Spring 2018 Workshops and Programs - for Students

The Office of Work/Life invites you to our spring semester events and workshops.  Please click on the "register" links to sign up for these sessions. 

We also welcome walk-ins when space permits except where noted.  For lunch-time sessions, feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Workshops are offered at no charge, unless otherwise noted. A PDF flier of our spring 2018 events and workshops is also available.

For questions or additional information, email worklife@columbia.edu or call 212-854-8019.

Please explore the Office of Work/Life website to learn about breastfeeding support/lactation rooms, back-up care (pending eligibility), wellness activities, the events calendar, and to subscribe to the PreK and Kindergarten NYC newsletter, wellness listserv, or RE-NYC, our new housing newsletter. 

You can also request individual consultations to help you find child care, K-12 schooling, and housing. Additional services to support faculty recruitment are also available. 

 

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to attend an event at Columbia University, please contact Disability Services at (212) 854-2388 at least 5 days in advance of the event.

AGING & ADULT/ELDER CARE

Establishing and Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions  

What You Need to Know About Alzheimer's & Dementia (POSTPONED)

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING 

Group Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 5

Breastfeeding Basics: For Home and Work/School

In-Home Child Care: A Focus on Nanny Necessities  

A Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents:  Babies Expected or Born in 2016, 2017, or 2018 

HOUSING  

The Process of Purchasing a Property

How Do I Obtain a Mortgage...And Can I Afford It?

Small Spaces - How to Live in One

Making Your Home Green & Healthy 

Cut the Clutter and Get Organized

SCHOOLING 

Public and Private High School Admissions Process: An Overview with Q&A Session 

Kindergarten Admissions 101 

College Planning Information Session (for parents of high school students) 

WELLNESS

Citi Bike Street Skills 

Sounds of Well-Being: A Campus Music Break

Eat Well Columbia

Weight Watchers at Work 

Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up   

AGING & ADULT/ELDER CARE

Establishing and Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions
Wondering if you should have a living will?  Thinking of creating a trust for your children? If one of your older loved ones was ill, would you know his or her treatment preferences? Does your family know your wishes if you were ever unable to advocate for yourself legally or medically?
These important questions can have significant impact on you and your family. The best ways to make sure that everyone's wishes are followed are through heart-to-heart conversations and having the appropriate legal documents in order. 

Following this seminar, participants will be better able to:

•    Understand the legal tools available
•    Discuss these legal matters with their loved ones
•    Access information on relevant local and state laws

Date:  Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Medical Center Campus, 701 W. 168th St., Hammer Building, 312
Presenter: Facilitator from Humana/HRI (Columbia University’s Employee Assistance Program) 
Register 

What You Need to Know About Alzheimer's & Dementia (POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER)
Facing the challenge of caring for a loved one who may have Alzheimer’s or Dementia raises many questions.  What are the signs of the disease? What happens next? How can I get the support I need for our family?

At this workshop, sponsored by CaringKind NYC, you will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, including warning signs to look for, how to get a diagnosis, and what kind of resources and services are available, free of charge, from CaringKind. CaringKind is a non-profit organization dedicated to Dementia caregiving.

Date: New Date TBD
Time:  12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Office of Work/Life, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam & Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Marilucy Lopes, Director of Education and Outreach, CaringKind
Register 

EARLY EDUCATION, CHILD CARE & PARENTING

Group Early Education and Child Care Options for Children Under 5  
Hear an overview of the different types of early education and child care options available in the NYC area, including family day care and center-based care.  This workshop will help you determine which option best meets your family’s needs.  Information on the application process and timeline will be included, with Q&A to follow.      

Date:  Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Time:  12:00-1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Associate Director, School and Child Care Search Service
Register

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.

Breastfeeding Basics: For Home and Work/School
This is an educational workshop for expectant and new mothers who want to breastfeed their babies when they return to work or school.  Participants will learn breastfeeding basics, including common difficulties and how to manage them, and return-to-work/school strategies and resources.  Feel free to bring your spouse or partner, and your infant if you have already given birth. Beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Date:  Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time:  3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Trustees Room 212
Presenter: Beverly Solow, Certified Lactation Consultant
Register

In-Home Child Care: A Focus on Nanny Necessities
Hear an overview of the nuances of in-home child care in order to help determine if this option best meets your family’s child care needs.  The discussion will include information on interviewing, hiring, creating work agreements, and more, with time reserved for Q&A.  

Date:  Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Time:  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Carolyn Singer, Associate Director, School and Child Care Search Service
Register

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.

A Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents:  Babies Expected or Born in 2016, 2017, or 2018
Join other expectant and new parents to learn about the variety of ways that Columbia can support you and your family as you embark on this exciting life transition of welcoming a baby into your home!

In addition to time for parents to meet each other, representatives from the Office of Work/Life, HR Benefits, and Columbia Health will guide attendees through programs, services, benefits and policies available to Columbia families. 

Spouses/Partners and babies are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.  Take home a Work/Life goodie bag and enter to win one of our door prizes!

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. – between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room) 
Presenters: Representatives from Columbia University’s Office of Work/Life, HR Benefits, and Columbia Health
Register

Please feel free to bring your infants and young children if you do not have alternative child care available.
HOUSING   

The Process of Purchasing a Property
Real estate experts will provide a step-by-step guide to home ownership, while answering all the questions about purchasing various types of properties (co-ops, condos, and houses).  What type of property is right for you?  How and where do you begin looking?  What are the costs associated with home/apartment ownership?  What happens at closing? 

Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St., between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Two Real Estate Brokers
Register

How Do I Obtain a Mortgage… And Can I Afford It?
The mortgage process may seem overwhelming, but three lenders will break down what you need to do, explain credit reports, and most importantly – teach you how to determine if a property is affordable for you.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
Time:  5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St., between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters: Columbia’s Affinity Mortgage Lenders
Register

Small Spaces – How to Live in One!
Whether you are downsizing into a smaller apartment or are new to New York and learning how to live with less space, the helpful tips provided in this workshop will alleviate some visual clutter and make living in a small apartment much easier.
Consider attending this workshop along with “Cut the Clutter and Get Organized” for a total de-cluttering overhaul.

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time:  12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St., between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenter: Alice Lesman, Director, Housing Information and Referral Service
Register

Making Your Home Green & Healthy
This workshop offers a holistic approach to reducing harmful environmental exposures to protect the health of you and your family.  Several themes will be covered in this workshop which emphasizes tips that can easily be incorporated into your life to decrease multiple harms in your environment.

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St., between Amsterdam and Broadway 
(Between “Lionsgate” apartments
Presenters:  Representatives from Environmental Stewardship and the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health
Register

Cut the Clutter and Get Organized
Need some tips on how to better organize your home or office and spend less time looking for your things? Three professional organizers will provide you with valuable techniques for de-cluttering and suggest tools to help you stay organized.  Come with your questions in order to receive specific guidance.

Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location:  Columbia University, Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway, Broadway Room
Presenters: Wendy Samuel, Clutter Therapy, LLC; Gail Furgal, Outtasight Organizing, LLC; and Donna Goldberg, The Organized Student, LLC
Register

SCHOOLING

Public and Private High School Admissions Process: An Overview with Q&A Session
This workshop will cover timelines, eligibility, requirements, testing, and practical tips for applying to high school.  Experts will discuss admission to NYC public and private high schools as well as information regarding the standardized tests required for admissions.  The workshop is geared toward families of students who are currently 6th and 7th graders. 

Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 5:30 -7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St.- between Amsterdam and Broadway
(Between “Lionsgate” Apartments and Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters:  Fitima Pelez, High School Placement Manager, The School at Columbia; Maurice Frumkin, President of NYC Admissions Solutions; Mary Miele, founder and president of The Evolved Education Company.
Register

Kindergarten Admissions 101
Where do I start?  What do I need to know?  Join us for a small group discussion on the Kindergarten Admissions Process for public, private, faith-based, and charter schools.  Bring your questions!
This workshop is intended for those with children entering  Kindergarten in fall 2019. 
Each workshop will be limited to 5 participants. 

Dates: Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) - Entrance recessed between the Lionsgate Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room
Presenter: Marcia Roesch, Director of the School and Child Care Search Service
Register

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Dates: Wednesday May 2, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 West 112th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue) - Entrance recessed between the Lionsgate Apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room
Presenter: Marcia Roesch, Director of the School and Child Care Search Service
Register

College Planning Information Session (for parents of high school students)
In this workshop, you will be provided with information about choosing and applying to colleges. The presenters are admissions officers who will offer a perspective on what college admissions officers consider when reading applications.  Questions about early decision/early action and standardized testing will be addressed. This session is intended for parents of 9, 10, and 11 graders; students are welcome to attend. There will be time for questions and answers.

Date:   Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Time:  5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, 516 W. 112th St. between Amsterdam and Broadway (Between “Lionsgate” apartments and the Christian Science Reading Room)
Presenters:  Joanna May, Associate Dean & Director of Admissions, Columbia College, Columbia University and Christina Lopez, Director of Admissions, Barnard College.
Register

WELLNESS

Citi Bike Street Skills
Bicycling is a great way to get to and from work. It’s fun, great for your health, and is frequently the fastest way to commute in New York City.
Thinking of joining or recently joined Citi Bike? Citi Bike Street Skills is an off-bike, interactive presentation offered by Bike New York, covering the essentials of how to navigate the Citi Bike system and get the most out of those now-ubiquitous blue bikes.

Additional class content includes:
• Rules of the road
• How to avoid common road hazards
• Where to ride on the road
• How to safely change lanes
• Basic traffic principles

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized Columbia University as a Bronze Bicycle Friendly University℠ and a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business℠ for its efforts toward supporting bicycling. Participant in this workshop will receive a free 24-hour Citi Bike pass, worth $12+tax!

Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206
Presenter:  Certified Bicycling Instructor, Bike New York
Register

Sounds of Well-Being: A Campus Music Break
Found in every known culture, past and present, music has a beneficial and powerful effect upon our well-being. Music not only energizes us, but can calm and inspire us.
Join us to refresh between meetings or class with live, mid-day, music performances by our talented musicians from Columbia University’s Music Performance Program. 
Events are free and sponsored by the Office of Work/Life, Columbia Health, and Columbia University's Music Performance Program. For additional mid-day, indoor live music performances, enjoy Mid-Day Music @ Columbia, Wednesdays at 1pm, Faculty House. 

Dates:  Thursday, April 5, 2018 (during National Public Health Week)

(Note that in the event of rain, the performance will be cancelled.)  
Time:  12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Low Plaza
Genre: Classical, Jazz, World, Folk 
Register

AND

Thursday, April 12, 2018
(Note that in the event of rain, the performance will be cancelled.)  
Time:  12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
Location: Low Plaza
Genre: Classical, Jazz, World, Folk
Register

Eat Well Columbia
Whether you are using catering services, ordering from local restaurants, or hosting a potluck, this workshop will provide guidance on how to easily incorporate healthier food and beverage choices into your next campus meeting or event.
This workshop is designed for campus event planners, staff responsible for planning the food and/or agendas for meetings, or any campus member interested in making your next meeting healthier and more productive. Join us to learn how you can support Columbia’s commitment to healthier and sustainable food and beverage options on campus.

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  
Location: Columbia University, Morningside Campus, Low Library, Burden Room 206 Presenter:  Deborah Ndao, MPH, Director of Wellness in the Office of Work/Life and Daniela Neman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Wellness Specialist, United Healthcare/Optum
Register

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Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (CANCELLED - We invite you to attend the May 10th workshop - see above for details)
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  
Location: Columbia University, Medical Center Campus, 701 W. 168th St., Hammer Building, LL207
Presenter:  Deborah Ndao, MPH, Director of Wellness in the Office of Work/Life and Daniela Neman, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Wellness Specialist, United Healthcare/Optum

Weight Watchers at Work
Join Weight Watchers at Work and learn how to manage your weight with group support and private weigh-ins. 
There is a Weight Watchers at Work series currently underway, which you can join at any time!  Membership for Weight Watchers at Work series includes “At Work” meetings at on the Medical Center campus as well as access to community meetings and eTools online.  Payment to Weight Watchers will be prorated for the remaining time left in the series. (Payment plans are available.) 
Date: Wednesdays
Time: 5:15 – 6:15 p.m.
Location: Columbia University Medical Center Campus, Reemtsma Conference Room, Milstein Building, 7th Floor, Room 7-213
Presenter: Weight Watchers Meeting Leader
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Ergonomic Workstation Set-Up
Ergonomics is the science of fitting the workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.  The goal of ergonomics is to make work more comfortable and to improve both health and productivity. In this workshop, you will learn tips and techniques about setting up your computer workstation so that you can perform your job functions in a manner that will avoid ergonomic risk factors. Monthly workshops are sponsored by the department of Environmental Health and Safety. To see the complete schedule and register, please visit the EH&S website

Dates: Monthly
    Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Location: Offered at Morningside, CUMC, and Manhattanville campuses on a rotating basis.  Check EH&S website for more details.
    Presenter: Environmental Health and Safety professional, Columbia University