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Antiracism at Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies

Message from the Office of the Dean

In July 2020, President Bollinger outlined Columbia’s commitment to antiracism, announced steps we are taking as an institution to do more, and asked the University community to dedicate ourselves to a New Civil Rights Movement. The School of Professional Studies is heeding that call in several ways to create more inclusive education spaces and workplaces. We are advancing our faculty diversity program; investing in collaborative research initiatives; facilitating discussions between faculty, students, and field experts; and listening to the climate of our programs and departments.  

The School is poised to affect real change, thanks to our strong relationships across industries and our commitment to developing principled, effective leaders and compassionate, engaged citizens. Below you will find the School’s developing strategy in our commitment to antiracism, as well as resources for our students, faculty, and staff to guide us as we work together toward achieving social justice. 


Troy J. Eggers 

Columbia University School of Professional Studies

If you have questions, feedback, or suggestions, or you want to get involved with diversity initiatives at SPS, send us an email at spsdiversity [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu (spsdiversity[at]columbia[dot]edu)

University Partners:

DEI Event Series

Leading Towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Implementing Systemic Change

Organizations in virtually every sector are met with a pointed challenge: to commit to, act on, and increase transparency into their ongoing progress to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion. To create viable, sustainable pathways for achieving a comprehensive DEI agenda, organizations must remove long-held systemic, cultural, and interpersonal barriers at every level. The Leading Towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion series convenes and connects respected faculty and industry experts across the nonprofit, negotiation, and human capital management sectors for inspiring, solutions-focused conversations on implementing systemic changes that benefit individuals, organizations, and the communities they serve.

This series is brought to you by Columbia University’s Nonprofit ManagementNegotiation and Conflict Resolution, and Human Capital Management master’s programs as part of the University’s ongoing commitment to antiracism. 

Past Events

In the Crucible of Change: DEI at the Crossroads
Recorded April 8, 2021 

Advancing DEI Practice in Philanthropy: Grantmaking and Engagement
Recorded March 25, 2021

Moving Beyond Conflict: Transforming Narratives
Recorded March 10, 2021

Black Philanthropy from Jim Crow to Today | Special Guest: Dr. Tyrone McKinley Freeman
Recorded February 18, 2021

Special Election Series Nonprofit Policy and Advocacy in Action: The Path Ahead 
Recorded February 11, 2021

Thriving in Turbulence: Leading Immigrant Communities Through a Pandemic and Societal Upheaval
Recorded January 21, 2021

“The Parallels between Art, Design, Culture + Tech” with Michele Washington
Recorded December 10, 2020

Contextualizing Systemic Injustice: Mapping the Complexity of Racism in the US 
Recorded December 9, 2020

Election Hindsight is 20/20: Initial Review of 2020 Elections and the Start of 2024
Recorded November 12, 2020

DEI Through the Leadership Lens: A Conversation with Chief Diversity Officers
Recorded October 29, 2020

Read about the University's Construction Diversity Initiative (CDI).

Curriculum Development 

The mission of the Academic Affairs team is to provide a high-quality education that supports the academic and professional aspirations of our students. As such, the department works with program and faculty leadership to enrich and diversify the curriculum of the School's graduate degrees. 

Courses have recently launched as a response to our current moment, including Inclusive Leadership in the Human Capital Management program and Athlete Activism and Social Justice in the Sports Management program. There are additional courses in development that aim to encourage open, productive discussions in the classroom and teach students to implement systemic changes in their respective fields.  

Faculty and staff members discuss their efforts and progress in creating more inclusive curricula in the School's blog, Tomorrow's Minds at Work

University Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students

In support of its ongoing commitment to antiracism, Columbia University and the School of Professional Studies offer a range of resources, grants, organizations, research initiatives, and publications for faculty, students, alumni, and local communities.

University Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students

Upper Manhattan Community Programming 

As part of President Bollinger's dedication to University engagement in the extended community, our outreach programs include educational access initiatives and opportunities for SPS students to volunteer at local nonprofits.

The Manhattanville Auditing Program offers local community members the option to take Columbia University courses at no charge. Columbia Secondary School students are also offered the option to take Columbia University courses at no charge. Columbia’s Programs for High School Students offer an allotment of full scholarships for local students through community organizations, including Street Squash Harlem, Double Discovery Center, and the Heyman Center.

The A'Lelia Bundles Community Scholars Program, administered by SPS, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Government and Community Affairs, enables independent scholars to pursue their lifelong learning aspirations through access to Columbia University courses and resources. 

SPS is an annual sponsor of the Sakura Festival, and offers volunteer support during the event.

Columbia’s HBCU Fellowship includes annual volunteer work at Harlem’s Children Zone and Harlem YMCA. Our Fellows mentor community youth on the college process.  
Outside of class, precollege students participate in a variety of community outreach and awareness activities that engage local nonprofits, including Fresh Youth Initiatives, Citymeals-on-Wheels, Cathedral Community Cares, Broadway Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen, Xavier Mission, and Central Harlem Senior Citizens Center.