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Get Involved: Campus Life Programs

Columbus State Community College is one of the most diverse institutions in central Ohio and the Office of Diversity Services is committed to appreciating the variety of identities and experiences found at the college through educational programs, workshops, and special events.

Click on any of the campus life programs below for more information



PONO Learning Community

The PONO Learning Community is a space for students, employees, staff and faculty at Columbus State to build community and participate in an open dialogue about diversity related topics during the course of a semester. There are two opportunities to join a PONO session each school year: Autumn and Spring.

MAN Initiative

The Male Access Network (MAN) Initiative is a program that focuses on character-building and leadership development. The program is intended for male identified students at Columbus State who are interested in getting involved on-campus, connecting with other Columbus State men and receiving mentorship opportunities.


Women's Connection

Women's Connection

The Women's Connection will be a support system for those who identify as female at Columbus State. Opportunities will be provided for students to experience the power of connecting with female peers, community leaders and a core group mentor.

Transparent DPE

Diversity Peer Educators

Diversity Peer Educators are student employees who help foster a greater appreciation for diversity on campus and provide welcoming and inclusive opportunities for their peers of all identities. The students receive ongoing support and professional development to help them successfully coordinate and lead diversity programs, trainings, events, and new initiatives.


SafeZone is a series of interactive trainings aimed at helping students and employees develop a better understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences and become effective allies of this community. In each SafeZone training participants are challenged to listen, share and grow.

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Dream Network

 The DREAM Network

This initiative at Columbus State is specifically for students who are undocumented, have DACA status, or are interested in immigration reform. This program offers a great place for students to get up to date information about immigration policies, connect with students of similar experiences and hear from helpful campus and community resources.

Intercultural Student Forum

This initiative is for students seeking to promote dialogue, learning, and awareness between people of various cultural backgrounds.  Intercultural diversity includes, but is not limited to first language(s), religion, nationality, etc. This multifaceted program offers students the opportunity to engage in cultural celebratory programming, social enrichment activities, personal development workshops, and community engagement offerings.  

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MLK Celebration

Join Diversity Services for Columbus States Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This celebration honors the memory and life of Dr. King and features an array of performances and Keynote Speakers each year.

Black History Month

Black History Month is a month set aside to learn, honor, and celebrate the achievements of black men and women throughout history. Since its inception, Black History Month has always been celebrated in February. Columbus State's Global Diversity and Inclusion and English Departments host multiple events to honor Black History Month throughout the month of February.



Women's History Month

Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8. Women's History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in 1911. Columbus State's Diversity Services , Student Engagement and Leadership and English departments host multiple events to honor Women's History Month throughout the month of March.

LGBTQ+ Pride/History Months

Columbus' LGBTQ+ Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as "Gay Pride Day," but the actual day was flexible. During the month of October, LGBTQ+ History Month celebrates the achievements of this community and their many historic icons.



Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. During this month, Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. in addition to, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days.


International Education Week

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. Our activities are held during a week in November.

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