Because of our location, Barnard College seeks to be a ‘good neighbor.’ Our constituencies do not, however, limit their activity to this relatively narrow sphere, but rather work all over the City. This kind of ‘wide net’ approach mirrors community work in the early 20th century when Barnard students regularly fanned out across New York to work in settlement houses, often spending nights there. More recently current Barnard students also extend the reach of our community far beyond upper Broadway – to the other NYC boroughs, other states, and indeed all over the world.
Barnard’s community is comprised of diverse, multi-generational constituent groups: students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumnae, all distinct yet inter-related. As part of Columbia, Barnard students participate in all aspects of University life, including countless student-driven community activities; faculty and staff also participate in Columbia Community Service (CCS) that supports dozens of area non-profits.
As educators, Barnard embraces an educational philosophy that is as inclusive as it is rigorous. In addition to its bedrock commitment to educating promising women, the College has historically reached out to other students who may be stymied by access and/or achievement gap issues, as well as stereotype threat (“girls are bad at math and science”). The College thus offers, both on campus and through its partnerships with many organizations, an array of enrichment programs and activities designed to ensure a healthy college-bound/science-interested/graduate school) ‘pipeline,’ i.e. one filled with a diverse population of students striving to reach their potential.
Barnard participates in many community partnerships and initiatives, and has historically provided resources including funds, facilities, and time. This includes annual contributions and organized volunteer opportunities to area organizations (Morningside Area Alliance, Community Impact, The Friends of Morningside Park, The Friends of Riverside Park, The Broadway Mall Group, The Cathedral of St John the Divine’s ACT summer camp program, Tompkins Hall, the Learning Center). Each year we run a bike-a-thon to raise funds for CCS.
The vast number of interests of the Barnard community reflects our diversity on every level. Students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumnae – all have their passions and it is impossible to inventory the multifaceted community-based activities in which these thousands of people are engaged. We can, however, characterize some general categories: research collaborations with scientific and educational organizations and schools; volunteering, contributing financially, and/or offering expertise/time to a wealth of nonprofits.
For information about Columbia Community Service (CCS), please visit the website at http://communityservice.columbia.edu/. You can also feel free to contact Barnard CCS Board Members Jeanette Darby, Kim Marten and Vivian Taylor.
To make a contribution or obtain tax receipts, please see Mr. Mike Malena in the Barnard Human Resources Office.
All contributions for CCS should be made payable to Columbia Community Service, not Barnard College.