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 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

Amazon Prime recently announced that Film alumnus Jonathan Van Tulleken '10 will direct and executive produce the first two episod

Alum Esteban Cabeza de Baca ’14 discusses their journey as an artist and creator.

Film alumnus and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner '81 is receiving this year’s Walter Bernstein Award from the Writers Gu

Film alumna SarahNerboso '12 wrote nine episodes for the second season of the hit animated series Monster Hi

Film student Aisha Amin was recently selected to participate in the The Black List and Women in Films (WIF) 2024 Episodic Lab, whi

To honor Rachel Chavkin '08’s prolific and versatile work, the city of New York officially renamed 48th Street “Chavkin Way” in a

First and foremost a sculptor, Fishman makes small- and large-scale sculptures from biomaterials as varied as wood cellulose and tanned fish skins.

WATCHNIGHT, the Laughlin Award-winning collection by writing alumnus Cyrée Jarelle Johnson ’19, is forthcoming from Night

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