Student Affairs

Welcome to the Office of Student Affairs!

The Office of Student Affairs offers comprehensive, student-centered programming, innovative social activities, and leadership opportunities that foster personal growth, embrace the importance of inclusion, celebrate diversity, and cultivate arts advocacy. Current students should visit the Student Affairs space on MyJuilliard to view the Student Events Calendar.


Sabrina Tanbara, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Gianna Pannullo, Assistant Director of Student Affairs
Howie Lien, Student Affairs Associate
Vanessa Kania, Student Engagement Assistant


Office of Student Affairs
The Juilliard School
60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Room 100
(212) 799-5000 extension 200

Foundations Program Series

Foundations programs give Juilliard students learning experiences that complement their academic curriculum and professional experiences. By engaging students in educational conversations, activities, and workshops, students are able to expand their mind and knowledge base as well as develop important skills that they can use throughout their careers and personal lives. Foundations programs cover a wide variety of topics within the following four domains:

  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (blue) programs will encompass elements of social justice, current events, and global citizenship to create a sense of support and belonging in our community.
  • Life Essentials (pink) programs will prepare students for the "real world" with programs ranging from professional development to personal safety.
  • Community Standards and Civic Engagement (yellow) programs will focus on fostering a safe, aware, and engaged Juilliard community.
  • Health and Wellness (green) programs will help students develop healthy habits, both physically and emotionally.

Students can look for these icons and colors next to events in our biweekly E-Blasts and on other marketing materials around campus.

What are the benefits of attending Foundations programs?

  • Learn About New Topics: Foundations programs are hosted by a variety of different students, staff, and faculty on campus, and cover a host of different topics. Ranging from Krav Maga techniques to networking tips, you'll always be able to find a Foundations event that will teach you something you're interested in.
  • Priority Housing Selection: Students who attend at least one program from each of the four domains are given preferential placement in the housing selection process for the following academic year. Students must stay for the full duration of a program to receive credit.
  • Prize Drawings: All students, regardless if they plan to live on-campus the following year, will be entered into a monthly drawing. Students will be selected at random to win various prizes. Possible prizes include gift cards to the dining hall, MetroCards, and Juilliard swag! Students who do not win a prize will be added to the next month’s drawing. The more events you attend, the better your chances are at winning a prize the next month!

How do I meet the requirements for priority housing selection?

  • Attend at least one program from each of the four domains (for a minimum of four programs) at some point during the academic year.
  • Stay for the full duration of each program (typically 45 minutes to an hour in length)

Juilliard Campus Life App

The Juilliard Campus Life app keeps you connected to student events, activities, resources, and services, whether you are on- or off-campus. You’ll have the Student Events Calendar, Performance Calendar, and Academic Calendar, as well other information about the school right at your fingertips!

To download the Juilliard Campus Life app, visit your app store, search for Juilliard Campus Life, and install the app on your device. You may be asked to create a Guidebook account, but you can bypass this step or do it at a later time. Once you have the app downloaded, enter the passphrase that was emailed to all Juilliard College Division students to access the Juilliard Campus Life guide. If you need a reminder, you can email the Office of Student Affairs to ask for the passphrase.

Leadership Opportunities

About Student Leaders

Juilliard’s leadership positions provide students with a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, foster confidence, help others, build community, and form relationships with peers across Juilliard’s three divisions. These important leadership positions complement our students' artistic and academic pursuits while providing financial assistance. Student leadership positions include the following:

  • Campus Activities Board (CAB) Member
  • Colloquium Peer Mentor
  • Diversity Advocate (DA)
  • Orientation Leader (OL)
  • Resident Assistant (RA)

For full job descriptions, details on how to apply, and additional information, please visit the Apply to Be a Student Leader page.

Juilliard Leadership Program

The Juilliard Leadership Program is a comprehensive program created to provide opportunities for students to develop their interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills. Each semester, 20-30 nominated students participate in a one-day retreat designed to address differing levels of experience to allow for individual growth as a leader. This experience offers insight into the skills required to succeed as a student leader on campus and beyond.

Student Council

The Juilliard Student Council is a diverse group of students who work with administration to maintain and improve student life at Juilliard. The Student Council represents the student body and advocates for student issues and school improvements. It meets regularly to discuss a variety of student life topics and meets with the senior administration at least once per semester. Members are recruited every year to represent each division and various constituency groups (international, commuter, residential, undergraduate, graduate). Students interested in joining Student Council or have concerns or issues to discuss should contact

Student Organizations

The Office of Student Affairs oversees and supports all registered student organizations and clubs. Registered organizations receive assistance and advisement from the OSA and benefit from limited funding. Students have the opportunity to form new organizations anytime throughout the academic year. To learn how to start your own club, please view the forms below.

Registered Student Organizations for 2018-2019


ArtSwap is a student-run program that allows Juilliard students of different disciplines to obtain secondary lessons from each other through an exchange network. Members are simultaneously teachers and students who have the option of setting up lessons on a week-to-week basis with other ArtSwap members equipped to train them in their area of interest. It is designed to help Juilliard students develop and cultivate their secondary artistic interests, develop cross-divisional bonds, and gain teaching experience by utilizing the Juilliard School’s most valuable resource: its students.

Chinese Student & Scholars Association

Our mission is to set up a platform for communicating between Chinese students and alumni in the Juilliard School; as well as culture exchange between all Juilliard students who are interested in Chinese tradition and culture, and addressing the needs and concerns of all Chinese students in the Juilliard School. In addition, J-CSSA will also contribute in communicating with CSSAs from other universities and colleges.

Jewish Community

The purpose of the Jewish Community is to celebrate and share Jewish culture within the Juilliard community. The club will be a place for Jewish and non-Jewish students to come together to experience the Jewish tradition. The group also brings in speakers to talk about topics important to the Jewish community and to have outings in order to bond as a group.

Juilliard Black Student Union (JBSU)

The purpose of the Juilliard Black Student Union serves not to create division amongst the Juilliard community, but rather to acknowledge and address the needs and concerns of black Juilliard students, as well as other students of color. The JBSU also seeks to encourage dialogue in the Juilliard community regarding social, political, and world issues, as well as to empower the community to take action and utilize its diversity of talent and creativity to make impactful statements on society and the world at large.

Juilliard Christian Fellowship (JCF)

Juilliard Christian Fellowship exists to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world changers developed by creating a safe space to experience and know Jesus Christ personally.

Juilliard Geek Coalition

The Juilliard Geek Coalition is a club for all who enjoy pop culture, geek culture, and who want a safe space to discuss their passions and have a blast! If anyone is intimidated by the word “geek” in our organization’s title, I would like to direct them to this wonderful quote by actor Simon Pegg:

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

You don’t have to know anything about geek culture to join our group - we all learn from each other!

Juilliard Meditation Club

The Juilliard Meditation Club exists to provide a supportive and consistent space for Juilliard students to learn and practice awareness of the mind and body.

Juilliard Sings

The purpose of the choral group is to give students an opportunity to make music with friends that is outside their instrument. We really think students should sing for a number of reasons: singing with others is proven to boost morale and well-being, since there is a real sense of community. We want to achieve a family feel, where friends come together to make music. In addition, being part of a choir will enhance your sight-reading ability, your ear for music and sense of ensemble. Our choir will give students a chance to sing in different languages.

Rock Climbing Cult

The Climbing Cult is open to any climber, no matter their level, and gives a chance for everyone to develop their skills. The CC will try out different rock climbing gyms over the course of the year, and offer beginning lessons for those with minimal or no climbing experience.

Run-Through Coalition

The purpose of the group is to give students the chance to run through their repertoire in front of an audience. We will empower students with the opportunity to regularly face their personal fears and anxieties around performing, and offer meetings where students can run through whatever they feel like practicing.

Women's Empowerment Group

The Women's Empowerment Club wishes to start a conversation between the students at Juilliard about the oppression and treatment of women happening in this day and age. In addition, they hope to offer a safe place that women feel they can come to talk about these issues.