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Diversity and Community

To establish Teachers College as an institution that actively attracts, supports, and retains diverse students, faculty, and staff at all levels, demonstrated through its commitment to social justice, its respectful and vibrant community and its encouragement and support of each individual in the achievement of his or her full potential.

Since the issuance of the Diversity Taskforce Report in 1999, the College community has engaged in numerous diversity and community activities. This site serves as a multimedia display of these initiatives and functions as a resource to all constituents of the TC Community. We encourage suggestions, comments, dialogue, and connected understandings.

Office for Diversity and Community Affairs

The Office for Diversity and Community Affairs was created in January 2001 in response to recommendations of the President's 1999 Taskforce Report. The Office for Diversity and Community Affairs leads the President's and College's initiatives concerning community, diversity, civility, equity, and anti-discrimination. The Office, working with others in the College, addresses issues from faculty, staff, students, and alumni. These concerns may overlap with equity, discrimination, due process, and retaliation. The philosophy is to encourage the College community to listen, learn, educate, and work together in positive ways. At the same time, the Office focuses on systemic issues by addressing policy and procedural concerns.

Office Of The Ombuds

The College Ombuds is a resource available to students, faculty, and staff for resolving problems and conflicts.  Members of the College community can use the services of the Office when they need assistance or advice, or after other efforts have not succeeded.

Office of Institutional Studies

The mission of the Office of Institutional Studies is to enhance the policies and practices of Teachers College through research, analysis, and the dissemination of information to decision makers to support effective planning.

Office of International Affairs

In 2008, Teachers College (TC) established the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to renew its commitment to global education. OIA's mission is to lead the College in building sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships that promote quality scholarship and practice.

OIA is responsible for coordinating, developing, and expanding the scope of TC's international initiatives. The office acts as a liaison between internal and international entities, sets guidelines for collaboration, and serves as a clearing house for international information and resources.

Did You Know?

There are nearly 5,400 students enrolled at Teachers College.

Columbia University Alma MaterIn 1898, Teachers College became affiliated with Columbia University as a professional school for the training of teachers while retaining its legal and financial independence. Later that year, Teachers College and Columbia University adopted an affiliation agreement.

Mary Adelaide Nutting TC was home to the first university-based instructional program for nursing educators and administrators, created by Mary Adelaide Nutting.

James Earl RussellThe field of comparative international education originated at TC, where James Earl Russell taught the world’s first course in foreign school system.

John DeweyIn 1904, John Dewey, influential proponent of the progressive education movement, joined the faculty.

There are nearly 5,400 students enrolled at Teachers College.

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