The Office of Student Engagement advises the Columbia College Student Council, the Engineering Student Council, the Activites Board at Columbia, the Student Governing Board, and the Interschool Governing Board. Below is a listing of these organizations and additional councils and governing boards on campus.
The Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) is elected by students of Columbia College to serve as their primary representatives, advocates, and liaisons to the Columbia University community, including its administration, faculty, alumni and students, and to the general public. The CCSC is charged with:
- gathering and expressing student opinions
- actively representing student views
- appropriately addressing student concerns
- ensuring that college students are fully apprised of all information of impact to their undergraduate experience
- responsibly and equitably distributing student activity fees
- working with other student groups to program college-wide events designed to foster cohesiveness within the entire undergraduate population
The Engineering Student Council (ESC) is elected by students of Columbia Engineering. The Engineering Student Council strives to represent the interests of the Engineering Students and that of the University as a whole, to improve student life, responsibly and equitably distribute student activity fees and to foster communication amongst students, faculty and administrators, and alumni throughout Columbia University.
The General Studies Student Council (GSSC) represents the diverse undergraduate population of the School of General Studies by pursuing academic, political, social and administrative initiatives of interest to the student body and acts as a liaison between the student body and the School of General Studies administration, the larger university community, and other individuals and organizations.
- The Activities Board at Columbia (ABC) is responsible for funding and supporting undergraduate student groups on campus that fall into the following categories: pre-professional, academic, competition, cultural, special interest, performance, publications, media, performing arts and large scale events.
- The Student Governing Board (SGB) represents and serves the needs of undergraduate student organizations whose concerns are religious, spiritual, political, ideological, activist, humanitarian or identity-conscious in nature.
- The Interschool Governing Board (IGB) recognizes, funds and supports a variety of student organizations that each must include a significant graduate student membership and must have members and leaders from at least two schools at Columbia.
- Community Impact has partnerships with more than 100 community organizations and agencies who do service work in the Harlem, Washington Heights, and Morningside Heights communities including service organizations, social service offices, religious institutions, and schools.
- The InterGreek Council (IGC) is the student organization that provides guidelines and support to its member organizations within each of the three Greek councils at Columbia University:
- Interfraternity Council
- Panhellenic Council
- Multicultural Greek Council
- The Club Sports Governing Board (CSGB) oversees clubs that are formed by groups of individuals who share a common interest in sports and recreation and who organize and collectively pursue these activities. Clubs are organized on recreational, instructional, and competitive levels and their activities range from informal play, regular practice or instruction, and intercollegiate and tournament competition.
- The Governing Board at Barnard (GBB) is an undergraduate governing board that operates on behalf of the student councils and governs groups whose functions do not fall under the other governing boards, including: cultural, performance, special interest, pre-professional, and publications.
- The Student Government Association (SGA) of Barnard College aims to facilitate the expression of opinions on matters affecting the Barnard community through active communication between students, administration, and faculty.