LGBTQ+@Banard is an online hub of resources for navigating Barnard as a LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual+) community members.
LGBTQ+ Academics & Student Orgs
Barnard students interested in exploring queer theory, trans studies, and other academic lenses on sexuality and gender can pursue courses, workshops, degrees, and more through both Barnard College and Columbia University.
Barnard Students have access to student groups at both Barnard College and Columbia University campuses. Here are some LGBTQ+ highlights. Check out Columbia LionLink and Student Experience & Engagement for more.
Where your chosen name will appear:
- University ID card
- Class Rosters and Grading Rosters (myBarnard and SSOL)
- Barnard and Columbia Public Directories (unless the student has asked that information be blocked)
- Communications (for example, if Barnard sends mail to the student at the student’s home address, it will be addressed to your chosen name)
Please note that Barnard and Columbia professors will only see chosen names on class rosters.
If you have not changed your legal name, your legal name will still be used for:
- Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs
- Office of Financial Aid
- Bursar’s Office
- Federal or State Requests for Information (including tax forms)
- Academic certifications (of enrollment, good standing, degree completion)
- Athletics rosters
- Furman Counseling Center
- Primary Care Health Services
Click here for information and resources on pursuing a legal name change in New York City.
The Registrar's Office manages student records where a students, faculty, and staff can register their chosen name. To start the process, please fill out this form for the Registrar's Office. Once your chosen name has been updated with the registrar, most other campus offices will receive this information.
Please note that Barnard is in the process of universally updating the language from “preferred name” to “chosen name.”
Gender Inclusive Campus Facilitites
All Barnard community members and visitors are entitled to use facilities that best align with their gender identity.
Housing accommodation request process: If you have a specific housing accommodation need, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible upon submitting your housing materials to discuss your request and possible options.
All-Gender Bathroom Maps
Need to go where to go on the go? Download a copy of this map for your phone!
Additional Bathroom Maps
Affirming Healthcare for Students
Barnard College is committed to providing identity-affirming, on-campus medical support and resources for LGBTQ+ students.
Primary Care Health Service
Primary Care Health Service provides affirming, safe, trauma-informed, and inclusive healthcare for all patients. As part of this mission, we provide comprehensive patient-centered medical care to transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse (TGD) individuals.
We partner with each patient to create individualized treatment plans specific to their goals and priorities. For those seeking hormonal treatment for gender affirmation, we offer initiation, ongoing management, and supportive services. We collaborate closely with our colleagues at Furman Counseling Center and trans-serving community groups to foster community building and provide ongoing support. For those interested in surgical care, we collaborate with trusted community partners to ensure linkage to further specialized care.
Barnard College's student health insurance through Aetna Student Health provides hormonal and surgical healthcare coverage according to their outlined benefits. Log-in with your Barnard information here to view the details of your plan each year. For those with another form of insurance, we will work closely with you to review the best options available so that cost is not a limiting factor to treatment.
Trans Health Services Include:
- Primary and Preventive Care
- Chest/Breast Health
- Gender Affirming Hormone Therapy (GAHT, also referred to as HRT)
- Pelvic Wellness Exams; PAP Tests
- Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screenings & Treatment
- HIV/AIDS Testing
- Guidance on safe binding and tucking
- Referrals to gender-affirming surgeons and vocal therapists
All treatment plans are in accordance with the World Professional Association of Transgender Care (WPATH) Standards of Care.
Furman Counseling Center
Furman Counseling Center provides many services, including free short-term confidential counseling, referrals to transgender-identified or transgender-affirming providers on your insurance panel for long-term treatment, and therapy letters when needed for gender-affirming medical treatments or surgeries. When reaching out, you may request to speak with a clinician within the queer and/or trans community if desired.
Resources for LGBTQ+ Employees
The LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group
An Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Barnard is a voluntary, employee-led group with the purpose of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the Barnard community and surrounding community, supporting professional development for ERG participants, and serving as a resource to its participants and Barnard College. Participation in ERG meetings and events are open to all currently employed Barnard staff (including union staff) and faculty. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions/suggestions or if you would like to be added to a monthly ERG calendar invite.
Programs for LGBTQ+ and other diverse faculty members at Barnard include mentoring programs, inclusive pedagogy workshops, research talks, orientations, seminars, and more!
LGBTQ+ Health Insurance Benefits
Guidance for Allied Faculty & Staff
- Members of the faculty who would like a one-on-one consultation on this topic are also encouraged to make an appointment with Alex Pittman, associate director of the Center.
- NameCoach is a tool in Canvas that allows students and faculty to record their name pronunciations and pronouns. This tool is now default-enabled in the left-hand navigation bar in all Barnard courses, and appears as “Name and Pronoun.” See this guide for using NameCoach, and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Gender Identity & Admissions
Barnard College applications are open to any and every prospective student who lives and identifies as a woman at the time of application. This policy includes transgender women and intersex women as well as cisgender women and excludes people assigned female at birth that now identify as men or outside of the gender binary. For the full text of this policy, announced in 2015, please visit Admissions.
Once a student gains admission to Barnard College, they can remain a Barnard student regardless of future changes in gender identity. Barnard students of all gender identities have access to support and resources (academic, medical, and otherwise) that support their identity. Barnard College also provides support to those who wish to transfer out of Barnard (as a women's college) due to changes in gender identity.
LGBTQIA+ Nondiscrimination Policy
Sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, and sexual orientation are all protected categories under New York State law and sex is protected through federal law. Barnard’s policy provides additional protections to many categories:
Barnard College is committed to providing an environment free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. As such, Barnard College adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in institutions of higher education. Barnard does not discriminate against any employee, applicant for employment, student, or applicant for admission on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, sex, gender identity or expression, or any other protected category under applicable local, state, or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any grievance process on campus, with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or other human rights agencies. In addition, Barnard College does not discriminate on the basis of alienage or citizenship status, marital partnership status, military status, arrest or conviction record, predisposing genetic characteristics, caregiver status, or victim status for the following offenses: domestic violence, stalking, and/or sex offense, in its employment practices.
Barnard students and employees are encouraged to report incidents of bias and harassment on the basis of religious identity. The Office of Nondiscrimination and Title IX can provide interim measures for affected students and employees including safety measures, schedule adjustments, and various forms of counseling and performs investigations into incidents when needed.
Please contact Alex Pittman, Associate Director of the Center for Engaged Pedagogy at email@example.com for classroom support and guidance.
Please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and resources for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff.