The mission of Columbia Chemistry Outreach is to serve as a centralized resource for outreach opportunities within Columbia University’s Department of Chemistry. This group comprises research faculty, teaching faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, and staff who represent the department as a whole. Through our efforts, Columbia Chemistry Outreach will act as a general voice to steer our department’s long-term vision with respect to outreach and will guide our department’s efforts to drive a positive change in our local community.
- We will serve as a convenient source of information and guidance regarding outreach opportunities, in part by maintaining an up-to-date page on the departmental website containing relevant student groups, points of contact, upcoming events, and links.
- We will help improve existing outreach opportunities by coordinating participation and assisting with logistics, such as obtaining funding or securing event space.
- We will create new outreach opportunities that target deficiencies in our current outreach efforts, for example by focusing on mentorship and long-lasting relationships with local schools.
- We will support and develop science outreach programs that can uplift those who are statistically disadvantaged, such as underrepresented minorities and those of lower socioeconomic status.