Campus & Community

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This page is dedicated to stories about Columbia's campus and community. From student, staff, and faculty profiles to interesting events happening on campus and in our surrounding neighborhoods, here is where you can find the latest about what's happening on and around Columbia's campuses. 

Story Highlight

People take pictures of Manhattanville lights.
Your Guide to Seeing Sparkling Holiday Lights in Uptown NYC

November 14 marked the official start of holiday lights season Uptown, with 125th Street in full holiday flair for the 30th annual Harlem Holiday Lights “Caravan of Lights” parade and a “Lights on the Plaza” tree-lighting celebration on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus.

Did you miss the parade, but still want to enjoy a bright city night full of holiday lights? There are plenty more places Uptown that will be welcoming the season in style by decking out in full holiday flair.

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Manhattanville lights
Wishing Our Community Happy Holidays

Columbia celebrated the start of the holiday season with joyful tree-lighting festivities on the Manhattanville campus. 


An orange tree in front of John Jay
Giving Thanks for Another Columbia News Quiz

From playoff wins to Rhodes Scholarships and a globe-spanning public health center, Columbians had plenty to feel proud of in the month of November.


Bhimrao Ambedkar
Celebrating the Life of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (PhD'27, HON'52)

Columbia alumnus Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was a lifelong champion of social justice and civil rights for the “untouchable” Dalit caste in India, who died on Dec. 6, 1956. Ambedkar was the first highly educated, politically prominent member of the Hindu “untouchable” caste. He is best remembered today for leading colonial India's only autonomous struggle for Dalit rights and social recognition, and for his role as Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Indian Constitution, which allowed him to leave a profound and enduring mark on Indian trajectories of democratic justice and affirmative action policy.


Avery Hall blobs.

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Out and About


Toy Drive in Burden Room
25th Annual Columbia Community Service Toy Drive

DECEMBER 4-15, 2023

No family should have to choose between buying food and buying toys during the holiday season. By donating a toy to the 25th Annual Columbia Community Service Toy Drive, you can ease the burden for many families and put a smile on the face of a child. This year's toy drive will run from Monday, December 4 to Friday, December 15, benefitting nine local community organizations that work with children. 

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Beat the summer heat with some cool podcasts from around our community. 

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Celebrate LGBTQ+ history at Columbia and the people who made that history with a little trivia.