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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.

Upcoming Events:

October 24

Composer Portraits: Vijay Iyer

Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 8:00 PM

The New York Times states that “there’s probably no frame wide enough to encompass the creative output” of composer, pianist, bandleader, and scholar Vijay Iyer. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, a 2012 Doris Duke Performing Artist, and DownBeat Magazine’s Artist of the Year four times, Iyer is creating a modern realization of the practice of American music through his wide-ranging work. Brooklyn-based ensemble The Knights make their Miller debut in this Portrait which includes a world premiere commission as part of Columbia's Year of Water, along with the New York premiere of his concerto Trouble, written for violinist Jennifer Koh.

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October 29

Complex Issues: In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family

Lenfest Center for the Arts, 615 W. 129 St., New York, NY 10027 Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room (Second Floor) 6:30 PM

Reading followed by a conversation between Lis Harris, Writing, and Ted Conover, NYU Shuttling back and forth over ten years between East and West Jerusalem, Lis Harris, a former staff writer for The New Yorker, learned about the lives of two families: the Israeli Pinczowers/Ezrahis and the Palestinian Abuleils. Combining a decade of historical research with political analysis, Harris creates a moving portrait of one of the most complicated and controversial conflicts of our time. Books will be available for purchase.

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November 7

David Adjaye: On Urban Ethics

The Forum at Columbia University
605 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027 Time: 6:30 PM

The architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. and the forthcoming Studio Museum in Harlem reflects upon his work as well as questions of design, ethics, and urbanism. How can architecture lift up communities, encourage exchange, and prompt recognition of underrepresented voices? Followed by a conversation Amale Andraos, Columbia GSAPP, and Thelma Golden, Studio Museum in Harlem. Organized by Columbia World Projects and co-presented by Columbia GSAPP.

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