2020 Pre-College Summer Programs

Immerse yourself in a summer learning experience at Barnard! The Office of Pre-College Programs offers 7 unique institutes in STEM, Art & Design, Entrepreneurship, Performing Arts and Media, Writing, Leadership, and Urban Studies. 

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STEMinists in Training Institute

June 27- July 11, 2020

Designed  for fearless and inquisitive young women, SITI is perfect for students looking to develop their STEM skills in both lecture and laboratory settings. Using the city as a supplemental classroom, you’ll be able to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in motion by visiting job sites and liaising with city organizations. In addition to your coursework, this program begins to address some of the inequalities that women face in the STEM field and how we can begin to rewrite the narrative with our presence. 

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NYC Art and Design Summer Institute

June 27- July 11, 2020 

Home to over 100 museums, a handful of the  tallest skyscrapers in the world, and arguably the world's biggest Fashion Weeks, New York serves as an art, fashion, cultural and architectural capital. Students will develop a  nuanced understanding of the social, political, and economic impact of art and fashion and how they fit into either (or both) of these industries.Academic work is supplemented by sessions on the business of the art and fashion industries, museum studies, art and social justice, and much more. This program takes students from theory to practice in a New York minute.

 

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Athena Summer Innovation Institute

June 27- July 11, 2020

ASII is an intensive boot camp that provides young women with the practical skills and knowledge they need to develop new ideas that will make a difference in the world. Working in small teams, you will be given the tools to create a new venture — start-up businesses, non-profit organizations, or advocacy campaigns — that has the power to disrupt accepted ways of doing things and creates lasting change. Students will hone their leadership skills by attending workshops on topics ranging from marketing products to financial fluency, site visits to NYC startups, and sessions with Barnard speaking fellows to improve their storytelling abilities. The institute culminates in a final ‘Pitchfest’ where teams present their new venture to an esteemed panel of leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators.

 

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Performing Arts and Media Institute

June 27- July 25, 2020

Embrace your creativity in the Performing Arts and Media Institute, a four week intensive offering courses in dance, acting, filmmaking, art, and production that will culminate in our annual Festival of the Arts, where students will showcase their best work to their peers. Outside of the classroom, students will spend their afternoons in:

Industry related intensives 

Workshops on navigating the college admissions process for arts/media majors

Festival of the Arts Preparation

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Young Women Writers Institute

July 18- August 1, 2020

Barnard’s Young Women Writers Institute encourages writers to find their voice and share it with the world. Students will spend their mornings learning from Barnard instructors in courses such as Writing the Self, The Art of the Short Story, Writing New York, and Playwriting, on the same campus where writers like Greta Gerwig, Zora Neale Hurson, Jhumpa Lahiri got their start. Afternoons will be spent in intensives focused on developing a writing portfolio, getting published, and careers for writers. Off campus, you will tour some of the iconic neighborhoods that birthed movements such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Beat Generation.

 

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Young Women's Leadership Institute

July 18- August 1, 2020 

The Young Women's Leadership Institute embraces the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. As an YWLI participant you should be curious, passionate, and ready to develop your skills as a leader. The Institute will allow you to develop trailblazing qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens. Students are given the opportunity to tackle a problem in the world and work in small groups to design and execute a solution using the skills they’ve gained in courses and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to meet with women in workplaces throughout the city to learn about the skills and tenacity needed to stand out in today’s workforce. 

 

YWLI embraces the complex relationship between gender and leadership as its focus. As an YWLI participant you should be curious, passionate, and ready to develop your skills as a leader. The Institute will allow you to develop trailblazing qualities and push you in new directions as you explore leadership through a feminist lens. Students are given the opportunity to tackle a problem in the world and work in small groups to design and execute a solution using the skills they’ve gained in courses and workshops. You will also have the opportunity to meet with women in workplaces throughout the city to learn about the skills and tenacity needed to stand out in today’s workforce.

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Urban Studies Summer Institute

July 18- August 1, 2020 

Facilitated in partnership with Barnard's Empirical Reasoning Center, the Urban Studies Summer Institute immerses students in social justice and the use of data to enact change. Students spend two weeks in "New York, New Yorks: An Empirical Exploration" uncovering how and why policies are developed and the impact that those policies have on residents of New York City. Outside of the classroom, you will be able to see justice in motion through workshops, site visits to organizations that serve NYC, and a capstone digital portfolio.  By the end of their two weeks, students will be equipped with the language of social justice and the skillset to be changemakers in their communities and beyond.

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