Thank You to All Who Kept Our Campuses Safe and Working Through the Pandemic

This one goes out to the Columbia employees who served our campuses throughout the pandemic, making it possible for most of us to return. 

September 07, 2021

As many of our students and faculty return to campus, we can’t lose sight of the workers who have been here all along, keeping our campus community safe and functional and much, much more... in the middle of a worldwide pandemic.

To the valiant employees who disseminated COVID-19 PCR tests on campus, administering more than 300,000 since March 2020…

Columbia Health workers in PPE give a thumbs up.

To the faculty who, over three semesters, taught 2,631 hybrid or in-person classes on campus…

A Columbia Law professor teaches in person students and students on Zoom.

To the Columbia Dining, Event Management, and Mail teams who delivered more than 47,800 meals and 3,658 letters and packages to undergraduate students living in residence halls during quarantine periods…

Columbia Dining workers pose in an empty dining hall.

To the Housing staffers who assisted the nearly 2,500 undergraduates living in residence halls and 3,500 graduate students in Columbia apartments during the pandemic…

A Columbia Housing doorman stands iwth a mask on.

To the 1,300 Facilities and Operations employees who showed up to campus each day to keep our community safe and in working order…

A Columbia Facilities worker with a cleaning cart.

To the Facilities and Operations employees who posted nearly 4,500 signs in academic buildings about social distancing, replaced or upgraded 7,866 HVAC filters to MERV-13 or higher, and installed 350 hand sanitizer dispensers to keep our campus COVID-safe…

Facilities greeters near covid signange.

And, of course, thank you to the countless essential CUIMC staffers who served the Columbia community during the pandemic through healthcare, COVID testing, vaccinations, and essential research.

Kellie Bryant adjusts PPE.

Thank you.

Thank you to each and every one of you. You have made it possible for Columbia to get to the place it is today, welcoming more than 30,000 students back to campus along with faculty and staff.