Mailman School Students of Color (SOC) Graduation Ceremony

The Black & Latinx Student Caucus (BLSC), Advocates for Asian American Health (AAAH), the Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion (ODCI), and the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) are pleased to announce the inaugural Mailman School of Public Health Students of Color (SOC) Graduation Ceremony. SOC graduation ceremonies have long been held at Columbia University and other leading academic institutions to celebrate the contributions made by students of color to the advancement of scholarship, leadership, service, and community development. Columbia’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has hosted similar ceremonies for undergraduate students; however, the Mailman School’s SOC Graduation Ceremony is the first to be held for the school’s graduate and doctoral students of color.

SOC Graduation Ceremony

Monday, May 14, 2018, at 7pm
William Black Building, 630 West 168th St., Alumni Auditorium
Dessert reception to follow

RSVP by Friday, March 30, 2018 to participate.



“Equi-teas” are gatherings that provide a space for students, faculty, and staff to discuss issues and topics related to power, privilege, diversity, and equity as they manifest at Mailman and in our communities here and abroad.

Past 2018 Equi-teas include:

  1. Addressing lgbtq+ health disparities

Past 2017 Equi-teas include:

  1. Addressing the Effects of Gentrification:  Partnering with the Neighborhood 
  2. Improving the Healthcare Experiences of Undocumented Immigrants 

Past 2016 Equi-teas include:

  1. Our vision for creating a more inclusive campus culture at Mailman
  2. How could the Core better prepare us to seek equity and justice for vulnerable populations? 
  3. Characterizing and Measuring Racism: Implications for Health, Equity, and the Mailman Experience.
  4. Islamophobia and mental health: strategies for coping and resistance.

Self, Social, and Global Awareness Taskforce Meetings

ODCI invites students, staff, and faculty to be a part of the SSGA Taskforce.  The taskforce will develop recommendations that will inform ongoing innovation to the SSGA curriculum. 

Below are the following Spring 2018 Taskforce meetings:

February 6, 2018
HSC 303
11:30 am to 12:45 pm

February 20, 2018
HSC 303
11:30 am to 12:45 pm

March 8, 2018
HSC LL 205
11:30 am to 12:45 pm

April 12, 2018
HSC 202A
11:30 am to 12:45 pm

April 26, 2018
HSC 202A
11:30 am to 12:45 pm


Graduate Students and Stress: Managing Imposter Syndrome, Microaggressions, and Race-Related Stress

Please join the Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion and the Office of Student Affairs for this special session featuring Dr. Alfiee M. Breland-Noble, Director of The AAKOMA (African American Knowledge Optimized for Mindfully-Healthy Adolescents) Project, Senior Scientific Advisor to the Steve Fund, and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Implicit Bias Event

Do you think racism is an inherent part of the fabric of America? Are all Americans, regardless of race, complicit in the perpetuation of racial biases in our country? How much has changed in race relations since Myrdal conducted his study, and what hasn't changed much at all?  Screening of American Denial followed by a discussion about racial and other types of identity/social group bias.  To view the Reducing Implicit Bias handout, please click here


Taskforce on Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion

The taskforce brings together a wide range of Mailman stakeholders -- including students, faculty, and staff -- who work to provide recommendations that will inform future policy and program initiatives around diversity, culture, and inclusion. In 2016-2017, there were three committees:


To view the summary report of the Taskforce recommendations, please click here.  

Community Walk

During the Community Walk, Mailman students explore how fundamental causes of disease are inscribed in the city streets. Students walk the neighborhood, from the Columbia University Medical Center to the Bronx, identify points of disinvestment, discuss the structural processes and forces that create them, and meet neighborhood activists. Click here to view images from the past Community Walks.


In partnership with the Office of University Life, ODCI hosts StorySpace in which faculty, student, and staff storytellers from across the University.  In 2017, the StorySpace theme was "Belonging".  Click here to view videos from the past StorySpace.     

Our Application deadline for 2017 has now passed.  Please check back for our 2018 dates.  

Advancing Equity and Inclusion in the Academy

Throughout the year, ODCI facilitates a number of programs aimed at knowledge and skills necessary for creating an equitable and inclusive environment.  

In 2017, ODCI co-sponsored a special presentation on Implicit Bias in the academy, given by Dr. Benjamin D. Reese, Jr., PsyD, a Clinical Psychologist with areas of specialization in implicit bias, race relations, and diversity/inclusion training.  Dr. Reese presented strategies for interrupting implicit bias in our teaching, evaluation, hiring and management practices.  Video of the presentation can be found here

Mentoring and Pipeline Programs

The following is a list of mentoring and pipeline programs offered at Columbia University Medical Center.  These programs are co-sponsored by ODCI.