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Diversity, equity and inclusion

Columbia College is committed to ensuring that each and every student, faculty and staff member feels safe and valued at Columbia College. We will maintain a safe place for open discourse; support activities that promote diversity and inclusion; and overall, foster a sense of community that welcomes all.

Our mission is to promote and foster a College community that understands, respects, and values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Training, events and programming

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International Extravaganza

A celebration of Columbia College's international student community.

This annual event has become a can't-miss fixture on the main campus, showcasing other cultures with food, music, clothing and performances from our international student community.
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Women's History Month

A celebration and examination of the impact of women on society.

Every March, Columbia College hosts a series of events to celebrate Women’s History Month, including keynote speakers, film screenings and discussions, aimed at celebrating women and examining the challenges women face in society
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Black History Month

A month of activities examining the history of black Americans.

February brings a series of activities at the main campus in celebration of black history, with displays, interactive art, video projects and the annual Night of Unity, which acts as the culmination of the month’s events.
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Disability Awareness Week

A week of activities that will change how you see disability.

Events designed to educate, dispel myths, promote understanding, break down barriers, and change how you see disability.
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Groups, clubs and organizations

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Black Student Coalition

A safe space where conversations about black culture can be initiated through education.

The purpose of the Black Student Coalition is to create a safe space where conversations about black culture can be initiated through education and bring to light the social, economic, political, and educational pressures faced by black students at Columbia College.
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Columbia College Prism Pride

Education, moral support and resources for LGBTQIA+ students and all individuals who are in need.

The purpose of Prism Pride is to educate and build the community, and to offer moral support and resources for all individuals who are in need or may be questioning their sexual or gender orientation.
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CC Student Veterans

An organization for veteran students in the Columbia College community.

The mission of the CCSV is to organize student veterans and other students so they can have a positive impact on their fellow members, the college and the community.
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News

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Message from the President

Columbia College underlines its support for international student community.

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Night of Unity

‘Night of Unity’ demonstrates the strength of support for diversity at Columbia College.

Director of New Student Programs Kim Coke took the packed auditorium as an encouraging sign of the importance supporting diversity holds for a sizable segment of the Columbia College community.
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The DEI Committee

Meet your committee members and learn more about their goals for DEI at Columbia College .

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Info and resources

Diversity, equity and inclusion is supported by college policies and resources. In addition, every undergraduate student must complete a multicultural course which explores other cultures or cultivates an appreciation of cultural diversity.

About the DEI Committee

The mission of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is to promote and foster a College community that understands, respects, and values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Contact the committee chair if you need any assistance, support or want to get involved!

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