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 Cabinet

In spring, 2021, Barnard brought together an extraordinary group of campus leaders with different responsibilities for diversity, equity, and inclusion to create a new DEI Cabinet. The DEI Cabinet oversees and coordinates the College’s work in this realm and advises the president as a search is underway for a new Vice President for DEI; when that search concludes, the Cabinet will become the primary advisory body to the new VP.

Opportunities to engage

The office of Community Engagement & Inclusion fostering an ecosystem of civic and community engagement for the college, community leaders and stakeholders across Harlem and the city through innovative, inclusive, authentic and lasting engagement opportunities

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.

DEI Highlights

The student body


identify as people of color





More facts & stats

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.

Programs & Events

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 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.