Student & Alumni Affairs

A Welcome Message from Laila Maher

Dean of Student and Alumni Affairs

Now more than ever it is crucial for artists to be supported as they pursue their craft. The life of an artist as well as that of a student involves much more than the classroom and the work itself, and this is where the Office of Student Affairs comes in. In addition to guiding new students through the process of transitioning to the School of the Arts, we plan the School-wide orientation, School of the Arts Convocation, and support student groups, events, and activities. 

We also play a critical role in connecting School of the Arts students to the larger university and necessary services, and help students navigate many of the central offices including Health Services (which houses the Office of Disability Services, Insurance, Immunization, and Counseling and Psychological Services), Columbia Residential, Public Safety, University Life, the International Students and Scholars Office, and the Registrar's 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, also part of our Office, maintains information on funding opportunities and career resources for students and alumni at the Columbia University School of the Arts, and provides consultations to students and alumni to help them look for professional development opportunities and more.

After graduation, the Office of Alumni Affairs provides more than 7000 alumni artists, creators, and leaders with 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.

Our ultimate goal is to support our students and alums while they pursue their education as valued members of our dynamic community and as they navigate their time after graduation.

Student & Alumni News

The 2024 Writers Guild Awards were held on April 14 at the Hollywood Palladium, where several Columbia filmmakers were named winners for their incr

Directing alumnus Shayok Misha Chowdhury ’16 has received the Whiting Award in the category of drama.

Pleasure Principle, a debut poetry collection by writing alumna Madeleine Cravens ’22, will be published by Scribner in J

The Guggenheim Fellowships for 2024 have been officially announced, and several School of the Arts alumni across various disciplines have joined th

Visual Arts student Youngmin Park recently presented fifteen works on paper, canvas, and wood at the prestigious Make Room Gallery

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Film alumnus Matt Fennell '18 is a co-producer and writer on the acclaimed new Apple+ series,

Materiality lies at the heart of Scab, the solo exhibition by Visual Arts alumna Xinyi Liu ’22 on view at A.I.R.

Playwriting student Antonia Cruz-Kent has been announced as one of four playwrights chosen to participate in the selective Latinx

Writing alumnus Steve Schwartz ’73 is producing Anniversary, an upcoming thriller joining Schwartz's lineup of memorable

The Hearing Test, a debut novel by Writing alumna and Adjunct Assistant Professor Eliza Barry Callahan ’22 (CC ’17) was p

Visual Arts alumnus and former Adjunct Assistant Professor Kevin Claiborne ’21

The Child, a second novel by Writing alumnus Alistair Mackay '18 is forthcoming in April 2024 from Kwela Books, an imprin