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

Brysen Boyd ’20 has been named one of twelve finalists for the 21st annual Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship. 

The newest Kilroys List has been released, featuring plays by Gethsemane Herron ’19 and Playwriting student Katie Đỗ

Writing Program alumnus Paolo Iacovelli '21 will publish his debut novel with Clash Books in July 2024.

Juan Souki '07 has been named Mid Atlantic Arts’s new Executive Director.

The Cheapest France in Town, a poetry collection by Seo Jung Hak, has been translated from the Korean by Writing alumna Megan Sung

Paradise Logic, a debut novel by Writing alumna Sophie Frances Kemp ’23 will be published by Simon & Schuster and Scribner UK in the s

The Bric House Gallery, a cornerstone in Brooklyn's cultural landscape, is presenting B-side: (Broken) Memory and Remix, a group exhibitio

Anonymous, produced by Film student Ash Matthews-Warren, is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Two Columbia films have been selected to screen at the  Academy Award qualifying PÖFF Shorts Film Festival.

Fin (The End),written and directed by Film student Fernando Reinaldos,won the Audience Award

The Alumni Spotlight is a place to hear from the School of the Arts alumni community about their journeys as artists and creators.

The Alumni Spotlight is a place to hear from the School of the Arts alumni community about their journeys as artists and creators.