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Student Development and Activities

Office of Student Affairs

Student Organizations

There are 30+ recognized student organizations active at Teachers College for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The missions for these organizations range from professional development, academic enrichment, cultural awareness, and social advocacy.  For more information regarding a specific organization, please contact the group directly. 

Students are highly encouraged to research organizations at the College, as well as explore Columbia University and affiliate schools for additional groups that may suit interest. Click HERE for current student groups at Columbia University, main campus. 

  • African Studies Working Group (ASWG)
    ASWG consists of Teachers College graduate students with general interest in Africa and the African Diaspora.  The group aims to explore issues relating to culture, education and humanitarian concerns through research, advocacy and informal discussions. 


  • Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
    ALAS embraces graduate students from a wide diversity of countries and hopes to develop an enriching, supportive and cultural environment, exchange experiences and promote educational improvement in Latin American countries.

  • Black Student Network (BSN)
    BSN seeks to encourage high scholastic & ethical standards for Blacks in higher education; to promote unity & support among Black graduate students; to provide networking opportunities in order to enhance the professional development of Blacks; to encourage the recruitment, retention, and development of Black professionals at TC; and to maintain strong ties, links, and partnerships with the community-at-large.
  • Coalition of Latino/a Scholars (CLS)
    Coalition of Latino/a Scholars (CLS) is committed to supporting the growing number of Latino/a scholars through active outreach, recruitment and mentoring. CLS is dedicated to the enrichment of academic perspectives and promotion of policies and research that address issues relevant to Latino/a schooling and to our diverse community.

  • Development in South Asia (DISHA)
    DISHA, which means "direction" in Hindi, is a Teachers College, Columbia University-based consortium focused on education policy in South Asia & the diaspora. Our mission is to be an umbrella organization for South Asian interest groups through which we can approach historical & current issues in South Asian educational development. Click HERE for more information. 

  • Francophones and Francophiles of Teachers College (FrancoTC)
  • Friends of Japan (FOJ)
    FOJ seeks to celebrate the Japanese culture and encourage networking through programming with other Japanese organizations within Columbia University.  Special emphasis is on Language Exchange activities to support members who wish to practice their English-speaking skills, as well as assist those who wish to practice Japanese. 
  • Future Child Advocates of Teachers College (FCA-fTC)

    FCA seeks to demonstrate and provide opportunities for graduate students to advocate and to become more aware of the issues involving the abuse and bullying of children, especially those who are more vulnerable. FCA-TC strives to broaden the understanding of the issues of child abuse and bullying, especially for those students involved currently in schools or who are pursuing professional positions in schools, through ongoing education, volunteer work, policy development or curriculum activities that can help stop the abuse of ALL children.


  • Future China Initiative (FCI)
    Future China Initiative (FCI) promotes Chinese heritage and culture to the Teachers College community and provides opportunities for networking, information sharing and mutual support among the Chinese students at TC. 

  • Gates Millennium Scholars Network (GMSN)
    The purpose of the GMSN is to unite and connect all prospective, current, and past Gates Millennium Scholars at Teachers College, Columbia University. We plan to build a strong community network to provide academic, professional, and personal support for all Gates Millennium Scholars.
  • Higher and Postsecondary Education Association at Teachers College (HPSEA)

    HPSEA serves the greater populations of current, prospective, and alumni student affairs professionals and educators within and outside of Columbia University. The group is dedicated to growing professionally and using acquired skills and knowledge to give back to the College and the greater New York community.

  • International Movies, Anime, & Graphics Exploration (IMAGE)
    IMAGE actively seeks the opportunities to use Asian anime, American comics, related movies and video games in classroom settings, and of course, have fun.


  • International Students Psychology Association (ISPA)
    International Students Psychology Association (ISPA) is committed to supporting the psychological well-being of international students by bridging the gap between provided local services and international students.
  • Kappa Delta Pi
    KDP was founded on March 8, 1911.  Today, the organization boasts over 500 chapters and more than 45,000 active members. As one of the founding chapters, the KDP chapter of Teachers College has enjoyed a pivotal role in the life of the organization. While other groups offer specialization in certain practices or fields of study, KDP crosses content boundaries and encourages multiple approaches to education. Based on three core Ideals--Service, Leadership, and Scholarship--KDP encourages members to remain active learners, teachers, and community members.

  • Korean Graduate Student Association (KGSA)
    KGSA seeks to promote a better understanding about Korea and Korean culture within the TC and greater Columbia communities.

    LearnPlay exists to play and learn about the instructional technology of games.  LearnPlay seeks to research and test educational game projects or game-like curricula projects. 

  • Mindfulness and Education Working Group (MEWG)
    MEWG is a team of  students, staff, and faculty dedicated to exploring how mindfulness can contribute to the health, wellbeing and resilience of individuals learning, working and teaching in educational contexts.

  • Organization and Human Development Consulting Club (OHDCC)
    OHDCC provides opportunities for TC students pursuing a career as an organizational consultant, those alumni engaged in the career, and other members of the O&L Department interested in networking and information sharing through mutual support systems among members.

  • Organizational Leadership Association (OLA)
    OLA is a student-led group for the Adult Learning & Leadership Program at Teachers College. The association's goals include creating and developing a strong learning community with current students, alumni and the industry.
  • Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology

    Psi Chi purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

  • Queer TC (QTC)
    QTC is an all inclusive lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied organization dedicated to providing social, educational and advocacy opportunities for Teachers College, Columbia University students.

  • School Psychology Club
    The School Psychology Club seeks to initiate, promote and foster the academic, professional and social opportunities available to the students in the School Psychology Program, as well as the Teachers College community.
  • Society for Anthropological Study (SAS)
    SAS serves and advocates the interests of graduate students at Teachers College who have sustained a professional investment in the discipline of anthropology. The society is a resource for graduate students who wish to broaden their network of professional and scholarly anthropologists, develop a theoretical voice shaped by anthropology, and create strong ties with other such students.
  • Society for International Education (SIE)
    SIE provides opportunities for students, staff and faculty in the broad field of comparative and international education to interface, network and share information with regards to events and employment opportunities that are relevant to international education.

  • Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA)
    SAA works to educate, empower and mobilize students to influence cultural policy and arts advocacy issues. The organization provides a platform for students to engage in open discussion on advancing the arts in the United States through the democratic process.
  • Society of Economics and Education (SEE)
    SEE provides opportunities for networking, information sharing and mutual support systems among the students in the Program for Economics and Education at TC.

  • Teachers College Taiwanese Club (TCTC)
    TCTC is dedicated to promoting friendship among students from Taiwan and between Taiwanese students and other peoples. The club also promotes the appreciation of the cultures and the heritages of Taiwanese people of all nationalities and ethnic groups.
  • TESOL/AL Roundtable
    TESOL/AL Roundtable is the student organization affiliated with the TC program Applied Linguistics (AL) & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.  It allows students to present research in an informal environment, share knowledge of upcoming events and meet other driven and diverse members of the TC TESOL/AL community.