Getting Involved on Campus
Student Clubs at the CIA
Here at the CIA, we are SO much more than just a culinary school. We have a bustling and diverse community that, while focused on food, has many other unique interests. It is a priority here to cater to all of our students’ passions, both inside and outside the culinary world. CIA students are busy with all of the different organizations they can join to have fun and enhance their education. Whatever your interests, there is a club for you! Here’s a sampling of student organizations currently active on campus.
Sports & Recreation
Provides a place for students to come together to play board games, role-playing games, card games, and other tabletop games.
Culture & Religion
Joining a group that embraces and celebrates that which makes you unique is a great way to find like-minded students and develop lasting friendships.
- Black Culinarian Society
Promotes diversity awareness through cultural discussions, cooking demonstrations, and a closer look at black history.
- Culinary Christian Fellowship (non-denominational)
Focuses on Bible study and community service.
- Global Spoons
Highlights international students and their varied cultural experiences.
- Jewish Student Union
Explores Jewish culture, food, and traditions.
- KACIA (Korean Association of The Culinary Institute of America)
Promotes diversity on campus by spreading knowledge of the Korean culture through discussions and tastings.
- SAGA (Alliance)
Celebrates the power of a diverse student body, promotes respect throughout the campus community, and advocates for LGBT awareness.
Food & Beverage
Of course! What else would you expect from a culinary college? We have plenty of food- and beverage-centric clubs where you can learn more about the industry and share your passion with friends.
- Bacchus Wine Society
Promotes the appreciation of renowned wines and spirits through tastings, special events, and wine excursions.
- Brew Club
Increases the understanding of domestic and international beer production and examines local breweries.
- Plant-Based Society
Advocates for food allergy awareness and dietary needs on campus, and educates students about dietary options such as veganism, vegetarianism, and healthier food choices.
- Preservation Club
Explores the art and craft of preserving and fermenting foods and beverages.
- Recipe Club
Focuses on creating and testing new and innovative recipes.
- Tea Club
Helps spread tea culture throughout the CIA community, including its application in culinary and baking projects.
- World BBQ Club
Celebrates the art of barbecue—and all that it entails—across cultures.
Student clubs are also a great way to expand and deepen your learning outside of class.
- Culinary Science Club
Evaluates journal articles and explores topics of scientific merit and relevance to the culinary field.
- Hospitality Management Club
Values professionalism and works to educate others about the hospitality industry.
But wait, there’s more! Here are some other student organizations you can get involved in at the CIA—from community service and social justice to event planning and publications.
- Drama Club
Promotes a love for theater and the arts and inspires creativity.
- Savory Sounds
Celebrates art through voice, instrument and dance.
- Judiciary Board
Hears student appeals and focuses on school safety and policy.
- La Papillote (student newspaper)
Examines contemporary issues of the foodservice industry and reports on news of the college.
Works with CIA Student Activities, Recreation, and Athletics staff to produce student events and bring entertainers to campus.
- Student Government Association
Represents the CIA student community democratically and acts as the official student voice in decisions affecting campus life.
- Student Veterans Association
Champions veterans’ causes on campus and celebrates service and honor.
- SWAC (Student Weekend Activities Council)
Provides fun and creative weekend programming for CIA students.
Want to know more? CIA students can take advantage of our on-campus Club Con. Check out some of the highlights from Fall CIA ClubCon.