Return to Campus Forum
Columbia is excited to welcome new and returning students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.
Position Paper Announcement
I want to thank all of you who participated in the campus forums over these past two weeks or took the time to watch my video address to the Columbia College Chicago community.
State of the College Address - Zoom Forum Signup
President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim is sharing his vision for the future of the institution and a preview of his latest position paper on the college's strategic direction over the next few years.
Recent Violence Against Asian American Community - April 2, 2021
On March 16, eight people were shot and killed in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Six of the victims were Asian women. Four days ago, a 65-year-old Filipino woman was assaulted and beaten in front of an apartment building in Manhattan as building staff watched. Suddenly, and to the apparent surprise of some, the press is full of stories about anti-Asian violence.
End of Fall Semester and Looking Ahead - December 11, 2020
As we near the end of the fall semester, I am writing with my thanks and appreciation for your individual and collective fortitude in these challenging times.
Welcome to the Start of the Fall Semester - September 8, 2020
The beginning of a new academic year is an occasion for celebration as our incoming students begin their academic and creative journeys and as we embark together on another year of discovery.
Starting the fall semester, and navigating our financial challenges - August 14, 2020
As the new academic and fiscal year approaches, we continue to navigate the highly fluid landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic...
A Message from President Kim on George Floyd - June 1, 2020
I write to you as we witness our country and city awash in violence in outrage over the abject killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by a White Minneapolis police officer. It is another manifestation of the dehumanizing of disenfranchised groups in general, and Black people in particular, by powerful segments of American society...
A Message from President Kim about Resuming Classes - March 23, 2020
I hope that this message finds you well as we all continue to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. I am writing to follow up on my March 12 announcement that the college would temporarily suspend spring semester instruction on campus and implement a three-week transition of its course offerings to remote instructional formats. I am pleased to report that we are on track to successfully execute this transition and that spring semester instruction will resume remotely on Monday, April 6, and continue in this manner until the end of the semester.
A Message from President Kim - September 26, 2019
Having just passed census day, I am writing to share the very good news that the college’s overall enrollment grew 1.8 percent in Fall 2019—the first increase in 11 years—fueled by a nearly 34 percent increase in freshmen, the largest year-over-year growth on record.
A Message from President Kim about Supreme Court Ruling to Uphold Federal Ruling on Immigration Ban - July 3, 2018
The college remains committed to fostering a welcoming and tolerant community, and stands ready to ensure that our international student and faculty populations have the support and resources they need.
Beginning a New Academic Year - September 5, 2017
In these divisive times, I see our college’s core commitment to valuing diversity and inclusion as a source of hope and meaning for all of us as a community. To be a place where all ways of being are honored, respected, and valued is a noble ideal; let us take pride in that commitment and let us fully engage with one another to make that ideal a reality.
A Message from President Kim About the Election - November 4, 2016
We will protect our students, their rights, and their well-being. This is our common moral obligation.
Commencement Address, Auditorium Theatre – May 14 & 15, 2016
"Graduates—congratulations, you did it! Getting to this moment is a major accomplishment, and we honor the hard work, the tough choices, and the sacrifices which helped you get here today."
Announcement of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee - January 28, 2016
"My goal was to create a committee comprising individuals whose experience and expertise would ensure that a wide range of perspectives be brought to bear on the work of advancing diversity and inclusion at our institution."
Commencement Address, Auditorium Theatre – May 16 & 17, 2015
"First and foremost, today is a celebration of your tenacity and determination to succeed. Your degrees announce to the world that you are capable of making a complex, multiyear commitment, sticking to it in the face of many challenges, and finishing what you start. That says a lot about the quality of your character."
City Club of Chicago Address, Maggiano’s – November 13, 2014
"I want you to know that I’m very aware that we could not do any of this, we could not succeed, without the context of Chicago…But I also want to be bold enough to say to you that I happen to believe, after being here for not quite a year and a half, that Chicago needs Columbia College Chicago as well."
Commencement Address, Chicago Theatre – May 17 & 18, 2014
"Congratulations, graduates! Today we celebrate your achievement. We know that the fact of your graduation is not an accident, and we honor the accomplishments, the choices, and the sacrifices that helped you get here today."
“Redefining Our Greatness,” Position Paper – May 7, 2014
"In these pages, I have made my best effort to summarize my thinking about Columbia College Chicago from the vantage point of ten months in the president’s office. My absolute belief in the value and potential of our college requires that I call out what I see and that I set the bar of expectation as high as I can. I believe our students deserve nothing less."
State of the College Address, Film Row Cinema – April 8, 2014
"My nine-month assessment of Columbia College Chicago is that at its core – at the most meaningful level of content, value, practice, interaction between faculty and students, student aspirations, and the progress that our students make towards those aspirations – I think we are doing very well, and in many cases extremely well."
Inauguration Speech, The Field Museum – November 1, 2013
"I have long been inspired by the words of a senior colleague who once advised me to ‘find a place where you can surface your courage.’ I know that I have found that place in Columbia College Chicago."