Student Life

Welcome, students! The Columbia School of Social Work is committed to supporting a wide range of student activities. You have an Office of Student Services as well as the student government and many student groups called “caucuses,” which organize a myriad of events catering to student needs and interests. As an overview to student life, we have compiled a few of your most commonly asked questions.

  • What is student life like at the School?

    The events that your student union and caucuses plan on your behalf are educational, stimulating and fun. For most CUSSW students, the biggest challenge lies in choosing among the myriad activities competing for your attendance and participation. There are School-wide events each semester including Self-Care Day in the Fall and Community Day in the Spring, as well as the Spring Gala at the end of the year. Many of the student groups sponsor panels, films and other events that you won’t want to miss. This past year, for example, the Criminal Justice Caucus held a panel featuring Angela Davis that was open to whole university—it was standing room only.

  • What does the student government do?

    The student government, which is known as SUEB—for Student Union Executive Board—has many responsibilities. It responds to student concerns, advocates on behalf of you and your peers with the faculty and administration, and appoints representatives to most of the School’s committees. SUEB also represents the School in the larger Columbia community—for instance, in the University Senate. In addition, SUEB helps organize and sustain the student caucuses, and sponsors student events throughout the year. SUEB’s major annual events include Self-Care Day in the Fall, Community Day in the Spring, and the Spring Gala held at the end of the year.

  • How can I get involved in student life at CSSW?

    You can join a caucus, start a caucus, or check out the student government (SUEB). To get started, we suggest that you get to know this year's SUEB officers and caucus leaders (see list) and/or e-mail SUEB at cussw.sueb@gmail.com.

  • How often does SUEB meet, and can I attend the meetings?

    SUEB meets approximately every three weeks during Fall and Spring terms. The entire CUSSW student body is welcome -- and encouraged -- to attend. Meeting times are announced via e-mail as well as flyers posted throughout the building.

  • How do I find out about what’s going on?

    Each week you’ll receive an e-mail listing SUEB- and caucus-sponsored events. These events are also listed on posters and fliers throughout the Social Work Building as well as on the digital monitor located on the first floor.

  • I worked on a publication as an undergraduate. Is there one I can work on at the School?

    If you enjoy working on publications, consider becoming involved in our annual student journal, the Columbia Social Work Review, which aims to provide a forum for social work students to share their research, experience and views with faculty, fellow students, and the larger social work community. The Review is always on the look-out for experienced editors as well as submissions on timely topics.

  • What if I have an idea for an activity or event?

    Your first step should be to contact a caucus or SUEB since every student event must be sponsored by a recognized student group. Go to list of this year’s SUEB officers and caucus leaders.

  • How are student events funded?

    Your Student Activity Fee covers the cost of most of the School’s student events. Each year, SUEB and each of the caucus leaders submit a budget proposal to the Office of Student Services detailing their planned events for the academic year. Once their budgets have been approved, they start putting those events in place.

  • Still have questions?

    Still have questions?

    Please get in touch with our Program & Events Manager, Jenni Kurosman, at sw-studentservices@columbia.edu or 212-851-2367. SUEB, too, would love to hear from you. Their general e-mail is cussw.sueb@gmail.com. We also welcome any suggestions for improving the FAQs on this page. Please enter them into the "Contact Us" form.