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."
Education and Career Development
Health and Safety
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.
YES, a nonprofit that provides support to local students from underserved communities, has signed a lease with Columbia University to open an academic development center in Morningside Heights.
Facilities and Operations hosted a career fair to recruit diverse talent for all campuses.
Columbia University recently donated new HP all-in-one printers to 20 non-profit organizations in Harlem and the surrounding community.