Community Engagement

The Forum is proud to serve as a unique gathering space open to the entire University as well as the wider New York City community. 

The Forum’s ground floor Atrium is a communal space open to the public seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except University holidays). With ample seating, tech tables for charging devices, and free WiFi, the Atrium is ideal for those needing a quiet place to work, study, or meet a friend over a cup of coffee.

Throughout the year, The Forum joins with other Manhattanville-based Columbia departments to host Community Days, which fill the campus and The Forum with a diverse selection of family-oriented programs for Columbia neighbors to enjoy. In addition to these Community Days, many of the events hosted at The Forum are free and open to the public.

Community Partnerships

Group of volunteers poses together inside on the stairs of The Forum's Atrium
Community Vaccination Site

The Forum was proud to collaborate with Columbia University’s Wellness Center and Columbia Doctors to host an open-to-the-community pop-up vaccination site at The Forum. The pop-up was held over four different weekends in April and May, providing relief for some of New York’s most underserved populations.

A man wearing a face mask stands in front of The Forum building holding a blue and white sign that says "Vote Here, Vote Aqui"
NYC Early Voting Poll Site

The Forum is proud to serve as an early voting poll site for our Manhattanville neighbors, during both the Primary and General Election periods each year. 

Close up of young woman with glasses looking at camera with playground in background
Reflections on Water | Photo by Jahmier
Reflections on Water

To celebrate the creative work of students in the YWCA afterschool photography program at New Design Middle School, sponsored by The Josephine Herrick Project, The Forum, as part of its collaborative programming with community organizations, invited the students to exhibit their photos at The Forum. Click through to view their photographs. 

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer with 3 Little League players
UICL Toy Giveaway | December 2019 | Photo by Pat Lilly
UICL Toy Giveaway

The Uptown Inner City League's holiday toy giveaway event with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer