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


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.

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.

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.

Since its inception as a college founded to address the exclusion of women, Barnard has worked toward diversifying its student and faculty in the areas of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion and socio-economic status. The work of inclusion, the ongoing engagement with the diversity of identities that attend Barnard, is an ongoing commitment manifested through a range of policies, projects and curriculum.

The student body


identify as people of color




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.