Resources

Welcome to the Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion resources page. The following list of resources, available to all of our IHN community at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC), is organized into identity & affinity-based, health & accessibility, mental health, reporting & support, and action & professional development. For additional inquiries or suggestions, please contact the IHN at nutrition@cumc.columbia.edu 

Affinity-based Resources

For Asian and Pacific Islander communities

Resources for communities who identify as, or are racially minoritized/politicized into categories such as--Arab, Central Asian, DESI, East Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian, Southeast Asian, or Western Asian (“API”). 

Virtual support space for Asian International and Asian American Columbia students: Dr. Weiyen Chung, wc2714@cumc.columbia.edu

Columbia student health services: https://www.health.columbia.edu/content/support-groups

For Black communities

Resources for communities who identify as, or are racially minoritized/politicized into categories such as--Black, African American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Indigenous, Afro-Latin-x/e, or descendants of enslaved peoples. 

Blackline, a crisis support and text line. Call 1-800-604-5841 for support.

Virtual support space for Black students, conact Dr. Addette Williams at alw65@cumc.columbia.edu.

A skills-based support space for womxn of color, contact Dr. Annette Santiago-Espana at as3149@cumc.columbia.edu.

For Latin-x/e and Hispanic communities

Resources for communities who identify as, or are racially minoritized/politicized into categories such as--Latin-x/e, Hispanic, or Chicanx. 

A skills-based support space for womxn of color, contact Dr. Annette Santiago-Espana at as3149@cumc.columbia.edu.

Support space for Latinx students, please contact Dr. Eduvigis Cruz-Arrieta at ec2654@cumc.columbia.edu.

Latinx therapy, visit https://mijente.net.

For Indigenous and Native American communities

Resources for communities who identify as, or are racially minoritized/politicized into categories such as--Aboriginal, American Indian, First Nations, Indigenous, or Native American. 

Natives at Columbia (NAC), visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/nac

Malama Hawai'i Columbia University-run student organization, visit https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/student-group/m-lama-hawaii 

For Two-spirit/Third-gender, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Asexual+ communities

Resources for communities who identify as, or are minoritized/politicized into categories such as--Two-spirit, Third-gender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Omni/Pansexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (“2S/3SLGBTQIA+”). 

Columbia University Student Health on Haven: https://www.studenthealth.cuimc.columbia.edu/resources-and-support/resources-lgbtq-students

Queer and trans support space, contact Dr. Kori Bennett at kb2863@cumc.columbia.edu

Columbia Pride Alumni Association, visit https://pride.alumni.columbia.edu

Why Pronouns Matter video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRh7j2g95HU 

Health & Accessibility

Crisis Hotlines

1. NYC Well – Call 888-NYC-WELL (888-692-9355) or text “WELL” to 65173 or chat at www.nyc.gov/nycwell

A free and confidential 24/7 helpline staffed by trained professionals who can provide counseling and referrals to care in over 200 languages. The website also provides a comprehensive referral database for New York City, an Apps library, tips on coping, and information on connecting to crisis services.

2. Crime Victim Assistance Program

3. NY Project Hope Coping with COVID - Call 1-844-863-9314

4. SAMHSA Disaster Distress Hotline - Call 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish), or text "TalkWithUs" for English or "Hablamos" for Spanish to 66746

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

5. National Suicide Prevention Life - Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English or 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish

6. National Domestic Violence Hotline - Call 1-800-799-7233

7. National Child Abuse Hotline - Call 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453)

8. National Sexual Assault Hotline - Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

9. The Eldercare Locator - Call 1-800-677-1116

10. Veteran’s Crisis Line - Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 8388255

Student Health on Haven

Confidential resource

Student Health on Haven is your primary resource for all your health care needs while you are a student at CUIMC Services include Medical, Counseling, Well-being and Health Promotion, Insurance, COVID-19 Resources, Disability Services, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Affinity-based Support, LGBTQ+ healthcare, Support for Students with Children, Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Veterans, and more.

Contact: 212-305-3400 (24/7) | EmailMain page | Medical services | Counseling services | Resources

Office of Disability Services

Disability Services empowers students with disabilities to realize their academic and personal potential by facilitating equal access and coordinating accommodations and support services for eligible students. This approach is consistent with the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and places an emphasis on a student’s ability and independence. Disability Services supports all types of conditions including physical and learning disabilities, temporary injuries, and chronic illnesses.

Contact: 212-854-2388 | EmailMain page 

Open Hours: 50 Haven Avenue Room 105 virtual & in-person (Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. E.T.) *By appointment only

CUIMC Accessibility

Columbia University Irving Medical Center provides equal access for students, staff, visitors, and patients traveling to and around our campus. At the website below, you can learn more about campus initiatives and recent improvements led by CUIMC Facilities Management and Campus Services and New York-Presbyterian.

Contact: Email | Main page | Classroom accessibility

CUIMC Gender-affirming Restrooms

Columbia University Irving Medical Center's gender-inclusive restrooms are available to our community and guests. As we reinvent old spaces and build new ones, Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance and other departments are working together to identify additional gender-inclusive restrooms. Please email Yvonne Wojcicki, executive director for Campus Life Safety and Regulatory Compliance, with any questions.

Contact: Email Yvonne Wojcicki | Main page

On-demand Evening Shuttle

Columbia Transportation has partnered with Public Safety and Via to provide on-demand transportation service as an alternative to walking alone at night. Using the Via app is the easiest and most effective way to get a ride, but if you cannot use the Via app, you can also call for a ride. Whether you use the Via app or call, you will need to get a promo code before you request your first ride. Please follow the instructions on the main page linked below.

Contact: 212-852-3382 | Main page

Safety Escort

On the Medical Center Campus, foot escorts are provided by Public Safety personnel at all times. From 6:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m., vehicles may be used for escorts if available. The escort area is West 159th Street to West 168th Street, Riverside Drive to Amsterdam Avenue, and from West 168th Street to West 181th Street, Broadway Avenue to Haven Avenue. A valid Columbia ID Card is required to obtain an escort. Allow 10-15 minutes for the escort to arrive.

Contact: 212-305-8100 | Main page

The Food Pantry at Columbia

Confidential resource

The Food Pantry at Columbia is open to any student within any of the 20 schools within Columbia University – undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time. Any student who has any level of food insecurity can reach out to the Food Pantry to get a disbursement catered to your individual dietary and household needs. All students can feel rest assured that any information they provide to us will remain within the Food Pantry and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Food Pantry without their explicit permission.

Contact: Email | Main page
Open hours: 5th Floor Lerner Hall 2920 Broadway Avenue (Tues. & Fri., 3-6 p.m. E.T.) | 50 Haven Avenue (Temporarily closed) | 125 LeFrak Center Barnard Hall (Reopening Spring 2022)

NYC Community Fridges Map

This map was initially developed in July 2020 to help keep track of the community fridges started by mutual aid groups.

Contact: Email | Main page | Map

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Every day, we protect and promote the health of 8 million New Yorkers. Our work is broad-ranging. You see us in the inspection grades of dining establishments, the licenses dogs wear, the low- to no-cost health clinics in your neighborhood and the birth certificates for our youngest New Yorkers. We are also behind the scenes with our disease detectives, investigating suspicious clusters of illness. Our epidemiologists study the patterns, causes and effects of health and disease conditions in New York City neighborhoods. These studies shape policy decisions and the City's health agenda. The challenges we face are many. They range from obesity, diabetes and heart disease to HIV/AIDS, tobacco addiction, substance use and the threat of bioterrorism. We are also working to address enduring gaps in health between white New Yorkers and communities of color. Structural racism is at the root of these health inequities, which is why we have made racial justice a priority. The New York City Health Department is tackling these issues with innovative policies and programs, and getting exceptional results.

Contact: Main page | COVID | Services | NYC Health Map

Mental Health

Student Health on Haven

Confidential resource

Student Health on Haven is your primary resource for all your health care needs while you are a student at CUIMC Services include Medical, Counseling, Well-being and Health Promotion, Insurance, COVID-19 Resources, Disability Services, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Affinity-based Support, LGBTQ+ healthcare, Support for Students with Children, Support for Survivors of Sexual Violence, Veterans, and more.

Contact: 212-305-3400 (24/7) | EmailMain page | Medical services | Counseling services | Resources

My Student Support Program (My SSP)

Confidential resource

Counseling Services has partnered with My Student Support Program (My SSP) to offer 24/7 support via chat and phone as well as counseling for students located around the country and the world. Counselors are Masters-level clinicians with a minimum of five years of experience. 

  • Chat-based services are available in English, Chinese, Arabic, Korean, Spanish, and French
  • Counseling is available in up to 60 different languages. 

Contact: 877-297-1198 (24/7) | Main page

CopeColumbia

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented and uniquely trying time for our community, particularly for providers on the front lines, including all faculty and staff at the medical center. In response, the Department of Psychiatry has partnered with ColumbiaDoctors and New York-Presbyterian in developing CopeColumbia, which provides information and resources for the CUIMC community, including counseling sessions, peer support groups, guided meditations, suggested reading, and other resources for managing stress, fear and anxiety.

Contact: EmailMain page

ColumbiaDoctors Psychiatry

Confidential resource

As leaders in the field for more than 100 years, ColumbiaDoctors psychiatrists and therapists provide a comprehensive array of mental health services at multiple locations across the New York metro area.

Contact: 212-305-6001 | Main page | Appointment form

Reporting & Support

IHN DEI Committee

The Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is comprised of individuals who represent the various populations of the IHN community. The committee meets regularly to discuss equity-related issues, share resources, and collaborate on institution-wide initiatives.

Contact:|Email Moneek Madra | Main page

IHN DEI Feedback Form

The IHN DEI Feedback Form is an additional resource for the IHN community members to submit any questions, concerns, suggestions, or ideas, regarding topics around diversity, equity, inclusion including but not limited to microaggression, mediation, implicit bias, events and workshop suggestions, etc... Please note that in the case of an emergency, community members should call 9-1-1, and there are resources for reporting any misconduct, harassment, or abuse of university policies, listed above. The form will be activated in August 2022.

Resource: 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CUIMC

At Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we believe that achieving excellence is inextricably linked to striving for the highest standards in diversity, equity, and inclusivity. Fostering a supportive and culturally rich environment is paramount to the success and wellbeing of our student body, our distinguished faculty, and the broad patient populations we serve. We stand together because diverse experiences, perspectives, and values enrich every dimension of our work. At CUIMC, we are committed to continuous improvement in providing culturally inclusive medical education and clinical care.

Contact: Main page | Contacts

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA)

Confidential Resource

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) works to prevent and respond to discrimination and discriminatory harassment by developing and implementing policies and procedures that address discrimination, harassment, gender-based misconduct, consensual relationships, the duty to report and the duty to act, and by enforcing relevant federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws.

Contact: 212-854-5511 | Main page | Report form

The Ombuds Office

Confidential resource

Independent of University Administration, the Ombuds Office serves as a confidential and informal resource for students, staff, and faculty, who may have a University-related concern–active listening, negotiation, mediation, facilitation, conflict coaching, resolution.

Contact: 212-304-7026 | Main page

International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO)

The International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) is the international community’s resource for immigration-related needs, providing advisory and documentation services and information on a host of issues, including— but not limited to—visas, employment, travel, and tax-filing obligations. ISSO monitors the regulations of government agencies that have jurisdiction over the stay of international students and scholars, and are responsible for institutional compliance.

Contact: 212-305-8165 | Main page | Contacts | Services | Resources

DACA Recipients and Undocumented Students

Columbia welcomes undocumented and DTACA students as part of our community. The information and resources listed are for everyone in the Columbia community. If you are an undocumented or DACA student, you will find resources here for support, legal assistance, and more. Please email The Office of University Life with your comments and suggestions.

Contact: Email University Life | Main page

Sexual Violence Response (SVR)

Confidential resource

The Sexual Violence Response provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach.

Contact: 212-854-4357 (24/7) | 212-854-3500 | Main page

Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative (SRI)

The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative invites you to examine the link between sexual respect and membership in the Columbia community. Created by students along with faculty and administrators, the Initiative asks each of us to do what we can to promote a campus culture that reinforces sexual respect and unequivocally rejects sexual harassment, sexual assault, and other forms of gender-based misconduct, and empowers students to know where and when to get help.

Contact: Main page | Student rights

Office of Religious Life

The Earl Hall Center for Religious Life is committed to the mission engraved in stone above the doors to Earl Hall: "Erected for the students that religion and learning may go hand in hand and character grow with knowledge." This is a place for students of all faiths, or of no faith, set aside for the universal need to nurture the human spirit. Together with Saint Paul’s Chapel, Earl Hall provides space for religious gatherings, hosts offices for our Religious Life Advisers, and acts as a center for community service.

Contact: 212-854-2184 | Email | Main page | Resources

The Office of the University Chaplain

Confidential resource

The Office of the University Chaplain offers virtual confidential pastoral counseling and care–faith-based, spirituality, pastoral care.

Contact: 212-666-7770 | Email | Main page

CopeColumbia

The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented and uniquely trying time for our community, particularly for providers on the front lines, including all faculty and staff at the medical center. In response, the Department of Psychiatry has partnered with ColumbiaDoctors and New York-Presbyterian in developing CopeColumbia, which provides information and resources for the CUIMC community, including counseling sessions, peer support groups, guided meditations, suggested reading, and other resources for managing stress, fear and anxiety.

Contact: EmailMain page

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a network of free or discounted services to support your personal success and help with everyday challenges. Humana is the EAP provider.

Contact: 888-673-1153 (TTY: 711) | Main page

Action & Professional Development

IHN Career Services Office Hours

Nkenji Clarke (she/her), Career Services Officer, hosts weekly office hours to support students with career exploration and advancement tools for their overall career development. Nkenji is available for career needs, career wellness-based resources, and additional tools can be accessed per the career services canvas site. Please email Nkenji to schedule a career services appointment.

Contact: Email Nkenji Clarke
Meeting times: Presbyterian Hospital 15th Floor East Room 1512E virtual (Mon. 1:30-3:30 p.m. E.T.) *Open to all students (MS, PhD, and Alum)

The Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Engagement

The Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Engagement is part of Columbia’s commitment to diversity and the success of all graduate and professional school students. Check our Events Calendar to see upcoming events, where you'll be able to connect and collaborate with graduate students from all Columbia schools and participate in innovative programs and supportive spaces. The Graduate Initiative for Inclusion and Engagement also includes dedicated round-tables, workshops, and mentorships opportunities with Black, Latinx, Asian/Asian American, international, and first-generation faculty.

Contact: Main page

DEI Glossary of Terms

IHN Alumni Petition for Equity

The following document is the 2020 IHN Alumni Petition for how the IHN can address equity.

Resources: Email Alumni Association | Petition

CUIMC Sustainability

CUIMC accepts climate change as an existential threat to our city, country, and planet. Based on the Paris Agreement of 2015 and Columbia University President Lee Bollinger’s statement recognizing the urgency of the climate crisis, CUIMC aims to achieve carbon neutrality by the year 2050 or earlier. Under the University’s latest sustainability plan, Sustainability Plan 2030, CUIMC will implement and execute ambitious sustainability goals grounded in climate science and data to achieve our carbon neutrality goal. To achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 or earlier, CUIMC is employing a four-step strategy that involves deep energy efficiency, electrification of heating, procuring zero-carbon energy, and purchasing carbon offsets.

Contact: Email Main page | Get involved

IHN Food Coop

The IHN Food Co-op is a partnership network dedicated to connecting volunteers and donors with well-vetted organizations working in the New York City area and beyond to provide relief to food-insecure communities. We aim to tackle the racial and social injustice that we see in the disproportionate access to nutritious food in underserved communities. Our hope is that this collective effort will lead to sustainable campaigns of support that grow over time even as COVID-19 induced anxieties subside. Together, our combined donations of time, money, and increased awareness can help lead us to a brighter future.

Contact: Main page | Get involved | Local food banks

Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program

Many across our campus community are deeply engaged in efforts to promote racial justice at Columbia and beyond. Annually, University Life invites students to apply for the Racial Justice Mini-Grant Program and share innovative ideas to address racism.

Contact: Email University Life | Main page