Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Engagement • Well-being • Equity

"Equity and anti-racism are fundamental to Barnard’s mission. Now we stand at a critical moment, for our country and for Barnard. The lives lost to police violence, the systemic racism that has been unmasked as never before, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the economic and moral crisis we are now in mean that we must do more to center equity and anti-racism work in every aspect of our community and campus life… I share your sense of urgency and determination."

–President Sian Leah Beilock, July 30, 2020 email to Barnard community

DEI Leadership

In spring 2021, Barnard President Sian Leah Beilock convened the DEI Cabinet, composed of extraordinary leaders from across campus, each of whom has different responsibilities for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Jennifer Rosales was named the Vice President for Inclusion and Engaged Learning, and Chief Diversity Officer in early 2022. She reports directly to President Beilock, serves on Senior Staff, and coordinates the College’s DEI work, with the support of the DEI Cabinet.

DEI Highlights

The student body

44
%

identify as people of color

13
%

international

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 (closed on holidays)

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.