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

Writing alumna Kao Kalia Yang ’05 has published Where Rivers Part (Simon and Schuster, 2024), a memoir that centers her f

Selman Nacar '21, Claire Brooks '21, and Kunao Yan '23 have been selected to participate in the 53rd edition of t

L’Air Du Temps (1985), a novella by Writing alumna Diane Josefowicz ’08, was published by Regal House Titles ear

The results are in and two Columbia-affiliated projects were announced as winners at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

Theatre alum Ryan Bogner ’15 will co-produce the first Broadway production and newest iteration of satirical musical revue, Fo

Second-year writing student Ashley D.

The NBC TV Writers Program has announced its newest cohort of eight writers, which includes Film alum Neda Jebelli '21 and Theatre

Leila Philip ’91, a writer, journalist, and poet, spent six years researching an underappreciated animal for her book Beaverla

Claudia Rankine '93 discussed her work, the importance of dialogue with others, and the essentiality of the arts in a new speaker series.

Moving Pictures, a solo show by Visual Arts alumna Nora Griffin '11, is currently on view at Fireman Gallery on the Lower

Dead Weight: Essays on Hunger and Harm(Knopf, 2024), a debut essay collection by Writing alumna Emmeline Clein ’22

Winners of the 96th Academy Awards were announced last night, and projects by Columbia filmmakers took home awards.