Facilities and Operations is committed to giving back to the Columbia and local communities through our work. Our efforts include a wide range of activities, ranging from supporting minority-, women- and locally owned businesses and construction workforce, to raising money for local charities, to mentoring high school students. Working with our partners, we hold apprenticeships, career expos, vendor fairs, business development programs, and more to create opportunities for local residents and businesses.
"Giving back to the Columbia and local communities is important to us at Facilities and Operations. I am proud of our long-standing commitment to developing and supporting initiatives that help those in need, create opportunities for our neighbors, and fosters the community which we are a part of."
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CU Grow: Vendor Development Program
The CU Grow: Vendor Development Program is a Facilities and Operations initiative designed to help minority-, women- and locally owned business owners build capacity and develop a formal, three-year growth plan. Since it's inception in 2017, 62 businesses have completed the program and have collectively earned a combined $45 million on construction projects within Columbia University.
Facilities and Operations helped bring Fauzia’s and its taste of the Caribbean to Columbia’a Manhattanville campus in 2020. The local food truck can be found on Wednesdays at 130th Street between Broadway and 12th Ave from 10:30-3:00 pm.
Members of the University Facilities and Operations team participated in the Industry Scholars Prep Program’s Speaker Series, part of a new initiative in the New York City Career and Technical Education (NYC CTE) curriculum that aims to increase student access and exposure to different career tracks including automotive and transportation, construction, finance, healthcare, culinary, hospitality, media and design, and IT.
Student attorneys from Columbia Law's Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC) provided contract guidance to current participants in the CU Grow Vendor Development Program during a legal pop-up clinic, which provided assistance in strategizing, negotiating, drafting, and reviewing contracts and agreements, is a newly added component to the CU Grow program’s curriculum.