Cultural & Identity Based Student Organizations
The Student Group Resource pages should prove to be useful to many student group leaders and those planning campus programming. This resouce guide provides useful information to help your group succeed on the Columbia campus. Most importantly, your group adviser will offer great experience and assistance as you navigate your way through the creation of your event so be sure to reach out to your adviser as you begin planning for your group!
Attends to the socio-political and cultural needs of the Puerto Rican student body at Columbia University.
Provides a forum for the advancement of general African interests, of a political, social, and cultural nature.
Promotes awareness of issues and concerns of the Armenian population.
Umbrella organization that fosters understanding and respect for the diverse cultures of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in America.
Promotes an understanding of the past, present, and future problems and needs of Black students as well as to the Black community.
The aim of the Association is to enable Caribbean students to generate and foster a sense of unity and understanding among themselves, with their fellow students at Columbia University, and with the surrounding community.
Provides its members with a Chicano environment that will help them to fulfill their educational goals and to promote their culture; to initiate and participate in activities which will foster intergroup relations, interaction among the Chicano Caucus, the Columbia Community, and the east coast Chicano Community and to contribute through our active participation to the general well-being of Latinos, and towards the proper resolution of the problems facing these analogous peoples.
Brings appreciation to Chinese culture and raises awareness of Chinese-American socio-political and identity issues.
Dedicated to give full and due credit that the Bangla culture and language deserves.
South Asian association founded to serve the needs of Columbia University's South Asian population.
Reinforces the network among Columbia students who are Japanese, Japanese-American, or those with interest in Japanese culture.
Cuban-American Undergraduate Students Association (CAUSA)
A student group dedicated to promoting Cuban culture.
The French Cultural Society is a student group that promotes French culture and language at Columbia University. Our mission is to provide an informal yet supportive environment for those students who value French Culture and would like to interact with other students who do as well.
Promotes Dominican culture and heritage at Columbia.
Fosters an awareness an appreciation of Haitian culture and heritage.
to bring together students of mixed heritage and ethnic backgrounds to bridge differences, promote cultural awareness and celebrate diversity; represent and serve interests of the Hapa community at CU through political, social and cultural activities and to promote a better understanding of Hapa identity within the University, community and the US.
Devoted to the enjoyment and education of the Hellenic culture, both past and present.
Dedicated to share the Korean culture, both modern and traditional.
Unifies Columbia students interested in Filipino culture through social interaction, cultural programs and activities.
Promotes fair and accurate representations of all Native American peoples within the University community.
Brings together students that share interest in the social, cultural, and political milieu of Pakistan and Central & South Asia.
Organization for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and queer-identified people of color at Columbia University.
Dedicated to unify and educate the Columbia Community about the Russian language, culture, and the legacy of the Soviet and Post-Soviet regimes.
Provides support to students from Singapore and shares the culture, food, language and lifestyle to the Columbia community.
Sounds of China is a Chinese Culture Club and Radio Station.
South East Asian League (SEAL)
To provide a forum for which various Southeast Asian students and groups within the Columbia community can share cultural, social and political resources. The League aims to promote cooperation and understanding between various Southeast Asian organizations on campus in order to sustain long-term interest for the collective good.
Student Organization of Latinos (SOL)
The primary purpose of SOL is to provide unity among the various Latino clubs and organization. SOL also provides the greater Columbia community with information concerning current issues facing the Latino community at large, and current events on campus.
TASA is an organization dedicated to building a community for individuals of Taiwanese heritage, building a greater community within Columbia and NYC for those with interests in Taiwan, fostering an awareness of Taiwanese culture, history and current affairs and exploring issues of racial, ethnic and national identity.
Provides a support network for its members and fosters an awareness and an appreciation of Thai culture and heritage.
A North African and Middle Eastern club for students interested in Arab affairs, political and cultural.
The purpose of Turkish Student Association is to educate the community about the Turkish culture.
Preserves, strengthens and broadens awareness of Ukranian culture and social customs.
Umbrella organization committed to the unification, empowerment and full self-expression of students of color at Columbia.
The purpose of VSA is to encourage an understanding of issues relevant to Vietnamese communities and to cultivate sensitivity to the needs of those people.
Spaces Managed by Student organizations
The Malcolm X Lounge, honoring the life and work of one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century, is located at 106 Hartley Hall. The Malcolm X Lounge was established as a “Safe Space” for students of African descent during the 70’s and continues to be an intellectual, cultural and social safe haven for students from various backgrounds.
Many student organizations utilize this space for weekly general and executive board meetings. The Lounge is home to the BSO library and serves as a study space. Organizations interested in utilizing the Malcolm X Lounge for meetings, rehearsals, or other events may do so by contacting the Malcolm X Lounge Manager.
The Stephen Donaldson Lounge is located in the basement level of Furnald Hall. It was previously called the “Gay Lounge” and is dedicated in Stephen Donaldson’s memory. Lifelong gay activist and Columbia Alum Stephen Donaldson spearheaded the creation of the Student Homophile League in 1966. The group was recognized by Columbia University on April 19, 1967 becoming the first ever gay student organization.
Walk around the front desk and go down the elevators on your left to the basement, turn left and walk down hallway to lounge at end of the hall.