Diversity and Inclusion


At the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, diversity is an academic value — one that is a marker of institutional excellence as well as a benchmark of innovation for our research and scholarship, programming, and student experience. The Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion is the space within GSAS in which we enact daily and intentionally our commitment to create an intellectual collective that is reflective of the disparate experiences of its constituents.

Many of OADI's programs and resources are targeted to the unique needs of students from groups that historically have been underrepresented in higher education settings within the United States, such as our Decentering Academia workshop series. We also offer programs and resources that are relevant for all students as we consider issues related to diversity and inclusion together, such as our Diversity Film Series with Scholars on Scene.

OADI's objectives are to:
•    Reduce institutional barriers to high-quality graduate education and training for students from underrepresented and otherwise marginalized backgrounds;
•    Enhance the graduate-student experience to promote intellectual growth and excellence;
•    Prepare graduate students from all backgrounds in the principles of diversity, inclusion, and educational equity.

Our office works in close alignment with the Students of Color Alliance (SoCA), and with Initiative for Diversity in Engineering and the Sciences (IDEaS) and Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) as well as other student groups and campus partners to promote community-building and provide opportunities for professional development. If you have ideas for programming, wish to get involved in any of our upcoming events, or are interested in learning more about the Graduate School’s efforts in the area of diversity, equity, and student inclusion, we welcome you to reach out to us at gsas-diversity [at] columbia.edu.

To view the Graduate School's full statement on diversity and inclusion, please click here.

Connect with Our Community

OADI Research Collective

The OADI Research Collective is an interdisciplinary group of PhD students who are researching topics of particular interest to underrepresented groups.

OADI Student Delegation

The OADI Student Delegation comprises GSAS students who are interested in supporting efforts to enhance academic diversity, inclusion, and equity within the Graduate School and across its many departments.

Graduate Student Mentors

Each year OADI hires 4-6 Graduate Student Mentors to co-teach weekly seminars and workshops and provide one-on-one mentoring to visiting undergraduate students.

Summer Research Program

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hosts the eight- to ten-week Summer Research Program (SRP) for undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Decentering Academia

OADI’s monthly seminar series centers the experiences of students from backgrounds that historically have been underrepresented in academic settings

Diversity Project Grants Program

This grant allows students to apply for funding to support events, projects, or programming that will enhance diversity and promote student inclusion efforts in GSAS.

Application Fee Waivers

The Graduate School will waive the application fee for US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled in a US college or university who demonstrate financial need.

Provost Diversity Fellowship

GSAS is proud to participate in the Provost’s Diversity Fellowship initiative, established in 2012 to enhance the diversity of Columbia’s PhD programs.