2020 Pre-College Summer Programs

The PCP Office will share 2021 programs on our website in late October. In the meantime, read about past institutes below. 

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STEMinists in Training Institute ONLINE

Sunday, June 28th- Friday, July 10th

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 ONLINE

Sunday, June 28th- Friday, July 10th

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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Young Women Writers Institute ONLINE

Sunday, July 19th- Friday, July 31st

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. Students will come together across classes to create a culminating digital literary project. 


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Young Women's Leadership Institute ONLINE

Sunday, July 19th- Friday, July 31st

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, focusing on areas such as gender inequality, politics, queer studies, urban studies, and human rights. 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. 


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