In an effort to foster collaboration and communication among students interested in human rights, ISHR has compiled the following list of student organizations at Columbia University. If you are interested in including your organizations information on this page, please with the group's name, description, contact information, and website.
Amnesty International CUAI is just one of many campus Amnesty groups belonging to AI USA which, in turn, is one of many sections in AI, the global organisation. The international secretariat is based in London and coordinates research and dissemination of information on human rights abuses around the world.
Buddhism for Global Peace helps students unlock their potential to transform the inevitable challenges of daily life into sources of growth and fulfillment. Its members strive to become influences in schools, workplaces, families, and communities and to achieve creative harmony with the environment through the philosophy and practice of Nichiren Buddhism in the Soka Gakkai International-USA. By promoting an understanding of how Nichiren Buddhism can be applied to the challenges of modern living, activities contribute to the development of peace, culture and education within society, inspire respect for cultural diversity and human rights and encourage the protection of nature and the environment.
CU Food Sustainability Project supports the development of a just food system.
Cluster Q, Columbia’s LGBT business association, has over 60 active members supported by over 200 straight allies. Columbia is home to the oldest LGBT society at any university in the United States and we take pride in our status as the largest LGBT organization at any business school in the world. In 2010, we are focusing our activities in six key areas: careers, membership, events, community outreach, alumni and allies.
Columbia Engineers Without Borders aims to address the problems facing people both locally and abroad by leveraging the skills, talents and passions of Columbia University students and the partnerships formed with our organization. Our members come from all engineering and arts backgrounds, sharing the desire to do meaningful work in improving the lives of others through creative, sustainable, engineering solutions.
Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA) strives to explore international relations through a variety of angles ranging from community engagement to competitive international relations debate. Importantly though, our members come from the widest possible variety of backgrounds and interests, sharing only a common goal to learn more about international politics. CIRCA oversees a range of programs designed to further student engagement with international politics.
Columbia Queer Alliance (CQA) is the oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer collegiate student organization in the United States. Since our founding in 1967, we have continued to stand up, speak out, and organize for queer students and their allies by facilitating on-campus educational workships, open forums, speaker series, and social events. We recognize the diverse and multiple needs, interests, and identities of our constituency while remaining ever committed to fostering a cohesive, unified queer community at Columbia University.
Columbia UNICEF Campus Initiative is part of a national coalition of student-led campus groups that educate, advocate, and fundraise on behalf of UNICEF. We believe strongly in UNICEF’s mission to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life and to ensure that the rights of children everywhere are respected. In addition to working to further UNICEF’s lifesaving work on a global scale, CU UNICEF takes part in community service initiatives here in NYC to help make New York a more child-friendly city.
Columbia University Partnership for International Development (CUPID) is a student-led effort across Columbia University to facilitate multidisciplinary dialogue, awareness, and action on international development. Recognizing the University’s excellence in this field, CUPID serves as a channel for individuals interested in international development to take advantage of the University’s wide-ranging human and institutional resources in their academic, extracurricular, and professional endeavors. Encouraging a collaborative spirit among students, professors, and alumni with diverse specialties, CUPID aims to explore and demonstrate how a multidisciplinary approach to international development can produce innovative, holistic solutions for disadvantaged populations.
Columbia University Students for Human Rights (CUSHR) is dedicated to building a group of human rights oriented individuals who are committed to the promotion of the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Established in collaboration with the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and its Undergraduate Human Rights Program, CUSHR is a dynamic and diverse community that works to support, empower, and connect all human rights-conscious groups on campus as well as interested individuals at Columbia University in their efforts to recognize and combat human right violations around the world. We do so by fostering communication, facilitating networking, and promoting awareness, within the Columbia community for learning, activism, and involvement in human rights.
Community Impact is a nonprofit organization located at Columbia University. Community Impact (CI) serves disadvantaged people in the Harlem, Washington Heights, and Morningside Heights communities. Community Impact strives to provide high quality programs, advance the public good, and foster meaningful volunteer opportunities for students, faculty, and staff of Columbia University. CI provides food, clothing, shelter, education, job training, and companionship for residents in its surrounding communities. CI consists of a dedicated corps of about 950 Columbia University student volunteers participating in 25 community service programs, which serve more than 8,000 people each year. Community Impact has partnerships with more than 100 community organizations and agencies who do service work in the Harlem, Washington Heights, and Morningside Heights communities, including service organizations, social service offices, religious institutions, and schools. Many of these organizations refer their clients to Community Impact’s programs and work collaboratively to positively influence residents’ lives.
Conflict Resolution Working Group (CRWG) was started by SIPA students fifteen years ago and has grown into a network of students, practitioners, professors and other professionals interested in addressing intrastate and interstate conflict while promoting peace-building processes through research, workshops, community outreach and fieldwork. The CRWG is run by an elected board of students from SIPA and welcomes all individuals interested in analyzing and transforming conflict as well as developing peace initiatives toward the cessation of conflict. The Conflict Resolution Working Group provides a forum at SIPA to examine and discuss diverse approaches taken to addressing some of the world’s most complex conflicts.
Domestic Violence Project (DVP)
The Domestic Violence Project (DVP) raises awareness about domestic violence and provides legal services to battered women. Our activities include the Courtroom Advocates Project, Uncontested Divorce Workshop, Battered Immigrant Women’s Project, and Domestic Violence Awareness Week. The Courtroom Advocates Project (CAP) is a joint program with five other New York City law schools. CAP participants help women obtain orders of protection against abusive partners by drafting petitions and advocating for them in family court.
Everyone Allied Against Homophobia is Barnard and Columbia’s anti-homophobia taskforce and queer activist group. We welcome everyone--whether you are LGBTQ, an ally, or undefined. EAAH runs activist campaigns on campus and in New York City to promote equality. We also do service work with queer-friendly organizations and run educational workshops in high schools throughout New York City. Every year, we plan and run the Student Anti-Homophobia Leadership Summit, a two-day educational conference that brings some 40 high school students from all over the east coast to Columbia to participate in workshops about queer youth activism.
FeelGood CU is a student-run cheese-powered organization dedicated to sustainably ending hunger—not in 2100, but in our lifetime! FeelGood offers wholesome organic gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to the Columbia University community in exchange for small cash donations. These donations are invested directly in The Hunger Project, www.thp.org and CHOICE Humanitarian, strategic organizations that work to empower women and men to end their own hunger. All of the ingredients for our delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches are donated by our local Westside Market, so all donations we receive go directly to THP to affect positive, immediate change.
Gender Policy Working Group (GPWG) works to build knowledge around the social, political and economic structures that affect women, men and LGBTQ people unique ways. GPWG actively seeks the equal participation of men, women and the queer community in a discussion of gender issues.
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GlobeMed at Columbia is a network of university students who partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of people living in poverty. Through their involvement today, students commit to a life of leadership in global health and social justice. GlobeMed at Columbia partners with Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G) in Northern Uganda. Drawing upon its strong grassroots presence in the community, GWED-G maintains a vision to empower the women and youth of Gulu and Amuru to become agents of sustainable change."
Group for Community Recovery (GCR) was established to improve the wellness of the United States Southern Gulf Coast community through efforts that respond to the health needs of all people affected by Hurricane Katrina. Our mission has since expanded to improve the wellness of displaced communities affected by disasters through efforts that respond to the health needs of all people affected (i.e. victims of terrorism, natural disasters, or social displacement). This organization is committed to protecting the vulnerable communities and creating a space for all survivors of traumatic events in an effective, efficient and equitable fashion.
Growth and Development Project (Delta GDP)’s mission is to explore new pathways in the field of international development, and harness them in order to empower marginalized communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We look to promote a combination of business initiatives, corporate social responsibility, and even yet-to-be-discovered methods, as a means to improve living standards for citizens of developing countries throughout the world.
Human Rights Graduate Student Group
The Human Rights Graduate Student Group (HRGSG) works to promote human rights students' participation in social, cultural, and academic events and activities, and facilitate communication among and between Human Rights Studies M.A. (HRSMA) students. HRGSG hosts weekly meetings for HRSMA and other interested students, ranging from study sessions to planning meetings for students to coordinate logistics for their events. In addition, HRGSG hosts academic talks and events with scholars of various subjects within the human rights field throughout the semester.
Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) is dedicated to promoting, educating, and mobilizing in support of human rights. It provides a venue for students to initiate activities related to human rights issues that they feel passionate about. Event formats include brown-bag lunches, film screenings, mixers with other student groups, panel discussions with receptions and fundraising opportunities. The organization also partners with other groups within SIPA and Columbia University to connect students from a wide range of backgrounds who have a vested interest in certain issues, but who approach them in very different ways.
Humanitarian Affairs Working Group (HAWG), at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, is a student organization seeks to bring together all students interested in Humanitarian Affairs as well as draw connections to other humanitarian issues critical to the understanding of aid, development, security, and human rights. Through expert panels, workshops, speaker series, training sessions, networking opportunities, and other dynamic events at Columbia, we combine the knowledge and expertise of students and faculty with the perspectives of experienced practitioners from the humanitarian sector to create a space for healthy debate and discussion around the most pressing issues in humanitarian aid today.
International Development Club is a large, active and growing organization of over 250 MBA students interested in the interplay between business and international development. IDC serves as a forum for students and faculty who recognize the importance of emerging economies and their underlying development challenges, and serves as a catalyst for their investigation. IDC’s mission is to explore and create opportunities for development in emerging economies. IDC seeks to achieve its mission through four primary activities: education, experience, networks, and career services.
Migration Working Group
Migration Working Group aims to promote dialogue, awareness, and community involvement in national and international migration issues. Through advocacy, volunteerism, networking for careers and internships, and academic seminars and conferences we engage the Columbia community, as well as the wider New York community on these issues.
Net Impact is a combination of the former CSR and Social Entrepreneurship Clubs. Net Impact’s mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact.
Proud Colors' overall objective of is to implement a comprehensive action program to promote an understanding of the past, present, and future experiences, problems, and needs of queer and trans- students of color—as well as the queer and trans- community of color as a whole. Proud Colors intends to develop effective methods of dealing with these problems. Further, we know that neither we, nor the peoples we aim to serve are simple, fixed entities of colors and desires. We believe that the notion of queer includes, but extends past gender expression and sexual orientation. We understand queerness as the call to respect and affirm the complex intersections of one's ethnicities, gender expressions, religions, socioeconomic statuses and backgrounds, nationalities, abilities, and/or sexual orientations. It is in these critical points of collision that we situate ourselves and our activism, as it is in these intersections that we truly live: Queer and Proud.
Queer Health Task Force is dedicated to promoting the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex people. By providing opportunities for learning, activism and skills building at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, we work toward creating improved visibility of queer health issues and improved access to care. We believe that competent, informed care for LGBTQQI people is integral to Public Health.
Rightslink (Human Rights Research) is a human rights law research organization based at Columbia Law School in New York City. We provide free legal research services to human rights and public interest groups that lack either the financial and technical capacity or the political freedom to conduct their own research. Rightslink also works to foster human rights culture at the law school by hosting lectures, social events, and an annual symposium. For research inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual and Reproductive Health Action Group is dedicated to reproductive and sexual rights for all people. By providing opportunities for learning, activism, and skills building at the Mailman School of Public Health, we work toward creating universal access to reproductive and sexual health information and services. We believe that sexual and reproductive health are integral to public health.
Social Enterprise Club is the home for all students at Columbia Business School who want to use business skills to create social, environmental and economic value within the private, public and nonprofit sectors. The organization works to connect students interested in social enterprise with each other, faculty, alumni, professionals and organizations, enrich our members’ understanding of industries, ideas and initiatives, that create social impact, and inspire students to become leaders who better the world. Its members use business acumen to address social, economic and environmental challenges.
Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a student-run organization at Columbia Law School. SIRR is dedicated to promoting a dialogue about the rights of refugees and immigrants in the United States and globally. SIRR administers three pro bono projects throughout the year that CLS students can get involved in: The African Services Committee Project (ASC), The Immigration Advocacy Project (IAP) and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), which also includes a new IRAP Policy arm. Additionally, we organize events, sponsor guest panels and host a career forum.
Students for Environmental Action is established to promote environmental awareness at the medical campus. We want to be the voice of students for environmental concerns. This organization is dedicated to reforming inadequate recycling policies, devising strategies to decrease waste and energy consumption, improving energy efficiency, educating students and faculty on environmental issues, and decreasing the ecological footprint at the Columbia University Medical Center.
Take Back the Night is an annual student march that focuses on ending domestic violence, sexual assault and rape. We march with men in the community to demonstrate our solidarity against the violence that affects all of us, as both male and female survivors, and as co-survivors who share the pain of our partners, our friends, and our families. We march because we recognize that only together can we break the cycle of violence.
Tenants’ Rights Project (TRP) works with public interest attorneys from the Goddard Riverside SRO Law Project to assist low-income tenants in New York City in their litigation against abusive, delinquent and/or absent landlords. Membership in TRP is limited to Columbia Law School Students.
The One Acre Fund is an initiative which aims to empower East African farmers by giving access to tools which will allow their harvest to thrive-therein preventing what is known as "the hunger season". Some of the things that they do are offer small loans, crop insurance, storage so that harvest may be saved longer, market facilitation, sustainable agriculture training as well as offers those who successfully harvest in the program opportunities to work for the organization as an on the grounds officer who will help empower their entire community. The beauty of the program really is in that there are no handouts, the use of loans and training empowers the groups to bring themselves out of poverty! Beyond their on the ground initiative the One Acre Fund hopes to increase awareness of poverty, food security issues as well as microfinance, sustainability, human rights and social enterprise. They also hope to get more students involved in careers in international development and through their list serv inform students of job and internship opportunities in international development.
The WomanHOOD Project
The WomanHOOD Project is a program that teaches social and political activism to high school girls in the Bronx. Our mission is to simultaneously reclaim the hood and womanhood to promote racial justice and gender equality. Workshops include Feminism, Ethnic Studies, Human Rights, Politics and Progressivism, and Leadership Development.Staff and mentors are Columbia and Barnard students.
V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation (FGM) and sex slavery. Through V-Day campaigns, local volunteers and college students produce annual benefit performances of The Vagina Monologues to raise awareness and funds for anti-violence groups within their own communities. In 2010, over 5,400 V-Day benefit events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls.