OMA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) Programming
LGBTQA Programming Staff at the OMA
Lea Robinson, Assistant Director OMA/Manager LGBTQA Programming and Advising
Office Location: 552 W. 114th St., New York, NY
Follow us on Twitter: CU_OMA_LGBTQA
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.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this week happen.
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: lgbtqaretreat.wordpress.com
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.
Tuesday, September 24th at 5-6:30 pm
Tuesday, October 22rd at 5-6:30 pm
Tuesday, November 19th 5-6:30pm
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.
Thursday, September 5th
Thursday, September 19th
Thursday, October 3rd
Thursday, October 17th
Thursday, November 7th
Thursday, November 21st
Thursday, December 5th
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:
Queer & Religious
Institutionalized Homophobia & Heterosexism
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 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.
NEXT CU Safe Zone: Dec 13th, 2013*
Time: 10:00am- 12:30pm
*Division of Student Affairs Colleagues
COMING UP: Jan 23rd, 2013*
Time: 10:00am- 12:30pm
Location: Lerner 401
*For Division of Student Affairs Colleagues
Contact Lea Robinson at 212-854-1675 or firstname.lastname@example.org for locations and more information.
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.
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) 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
Since 1967, the Columbia Queer Alliance is proud to continue its legacy of pioneering activism and social justice, breaking down barriers and fostering strong, engaged communities along the way. We have continued to stand up, speak out and organize for queer students and their allies by facilitating educational workshops, open forums, speaker series, and social events such as First Friday.
Everyone Allied Against Homophobia (EAAH) is Barnard/Columbia’s anti-homophobia task force and queer political activist group. We work to fight homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of oppression within the CU community and beyond; we work on activist campaigns on campus and in the city, and run regular educational programming for NYC high school students. We welcome allies!
Gayava is the Jewish lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer student group of Columbia University. We tend to the social, cultural, and religious needs of LBGTQ Jewish students of all backgrounds, and we can’t wait to get to know you!
GendeRevolution is Columbia’s first organization devoted solely to equal rights for transgender individuals. We aim to provide safe spaces on campus for all gender non-conforming and trans members of the Columbia community.
The overall objective of Proud Colors is to implement a comprehensive action program to promote an understanding of the past, present, and future experiences, problems, and needs of queer students of color. One of the functions of Proud Colors is to further knowledge and acceptance of the queer of color community through discussions, lectures, and other social events. Proud Colors also serves as an independent social, political, support, and discussion group and welcomes all people concerned with the advancement of the interests queer of people of color.
The LGBT Organization of Barnard College but is open to students of all school affiliations, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Q provides a safe space for queer students to meet, mix, mingle, and come together as a community. Our weekly
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 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
Graduate School Student Groups
The majority of the graduate schools of Columbia University offer LGBTQ related student clubs and programming. Many of the groups and their events are open to students from other colleges, including the undergraduate schools.
Gays and Lesbians in International Affairs (GLIPA), School of International and Public Affairs
Lambda Health Alliance, College of Physicians and Surgeons
Outlaws, Columbia Law School
Queer Caucus, School of Social Work
Queer Health Task Force, Mailman School of Public Health
Queer Nurses United, School of Nursing
Queer TC, Teachers College
Contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs
510 Lerner Hall
New York, NY 10027
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm
Intercultural Resource Center
552 West 114th Street
New York, NY 10025