Civic Action and Engagement (OCAE)
Civic Action and Engagement (CAE) promotes social responsibility and civic engagement and assists students in their development as individuals, community members, and leaders. Through programming and advising, CAE offers experiential educational opportunities for students to engage in their communities on and off campus.
CAE's Civic Competencies are a set of goals that we incorporate into our work with the Columbia University community.
CAE offers many exciting programs each year that aim at connecting students to the issues for which they are passionate and to various communities. Click on the menu items to the left to find out more about each of these opportunities.
CAE is committed to supporting the programming of our faith-based, spiritual, political, activist and humanitarian student organizations. As such, CAE directly advises student organizations recognized by the Student Governing Board (SGB) and the Interschool Governing Board (IGB).
Through advising, the office encourages critical thinking, open dialogue, and the free exchange of ideas by all students and organizations. CAE provides advising in leadership skills, program development, organizational management and seeks to find connections among student groups.
The Student Group Resource pages should prove to be useful to many student group leaders and those planning campus programming. This resouce guide provides useful information to help your group succeed on the Columbia campus. Most importantly, your group adviser will offer great experience and assistance as you navigate your way through the creation of your event so be sure to reach out to your adviser as you begin planning for your group!