|Associate Dean Corlisse Thomas|
In its ongoing efforts to further promote inclusion and diversity, the University has established an Office of Multicultural Affairs for Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. The Office of Multicultural Affairs, set to open this month in 401 Lerner Hall, will enhance the rich fabric of the Columbia community by supporting intercultural community programs; providing diversity education and training; advising undergraduate cultural student organizations; and strengthening culturally based mentoring programs.
Corlisse Thomas, associate dean of Student Affairs and Multicultural Affairs, will head the office. Thomas has been with the University for six years, most recently serving as associate dean of Student Affairs, Academic Services and Intercultural Resources.
"I'm looking forward to the challenge of bringing these programs and services to the community," said Thomas of her new appointment. "I think it's going to be an exciting and rewarding experience to develop the office with the cooperation of the alumni, students, other administrators and faculty members. It will be a community-wide effort, and hopefully it will be great success. I think we have a lot to accomplish, and we'll have a lot of collaboration going forward."
"We welcome the opportunity to provide this important resource to our undergraduate students," said Chris Colombo, dean of student affairs.
In addition to establishing the Multicultural Affairs Office, the University will also create a new senior administrative position, vice provost for diversity. The vice provost will work closely with the schools and administrative staff to implement policies promoting gender, racial and ethnic diversity among Columbia faculty.