Commitment to Access
When Barnard College opened its doors to young women in 1889, it opened a world of rigorous higher education to a segment of the New York City population that had previously been barred. Over one hundred and thirty years later, Barnard is still rewriting the narrative of inequity by working to remove barriers of access to historically underrepresented groups. Over 40% of Barnard students identify as students of color, and 16% are the first in their family to attend college. In addition to a plethora of supportive programs, our Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion continues to create strategies to promote equity throughout our beloved community.
“A diversity of lived experiences and viewpoints in an environment that allows for open dialogue and understanding is vital to our scholarship.”
—Sian Leah Beilock, President of Barnard College
Are You Barnard Bound?
Barnard Bound provides a taste of Barnard College and New York City for promising rising high school seniors who self-identify as students of color — especially those students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit. During this two-day overnight program, you’ll be able to experience the cultural diversity of New York City and Morningside Heights while getting a full perspective on life as a potential Barnard student. A current student will host you in a campus residence hall.
Learn more about Barnard Bound
Meet Our Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
“As a first-generation Puerto Rican woman whose family story has been defined by the struggle of women to access education, I am encouraged by the opportunity to contribute what I have learned to an institution that places the development of students, understood in its intersectional diversity, at the heart of its mission.”
—Ariana González Stokas, VP for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
In May 2019, the College named its first Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: scholar and researcher Ariana González Stokas. In her role, she spearheads new initiatives to foster an inclusive and equitable college community — for both students and faculty. González Stokas brings a wealth of experience to Barnard as a committed educator and researcher. She has worked as an administrator, faculty member, and scholar of philosophy and education, with a proven track record of being dedicated to equity and access. She chairs the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and works closely with the Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development and the Executive Director for Equity, among others, to envision and actualize programs that promote diversity, establish accountability, and support inclusivity among Barnard’s community.
Read Barnard’s Diversity and Inclusion Mission Statement
Learn More About the Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion