Upon graduation, all women of Columbia College automatically become members of Columbia College Women (CCW), a community for alumnae, students and faculty. Our goals are to connect and empower women in order to create opportunities, build relationships and have an impact on the College, University and the world. We welcome your participation and leadership as we continue to support the women at Columbia College!
Thirty years ago, the Class of 1987 broke new ground by ending more than a 200-year tradition and becoming the first fully coed class of Columbia College. Those women, and others who followed, helped establish CCW in 1989, a community College alumnae to meet and connect. (View History of Women at Columbia College)
Since then, CCW has grown into a thriving community of thousands, offering mentoring matchups and events big and small—and this spring, we will present our first-ever day-long event Celebrating 30 Years of Columbia College Women. (Click for more details)
Columbia College Women connects alumnae to the College, to one another and to women across Columbia University. We provide enriching experiences and benefits that support alumnae throughout their lives, in both personal and professional endeavors. We create an engaged and dynamic community that strengthens the voices and leadership of women at the institution.
The Columbia College Women's Board of Directors has four priorities for supporting our community, made up of all College women: programming, outreach, development and mentoring. We invite you to join in one of the below committees, or to simply be an ambassador, attendee and supporter in our efforts.
The programming committee is responsible for developing and presenting ongoing programming that will connect alumnae to alumnae and also to students and faculty. This includes intellectual programming, social receptions, career networking and more.
The outreach committee seeks to grow the CCW network across the country and globe to increase participation from all women and women students. Outreach will increase visibility and elevate the voice of our women across Columbia, while building sustainable networks and bonds that help CCW and our women thrive.
The development committee fosters a culture of giving among CC alumnae and students. We identify opportunities for giving that resonate with women, strategies for motivating alumnae generosity and find opportunities for alumnae volunteers who believe in building this culture of philanthropy.
CCW organizes a vibrant and successful mentoring program that matches alumnae mentors with current students. The mentoring program seeks to match students and alumnae with similar interests, provide a proposed template as to how the relationship can progress and provides forums for involvement. The committee encourages participation and supports career oriented programming to complement mentoring interactions. Longer term, the committee seeks to expand mentoring to include matches for young alumnae.
Want to get involved?
Email CCWomen@columbia.edu for more information or to get involved.