Deans and Directors

Barnard students and alumnae are welcome to meet with the deans. Each calendar linked below features instructions on making appointments online. If you see that the dean is not available and you are experiencing an emergency or other urgent matter, contact our office so that we can direct you to the resources you need.

Natalie Friedman
Dean of Studies

Faculty liaison for Academics and Advising
Liaison to the Committee on Programs and Academic Standing
Requests for Resumed Education 
Students of Concern
Contact:  schedule an appointment or email at  

Wendy Garay
Senior Associate Dean of Studies • Dean for the First-Year Class • Dean for International Students 

Academic and Personal Advising for First-Year and International Students

General Advising

Contact: schedule an appointment or email at

Walk-In Hours:


Christina Kuan Tsu
Senior Associate Dean of Studies   Dean for the Sophomore Class  Transfer Advising Dean

Academic and Personal Advising for Sophomores and Transfers
Liaison to Committee on Honors
Peer Academic Mentoring Coordinator
Contact:  schedule an appointment or email at  

Walk-In Hours:


Evelyn Leong
Dean for the Junior Class  Academic Assistance

Academic and Personal Advising for Juniors
Academic Assistance-tutoring, help rooms, etc
Contact:  schedule an appointment or email at

Walk-In Hours: 


Rebecca Grabiner 
Dean for the Senior Class  Case Manager

Academic and Personal Advising for Seniors

Oversight of students who are going on leave or returning from leave

General Advising

Liaison to Phi Beta Kappa

Contact: schedule an appointment or email at

Walk-In Hours:


Jemima Gedeon
Associate Dean for Student Success

Advise and mentor first generation students
Coordinate and develop student programs that promote student success
Advertise and provide academic and co-curricular services 
Partner with campus stakeholders to develop new programs for first generation students and other underrepresented groups
Peer Academic Leader Coordinator
Spelman College Exchange Advisor
Contact: schedule an appointment or email at 

Jennifer Simmons

Oversees and supports all Registrar’s Office services, ensuring accuracy and confidentiality 
Implements improvements, to better meet the needs of students, faculty, and staff
Certifies students as eligible to receive Barnard College degrees and NY State TAP grants  
Represents the Registrar’s Office on various college committees, including Committee on Instruction, Committee on Programs and Academic Standing

Meaghan Valenti
Senior Associate Registrar

Coordinates registrar's office operations
Oversees core services such as registration, grading, and transcripts
Responsible for using systems and data analysis to streamline the office's processes 

Marybeth Kemm
Associate Registrar

Maintains student majors and adviser assignments
Oversees graduation requirements and processes & orders diplomas
Updates student degree audits in Student Planning
Assigns classrooms and schedule final exams

Stephanie Raptis
Assistant Registrar

Evaluates transfer credit & provide advising to incoming transfer students
Supports grading for faculty and students (including p/d/f election)
Determines Dean’s List and Phi Beta Kappa
Updates student degree audits in Student Planning

Sue Dodson
Enrollment Information Systems

Prepares reports on Enrollment Information & other current student data
Provides technical support for Student Planning and WebAdvisor
Streamlines business processes within the registrar’s office
Works with BCIT and Columbia University Registrar’s Office to coordinate systems

Laura Yow
External Credit Coordinator

Evaluates non-Barnard courses for transfer credit and GER satisfaction (including summer and study leave coursework)
Manages curriculum updates and maintains the Schedule of Classes
Advises students studying abroad, as our liaison to the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs
Represents Registrar’s Office on Committee on Instruction

    Elida Martinez-Gaynor 
    Director, Opportunity Programs

    Directs the academic year and summer sessions of the collegiate opportunities programs (HEOP and CSTEP)
    Directs the academic year and summer sessions of the pre-collegiate program (STEP)

    Position Open
    Senior Associate Director, Opportunity Programs

    Adviser to all BOP, CSTEP & HEOP sophomores in matters academic, career, or personal
    Co-coordinates the college-wide peer-to-peer learning program
    Contact: schedule an appointment or email at

    Raul Cervantes
    Associate Director, Science and Technology Programs

    Directs  the academic year and summer sessions of the pre-collegiate opportunity program (STEP)
    Contact: email at