Celebrate Chicago Pride

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

We are proud that nearly one-third 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, check out a clip from Manifest, and watch last year's video from the Chicago Pride Parade. This summer, Columbia is holding a Summer Social Justice Institute course for students to explore and analyze how science, gender and art shape societal narratives. The class is lead by Dr. Derick D. Jones, Jr. (They/Them), who will take students to PRIDE 2024 as part of the course’s LGBTQIA+ community exploration.

pie chart displaying that one third of enrolled students at Columbia self-identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community

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


of students agree that Columbia values diversity


of students feel they can express their identities on campus

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Bubble Messages


Art | Design Student

“The best part about Columbia is the people. I genuinely LOVE my cohort; I love my peers (I would not be here without them) and I know they LOVE me!”

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Kat Kamarulzaman '23


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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Derick D. Jones, Jr., Ph.D.


Assistant Professor,
Science and Mathematics

“As a Black Non-Binary Faculty member, Columbia College Chicago is my cherished haven, distinguished for its commitment to self-discovery and liberation.”

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Daniel Levin '23


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.”

Columbia College Chicago at Pride 2023

Columbia College Chicago at Chicago Pride Parade 2023