Access Barnard serves as the hub of College efforts to enhance the academic experiences, and promote the inclusion and excellence of first-generation, low-income, and international students in their transition to and persistence through the Barnard experience. We do so by celebrating identities, cultivating community, empowering exploration, mentoring others, and building allyship, holistic development, and self-advocacy.
Located in Milbank Hall at the north end of campus, Access Barnard is home to FLI (first-generation/low-income) Initiatives, International Student Services (ISS), and Opportunity Programs (OP).
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Access Barnard Offerings
- Access Barnard Summer Pre-Orientation Program (multiple tracks: OP, International F-1, FLI)
- First-Year Access Barnard (FAB) Program
- Navigating Barnard Workshop Series
- Peer Mentoring Program
- Peer Academic Advisors (PAAs)
- Global Ambassadors
- Access Barnard Lending Library and Supplemental Academic Support Application (SASA)
- Access Barnard Student Advisory Board
- Signature Celebratory Events
- Community Building Events
- Wellness Programs
- Spring Orientation for VISP and new incoming transfer international students
Access Barnard Pre-Orientation Program
The Access Barnard Summer Pre-Orienta
- Welcome new students to Barnard College and the Access Barnard community
- Establish connections both within the incoming class and with upper-year peers
- Make incoming students aware of the resources available to them, including but not limited to, (1) academic resources, (2) opportunities for student involvement, and (3) opportunities to establish a relationship with faculty, staff, and alumnae
- Empower incoming Access Barnard students to make responsible and informed decisions as a Barnard community member
- Foster pride, belonging, and enthusiasm in the Access Barnard community
Summer Program Structure
OP Academic Program (mandatory for all incoming CSTEP & HEOP students): August 7-21, 2023
- OP Move-In takes place on Monday, Aug 7, 2023 from 9:00am-12:00pm, with the program kick-off and parent orientation starting at 2:00pm
- OP Academic Program Courses run from Tuesday, Aug 8 - Monday, Aug 21
Navigating Barnard Week (mandatory for OP & International F-1 first-year students; voluntary opt-in for FLI students): August 21-26, 2023
- Navigating Barnard Week Move-In (International F-1 first-year students & FLI students) takes place on Monday, Aug 21, 2023 from 10:00am-4:00pm, with the program kick-off and parent orientation starting at 4:00pm
- Navigating Barnard Week student sessions and workshops will commence at 4:00pm on Monday, Aug 21 and continue through Friday, Aug 25 at 6:00pm
Please note the following:
Student attendance will be taken at all Pre-Orientation sessions
International students for Pre-O are exclusively defined as incoming first-year students (not transfers) on F-1 visas
First Generation/Low-Income (FLI) students are students who are the first in their families to attend college (where none or neither of your parents/legal guardians obtained a bachelor's degree at the time of your Barnard enrollment; or none or neither of your parents/legal guardians completed a bachelor's degree in the United States. For those who come from lower-income households, income and the opportunities to which it provides access varies significantly by geography, cost of living, and family size. Therefore, there is no set definition of low-income — you are welcome to identify as you feel most comfortable.
All CSTEP, HEOP, and International F-1 first-year students are required to attend, fully participate, and be present for the full duration of their designated program components. First-generation and/or low-income (FLI) students are invited to participate in the program on a voluntary, opt-in basis, and must sign-up to be considered. All eligible students will find sign-up information and additional details in their Enrolled Student Portal. We have a capacity of 250 program participants in total, and students will receive an official confirmation from Access Barnard in June regarding their participation. We are very much looking forward to meeting you in August!
If you have additional questions, please first refer to our Summer 2023 FAQ (requires Barnard login). If your question is not answered, please reach out to Access Barnard at email@example.com.
The Supplemental Academic Support Application (SASA) provides students with a single point of access to request supplemental funds for emergent academic needs to support their educational progress during their time at Barnard.
SASA funding is available to all Barnard students. Applications are reviewed by the SASA Committee.
Scope of Awards
SASA funding aims to support Barnard students during their undergraduate experience through supplemental academic grants. SASA grants range and can be used for demonstrated needs such as: academic course materials, educational accommodation testing, or emergent needs for extreme financial hardships. The average grant awarded is $50-350, and priority is given towards requests with a direct academic need. There are limited resources available throughout the semester and the SASA Committee prioritizes requests within its means. Policies and awarded grant funding may also change in the future and should not be held as an expectation for future requests. Additionally, the support provided through SASA is a way to help connect students with non-financial resources at Barnard, Columbia, and within NYC. SASA also supports students through the Access Barnard Lending Library and specialized advising.
PLEASE NOTE: SASA is not suited to address significant long-term financial deficits. SASA does not support tuition of any kind, ongoing living expenses such as rent (housing or storage), utilities, lifestyle expenses, nor fund non-emergency personal and/or pleasure travel without clear academic justification.
How To Apply
The SASA application is available through your Barnard portal which can be found at portal.barnard.edu. You will be prompted to log in. Once logged in look under finances and you will see the SASA application listed.
Location: First floor of Milbank Hall inside Milbank 111; Annex in Milbank 119
|Opportunity Programs (OP)||Milbank 111|
|First-Generation/Low-Income Student Initiatives (FLI)||Milbank 119|
|International Student Services (ISS)||Milbank 119|
|Peer Mentoring Program||Milbank 119|
Access Barnard Areas
Opportunity Programs (OP)
- Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)
- Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)
For more information about Opportunity Programs, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
First-Generation/Low-Income Student Initiatives (FLI)
First-Generation/Low-Income Student Initiatives (FLI) provides specialized advising and support to all students who identify with the first-generation and/or low-income college experience. Access Barnard seeks to empower and enrich the experience of FLI students both inside and outside of the classroom as they navigate Barnard.
For more information about FLI Initiatives, please contact Jemima Gedeon, Director of FLI Student Initiatives at email@example.com.
International Student Services (ISS)
International Student Services (ISS) serves the needs of F-1, J-1 visa students, and self-identified international students at the College. ISS provides a wide array of services to new, continuing and visiting international students. The office also develops year-round academic, cultural, and social programming, oversees the Global Ambassadors, and serves as a global resource for the larger Barnard community.
For more information about International Student Services, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer Mentoring Program
Peer mentoring is widely considered a high-impact practice for student success. Peer mentoring has been shown to enhance students' sense of belonging and satisfaction with their college experience and enhance psycho-social belonging. For students new to the college experience, peer mentors have been shown to be indispensable to the transition, particularly for first-generation students. Access Barnard Peer Mentors help students identify their needs and connect them to institutional resources.
For more information about the Access Barnard Peer Mentoring Program, please contact Gianni Lopez, Senior Associate Director for Advising and Programs at email@example.com.
Meet The Access Barnard Staff
|Jemima Gedeon||Director of First-Generation Student Initiatives (FLI)||Milbank 119|
|Elida Martinez-Gaynor||Director of Opportunity Programs (OP)||Milbank 114|
|Raul Cervantes||Senior Associate Director, OP||Milbank 114|
|Jeff Owusu||Senior Advisor, OP||Milbank 114|
|Gianni Lopez||Senior Associate Director, Advising and Programs||Milbank 119|
|Valerie Monaco||Director of International Student Services (ISS)||Milbank 119|
|Joanna (Chi-Hsin) Kang||Senior Advisor, ISS||Milbank 114|
|Amy Jaggassar||Administrative Assistant||Milbank 111|
|Katie Hyon||Executive Director||Milbank 114|
Addressing Food Insecurity
The Food Pantry at Lerner Hall is open to currently-registered students within any of the 21 Schools of Columbia University. Any student who has any level of food insecurity can reach out to the Food Pantry to get a disbursement catered to your individual dietary and household needs. All students can rest assured that any information they provide will remain within the Food Pantry and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Food Pantry without their explicit permission.