The Dean of the College, Avis E. Hinkson, is the College’s chief student affairs officer and is responsible for all student services that support the academic mission of the College and enhance student life on campus. The departments and programs within the Dean of the College’s area are committed to ensuring that the College admits and provides resources for high-achieving young women to take full advantage of the College’s offerings in support of their educational career. The academic success and developmental growth of our students is of the utmost importance and towards that end, the Dean of the College provides leadership for the student affairs area, coordinates the collaborative work necessary for a cohesive and coherent student experience and works with other senior administrative colleagues to plan for the future of the College.


  • Oversee the policies and processes related to the admission and administration of financial aid to enroll well-qualified and promising students of diverse backgrounds.
  • Oversee and support the offices and departments that serve students so that they can collectively support and enhance students’ experiences at the College.
  • Provide these services at the highest level of quality.


  • To enroll a highly qualified, promising and diverse student body.
  • To support students during their time at the College and facilitate their degree completion.

Student Learning Goals

Through engagement in educational opportunities at Barnard within the Student Services division, students will learn:

  • Learning and growth: Students will develop awareness of their learning styles and goals, consider multiple perspectives, develop critical thinking skills, sustain their intellectual curiosity, and nourish their emotional growth at Barnard and throughout their lifetimes.
  • Critical reflexivity: Students will identify their personal responsibility in developing their consciousness and self-awareness, recognizing both intent and impact. Students will recognize that personal development is a cumulative process that occurs over time, and that resilience and strength are built by engaging in difficult conversations.
  • Inclusion and respect: Students will develop a sense of self, as well as an understanding of the contexts in which social identities are formed. Students will deepen their value of inclusion and equity through engagement in diverse communities, with mutual respect and care for multiple perspectives and life experiences.
  • Social justice and community engagement: Students will recognize their role and responsibility in recognizing power, privilege, and structural inequities. Students will develop a commitment to addressing social issues in local and global communities, and work in consideration of and in partnership with impacted communities.
  • Conscientious Leadership: Students will be able to identify core values or attributes to empower themselves and others for self-advocacy and self-care, to address broader social issues.