Chair team, please consider - the leadership and organizational styles of your other co-chairs - the vision each co-chair has for the month - diverse representation of student group involvement (and no student group involvement is fine too) The QuAM Co-Chairs will be appointed by the QuAM advisors and all other positions (including Treasurer) are selected through general review process. Co-Chairs are required to be in (or near) the city this summer for regularly scheduled planning meetings with the advisory group.

Applications must be received by Friday April 25th at 12 noon to be considered—applications can be found here:

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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