Beyond Barnard supports all students and alumnae as they define, pursue, and achieve success in their careers and communities. The office represents an integrated hub of services and resources in the areas of career development (including job and internship exploration and applications), student employment (including Federal Work Study, Barnard College Jobs, and other forms of on- and off-campus work), competitive national and international fellowships, and graduate and professional school. Members of the Barnard community can access Beyond Barnard from their first day on campus as students, throughout their matriculation, and for a lifetime as alumnae. Resources are available to students and alumnae, regardless of whether they intend to pursue careers in academia, corporate entities, nonprofit organizations, the arts, or government (and many others in between).
Beyond Barnard’s resources are meant to complement the academic mission of the College. The initiative proceeds from the assertion that one’s major does not dictate the entire course of one’s career, and that there is too often a false dichotomy between the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the classroom, and those necessary for success in careers after graduation. To this end, Beyond Barnard emphasizes the value of transferable skills, personal and professional networks (especially with Barnard alumnae), and critical thinking about the purpose of a liberal arts education in the context of the twenty-first century.
In its strategic plan, written in 2018, Beyond Barnard defined its central values as equity, exploration, engagement, and empowerment. The office lays out its specific pursuit of these values on its website https://barnard.edu/beyond-barnard/data-and-outcomes
In all of these activities, Beyond Barnard emphasizes that students and alumnae own their career trajectory, and works to empower them to define and pursue their path and their purpose. Students and alumnae can tap into Beyond Barnard resources (enumerated in more detail below) at its website, through its online portal, and on social media. Newsletters about services and resources are deployed weekly to students throughout the academic year. Additional targeted messages are deployed to students and alumnae year round.
Information about Beyond Barnard is available on its website, and questions can always be addressed to email@example.com.
Advising and Programs
The Advising and Programs Team provides one-on-one advising, events, workshops, mentoring opportunities, and other resources that help students and alumnae explore and pursue diverse careers, fellowships, and graduate or professional school programs. Leading more than 3000 individual advising appointments annually, the Advising and Programs Team can support students and alumnae in career exploration, job and internship document creation (resumes, CV’s, cover letters, etc.), applications for graduate and professional school (including Medical School and Law School, among many others), interview and negotiation best practices, networking, and the pursuit of competitive fellowships. Appointments are secured using Beyond Barnard’s online portal. Drop-in hours with full-time staff are also available. Information about how to schedule appointments or drop in for advising is available on the website.
In addition to full-time staff, the Advising and Programs Team oversees the Peer Career Advisor (PCA) program. PCA’s offer drop-in appointments for students to review job documents, discuss job and internship search strategies, review LinkedIn profiles, and more.
Central to Beyond Barnard’s philosophy on career exploration is its integration of multiple stakeholders from the Barnard community -- including alumnae, faculty, parents, staff, and others -- into its resources. Programs like Career Insights connect students to alumnae for conversations about industries, career skills, and diverse fields.
In 2019-20, Beyond Barnard celebrated ten years of career mentoring programs at the College with the launch of Barnard Connect and Beyond Mentoring. Barnard Connect is a virtual mentoring platform that allows students to connect with alumnae mentors. Beyond Mentoring, accessed through Barnard Connect, gives students the ability to apply for short-term projects for career and professional skills development that are hosted by alumnae, parents, and other friends of the College.
Questions about the Advising and Programs Team may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beyond Barnard’s Experiential Team administers part-time employment programs, and provides access to internships (including funding for unpaid internships), externships, volunteerism, and more through a comprehensive online job posting site available to all currently-enrolled, full-time Barnard College students. In these opportunities, students acquire many of the transferable skills and competencies necessary to ready them for the competitive world of full-time employment in the global marketplace. Wherever possible, these opportunities align with the academic mission of the college and the intellectual and professional goals of students.
Services available at Beyond Barnard through the Experiential Education Team include assistance with securing part-time employment opportunities by way of the office’s online database of on-campus and off-campus job postings (including bartending and babysitting opportunities); as well as the Beyond Barnard Internship Program (BBIP), which offers funding for unpaid internships. Information about BBIP funding, eligibility requirements, and application processes, is available through Beyond Barnard’s website.
Students have access to singular support in the form of individualized employment counseling appointments with professional staff for assistance with part-time jobs matching, assistance with setting professional development goals, alignment with internship and civic engagement opportunities offered by the office, and support with resolving workplace conflicts or concerns; customized support for special student populations, such as students with disabilities, first-generation low-income students, international students, LGBTQ+ communities, and HEOP students; and group service sessions and presentations that provide extra assistance for specialized documents completion, including internship and funding protocols, processes and applications, and payroll forms.
Questions about the Experiential Education Team may be directed to email@example.com.
Beyond Barnard’s Employer Relations Team connects with a range of employers across industries to connect Barnard students and alumnae to internship and job opportunities. The team facilitates regular information sessions and programs led by visiting employers (including alumnae in recruiting and other areas of organizations), on-campus interviews for internships and full-time jobs, and an array of skills development workshops that prepare students for success in the recruiting process.
Annually, more than 150 employers visit Barnard’s campus for the specific purpose of employing students. Opportunities Fairs take place twice each year (on the first Friday of each semester), connecting students to recruiters and alumnae at upwards of 75 firms, nonprofit organizations, and graduate institutions.
Questions about the Employer Relations Team may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data & Operations
Beyond Barnard tracks the graduate and professional outcomes of each graduating class and reports them each year on its website. In line with peer institutions, outcomes are reported six months after graduation. To track satisfaction and improve its resources, Beyond Barnard also collects data in the form of surveys from students. Data that Beyond Barnard collects and reports on can be found on the Beyond Barnard website.
Questions about the Data & Operations Team may be directed to email@example.com.
Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program
The Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program (ASAP) works with the Barnard community to provide drug and alcohol education, prevention, and intervention on campus. Its purpose is to promote the healthy development of students and to encourage students to explore their options and ultimately make choices that are positive for them as individuals.
ASAP offers individual and group counseling ASAP also offers outreach and educational programs on related topics, including: consequences of alcohol use, Barnard norms, women and alcohol, alcohol and relationships, alcohol and stress, abstinence, drug use, safe spring break and media literacy. All ASAP services are confidential and free of charge.
Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services
In 1978, Barnard established a program to provide services for students with disabilities, which enhance their educational, pre-professional, and personal development. The Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS) serves students who have different types of disabilities such as mobility, visual, hearing loss, as well as students with invisible disabilities, such as learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD, chronic medical conditions, psychological disabilities, and substance abuse recovery. CARDS works with other administrators and members of the faculty to assist students with disabilities in participating equally in college. Students who wish to seek accommodations at Barnard should fill out an online application, submit supporting documentation, and schedule an intake meeting with their designated CARDS coordinator. Accommodations are not granted retroactively, so it is best to register with CARDS early on. Accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, according to the type of disability a student has and the recommendations of the student's documentation. The buildings on the Barnard campus are wheelchair accessible. CARDS staff can assist students with determining the best access routes on campus. CARDS maintains a comprehensive webpage, which includes important information about accessing accommodations, how to register, and policies related to accommodations.
Primary Care Health Service (PCHS)
The PCHS, nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, provides primary care and specialist referrals for all registered Barnard students. It offers a wide range of general services, with a particular emphasis on the developmental needs of college-aged women. Entering students must submit a proof of immunization as required by New York State Health Laws. All students are entitled to all services at the PCHS, regardless of the type of insurance they carry.
The clinical staff consists of full-time and part-time physicians, nurse practitioners, a nurse, a nutritionist and a health educator (shared with the Well-Woman Health Promotion Program). The PCHS collaborates with major New York medical teaching centers to provide advanced clinical training in college health to Adolescent Medicine Fellows.
At all times when the college is in session and during winter and spring break there is a Clinician-on-Call phone service nights and weekends for after-hours urgent medical advice. The PCHS closes during winter, spring, and summer breaks. During these breaks, Barnard students may use the Health Services at Columbia, for urgent care only, for a $95 per-visit fee. If students carry the school health insurance program, they will be reimbursed for the visit. If they carry their family's insurance plan, they will need to check with their carrier about being reimbursed.
There is no per-visit charge at the PCHS, and the number of visits is unlimited. Medications are available for discounted fees from our on-site dispensary.
All enrolled students at Barnard must carry health insurance while they are a student at the College. Students have two options: They can either carry the school's insurance plan, implemented by Aetna, or waive out of the student health insurance plan with their family's insurance plan. The waive-out period occurs during certain times of the year and must be approved. All outside insurance plans must be ACA compliant. Students should carry their insurance cards with them at all times.
For additional information about services provided and the Student Insurance Plan, students are encouraged to visit the Health Services website.
Rape Crisis / Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC)
The Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis / Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC) is a joint program of Barnard College and Columbia University's Sexual Violence Response (SVR), a department of CU Health Services. The RC/AVSC is staffed by a professional and graduate staff, and professional advisors from Columbia University and Barnard College.
Programs offered by the RC/AVSC include peer-counseling and advocacy for survivors and co-survivors; referrals for a variety of on- or off-campus services; and workshops which aim to educate students, administrators, and faculty about the dynamics and effects of sexual and relationship violence.
Rosemary Furman Counseling Center
The Rosemary Furman Counseling Center, accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, provides short-term counseling, medication evaluations, referral services, and crisis intervention services for all registered Barnard students. They see students with a full range of problems, from adjustment issues, relationship problems, eating and substance issues, mood disorders, trauma, stress related to oppression, and other emotional/mental health concerns.
The clinical staff consists of psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists.
During the nine months of the school year, an After Hours Psychological Emergency Line provides emergency assistance on nights and weekends.
Because the clinic offers only short-term treatment, all students requiring long-term psychotherapy will be assisted in finding a therapist in the city. All students on psychiatric medication will also be referred out to psychiatrists in the area.
Mental Health Insurance
All registered Barnard students are required to have health insurance which includes mental health benefits for in-patient and out-patient treatment. The student insurance may be waived if the family policy meets these requirements.
Well-Woman Health Promotion
Well-Woman promotes the health and wellness of Barnard students through peer education, educational programming, individual health behavior consultation, campus-wide health campaigns, community outreach, and advocacy. We are a resource for students to learn about their physical, sexual, mental, and spiritual health, and we work to support women’s individual self-care and the health of the community. We also educate students about how to find and use health resources at Barnard and in the community.
Well-Woman peer educators are student volunteers who are trained to present workshops and campus events on sexual health, nutrition, fitness, body image, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, stress management, sleep, healthy relationships, and communication (and more), in residence halls, to clubs and organizations, and to teens in the surrounding community. Peer educators present education sessions to students having their first-ever GYN exam, and are available to answer student questions during evening office hours.
The area of Student Life embraces the educational mission of Barnard College as an independent liberal arts college for women in New York City. The Student Life team strives to engage each student in advising, programming, and community development using a student-centered approach. Our mission is to connect our community through dialogue, co-curricular experiences, and student engagement on every level. We promote active and involved citizenship through identity and leadership development and aim to educate and prepare students for success in an increasingly inter-connected global society.
The offices that make up the area of Student Life are: Diversity Initiatives, Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Leadership Development and Orientation and Activities.
The mission of Diversity Initiatives (ODI) is to promote and support a campus community that embraces its pluralistic identity. We seek to enhance the social and academic experiences of Barnard students by encouraging and empowering them to explore complex issues of social diversity.
The Glicker-Milstein Theatre functions as an artistic performance space and creative outlet that provides priority to the Barnard College Theatre Department, SGA recognized organizations as well as other academic departments. The GMT will facilitate the mission of Barnard College and Student Life by presenting enrichment opportunities through performances open to the student body and the College community. The Theatre Coordinator of Student Life is responsible for all facets of scheduling and programming in the GMT year-round. In addition, the TC is to act as advisor to all recognized student performance groups scheduled to use the GMT.
The Leadership Development office recognizes that leadership occurs in many settings. With this in mind, the staff is dedicated to identifying, reinforcing, and cultivating the skills that Barnard students need in order to be effective leaders on campus, in New York City, and throughout the world. We seek to accomplish this through signature initiatives which include the Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership Lunches, and the F.U.E.L. workshops, as well as many programs in collaboration with other departments on campus. The office’s holistic approach embraces the potential of co-curricular leadership development which creates well-rounded students who are ready to be progressive members of society.
Orientation and Activities
Orientation and Activities is an office that focuses on various co-curricular aspects of Barnard College. The office coordinates both fall and spring New Student Orientation Programs that welcome and introduce first-year, transfer, visiting and international students to the College. Building community is another essential part of this area which is primarily done through programming. On and off-campus programs are offered as ways of building relationships and gaining a sense of belonging at Barnard.
The Student Life Office supports the cultural, educational, and social programs designed to enrich commuter life. The Skip Stop Commuter Student Organization sponsors events and services for all commuter students. The communter lounge is located on the first floor of the Diana Center. Additionally, the Office of Residential Life provides information on off-campus living.
Student Records and Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment/FERPA) stipulates that students may have access to their official files and that no transcripts may be issued without their written request. A further explanation may be found in the College Calendar and Student Handbook.
Also in accordance with the Buckley Amendment, Barnard has the right to make public, at its discretion and without prior authorization from the student, the following information: name, class; home or college address and telephone number; e-mail address; major field; date and place of birth; dates of attendance at Barnard; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees; honors and awards received; and previous school most recently attended. The law also gives students the right to place limitations on the release of this information. A student who wishes to do so must file a special form with the Registrar, 107 Milbank, each year by September 15. In practice, the College does not indiscriminately release information about individual students.
The Barnard Public Safety Department is located just opposite the Main Gate at 117th Street and Broadway, in Barnard Hall, Room 104. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Barnard Public Safety plays a key role in preventative and protective measures to minimize risk or impact of emergency situations impacting campus. The department is committed to supporting a safe and healthy learning environment for students, faculty, and staff who live, work, and study on campus. All who are on campus can contribute to a community that fosters safety of all present.
The department includes public safety officers, access attendants, dispatchers, fire safety personnel, and supervisory staff. Staff are not sworn law enforcement officers. Public Safety officers are New York state certified security guards. Members of the department are trained in security patrol, crime prevention, fire safety, basic first aid, and CPR/AED. The Department works closely with Columbia Public Safety and the New York City Police Department when appropriate and necessary.
For more information please visit the Barnard Public Safety website at barnard.edu/publicsafety.
In compliance with New York State Education Law Article 129-A, and the Clery Act, crime statistics for the Barnard College campus for the last three calendar years are filed annually with the United States Department of Education and are available for review on their website and on the Barnard College website. In addition, the Advisory Committee on Campus Security will provide, upon request, all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. Requests can be made by contacting the Executive Director of Public Safety at 212-854-3362.