Student & Alumni Affairs

Student & Alumni Affairs

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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.

Student & Alumni News

Visual Arts alum Sophie Kovel ’22 has been accepted into the prestigious Whitney Independent Study Program for the 2022–2023 term.

Acting alumna Heather Alicia Simms ’96 will star as Mrs.

Coming next month from Common Consent Press is East Winds, a new memoir by alumna Rachel Rueckert ’21.

Kevin Cobb creates remarkable works on canvas, paper, panel, and the screen.

A new play by Acting alumna Liba Vaynberg, The Gett, will have its world premiere at Rattlestick Theater.

Theatre alumni Benita de Wit ’16, Alison R.

The Changing of Keys, a debut novel from alumna Carolyn Jack ’16, is forthcoming from Regal House Publishing in 2024. 

Playwriting alumna Rehana Lew Mirza ’07 will present Words We Believe at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s 2022 New Works Festival in Saratoga

The 34th Annual New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival, NewFest, kicked off this year on October 13.

For the first of two thesis productions featuring Columbia MFA actors presented at Lenfest this fall, the company of

For the first of two thesis productions featuring Columbia MFA actors presented at Lenfest this fall, the company of

Hulu and 20th Century Fox’s Digital Studio have partnered up for the third time to premiere the Bite Size Halloween series, which includes Frac