Programs & Partnerships

A Tradition of Partnership

Discover the local organizations that are making a difference in Upper Manhattan.

Columbia's expanded investment in West Harlem builds on the University's broad and longstanding commitment to partnerships in our community—from faculty members who are among the most eminent scholars of Harlem history and culture, to thousands of students serving and learning in programs that improve the quality of life through medical and dental care, teaching and mentoring and small business mentorship. Columbia commits not only funding, but also the time and energy of students, faculty, and staff who work in partnership with a wide array of local organizations that make a difference to people in Upper Manhattan. 

The Columbia Community Scholars Program gives independent scholars from Northern Manhattan access to Columbia University resources.

Community Scholars

Columbia's Community Scholars Program is designed to offer independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University services and resources that allow them to work toward completion of a particular project or to attain skill in a particular area. The program helps to foster and deepen ties between the University and the many independent members of the cultural and intellectual community surrounding it. Learn more.

Columbia Double Discovery

Double Discovery Center was founded in 1965 by Columbia and Barnard students to address the disparities they noticed in the underserved and underperforming schools in the community. The center works with low-income and first-generation college-bound Manhattan area youth to ensure high school graduation, college enrollment and completion. Year-round services include tutoring, test prep, counseling, college trips and daily access to the college prep library. Learn more. 

Community Impact

Community Impact serves individuals in need in the communities of Upper Manhattan while providing meaningful volunteering and leadership opportunities for nearly 1,000 students at Columbia University and Barnard College.  In contributing to the programs and engaging with youth and adults, students are exposed to the realities of life in low-income neighborhoods. Twenty-seven different groups of Community Impact partner with social services agencies, faith-based organizations, senior centers and schools to serve more than 8,000 neighbors each year in Harlem, Washington Heights and Morningside Heights. Learn more. 

Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center

Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center (CHSBDC) is a public-private partnership that provides free workshops, training programs and intensive one-on-one counseling to small business owners in Upper Manhattan. Located in Columbia Business School, the center gives clients access to world-renowned faculty members, business students and alumni business leaders. It is committed to supporting the economic sustainability of New Yorkers—one business at a time. Learn more.

Columbia Community Service

Since its inception in 1946, Columbia Community Service (CCS) has helped countless people in the Columbia area by giving substantial grants and providing valuable resources to local community organizations. Its yearly campaign is a means for faculty and staff of Columbia University to support a diverse group of local community-based organizations, through direct financial contributions. With the University covering all administrative expenses, 100 percent of the contributions go directly to services. Learn more.

Harlem Health Promotion Center

The Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC) is a collaboration of community, academic and public health stakeholders whose mission is to use community partnerships, health training, program evaluation, information technology and infrastructure to improve the health and well-being of the Harlem community. The center addresses a broad spectrum of health issues ranging from chronic disease to HIV and sexually transmitted infections. Among its projects is, a consumer health information website that provides Harlem residents, businesses and organizations with information about getting and staying healthy. As part of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, the HHPC fosters the extensive use of proven methods to promote good health. Learn more. 

To learn more about the range of medical, health and mental health programs available to the community, contact Columbia University Medical Center Government & Community Affairs at or Tel: 212-305-8060.