Get Involved

If you want to give back to Columbia with your expertise, time, or thoughts, the CAA welcomes you as a
volunteer, providing the best opportunities to leverage your participation for the greater Columbia community.

Give Back

Columbia is at the forefront of addressing world issues involving social justice, climate response, precision medicine, and more. By turning knowledge into action, The Columbia Commitment builds partnerships with donors and volunteers sharing an urgent sense of what Columbians can do for our students and the world.

"The Columbia Commitment is more than a commitment to the University," Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger said at the Campaign's 2017 launch. "It is a renewal of our bonds with the world and our shared future."

Learn more about the Columbia Commitment.

Volunteer

Columbia Alumni Voices is a feedback panel of dedicated alumni from all decades, ages, degrees, and parts of the world. More than 3,000 of you have signed up to share your opinions on a regular basis to help shape a range of Columbia offerings. Make your voice heard.

As a Columbia social media ambassador, you can share the stories that matter most to you and reflect what you value most about your University -- and learn something along the way. Become an ambassador now. 

From San Francisco to Shanghai, become part of the CAA worldwide network of more than 350,000 Columbians by joining one of the 100-plus Regional Clubs around the world. Become a member, attend events, volunteer, or join the club board or leadership committee. Find a club near you.
 

From Varsity C, an organization dedicated to supporting Columbia Athletics through advice, counsel, and volunteer activity, to season ticket opportunities, there are many ways you get involved with the Lions after graduation.

Interested in hiring top talent and making a difference for fellow Columbians? As an alum, you know the value of the Columbia degree and the benefits gained from valuable work experiences.

Post an internship, full-time job opportunity, or share your professional experience and advice for a student via the "Hire Columbians" campaign, CAA LinkedIn group, or Online Alumni Community.

The She Opened the Door initiative, which began with a historic conference in New York City in 2018, aims to enlighten, educate, elevate, and to empower Columbia women across the University. Visit the She Opened the Door landing page for everything you need to know, including event upcoming details, exclusive video clips, and how to get involved.

Established as a means of giving the Columbia community a voice in University operations, the Senate is Columbia’s policy-making body. Presided over by the President, the Senate meets monthly during the academic year to discuss issues and vote on resolutions.

Alumni elect two Senators who serve for two-year terms and have representatives on several committees. Learn more about the Senate and its committees.

Every two years, the CAA Nominating Committee meets to nominate candidates for the position of University Senator. Any alumnus may request to be considered for nomination and may also be nominated by petition. University Senators are typically alumni who have served in a variety of alumni leadership positions prior to their election.

VolunteerColumbia is a place to post and find volunteer opportunities, grow membership,
integrate your programs, and support the strategy of the CAA's Volunteer Development Committee.
Whether you're looking at a one-time project or ongoing opportunities, use your time, passion, skills, and willingness to serve the University.

Across Columbia's 16 Schools, there are many ways to get involved. Visit your School's alumni page and learn about mentoring, community service, and other programs that are made possible by alumni volunteers.

Columbia Alumni Association

The Columbia Alumni Association's (CAA) mission is to cultivate a uniquely Columbia environment in which diverse, impactful opportunities inspire students and alumni to engage, exchange, and experience the lifelong
benefits of our University community.

The CAA's vision statement is: Build. Belong. Bond. We are Columbia. We are the CAA.

Read the full list of the Columbia Alumni Association Bylaws here.

The CAA Board is the governing body of the CAA and seeks to keep alumni connected to the University and its Schools. A number of trustees serve on the board, with the current chair being Keith Goggin ’91JRN.

There is representation from each of the Schools on the Board, and there are term limits and a rotation process to guarantee a good cross-section of alumni leaders at all times. Meet the CAA Board.

Keith Goggin ’91JRN joined Columbia Journalism School’s Alumni Executive Committee in 1992 and has been an active volunteer at Columbia ever since. In 2003, he stepped down from the Executive Committee to co-chair the Journalism School’s Alumni Annual Fund Campaign, the School’s first peer-to-peer fundraising effort. He currently serves on the Journalism School’s Board of Visitors and is the co-chair of the School’s capital campaign. He is also a member of the University Campaign Executive Committee.

Previously, he served as the J-School’s representative on the Alumni Trustee Nominating Committee. In 2013, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Columbia University Club of New York. In addition to his board and committee work, Goggin endowed the Class of 1991 Scholarship Fund and, as a class agent, hosted his class dinner during five reunions. He worked with the family of the late J-School professor and administrator David A. Klatell to endow a scholarship in Klatell’s name to benefit international J-School students.

Following a brief career in journalism, Goggin forged a successful second career in trading and private investing and retired as a partner at Integral Derivatives, a New York Stock Exchange-based options specialist firm. He is married to Charlene Goggin, and they are the proud parents of Keira, Erin, and Miles.  

Committees provide the infrastructure to support CAA alumni leaders and clubs with the resources needed to engage with Columbians around the world. There are committees that address Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend planning, associations and clubs, digital marketing, programming, honors and prizes, recent alumni, and student relations.
 

Awards

Alumni Medalists are recognized for building Columbia's community—whether regionally, online, in specific Schools, or in cross-campus initiatives. Recipients are honored at University Commencement and at the Alumni Medalists Gala during Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend. Learn more about the 2019 Alumni Medalists through their bios and their videos.

Looking for more information on the Medalists? You can: 

Fill out a nomination form online. You will be asked to provide information about the positions your candidate has held, when the positions were held, references, and a brief explanation of the nomination.

In 2016, the Columbia University Trustees and the CAA established The Campbell Award, which is presented to a graduating student at each School who shows exceptional leadership and Columbia spirit as exemplified by the late Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC, Chair Emeritus, University Trustee and CAA co-founder. Meet the 2019 recipients.