Student Life recognizes the value and meaning of connecting with people of shared identities and experiences. Our identity and inclusion programs allow students to come together with their peers, faculty, and staff to explore their identities, and to build networks of support and solidarity. We recognize that Barnard students come together with shared goals and interests, and yet inequitable power structures have a differential impact on students of marginalized identities.
We offer a variety of programs and events, including our annual Bold Brilliant Beats concert; identity-based meetups with faculty, staff, and students; and a prayer and meditation space. We also collaborate with colleagues across Barnard and Columbia to create spaces for deeper connections, such as the Women of Color Support Group (with Furman Counseling Center) and off-campus weekend retreats for students of color and LGBTQIA students (with the Columbia Office of Multicultural Affairs). Student Life also believes in honoring our communities and achievements with the Community Excellence Reception at the end of the academic year to acknowledge graduating seniors who identify as students of color, LGBTQIA, first generation college students, and students with disabilities.
Most importantly, we realize the intersectional and multiple identities of each student and intentionally foster a space that acknowledges both similarities and differences. We honor the complexities that exist within each community.