Campus Events and Resources Regarding the Executive Order

Suzanne Goldberg, Executive Vice President for University Life, presided over a University Life Forum on February 2nd on Executive Orders, Immigration and Our Community (watch here) and encourages you to take part in other campus conversations and resources.

Editor's note:

Time Change -- Please note that the Friday group sessions have changed from 1:15 PM to start at 3:30 PM.

February 10, 2017
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Dear Students and Colleagues, 

As our community grapples with the evolving presidential restrictions on immigration and other matters, we invite you to join conversations happening on campus this week and beyond. You can also find important resources below for international and undocumented (including DACA) students as well as faculty and staff. 


Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m
Dates: Started Feb. 3 and will continue every Friday through spring break as needed
Location: Room 101 Warren Hall, No registration required.


If you are directly affected by the recent executive action on immigration, we welcome you to join private information and discussion sessions facilitated by the Office of University Life and the International Students and Scholars Office.



Columbia’s Counseling & Psychological Services (Morningside) and Mental Health Services (CUMC) offer ongoing support, including new support groups for DACA and undocumented students, and for international students. 


Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 107 Jerome Green Hall 


Graduate students of Columbia’s Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies, and the International Students’ Working Group of the Graduate Workers Union discuss institutional, legal and practical considerations in light of the recent executive order on immigration. 

Panelists include:

Naz Ahmad (Columbia Law School ’14) - Staff Attorney, Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR)

Faiza Patel - Co-director, Brennan Center’s Liberty and National Security Program 

David Austell - Associate Provost and Director, International Students’ & Scholars’ Office 

Sahar Ishtiaque Ullah (Moderator)
Ph.D. Candidate of Arabic and Comparative Literature, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian & African Studies, and the Institute for Comparative Literature & Society


  • See here for more details.
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Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America
1161 Amsterdam Ave. (just south of 118th St.)
Admission: Suggested donation of $20.


Join Columbia University musicians and friends for a concert benefiting those affected by the Jan. 27, 2017 executive order on immigration, featuring:

  • Columbia College students performing music by Schumann and Ysaye 
  • New works by Columbia doctoral composer Ashkan Behzadi
  • Improvisations by Columbia alumni, and by Columbia's Arab Music Ensemble
  • Jazz performed by Columbia College alumni and doctoral students
  • Concert spirituals performed by Columbia alumni and faculty


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Legal scholars and other leading experts provided essential updates and analysis. Others, including the International Students and Scholars Office, will highlight University resources.  The event can be viewed here.

For International Students

As President Bollinger noted, the International Students and Scholars Office remains the primary and best resource for international students, scholars and faculty about visas, employment, travel and related issues. ISSO also offers individual appointments.

Visit for locations on the Morningside and Medical Center campuses. Be sure to regularly check their Executive Order news page that is updated as new information becomes available.

For those who have concerns about immigration, mental health, harassment and violence, you may also want to review the Office of University Life's resource page.

For DACA Recipients and Undocumented Students

The Office of University Life continues to support and assist undocumented students, including DACA recipients.

For more information, contact Don Harrison, Office of University Life – or (212) 854-7658.

Not Sure Where to Turn? 

The Office of University Life can help – please contact us. We also post regular updates on the University Life website, social media and the University Life app.

During this time of rapid, unprecedented change in U.S. policy, it is ever more important that we find ways to come together as a University community. If you are hosting an event you would like to share with others at Columbia, please let us know at

With best regards,
Suzanne Goldberg
Executive Vice President for University Life
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School