The Culinary Institute of America

  • CIA Student Clubs

    Student clubs and organizations play a prominent role in CIA campus life. These groups are initiated, envisioned, and run by our students for their individual growth, both professional and personal. We strongly encourage you to join one or more of these organizations and become a leader on campus. There are many student organizations at the college, examples of which follow. Several offer a variety of activities and programs designed by students. Meeting schedules and activities vary. Contact Matt Ivins, coordinator of student organizations and government, for more information or with questions:; 845-451-1414.

    Bacchus Wine Society
    Conducts events to enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of wines. (Participants must be at least 21 years of age.)

    Baking and Pastry Arts Society
    Organizes workshops and demonstrations to expand baking and pastry skills and to expose students to new ingredients and equipment.

    Black Culinarian Society
    Strives to unite people of different backgrounds and highlights the contributions of people of color in the foodservice industry.

    CHOPT (Chefs Harnessing Outdoor Pursuits Together)
    Brings students together to enjoy nature and experience outdoor activities like camping, hiking, rafting, and kayaking.

    Culinary Christian Fellowship
    Holds non-denominational prayer and Bible study meetings as well as campus and community activities.

    Culinary Voices
    A chorus on campus for all interested students led by a professional choral director.

    Eta Sigma Delta Honor Society
    Dedicated to service and leadership, Eta Sigma Delta is the international honor society for students in hospitality management programs. Members are eligible based on GPA and class rank.

    Gourmet Society
    Explores ethnic and gourmet foods through discussion, demonstrations, and special functions. The club enhances the curriculum by introducing outside perspectives, alternate approaches to cooking, and knowledge of unfamiliar products.

    Jewish Culture Club
    Works to foster a living awareness of Jewish culture and spiritual heritage.

    La Papillote
    La Papillote is the CIA's campus newspaper, published every three weeks. The publication is always looking for reliable writers, editors, and layout people to contribute to each issue.

    Partners in Equality (CIA Gay-Straight Alliance)
    Celebrates the power of a diverse student body and promotes respect for all members of our campus community. Alliance supports the CIA’s educational mission and core values by advocating positive awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

    Slow Food on Campus USA
    Discusses issues of ecology, political economies, and culture through the lens of sustainability and fairness, and promotes an understanding of the role of the chef in the evolution of gastronomy.

    SPICE (Student Programming Igniting Campus Entertainment)
    CIA students have the ability to work with the Student Activities office to select, plan, and stage many of the activities and programs we have on campus through the SPICE advisory board.

    Student Government Association
    The Student Government Association democratically represents the CIA student community and acts as your official voice in decisions affecting campus life. It is the highest representative organization of the student community and is charged with accurately representing the student body, as well as recognizing and funding student organizations of the CIA.

    Veterans Association & Auxiliary
    Assists current and incoming veteran students, as well as veteran alumni, with issues pertaining to education, medical needs, and general support when dealing with the U.S. Veterans Administration.

    Download the Student Activities, Recreation, and Athletics Brochure > (PDF)

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