Staying Involved and Inclusive

By Amy Veltman ’89

If you are reading this, you are probably a member of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College (AABC). Anyone who graduated or attended Barnard for at least one year and left in good standing automatically belongs. No dues. No sign-up. You’re in. How does it feel to belong to a club made up of more than 35,000 of the most accomplished, thoughtful, passionate people in the world?

As I write, the sky is steamy with August humidity. However, as you receive this missive, it is mid-autumn, near a supremely consequential presidential election in the U.S. and an academic year like no other underway at Barnard. Giving Day has just passed, and I know our alumnae, as always, generously showed up for students.

I don’t claim to be a psychic, but it’s a safe bet that as you read this, it is a strange time. Keeping the moment in mind, I’d like to share with you three focus areas for the AABC as we design programming, seek the AABC leadership of tomorrow, and communicate with you in the coming year.

  • More alumnae from everywhere can enjoy the AABC’s resources: About half of alumnae live beyond the vicinity of campus. Newly virtual events mean it’s the ideal moment to reinvigorate your relationship with Barnard.
  • More inclusive AABC offerings: By the end of my term, I want every alum who attends an AABC event at Barnard to feel like it’s their event.
  • More alumnae donating to Barnard: We want every alumna to donate. Gifts of any amount are meaningful (really!) and make an impact on Barnard’s ability to create the leaders of tomorrow.

This issue, let’s see how more alumnae from everywhere can enjoy the AABC’s resources. Without live events, yes, we lose hugs, happenstance, and usually some delicious appetizers.The upside of virtual events? No matter where you are, you can attend, either synchronously or by viewing a recording. I’ve probably attended more Barnard talks and events than ever since they’ve moved online. I’m always so grateful for the infusion of intelligence, energy, and hope I feel after hearing from the Barnard community. From Tennessee to Tokyo, you can get the same boost. Here are three quick ways for you to enjoy the resources of the AABC and Barnard.

  • Explore our our alumnae website. The site is packed with fresh programming, career help from Beyond Barnard, volunteer opportunities, alumnae benefits, and more.
  • Visit Barnard’s trailblazing Center for Engaged Pedagogy to see the unique ways in which Barnard faculty and students are addressing the current moment.
  • While you’re at, please update your contact information. Let old friends and new opportunities find you. Thank you for being part of our vibrant, diverse, and fascinating community. I look forward to being together — even virtually! 


All the best,

Amy Veltman handwritten signature

Amy Veltman ’89
President, Alumnae Association of Barnard College
Alumnae Trustee

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