Global Leadership Advancing Student Success (GLASS)


The GLASS, or Global Leadership Advancing Student Success, program’s goal is to support the academic and professional success of all Columbia’s international students, by offering supplemental programming to help you make the most of your time at Columbia.

These programs will help you:

  • Maintain legal status
  • Navigate key campus resources
  • Enhance your professional skills
  • Develop foundations for leadership
  • Build a sense of belonging and ease your transition to Columbia University

Fall Programming

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GLASS invites all international students to join us and develop academic and professional skills for university and work life. Through GLASS we offer a variety of sessions and learning opportunities that will run throughout the semester and the academic year. Our sessions are designed to connect you to the university and share important information that supports your professional and academic success, as well as ease your transition to Columbia and the U.S. Each session will feature a topic specifically selected to help you, and an opportunity for you to ask all the questions we know you have been wanting to ask.

Some upcoming Fall sessions are listed below. A session schedule, and registration links will be available soon. Please stay tuned!

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Happiness is in your hands! Learn more about how you can engineer and manage your happiness through a series of exercises supported by research in the field of positive psychology and motivation. This is an interactive session, requiring participants to reflect and articulate in class.

  • Friday, December 9, 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Location: Davis Auditorium (412 CEPSR). Register here.

Past Fall Events

Need a headshot for your LinkedIn profile? We’ve got you covered! Join us for a free photo shoot where you can take a professional headshot. Space is limited, so please register for one time slot--and only if you are sure you are able to attend.

  • Friday, October 14, 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Schapiro CEPSR. Register here.
  • Friday, October 28, 10 AM to 4:30 PM, Schapiro CEPSR. Register here.

Ethics is an active process that each of us can engage in to improve our lives, strengthen our communities, and build a better world. Stop by our tables in Butler Library Lobby and the Science & Engineering Library on October 19th to meet GLASS staff, get resources, and share what ethics mean to you.

  • Wednesday, October 19, 12 to 12:30 PM, Science & Engineering Library.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 to 2 PM, Butler Library Lobby.

Dr. Elizabeth Strauss takes us on a journey of Columbia – from inception to present day. Learn more about the University and why we should be proud to be a part of it. Weather permitting, we will be taking a tour of campus during this session. Please dress accordingly!

  • Friday, November 4, from 11 to 12:30 PM, Uris 142. Register here.

Ms. Gabby Lilienthal, who served as a Human Resources (HR) Management Consultant, shares what she learned about making an impact in the first 30 days of any new job, opportunity, experience, team, etc. Join us to talk about tips for building trust and creating a consistent brand so that you can be set up for success moving forward!

Chuck Garcia used his years of experience on Wall Street to become an Executive Coach with executives, leaders, and students around the world. He teaches this session using his 10 Commandments of Communication that he crafted to have impactful, persuasive, and intentional conversations. This includes everything from body language, speaking best practices, and the power of the words that you use. He has taught everyone from Columbia Engineers to Ted Talkers using the same guiding principles and has proven to be successful for decades.

  • Friday, November 18, 11 AM to 12:30 PM. Location: 301 Uris. Register here.

Our speaker Bruce Knotts will provide valuable insight on the ideals and functions of the United Nations. He’ll discuss how the UN interacts and partners with diverse audiences and how civil societies foster understanding and respect among people of diverse national backgrounds and cultural perspectives.

About the speaker

Bruce Knotts is a former Peace Corps volunteer and diplomat who has lived in Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Greece, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and The Gambia. He retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and began directing the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) in 2008 until his recent retirement from his position with the UAA in September 2022. Currently, Bruce is co-chair of the UN NGO Committee on Human Rights, the chair of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, a member of steering committee of the NGO UN Security Council Working Group.

  • Friday, December 2, 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Location: 301 Uris. Register here.

Check back for more upcoming sessions!



GLASS’ programming is open to all international students, including undergraduates, graduate students, and any non-degree/exchange students.

GLASS is free to all Columbia international students.

Click on the title of each program session to get to a registration link. Please register with your UNI for any session that you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Have a question we didn’t answer? Please reach out to us at [email protected]