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Way Back Wednesday | Annie Leonard ’86

In an Earth Day #WayBackWednesday, the executive director of Greenpeace USA and creator of The Story of Stuff Project reflects on what still gives her hope after more than 30 years of climate activism.

Beyond Barnard

Kathrin U. Jansen and Albert Bourla P’23 of Pfizer Share Their Insights

The head of vaccine research and development at Pfizer and the company’s CEO share the behind-the-scenes story of creating the groundbreaking COVID-19 vaccine.


Students Share | Pandemic Tales

Two students discuss their Pandemic Tales seminar, led by history professor Premilla Nadasen, which partnered with the Damayan Migrant Workers Association to share stories of those impacted by COVID-19.


Students Share | Rachel Barkin ’22

Driven by her passion for criminal justice reform and civil rights law, Rachel Barkin ’22 is defending the First Amendment rights of the people affected by the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Essentially Barnard

Join the scientific researchers, Olympic-level athletes, published poets, performers, artists, and activists who make up Barnard's nearly 2,600 students and 35,000+ alumnae. In this community, voices command respect and opinions help shape the discourse.

An Education for Tomorrow

  • A Flexible Curriculum You Can Shape

    The Barnard Foundations curriculum encourages you explore widely across disciplines, discover new territory, and then dive deep. It’s structured to ensure that you examine the world through a variety of lenses — the rest is up to you.

  • Advanced Research Opportunities

    You can look up information — but to solve problems, you have to think critically and creatively. At Barnard, you have multiple opportunities to hone these skills through faculty-mentored, structured research in the sciences or humanities.

  • Digital Literacy Across Disciplines

    Dancers research the data of movement. Historians build digital visualizations of complex ideas. You’ll need digital skills whatever your discipline, and Barnard is the first liberal arts school to require that you learn to interpret and create digitally.

Voices & Stories


Cecily Morrison '02


DEI Expert


Change Agent


“Since I stepped foot on Barnard’s campus, I was encouraged to pursue my inquisitive nature. In all my classes, science or not, I was taught to speak up and ask questions. As a Beckman Scholar, I utilized these questioning skills to delve deeper into my research and advance science.”
— Rachel Nordlicht ’20

“Barnard is a school that roots for you. Your RA, academic advisor, professors, and classmates all want you to succeed and will provide you with a support system throughout your time at Barnard — and even after. I have never regretted choosing Barnard.”
— Elena Taeyaerts ’21, political science major.

“I fell in love with Barnard when I walked on campus more than 20 years ago — the campus, the incredible women, and NYC! Barnard has taught me how to think, lead, and be confident. Barnard taught me how to give back and pay it forward.”
— Jyoti Menon ’01

“These [dance groups] all have played a huge part in my time here at Barnard — not only have they helped me develop healthy mental and physical practices, but they’ve helped me develop really close friendships.”
— Anna Yokote ’23, environment & sustainability and human rights major

“Barnard taught me that the quality of the work is what matters most. Don’t try to fit [your work] into anything that seems to be interesting to people in any given moment, because all that’s going to change. You’re doing this for yourself.”
— Mary Beth Keane ’99

“Reflecting on the past semester and a half, I can’t imagine embarking on the roller coaster of college anywhere but at Barnard, among the beautiful, diverse, incredible community.”
— Defne Egbo ’23, sociology major

“From the moment I arrived on campus, Barnard pulled something out of me that I didn’t know was there — a voice from a void, cropping up sometimes in conversation with my transfer buddies and in class discussion, and most often in my papers.”
— Nina Sharma ’05

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