The Columbia University Tzu Chi Collegiate Association (TCCA) is the Columbia University section of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation. Per the Constitution and By-Laws, "Membership in Columbia TCCA is eligible to all students of good standing attending Columbia University." During the academic year, TCCA functions on the Columbia campus as an extracurricular activity.
Chapter activities include the fall tea reception in September and spring tea reception in February, chapter meetings, and book study and thoughts sharing. Community events include Northeast TCCA retreats in October and March, volunteering at soup kitchens, and visits to nursing homes. A new students mentorship program, campus vegetarianism campaign, campus environmental protection campaign, fundraising for disaster relief, and bone marrow drives are some of the ongoing initiatives of Columbia TCCA.
The progress in membership and service that Columbia TCCA achieved in recent years has been remarkable. Today, Columbia TCCA is one of the most active collegiate chapters in the Northeast region and all the more committed to Tzu Chi's missions and efforts to serve with compassion and make the world a better place.