Civic Engagement

Across the University, from Columbia College undergraduates to the public health professionals, doctors, nurses and dental students at the Medical Center, Columbia has a deep and longstanding commitment to civic engagement.

Programs and Partnerships

Learn about Columbia's long-standing community-based programs and partnerships.

Community Benefits

The new Manhattanville campus plan embraces a wide range of shared benefits with West Harlem, New York City and New York State.

Undergraduate Opportunities

Learn about the civic engagement opportunities available to undergraduates.

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering? Find programs in which Columbia employees, students and student organizations can become involved. 

Dental Care

Columbia University's Dental School provides oral health care services to the Upper Manhattan community through clinics and a variety of free services.

Columbia Community Service

The giving campaign for staff, faculty, and retirees of Columbia, Barnard, and Teachers College provides grants to local nonprofit organizations to help address the needs of underserved individuals in our local community.

Eric H. Holder Jr. at podium
Eric H. Holder Initiative for Civil and Political Rights

The Eric H. Holder Initiative will ensure that Columbia becomes the world’s most innovative academic institution for the study of historical, contemporary, and future visions of justice.

Speaker at podium
The Knight First Amendment Institute

The Knight First Amendment Institute works to defend and strengthen the freedoms of speech and the press in the digital age through strategic litigation, research, and public education. 


“I think of the duties, the rights, and the weighty responsibilities of American citizenship – responsibilities that are, as of this moment, entrusted to each of you.”


Eric H. Holder JR., CC'73, LAW'76
Five football players help a couple with their community garden