All SGA Committees will be accepting applications for new members at the start of the 2014 fall semester. Stay tuned for applications and be sure to apply!
Mission: The role of the Barnard Library and Academic Information Service Committee (BLAIS) is, “to assist in the planning of issues relating to the Library, academic computing, and information technology” at Barnard College (A Faculty Guide to Barnard College). In recent years, the committee has considered issues such as: the multiple uses of Courseworks, the pros and cons of an online course catalog versus a paper version, changes and modifications to eBear, the use of laptops in the classroom, and the L- course registration process.
Meetings: The committee meets three times each semester (once in October, November, and December during the Fall Semester, and once in February, March, and April during the Spring Semester).
Membership: The committee consists of a chair, the Dean of Library and Academic Information Services, and one faculty member from each of the four faculty voting groups in addition to two faculty members “at-large.”
The Dean of the College, the Associate Provost, the Director of Academic Technologies, and the Director of Management Information and Network Services sit on the committee.
Four students sit on BLAIS -- the Representative to the Engineering Student Council, who is elected by the members of SGA, and three appointed students, who serve one- year terms.
Contact Information: Email: sgaBLAIS@barnard.edu
Mission: According to the Faculty Guide to Barnard College, the Committee on Instruction (COI) is, “The College’s principal formulator of educational policy.” In recent years, the COI has considered matters ranging from major modifications to the curriculum, such as changing General Education Requirements, to the application of the Barnard Honor Code in the classroom, to whether or not to grant a GER designation request for a particular course.
Meetings: This committee meets every other week.
Members: The committee is chaired by the Associate Provost. In addition to the chair, the committee consists of two faculty members from each of the four faculty voting groups, The Dean of the College, the Dean of Students, and the Registrar. The Dean of Library and Information Services and a representative from Development also attend.
Four students sit on the COI at any one time -- the Academic Affairs Representative, who is elected by the members of SGA for a one year term, and three appointed students, who serve two-year terms.
Contact Information: Email: sgaCOI@barnard.edu
Mission: The Financial Advisory Council serves as a link between the Barnard student body and the Chief Operating Officer.
Meetings: This committee meets weekly.
Members: This committee is chaired by the Vice President for Finance. The committee also includes the Chief Operating Officer and student representatives selected through the appointments process.
Mission: The committee acts as an advisory committee to the SGA Representative Council, advising them on whom to appoint to SGA Representative Council, Class Council, and Committee positions. This is a secret committee; the identity of all members is kept anonymous in order to allow for critical and honest recommendations of candidates for SGA. This committee serves an incredibly valuable function as it helps to recommend the very people who serve on SGA and represent Barnard.
Meetings: Committee meets bi-monthly.
Membership: Members are appointed in the Fall semester. Membership is kept secret. The committee is chaired by the Vice President Student Government.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: The Student Organization Committee (SOC) was established to foster more communication between the Student Government Association and SGA-recognized student organizations. The responsibilities of an SOC representative are the following:
-To recommend recognition of new clubs to the SGA Representative Council
-To update the VPSA on the status of groups within your respective category
-To serve as a liaison between the VPSA and clubs within your category
Meetings: Meets once a month.
Membership: The SOC is made up of four appointed students and the elected SGA Vice President for Students Activities (VPSA), who serves as the Chair of the Committee. Each of the four appointed student members will represent a type of club out of 4 categories of clubs SGA recognizes: Cultural, Academic/Pre-Professional, Special Interest, and Performance.
Contact Information: Email: SOC@barnard.edu
Mission: The Committee on Diversity serves as the means by which students actively research, assess, and engage issues of diversity on campus. Students on this committee survey several areas of Barnard College, in particular, the student body, faculty, and administration, and present thoughtful and practical approaches to improving the dynamics of diversity in all facets of the College. The committee addresses issues of identity, surrounding, but not limited to, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, socioeconomic class, education, citizenship, and ability. The committee creates forums in which students can participate in meaningful and evocative discussions surrounding the above issues.
Meetings: The committee meets weekly.
Membership: The committee is comprised of appointed students. The SGA-elected Representative for Diversity and one appointed member of the committee will serve as co-chairs.
Contact Information: Email: email@example.com
Mission: This committee acts as a liaison between the student body and the Office of Dining Services by addressing food concerns.
Meetings: This committee meets once a week.
Membership: The committee is comprised of appointed students. The SGA-elected Representative for Community Affairs and one appointed member of the committee will serve as co- chairs.
Contact Information: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: The committee serves as a bridge between the Furman Counseling Center and the Barnard community by raising awareness about mental health among Barnard students.
Meetings: The committee meets weekly.
Membership: The SGA-elected Representative for Student Services and an appointed member serve as co-chairs of the committee. The committee consists of a chair, the Director of the Rosemary Furman Counseling Center, and additionally appointed students.
Contact Information: Email: sgaFurman@barnard.edu
Mission: The committee acts as an advisory committee to Residential Life and Housing on all issues related to Room Selection, Resident Advising System and residential resources. The committee discusses topics such as Sorority Housing, the Columbia and Barnard Housing Exchange, and the First-Year Focus Program.
Meetings: The committee meets weekly.
Membership: The committee is comprised of student representatives and the Director of Residential Life and Housing. The student membership includes up to 9 appointed students and the elected Student Government Representative for Student Services. This committee benefits from a diversity of students in the Barnard community. The Committee is co- chaired by the Representative for Student Services and an appointed member of the committee.
Contact Information: Email: sgaHousing@barnard.edu
Mission: The Student Curatorial Committee seeks to incorporate more art into the lives of Barnard students. The committee works with student art groups on campus, administrative offices, and the Board of Trustees to achieve this mission. SCC will display student artwork in the residence halls and buildings around campus, host student art exhibitions and events throughout the school year, and facilitate long-term art projects that encourage student participation. Additionally, the committee will act as an “Art Liaison”, notifying students of art events and programs taking place around campus and the New York City area.
Meetings: The Committee meets every week.
Contact Information: EmailL email@example.com
Mission: The committee acts as a liaison between the student body and Health Services by voicing concerns and feedback. Its main objectives are: -to inform students about available services
-to encourage students to become more aware regarding the practices and policies of Health Services
-to promote various programs and develop awareness among students regarding imperative health issues and review suggestions from students in conjunction with health service professionals
Meetings: The committee meets once a week. Bi-weekly, these meetings will be attended by Health Services administrators.
Membership: The committee is comprised of up to 15 appointed students. Ideally each of the students represents a certain population from the Barnard Community. The committee is co- chaired by the Representative for Student Services and an appointed co-chair. The Director of Health services and the Director of Well-Woman attend the meetings on a bi- weekly basis.
Contact Information: Email: SHAC@barnard.edu