Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being

The Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being, made possible by a generous gift from the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation, provides both a centralized hub and umbrella organization for our many Feel Well, Do Well @ Barnard wellness initiatives and will occupy renovated spaces within Barnard Hall.

The Francine LeFrak Center will include state-of-the-art spaces for financial fluency and wellness programs, a fitness center, and dance spaces. By uniting initiatives that address the many dimensions of student health and wellness — physical, mental, and financial — we are able to offer our students holistic well-being support that propels success inside and outside the classroom.

Barnard has a strong support system, giving you a net to land in when you’re overwhelmed. Everyone manages stress differently, but as long as you have a method, Barnard is here to help.

Sydney Hotz '20

About Francine A. LeFrak

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Francine A. LeFrak

Francine A. LeFrak has demonstrated a strong personal and philanthropic commitment to women’s empowerment and the generous continuation of her family’s legacy at Barnard.

“This is a dream come true and a culmination of my work supporting women that I have done for so many years. I am delighted to be on the forefront of this innovative and more complete definition of wellness. I have seen firsthand how wellness is an intersection of financial, physical, and mental well-being. This Center will be a point of hope for women. Like my mother, Ethel, Class of ’41, the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being is a trailblazer in the wellness and empowerment of women. I am so proud and excited to be working closely with Sian on this project. With the Francine LeFrak Center on its campus, I believe that Barnard is destined to be a leader in health and wellness and a model for others to follow. As a woman and a philanthropist, I can’t think of anything that could be closer to my heart.”

Francine A. LeFrak is the daughter of the late Samuel J. LeFrak and Ethel Stone LeFrak ’41, who served as a Barnard trustee from 1981 to 1985.

To Come

The Physical Space

To create the physical space for the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being, we plan to renovate the first floor of the former gymnasium in Barnard Hall. Here, students will be able to learn about and access the full range of initiatives intended to support all aspects of well-being. Design and planning of the Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being will begin in early 2021.

Construction of the new spaces is expected to begin in January 2022, with the Center being fully operational by the beginning of the 2023–24 academic year.