Student Leadership Retreats


LGBTQ and Allied Retreat

The purpose of the annual LGBTQA retreat is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied communities by embracing diverse individuals from across the Columbia-Barnard campus for leadership development, skills sharing, awareness-raising, and community building.

This retreat is a collaborative effort between Barnard and Columbia and is open to all undergraduate students. The LGBTQA student leadership retreat takes place in the Fall semester.  For more information, please contact or

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Students of Color Leadership Retreat

The Students of Color Leadership Retreat (SOCLR) is an annual retreat weekend that takes place in a residential camp setting during the fall semester.  SOCLR weekend is designed to fortify participants in their leadership at Barnard, Columbia, and beyond, to focus on shared experiences, and to critically examine various issues and "isms" that relate to living in a multicultural and diverse community. Upon returning from the retreat, students are galvanized by the enhanced connections made during the weekend and are able to continue in their work as student leaders with a strong supportive community behind them. SOCLR is designed for students who identify themselves as a person of color as a primary identity.

SOCLR is a joint venture between Barnard and Columbia and is open to all undergraduates. SOCLR student takes place in the Fall semester.  For more information, please contact or

Barnard BLUE Summit

This  off-campus, weekend summit (formerly known as the Women's Leadership Retreat) embodies a holistic approach to leadership, exploring how our multiple identities and experiences shape our development as leaders.  It is open to all Barnard students and helps foster a sense of community by focusing on personal growth, identity exploration, and building meaningful connections with others. The Summit will be from 12:00pm, Friday, March 27 through 1:30pm, Sunday, March 29 (please apply only if you can commit to attend the entire summit)
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Applications Due: Thursday, February  26 @ 9 am (Late applications will not be considered.) 
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