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 Sundance Institute recently announced its selections for the acclaimed Screenwriting Lab and Screenwriters Intensive, and several School of the

How To Become Stupid, a poetry chapbook by Peter Patapis ’20, has been published by Bottlecap Press. 

First-year Theatre Management and Producing student Melissa d'Arabian is working as a co-lead producer of White Rose: The Musi

Professor David Henry Hwang is leading the creation of Billion Dollar Whale, a new television series; and nearly all the

Writing alumni Jane Marchant ’18 (GS ’15), Meg Matich ’15, and Mary South ’14, are three among t

Invasive Species, written & directed by Film student Annie Ning and produced by Film student Aisha Amin

Film student Emily Everhard just won the 2024 Sundance x Sloan Episodic Fellowship for her TV pilot, Tektite, and accepted the award at th

Every spring, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair is the must-attend destination for writers, teachers, stude

Visual Arts alumna Jacqueline Silberbush '19 has published a book of photos, What Shod I be!!!!? with Dashwood Books.

Nimisha Misra arrived in New York from India to achieve her goal of becoming a global filmmaker.

2024 Sundance Film Festival winners were announced Friday, and two Columbia filmmakers took home prestigious awards.

Another Land of My Body, a new poetry collection by Writing alumnus Rodney Terich Leonard ’18,will be p