Mission Statement:

Well-Woman is the health promotion program and wellness center at Barnard College. Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of Barnard students through a variety of programming activities. Our philosophical approach to wellness focuses on an integration of body, mind and spirit, which moves us toward a more proactive, healthier existence. We use as our model the Wellness Wheel which includes physical, intellectual, occupational, emotional, social and spiritual, service and cultural dimensions which represent all aspects of human growth. The open center of the wellness wheel reflects the notion that each "spoke" impacts on the others and that we cannot be truly healthy if we neglect any aspect of the wheel. However, it is important to remember that gaining total wellness is a journey and a process that continues throughout life.

General Services


Peer educators present workshops and programs in the residence halls on a variety of topics, including healthy eating, safer sex, healthy relationships, self care, sleep, communication, stress reduction, and body image. Resident assistants (RAs) and student groups can request programs through the Well-Woman office, which are then assigned to peer educators during weekly meetings. In addition, Well-Woman staff provide trainings and workshops to student groups on topics including contraception and safer sex, stress management, self care, and bystander intervention. 


The Well-Woman Office has a wide variety of resources including health newsletters, books, journals, magazines and brochures. We also maintain a DVD and video library. Read through our resources.

Who We Are


Jessica Cannon, Ed.M, Program Director, Health Promotion and Education, BC '03:

A 2003 Barnard graduate, Jessica was a student peer educator with the Well-Woman Health Promotion program for two years, returning to Barnard as an administrator in 2004. She started as a health educator in Well-Woman and the Primary Care Health Service, and is currently Program Director for Health Promotion and Education, overseeing the Well-Woman program and peer educators, and Primary Care’s health education efforts. Jessica has a Masters of Education in counseling psychology. She is always happy to speak with students about any aspect of wellness. Just ask! She can be reached at wellwoman@barnard.edu or jcannon@barnard.edu.


The peer educators are Barnard Students who volunteer to provide information to the Barnard and Columbia communities about a range of health and wellness issues. The peer education program began at Barnard in 1986. Well-Woman was established in 1993 to bring together per-existing small, topical peer educator groups to form one comprehensive group

Where We Are

Well-Woman is located in the Barnard Quad on the first floor of Reid Hall. To reach us, enter through the Brooks Hall entrance. You will need to show your ID to the front desk attendant. Turn left after passing the Reid Hall elevators. The Well-Woman Office is located at 119 Reid Hall, which will be on the right.

Map to Well Woman