Throughout the year, ODCI facilitates a number of programs aimed at knowledge and skills necessary for creating an equitable and inclusive environment. An overview of our task forces, events, mentoring and pipeline programs, and other programming is provided below.



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


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. 


“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. 

graduate students and stress: Managing Imposter Syndrome, Miroaggressions, and Race-Related Stress

This special session co-sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs featured 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


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. Please check back for applications for future sessions.  

Task Forces

Self, social, and global awareness taskforce meetings

In spring 2018, ODCI invited students, staff, and faculty to be a part of the SSGA Taskforce. The taskforce developed recommendations that inform ongoing innovation to the SSGA curriculum. 

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.  

Other Programs

students of color graduation ceremony

ODCI, Columbia university Mailman School of Public HealthThe 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. The ceremony was held on Monday, May 14, 2018.

witnessing (in)equity photo contest

ODCI, Witnessing (In)Equity Photo Contest, Mailman School of Public HealthThis contest challenged the Mailman community to document both social inequities and health disparities, as well as their opposites, observed in their local neighborhoods, daily experiences, and world travels. To see the winning entries, please click on the tab to the left or here. Read more about the contest 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.  

The Biostatistics Enrichment Summer Training Diversity Program (BEST):

ODCI, Columbia university Mailman School of Public Health, BEST programBEST seeks to expand and diversify the behavioral and biomedical sciences workforce by introducing undergraduates from underrepresented populations to the value of biostatistics and critical thinking to public health and medicine, with a focus on cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.


Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD):

IMSD is an education project for doctoral students that is funded by the National Institutes of Health and aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented students who enter research careers in public health. The program supports eight doctoral students by providing partial tuition funding, one to two years of research mentoring, and additional funding to attend one scientific conference per year.In 2012, the program's work with the Department of Sociomedical Sciences was recognized by the national organization Excelencia in Education for improving educational achievement for Latino students in higher education. 

Program to Inspire Minority Undergraduates in Environmental Health Science Research: 

An opportunity for minority undergraduate students to conduct research with faculty, doctoral students, and postdoctoral fellows at Columbia University, earn credits for any required research internships, earn money for working in a lab, and explore the possibility of a career in science. 

Senior Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Career Development

The Summer Public Health Scholars Program