Office of Student Affairs
A Welcome Message from Laila Maher
Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs provides a wide range of services. In addition to guiding new students through the process of transitioning to the School of the Arts, we plan the School-wide orientation, graduation ceremony, and many events and panels in between. We assist students with registration, billing, and co-curricular requirements and activities. We support student groups and manage student events and activities, and we help students navigate many of the central offices across the University, including Health Services (which houses the Office of Disability Services, Insurance, Immunization, and Counseling and Psychological Services), Career Services, Housing, Public Safety, University Life, the International Students and Scholars Office, and the Registrars Office. Our office also helps to uphold many of the School and University-wide policies and we manage the School’s disciplinary procedures.
The Artists’ Resource Center (ARC), also part of our Office, is a portal containing specially curated funding opportunities and career resources for students and alumni at the Columbia University School of the Arts. Available exclusively to School of the Arts students and alumni, the ARC is host to a database of more than 1,100 grants, scholarships, residencies, and other funding opportunities for artists. The ARC also contains resources for professional artists, from financial and legal services to grantwriting tips and information about joining guilds and unions.
After graduation, the Office of Alumni Affairs provides more than 7000 alumni artists, creators, and leaders with meaningful opportunities to stay connected with the School of the Arts, the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA), and one another through alumni programming, benefits, a monthly newsletter, and collaborations with CAA Arts Access.
We are also the best place to go when you’re not sure what to do or whom to ask your question. Ultimately, the most important thing we do is support and advocate for our students during their time at the School and into their lives as alumni.
Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room (Second Floor) 6:30 PM
Cannes Grand Prix award-winning film by Mati Diop. Along the Atlantic coast, a soon-to-be-inaugurated futuristic tower looms over a suburb of Dakar. Ada, 17, is in love with Souleiman, a young construction worker. But she has been promised to another man. One night, Souleiman and his co-workers leave the country by sea, in hope of a better future. Several days later, a fire ruins Ada’s wedding and a mysterious fever starts to spread. Little does Ada know that Souleiman has returned. 2019 / France - Senegal - Belgium / Wolof / 104 minutes. Responses by Mamadou Diouf, History and African Studies, and Souleymane Bachir Diagne, French and Philosophy. Organized by Columbia Maison Française and Nora Philippe.
Literary Translation at Columbia: John Keene
501 Dodge Hall
New York, NY 10027 7:30 PM
John Keene is an artist, a translator, and a writer. His recent books include: the story and novella collection Counternarratives (New Directions, 2015); the art book GRIND (Image Text Ithaca Press, 2016), an art-text collaboration with photographer Nicholas Muellner; and the poetry chapbook Playland (Seven Kitchens Press, 2016).
November 14 - December 3
Yann Toma: CAPITALOCENE
Leroy Neiman Gallery
310 Dodge Hall
New York, NY 10027 12:00 AM
French Conceptual artist in permanent residency at the United Nations, Yann Toma, creates immersive environments using photographs, drawings, elements of performance and video projection to contemplate the effects of climate change on both a human and global scale. Inspired by the concept of Capitalocene – the idea that the global crises of our time are rooted in the Age of Capital – Toma believes in a politics of hope that signal the possibilities for transcending capitalism. The Neiman Gallery is transformed by Toma into a place of reflection on the current climate crisis.