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 Raven Theatre Company has named Theatre alumna Sarah Slight ’09 as its new Artistic Director.

Our Father, the Devil, written and directed by Ellie Foumbi ’17, will hit theaters in the US on August 25, 2023 at the Qu

Crystal Hana Kim '14 (CC '09) will publish her new novel, The Stone Home, on April 2, 2024 with HarperCollins.

Playwriting alumnus Harrison David Rivers ’09has written a new play called The Salvagers.

Writing alumna Samantha Childs ’14 has recently published her new picture book titled Henri and the Magnificent Snort (Se

Rising third-year Film student Alex Bateman is a recipient of the Phil Zwickler Memorial Research Grant from Cornell University.

Numerous students and alumni from the Visual and Sound Arts Program are featured in two notable summer exhibitions.

Film student Aisha Amin’s movie Rumi was featured on the popular online film recommendation site, Short of the Week.

From September 15 to 30, 2023, Theatre alumnae Annie Jin Wang ’20 and Nana Dakin ’18 will share in-process productions of their most recent work de

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival has announced the winners of its 2023 competition, and current playwriting student D

Nominations for the 44th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards have been announced, and two projects from Columbia filmmakers are among the nomin

Film alumna Nic Yulo '18 has published a new picture book with Penguin Random House.