Mentoring Program

Beyond Barnard facilitates a range of mentoring relationships among students, and alumnae, parents, and friends of the College. Our objective is to build meaningful and transformational supportive networks that advance the diverse aspirations of Barnard students. There are several ways to get involved with mentoring programs at Beyond Barnard:

The New York Network

Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors: students meet once per month throughout the academic year with a Barnard alumnae and parents to discuss career exploration, get industry and graduate school advice, and check in about their progress through Barnard. The New York Network matches more than 130 student and alumnae/parent pairings across academia, industries, nonprofit organizations, the arts, and government.

The Shvidler Fellows Program

The ShvidlerFellows Program connects  a select cohort of Barnard College students with industry leaders. Over the course of the academic year, Shvidler Fellows are invited as a group of ~20 students to a series of Executive Sessions at top-tier businesses, government entities, and nonprofit organizations. Fellows have the opportunity to hear their personal stories, learn about diverse sectors and industries, and make valuable connections with leaders.


Beyond Barnard invites alumnae back to campus to spend a day conducting informal, 30-minute advising and informational sessions with small groups of students.

Virtual Mentoring

In 2018-19, Beyond Barnard is piloting Virtual Mentoring, which connects more than 75 students to alumnae for regular conversations by Skype and FaceTime. 


Alumnae and parents have the option to add their name to a roster of “on-call” Beyond Barnard contacts, available for a 15-minute phone call or email exchange for quick student questions.