Columbia Pride

Columbia College Chicago wouldn’t be the place it is without our LGBTQIA+ faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

Columbia values an open, affirming, and welcoming environment for all our students.

We are proud that 28% of our undergraduates who’ve chosen Columbia in the last four years have self-identified as members of the LGBTQIA+ community. These students come to us from all over the world. Some come from communities where they’ve been able to live openly in acceptance, while some arrive at Columbia and find their first opportunity to live as their authentic selves.

Our alumni shape what’s next in creative industries and use their voices and talents to share the LGBTQ+ experience and perspective.

To those who support and/or identify with the LGBTQIA+ community: We see you, we stand beside you, you are valid, you are valued, and we embrace you in all your humanness.

To see our diverse creative community and their accomplishments, watch a clip from Manifest, Columbia’s student run festival, featuring the work of the Class of 2022.

Shape What’s Next.

Graph of overall enrolled students who self-identified as members of the LGBTQIA+ community (28%)

Overall enrolled students who self-identified as members of the LGBTQIA+ community

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Lena Waithe ’06


Actor, Producer, Writer

“Columbia was a place I could call home while I was there—but it’s also a place I know will always be my home no matter how far I roam.”

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Kat Kamarulzaman


Music Technology Major

“As a queer, biracial woman, I don’t have to censor myself at Columbia. I’m allowed to be as expressive as I want, as artistic as I want, and as gay as I want.”

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Eric Wordlow


Assistant director, career center

“I get to show up as my authentic self each workday in a place I feel safe and supported. Columbia creates a space that allows its employees to show up whole.”

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Daniel Levin


Creative Writing Major

“I had to fight for who I was for so long but when I got to Columbia I didn’t have to fight anymore, I could just be.”