Multicultural and Social Justice Special Interest Communities

Offered through the Offices of Community Development, Special Interest Communities offer a unique residential experience by allowing sophomores, juniors, and seniors to live and explore common interests together. This living arrangement also creates opportunities for students to connect with faculty, administrators, alumni, and community leaders. Below are a number of Special Interest Communities that have a particular focus on identity, culture, diversity, and social justice.

Intercultural House (ICH)

The Office of Multicultural Affairs oversees the Intercultural House (ICH), which is a unique residential setting that offers students the opportunity to learn more about diverse cultures in a supportive living environment. Some of the various IRC-sponsored activities include art exhibits, poetry readings, discussion groups, and film screenings. This residence is housed in the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC).

  • Q House (dedicated to providing a safe living environment for LGBTQ students and allies at Columbia; residents seek to foster a creative environment of collaboration which focuses on the intersections of identities)
  • Casa Latina (dedicated to providing a safe haven and accessible space for Latin@ communities and allies; programming is centered on the universal education and celebration of Latin@ culture with a focus on social justice)
  • Pan-African House (dedicated to teaching the Columbia community about the history and current struggles of all people of African descent and providing a sense of community for all Columbia students who are interested in Pan-Africanism or would like to learn more)
  • Middle East House (dedicated to providing an environment where culture of the Middle East and surrounding regions can be explored and celebrated)
  • Manhattan House (dedicated to providing a community for indigenous students and their supporters that fosters pride in identity, understanding of indigenous issues, and relationships with both the campus and our Native communities)

If you would like to learn more about these SICs and others, please contact the Office of Residential Programs.

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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