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Programs

The offices that make up the area of Student Life are: Diversity Initiatives, Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Leadership Development and Orientation and Activities.  Below are some opportunities open to and available to students put forth by multiple offices in Student Life. 

Urban New York

Urban New York is a university-wide program designed to expose students to the sights and sounds of New York City by offering them FREE admission to events and programs in the area. These free tickets are available only to first-year and transfer students in the fall, but are open to the entire undergraduate population in the spring. Past events include Late Night with David Letterman; a variety of Broadway shows including Wicked, In the Heights, and The Lion King; dinner at Tavern on the Green, Nobu, and other NYC hot spots; sporting events like Knicks games; and Metropolitan and City Opera performances. For more information, please visit http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/sda/urbanNY.

Annual Events

Other campus programs include: the Block Party, Stress Free Zone, Halloween Fun Zone, World AIDS Day, and Trivia Bowl. In addition, we work collaboratively with student organizations on many campus-wide programs such as WBAR BBQ, Spirit Day, Midnight Breakfast and so much more!.

Heritage Months

Student Life works with the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Columbia to assist in the facilitation of heritage month celebrations on campus. Advisors from both schools work with a student committee to plan and execute fun and educational events during each cultural month. 

Off-campus Retreats

Student Life offers the following off-campus retreats geared toward enhancing skills and preparing students to contribute to their community at Barnard College and beyond:

  • The Queer Leadership Retreat is a weekend in the fall semester packed with workshops that address topics such as leadership development, the queer campus community, and building successful student-leader relationships. This retreat is specifically catered to students who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or allied at Barnard and Columbia.  This year's Queer Leadership Retreat will be held Oct. 25-27, 2013.
  • The Women’s Leadership Retreat is a weekend upstate in the spring packed with workshops for Barnard women. These workshops focus on team building, identity development and the role women play in changing the face of global leadership.   
  • The Students of Color Leadership Retreat is an intensive weekend of self-empowerment and coalition-building among diverse communities of color on the Barnard/Columbia campus. SOCLR will be held Nov. 8-10, 2013.