The Columbia University QSN Chapter provides a welcoming and supportive community for its members. QuestBridge Scholars can engage in chapter activities, apply for leadership positions, and participate in opportunities offered nationwide through QuestBridge, including access to QuestBridge Alumni Association resources.
Founded in 2006, the Columbia QSN Chapter’s mission is to build a supportive and welcoming community for students devoted to socioeconomic advocacy, civic engagement, and educational access. In past years, Scholars have worked to raise awareness about issues of class within the Columbia community through collaboration with other groups on campus like FLIP (Columbia's First in Family Low Income Partnership). Additionally, the chapter has offered a variety of resources including a mentorship program, an online library of textbooks, and connections to organizations that focus on mental health, social justice on campus, and pre-professional development.
Dedicated to building a strong community and support network, the chapter has hosted a welcome ceremony at the beginning of many school years, Q-FLIPsgiving (Thanksgiving celebration), and a Class Awareness Month, focusing on class and privilege through poetry, song, and spoken word.
In addition to group activities, there are always opportunities for underclassmen to get involved in chapter leadership and initiatives. Each year, newly appointed chapter leaders and Executive Board members work together to plan new programming to ensure chapter members feel welcomed and engaged.