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From cultural showcases to national competitions to local and global service projects, student organizations present an opportunity for students to express passion, reflect on experiences, and understand diverse voices and perspectives. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) proudly supports and advises all Registered Student Organizations (RSO) at Teachers College, Columbia University. To learn more about this year's registered student groups, please refer to the directory.
Directory: Registered Student Organizations
AMF: Actively Moving Forward
Actively Moving Forward is a student led grief support group open to all students and staff who are grieving the loss of a friend or loved one. Our goal is to empower bereaved students by creating an outlet to share experiences related to grief and encourage the cultivation of relationships within this community.
ASL: American Sign Language Club
ASL Club celebrates and spreads awareness of American Sign Language and Deaf culture. We host regular meetings where members can learn and practice ASL, and our other activities include making videos, organizing panels and performances, and advocacy.
MISSION STATEMENT We aim to create a space for signers of all levels to learn and practice ASL, to advocate for Columbia University to recognize ASL as a modern language, and to promote understanding of and respect for ASL in terms of communication, education, artistic expression, culture, and community.
BSN: Black Student Network
The Black Student Network is a community of graduate students of African Descent and persons in support thereof at Teachers College who have come together to empower themselves in order to become active articulators and participants in their education at TC.
MISSION STATEMENT The purpose and aims of BSN are: to encourage high scholastic and ethical standards for Blacks in higher education; to promote unity and support among Black graduate students; to provide networking opportunities in order to enhance the professional development of Blacks; to enrich traditions and practices of peoples of African descent within the academic community; 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.
CCC: Chinese Calligraphy Club
MISSION STATEMENT The Chinese Calligraphy Club provides an opening space and opportunities for people from all cultures to learn and practice Chinese calligraphy – the traditional Chinese art work, and to build up friendship through calligraphy. Our mission is to popularize traditional cultural art, to promote cultural communication, and to help people find their inner peace through writing Chinese calligraphy.
CICE: Current Issues in Comparative Education
Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE) is a leading open-access online academic journal from Teachers College, Columbia University.
MISSION STATEMENT CICE seeks to present contemporary scholarly articles to a wide and varied audience. The editorial board is dedicated to ensuring diversity among its own members and the authors it publishes. CICE publishes scholarly articles that make clear and significant contributions to further debate on educational policy and comparative studies within a variety of academic disciplines. CICE aims to provide a multi-faceted view of comparative education by addressing changes in world politics, economic markets and the social milieu as they affect education, as well as by welcoming submissions from professors, researchers, students, advocates, policy-makers, and practitioners.
CLS: Coalition of Latinx Scholars
Members of the Coalition of Latinx Scholars (CLS) promote awareness and knowledge of academic, social, political, and cultural issues that concern the Latinx community at Teachers College and beyond. We engage in efforts to further an equitable, diverse, just, and progressive education for all.
MISSION STATEMENT Promoting Pan-Latinx Unity, Community Engagement, and Scholarship since 2001, the Coalition of Latinx Scholars (CLS) fosters a supportive community of Latinx students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni at Teachers College, Columbia University.
CMC: Creative Music Collective of TC
Creative Music Collective strives to foster collaboration and participation through engaging and open-ended musical performances and activities.
MISSION STATEMENT Creative Music Collective of Teachers College strives to foster collaboration and participation through engaging and open-ended musical performances and activities. We encourage diverse and innovative ways of making music that are inclusive for all levels of musical understanding and wide-ranging cultural backgrounds.
DISHA: Development in South Asia
Development in South Asia (DISHA), is a student organization that aspires to strengthen the TC community by representing South Asia through Cultural, Outreach, and Educational initiatives, catering to the interests of both South Asian and Non South Asian affiliates at TC and Columbia University.
MISSION STATEMENT DISHA, means "direction" in Hindi. Our core values are Diversity, Inclusivity, Sustainability and Humanistic Approaches; these inspire the way we work and the focus of our initiatives. In terms of activities, our focus is to facilitate discussions/dialogues on issues pertaining to diversity, inclusivity, education policy and research in South Asia, and organize events and/or campaigns that help preserve and promote awareness about culture, festivals, food, and traditions of South Asia. We believe that it would help individuals think about their context in greater depth and contribute meaningfully to all effort of the community.
FCA: Future Child Advocates
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of FCA-TC is to be a model for other universities and colleges advocating for support of children in the critical area of abuse and bullying. The overall intent of this student organization is to demonstrate and provide opportunities for graduate students to advocate and to become more aware of these issues.
FCI:Future China Initiative
Originally established in 1913 by Jiang Menglin, Tao Xingzhi, Hu Shi, Sun Ke, and other aspiring Chinese scholars at Columbia University Teachers College, Columbia University Future China Initiative (FCI) is dedicated to promoting and supporting the academic success, cultural leadership, and social well-being of students and scholars as well as contributing to China’s development as a nation.
FOJ: Friends of Japan
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.
FrancoTC: Francophones & Francophiles of Teachers College
The club acquaints Teachers College students with the different languages and cultures of the Francophonie by facilitating a reciprocal learning environment, while welcoming new learners to practice French in various cultural contexts of the Francophonie.
MISSION STATEMENT FrancoTC's mission is to build an inclusive awareness and interest around the francophone diaspora, and provides a space for francophone and francophile students to network and socialize.
GCC: Global Citizen's Club
This club is inspired by the core values of the United Nations, prematurely analogous to the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations but not the same, as we aim to develop our own unique model. It will be based on the basic values of promoting peace, harmony, unity but will have a twist of its own in fostering and advancing this in the TC community. This unique approach will be based on the ideas of what makes us fundamentally similar as individuals, with an open mindedness for the evolution of these ideas as the club evolves.
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of Global Citizens Club (GCC) is to promote people's understanding of the fundamental similarities between human beings, helping us live in harmony with one another, regardless of our diverse backgrounds.
HPSEA: Higher & Postsecondary Education Association
HPSEA supports current, prospective, and alumni student affairs professionals and educators of Teachers College, Columbia University by fostering community, friendship, and respect through social and professional development events and community service opportunities.
MISSION STATEMENT To serve the greater population of current, prospective and alumni student affairs professionals and educators within and outside of Columbia University by fostering interaction, friendship and respect among the students through sponsored events and programs of interest. To grow professionally and to utilize our acquired skills and knowledge to give back to the University and the greater New York City community.
ISPA: International Students Psychology Association
ISPA is the 1st international student organization that primarily focus on advocating for the mental health well-being of international students, as well as to promote, support, and advance communications between students, scholars, and people who are interested in psychology. ISPA's events are welcome to anyone who holds an interest in psychology. No experience or background is necessary.
MISSION STATEMENT To promote psychology and, broadly speaking, its research to the general public, especially to those international students who have interests in psychology. Through numerous events, ISPA endeavors to establish a platform in which to share valuable resources, expand networks, and inspire insightful thoughts about psychology and individual mental well-being.
KDP: 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.
KGSA: Korean Graduate Student Association
TC KGSA is a student organization committed to providing a platform for connecting people within and outside the Korean community. KGSA promotes individuals from different backgrounds to experience and celebrate Korean culture and provides academic and professional supports through various programs.
MISSION STATEMENT To promote greater awareness, understanding, and support by connecting people within and beyond the Korean community at TC.
LearnPlay is a student organization dedicated to exploring the learning potential and design of games. We play, design, and critique games and how they are learning experiences. We are closely affiliated with the Games Research Lab in the CMLTD department and utilize their space in 50 Thorndike. Regular Game Nights are held Fridays at 7:30pm in 50 Thorndike.
MISSION STATEMENT LearnPlay seeks to help the TC community better understand the learning opportunities and potential held in games and game-like behavior.
NAEA: National Art Education Association
Our NAEA Student Chapter would like to create an environment for students of the Art Education department to socially engage as well as seek professional development opportunities. We hope to create experiences where students can share their interests and skills with each other, as well as participate in school events and in outreach projects in our neighborhoods. We hope that each year we will raise funds to help suppost the cost of going to the National Art Education Association Conference, where students can build upon their skills, share their experiences, and network with other art educators around the country.
NSSLHA: National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
MISSION STATEMENT Our mission is to provide students with an opportunity to be leaders as emerging Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) professionals throughout their graduate school experience here at Teachers College. In addition, other missions include bringing unity among the students within our major, as well as educating students in other fields on campus about the CSD community. Having a NSSLHA chapter in a graduate school setting is meant to enhance the development and experience of all students in the CSD major. In turn, the work we do with NSSLHA will prepare us to contribute to the field of CSD as a whole, as future licensed and certified ASHA members.
OHDCC: Organization & Human Development Consulting Club
OHDCC is a student-run professional organization that operates under the program in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. The club is traditionally comprised of both first- and second-year Masters students of Social-Organizational Psychology interested in pursuing careers in fields such as Organizational Development/Change, Consulting, and Human Resource Management.
MISSION STATEMENT OHDCC serves to promote professional and skill development among members, create networking opportunities, and help students connect to each other to form a community at TC.
OLA: Organizational Leadership
OLA is a student-led group for the Adult Learning & Leadership Program at Teachers College. The Student Organization's mission is to enhance a successful academic career of ALL participants by creating a vibrant, engaged, and supportive community at Teachers College through networking opportunities, community events, and topical interest in Adult Learning and Leadership.
PEN: Peace Education Network
PEN at TC is a community of educators, scholars, and activists who are committed to the field of Peace Education. We focus on the challenges facing practice by offering practical experience and skill-building opportunities through events such as workshops, brown-bag discussions and project visits.
MISSION STATEMENT PEN exists to create a space for practitioners, scholars, and activists within and beyond Columbia University to come together and cross-pollinate ideas, build relationships, build community around the broadly defined field of Peace Education.
Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology
Psi Chi's purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members of all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.
MISSION STATEMENT To provide research and academic support for psychology graduate students, as well as a platform to promote graduate student research across the applied psychological disciplines. In this effort, Psi Chi facilitates networking and collaboration between students in the Clinical, Counseling, Developmental, School, and Social Organizational psychology programs; disseminates information, and fosters personal and professional growth.
PTP: Passports to Peace
The purpose of the organization is to bring together individuals who have served in another country (other than their own) as a volunteer and have had a unique experience living and working in another culture. We seek to share our professional and personal experiences, to network, and to spread the mission of volunteer work.
RSG: Rural Student Group
RSG is a support system for rural students at TC and a network for those interested in rural education and healthcare. RSG honors intersectionality among rural identity and other marginalized social identities. RSG furthers research, practice, and programming focused on rural education and health.
MISSION STATEMENT The Rural Student Group at Teachers College strives to provide a support system for rural students studying at Teachers College, form a network of students, staff, and faculty focused on rural educational and healthcare issues, honor intersectionality among rural identity and other marginalized social identities, further research and practice around rural educational and healthcare topics, and create and host programming on rural educational and healthcare issues.