COVID-19 Guidance for the Union Community

In an effort to inform the Union Community with the most current information regarding COVID-19, we will update this page regularly with announcements. The Union administration is working closely with our partners at Columbia University Office of Preparedness and Columbia Health to monitor the virus and will continue to assess the situation.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illness like the common cold to more serious respiratory illness like pneumonia. A new version called COVID-19 was detected in December 2019 and appears to be highly contagious. There is evidence that it is spread from person to person by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms may show up 2 – 14 days later.

For immediate questions, call the Columbia Health Hotline at 212-854-9355. If any of you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following individuals:

Students should contact Dean of Students Charlene Visconti.
Faculty should contact Dean Pamela Cooper-White.
Staff should contact Diana Torres-Petrilli, Chief Human Resource Officer.

Films, Faith and Healing in 2020

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Facilitating tough conversations and educational movie screenings are right in Oriana Mayorga’s wheelhouse. As a second-year MDiv student, she works with Connect NYC to promote gender justice across all five boroughs of New York City. Mayorga is also a winner of Odyssey Impact’s fellowship, meaning her passions combined in her field education placement, despite COVID-19

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Sharing Music in Times of Crisis

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

  What happens when a legendary neighborhood jazz ministry has to go virtual? Matt Puckett, a second-year MDiv student, is interning with the jazz department of Saint Peter’s Church in New York City this year. This Lutheran church has a history of supporting many types of art. From the fine arts to classical music, Saint

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Belief Exists Without Borders for This Field Education Student

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Kimberley Gordy, a second-year MDiv student, wanted a field education placement that was closely tied to her passion for justice. She found it in Believe Out Loud, a program from Intersections International. This primarily online program helps connect people in LGBTQIA+ communities find support and faith community options through its website and networking services. Along

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Covid-19 October 16 Update: Remote Learning Extended through June 2021

Friday, October 16, 2020

Dear Union Community,   Let me offer yet another welcome to 2020 Fall Semester at Union.  We are glad to see our returning students and excited to welcome the new incoming class. Given all the pressures students are required to manage as they learn, it is remarkable to me that each of you has taken

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PREVENTIVE MEASURES

People at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should follow the latest recommendations from the CDC.

Everyone should follow these preventive measures:

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