Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

"We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other." –Grace Lee Boggs '35


Recent News

Barnard joins the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance

The newly formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, or LACRELA, was inspired by the racial equity leadership alliance for California community colleges, which was launched by Dr. Shaun Harper, Executive Director of the USC Center for Racial and Equity. LACRELA, which includes an inaugural group of 53 liberal arts college members, will aim to address the unique racial challenges and circumstances the colleges are facing through providing a broad range of learning opportunities to member institutions. Member institutions faculty and staff will have access to a range of campus surveys, trainings, and other resources, including monthly virtual learning seminars on antiracism, diversity and equity provided by the USC center. 

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.

Access Barnard

Access Barnard works to ensure that access and equity exists throughout the college. From financial aid to well-being, we are working to improve systems and policies to ensure comprehensive resources and support exist for all students regardless of socio-economic status, identity, or ability. Find resources to support your studies here.

Our core mission

Barnard’s mission is to rigorously educate and empower women, providing them with the ability to think, discern, and move effectively in the world—a world that is different from when the College was founded. Now more than ever, the success of that mission depends on a community made up of diverse perspectives born from different lived experiences.

Strategic priorities

DEI works in partnership with faculty, staff and students in offices and programs across the college in an effort to increase awareness and deepen commitment to diversity and inclusion across the institution.

The student body


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first generation to attend college

Connect with us:

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is located at 101B Barnard Hall.
The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (closed on holidays).
Email: 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.