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Selected Giving Opportunities

The Diana Center

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Barnard trustee Diana T. Vagelos ’55 and her husband, Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, this landmark building has a name. However, there remain several ways, including the exciting giving opportunities described below, to support this building and help Barnard continue as the most sought-after liberal arts college for women.

Contributors of $50,000 or more are prominently recognized in the Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald ’81 Lobby, and each named space is appreciatively identified in the area itself. The College would be honored to add your name to those who champion Barnard and its pursuit of academic excellence. Please consider a gift to The Diana Center.


Special Events Space: $5 million

This impressive room is one of the largest assembly spaces on campus and comfortably holds up to 500 people. It accommodates a wide range of programs, including public lectures, academic symposia, film screenings, dance performances, and gala dinners. Accordingly, the special events space is a destination for the Barnard community, every resident of New York City, and all visitors attending the many conferences, artistic productions, and stimulating events hosted at The Diana Center.


Architecture Studios: $750,000-$2 million

The dramatic views from the expansive architecture studios inspire students in Barnard and Columbia’s prestigious undergraduate architecture program. The main studio and adjacent senior studio are occupied day and night by students in this elite program.

Main Architecture Studio: $2 million

Senior Architecture Studio: FUNDED


Contribute to The Millicent McIntosh Terrace: Any level

Millicent Carey McIntosh led Barnard with great success for a decade and a half, beginning in 1947. Six years into her tenure, she was named the College’s first president. Mrs. Mac is fondly remembered as an outspoken advocate for women’s equality and advancement. Barnard honors this great leader by naming the sweeping, tiered terrace leading up to The Diana Center in her honor. Through their support, alumnae can acknowledge Mrs. Mac’s legacy in this new era for the College. Donors of $50,000 or more will be recognized on a special plaque near the terrace.


Study Carrels in the Achilles Reading Room: $50,000

Study carrels in the sunlit Edith and Frances Achilles Memorial Reading Room offer the privacy of individual spaces in the quiet company of classmates engaged in their own work. Funding study carrels for the Achilles Reading Room helps Barnard ensure the best possible learning environment for our students. Donors are recognized on plaques located on individual study carrels.


Computer Workstations for Liz’s Place: $10,000

Fast-moving students are drawn to the easily accessible workstations in Liz’s Place, the main-floor café. Funding a computer workstation for The Diana Center helps keep the dynamic world at the fingertips of Barnard students. Donors are recognized on a plaque in Liz’s Place.