The Culinary Institute of America

  • 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. Stop by or call the Student Recreation Center for more information.

    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.

    SPICE (Student Programming Igniting Campus Events)
    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 club.

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    Friends of Chabad Association
    Works to foster a living awareness of Jewish culture and spiritual heritage within the framework of Chassidic Judaism.

    Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
    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.

    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.

    Veterans Association & Auxiliary (VAA)
    The purpose of this organization is to assist current, incoming, and alumnus veterans with issues pertaining to education, medical needs, and general support when dealing with the U.S. Veterans Administration.

    Women Chefs & Restaurateurs
    The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the leadership of women in the hospitality industry through different activities.

    To view more download our Student Organizations Brochure > (PDF 745KB)

  • Student Activities

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