Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"...But this is not work that a person, or even an office, takes on in isolation. This work belongs to all of us, together. Opportunities arise every day, from all parts of the College, on a breathtaking array of DEI topics and initiatives to further our learning and efforts."


–Vice President Jennifer Rosales, October 04, 2022 email to Barnard community

DEI Leadership

Cultivating Barnard’s diverse, equitable, inclusive, engaged, and welcoming community is a responsibility shared by all — our students, faculty, staff, alums, and leadership. To help support, coordinate, and encourage this work across the College, Barnard created the office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, now led by Vice President Jennifer Rosales. Vice President Rosales reports directly to the President and works closely with the DEI Cabinet, a small group of senior leaders with key roles in the work, as well as the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion a representative body whose members include students, faculty, and staff.

DEI Highlights

The student body


identify as people of color



Institutional Commitments

The college has made a broad range of institutional commitments to the work of DEI for several generations. Keeping track of how Barnard progresses on institutional DEI commitments matters. DEI work at Barnard seeks to steward and track the commitments we make toward change and ensure the community is regularly informed about how we are progressing toward the ongoing goals that we set.

The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is located at Milbank 010.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Monday through Friday.

Email us at dei@barnard.edu

Barnard College and Columbia University are located in Lenapehoking, the traditional territory of the Lenape people and a place of longstanding importance to Native peoples from the region and around the world. We give honor to the Indigenous people of this place—past, present and future—and recognize their displacement, dispossession and continued presence.