Service & Philanthropy

Service is an essential part of what we do at Kappa Alpha Theta at Columbia. Each semester, we hold a signature philanthropy event to support our national philanthropies, Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.) and Theta Foundation. These events occur on campus and serve to unite the community while giving back to causes close to our hearts. In addition to our signature philanthropy events, we lead service events throughout the city on a weekly basis. A few of the Columbia events we participate in include Relay for Life, Dance Marathon, and AXO’s Walk a Mile in Her Shoes. Other Theta service events take place outside of Morningside Heights, and  provide an opportunity for Thetas to make an impact throughout New York City. In the past year, we have organized groups to volunteer at the People's Climate March, Best Friends Cat/Dog Adoption Event, NEDA Walk over the Brooklyn Bridge, Wendy Walk, Dorot Center for the Elderly, American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge, Project for the Homeless, Community Lunch Soup Kitchen, Birthday Fairies, and many more.


Cupcakes for C.A.S.A.

Theta's philanthropy events, each held once per academic year, are open to the entire campus and have raised thousands of dollars for our philanthropies to date. They are meant to foster a sense of both Greek and campus- wide community while promoting the cause of and raising money for our national philanthropy.

Our signature philanthropy event is held every fall at our brownstone at the end of the semester, and features delicious homemade baked goods and raffle items generously donated by Morningside vendors. We invite the Columbia community to take a study break and come learn more about Theta’s involvement with C.A.S.A. All proceeds raised by the event are used to support the local C.A.S.A. chapter in New York City.

 
 

The Kite is Right

The Kite is Right is a fun-filled night in the spring semester featuring a live game show between contestants from different Greek organizations on campus. Contestants compete in trivia, dance-offs, karaoke competitions, and many more games and activities in front of a live audience. In proper game-show spirit, a raffle includee items such as Knicks tickets, SoulCycle passes, and local restaurant gift cards. All proceeds support the New York City chapter of C.A.S.A.

Theta’s national philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (or C.A.S.A.) is supported by every Theta chapter worldwide. C.A.S.A. is a unique organization that trains volunteers to speak on behalf of children involved in court proceedings. C.A.S.A. provides valuable advisory information to judges and juries. C.A.S.A. volunteers often become trusted friends, mentors, and advisors by lending children the support they need during what can be a process filled with stress and uncertainty.

Theta’s national philanthropy, Court Appointed Special Advocates (or C.A.S.A.) is supported by every Theta chapter worldwide. C.A.S.A. is a unique organization that trains volunteers to speak on behalf of children involved in court proceedings. C.A.S.A. provides valuable advisory information to judges and juries. C.A.S.A. volunteers often become trusted friends, mentors, and advisors by lending children the support they need during what can be a process filled with stress and uncertainty.

In addition to C.A.S.A., the college chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta support Theta Foundation. The mission of Theta Foundation is to secure and manage resources for the education, leadership, and philanthropic programs of the Fraternity and for the scholastic, professional, and service pursuits of its members. Theta Foundation strives to help members reach their fullest potential and make a difference in the world by providing resources to those in need.

In addition to C.A.S.A., the college chapters of Kappa Alpha Theta support Theta Foundation. The mission of Theta Foundation is to secure and manage resources for the education, leadership, and philanthropic programs of the Fraternity and for the scholastic, professional, and service pursuits of its members. Theta Foundation strives to help members reach their fullest potential and make a difference in the world by providing resources to those in need.

Internships


The women of Columbia Theta pride themselves not only as leading women at Columbia, but also in the professional world. Members of this chapter have held internships in the arts, sciences, business, law, finance, and media in the city and around the world. Sisters are always willing to help each other out in finding and securing career opportunities. Each semester, the Epsilon Upsilon chapter holds a range of professional programming events, such as career panels, alumni meet-and-greets, and Guardian Angels---a program in which new members are paired with older sisters with similar career interests.

Jing Qu, CC '17, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg during her internship with Lean In

Marilyn Minton, CC '17, interning at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Current members of Columbia Theta have held internships at:

Julia Troxell, SEAS '18, at her internship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Julia Troxell, SEAS '18, at her internship at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Julia Barasch, CC '17, and Chloe Salzman, CC '18, interning in the lab of Nobel Laureate and Columbia University professor Richard Axel

  • 0Eleven Showroom
  • ABC Family
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Corporate
  • Annie Leibovitz Studio
  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Carolina Herrera
  • CBS
  • Christie's
  • CNN
  • Donna Karan New York
  • FilmNation Entertainment
  • Fox News
  • France Televisions
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Kirkland West
  • L'Oreal
  • Lean In
  • Marc Jacobs
  • Michael Kors
  • MoMA
  • MTV
  • New York Times
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Roundabout Theater Company
  • Sotheby's
  • Teen Vogue
  • The Daily Meal
  • The Public Theater
  • The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
  • theSkimm
  • USA Today
  • AllianceBernstein
  • Bank of America
  • Barclays
  • Citbank
  • Fannie Mae
  • Goldman Sachs
  • JP Morgan
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Wells Fargo
  • Canadian Embassy in Paris
  • Citizens Crime Commission of New York City
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • House Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • Human Rights Watch
  • LA County Public Defender
  • Mayor's Office for International Affairs at the United Nations
  • New York County District Attorney
  • New York State Attorney General's Office
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • U.S. Senate
  • IBM
  • Intuit
  • PepsiCo Development
  • ...and many more!

Outside of regular internships, members of Columbia Theta pursue their passions in unique and impressive ways. Within our chapter, we have:

  • a World Champion professional rock climber
  • a World Champion triathlete
  • A New York Times-published author
  • an internationally ranked Irish Dancer
  • a Rhodes Scholar Finalist
  • 3-time YMA Fashion Scholarship Recipient
  • a Presidential Global Fellow
  • a Critical Language Scholarship Recipient from the US State Department
  • a competitive baker
  • a Junior Board Member of Asia Initiatives
  • a popular photography blogger

No matter your passions or interests, you can find a sister in Theta who not only shares your enthusiasm, but is eager to help you in pursuing your goals.

Social

 

Columbia Theta hosts an array of diverse and exciting events to foster social growth within our chapter and with the rest of the Columbia community. In the fall, we host both a Semi-Formal and a Winter Formal. In the spring, we host a Semi-Formal and a Spring Formal.

 
 

In the past, we have hosted events at Finale, Hotel Empire, Hudson Terrace, The Fulton, Bernheim & Schwartz, Amsterdam Tapas Café and Lounge, and other venues around New York City.

Outside of these formal evening events, we also hold more relaxed social outings. In the past year, these have included Skates & Dates at Wollman Rink, a fall festival in Riverside Park, and a Central Park picnic and dodgeball game.

 

Sisterhood

Sisterhood is at the core of Columbia Theta. We hold various Theta-sponsored sisterhood events throughout each semester. While smaller sisterhood events are planned continuously, Theta holds one large sisterhood event involving the entire chapter each semester. Sisterhood events are also planned to encourage sisters to support one another in the many different organizations our sisters are involved in. When a sister is involved in a campus theater production or playing at a sporting event, groups meet at the Theta house to head to the event together. Our sisters also love exploring the city together, so when the weather is nice, the entire isle of Manhattan becomes our playground!

Events vary each year, but recent outings include Apple Picking at Harvest Moon Farm, Dim Sum in Chinatown, Smorgasburg, Central Park Picnic, Tour of the Whitney Museum, Theta Passover, Theta Thanksgiving, Kayaking on the Hudson River, Lineage Pumpkin Carving, Barre class at Equinox, Theta All-Stars Talent Show, Columbia Football game, and more.

 

Activities

The motto of our national fraternity is "Leading Women," and the sisters of Columbia Theta truly embody this value. Our sisters are involved in diverse groups on campus, including various varsity athletics, dance teams, service organizations, and political clubs. Many of our sisters are leaders of these incredible organizations. Here is a list of some of the on-campus organizations sisters in our chapter take part in at Columbia:

Academic & Professional

  • American Medical Students Association
  • Association for Women in Mathematics
  • Athena Pre Law Society
  • Athena Scholars Program
  • Charles Drew Pre-Med Society
  • Columbia Debate
  • Columbia Economics Review
  • Columbia Emergency Medical Services
  • Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs
  • Columbia Undergraduate Law Review
  • Columbia Undergraduate Scholars Program
  • Columbia Women's Business Society
  • Girls Who Code
  • DKA Professional Cinema Fraternity
  • Multicultural Business Association
  • Order of Omega Honor Society
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Society of Women Engineers

Other 

  • Blue and White Magazine
  • Columbia Spectator
  • Culinarian Magazine
  • Her Campus
  • Hoot Magazine
  • Columbia Elections Board
  • Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program
  • CU Culinary Society
  • New Student Orientation Program
  • Residence Hall Leadership Organization
  • Senior Fund
  • Student Council
  • Undergraduate Recruitment Committee

Athletics

  • Barnard Outdoor Adventure Team
  • Club Running
  • Columbia University Equestrian Club
  • Columbia Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team
  • Intramural Soccer
  • Ski Team
  • Varsity Swim
  • Varsity Volleyball
  • Varsity Women's Basketball
  • Varsity Women's Soccer
  • Women's Rowing
  • Women's Club Rugby Football 
  • Women's Club Ice Hocke

Arts & Performance

  • Athena Film Festival
  • Columbia Dance Team
  • Columbia Metrotones
  • Columbia Musical Theater Society
  • Columbia University Ballet Ensemble 
  • Kings Crown Shakespeare Troupe
  • Lunar Gala Fashion Show
  • Notes and Keys
  • Orchesis
  • Raw Elementz
  • Society for the Advancement of Underrepresented Filmmakers
  • Varsity Show
  • WKCR Radio

Activism & Service

  • Camp Kesem
  • Columbia Against Cancer
  • Columbia Faith and Action
  • Columbia Habitat for Humanity
  • Columbia NAACP
  • CU Dance Marathon
  • CU Global Brigades
  • Design for America
  • Dorm Room Diplomacy
  • Generation Citizen
  • EcoReps
  • J Street CU
  • Lean In at Columbia
  • Mental Health Task Force
  • One-to-One Tutoring
  • Read Ahead
  • Youth for Debate