Additional committees are periodically formed by the President, the Provost, or a vote of the Faculty to address pressing substantive matters of the college. Service on Special and Ad Hoc Committees carries the same weight and is governed by the same policies as standing elective and appointive committees.
Current Special and Ad Hoc Committees
The objective of this new Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion is to coordinate, evaluate, and establish campus-wide diversity initiatives that, by 2020, will aim to increase the representation of students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented and socially distinctive backgrounds; ensure the equitable treatment of, and respect for, all members of the Barnard community; and create a campus-wide culture and commitment that values diversity in promoting academic excellence. The task force, which will include representatives from the Barnard administration, Board of Trustees, faculty, students and staff, meets once or twice a semester, with more frequent subcommittee meetings as needed.
The purpose of the Task Force to Examine Divestment is to enable the Investment Committee and, subsequently, the full Board of Trustees to make an informed decision about whether to seek divestment from companies that extract, process, distribute, and sell fossil fuels. The Task Force on Divestment will also seek to facilitate broader discussions on sustainability between the Board and other campus leaders/organizations including the previously established Tri-Partite Committee on Sustainability and the Sustainable Initiatives Consulting Board that can provide more in depth work on both micro approaches to sustainability on campus in addition to the macro approach of divestment.