Forward, Together

By Jyoti Menon '01

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When Barnard students walked onto campus in the fall, no one was aware of the challenges we would face as a community.

Times of crisis are surrounded with uncertainty, and though I do not know what the future holds, I know one thing — the Barnard community is resilient and determined. We have weathered many storms throughout our long history, and we will continue to stand strong, together.

Over the course of Barnard’s 130 years, our country and our world have experienced times of great political and economic unrest. Throughout it all, Barnard women continued to build laboratories and classrooms, to conduct groundbreaking research, and to publish powerful literary works. They continued to expand access to higher education and to fight for the rights of women, communities of color, and all those whose voices must be heard. Most of all, Barnard women have continued to lead, to break barriers, and to support their College and this amazing community.

The same is true today. Our professors are still teaching, our students are still learning and researching, our staff are still working, our alumnae are still mentoring, and Barnard remains strong.

This is my final Barnard Magazine message to you as president of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as AABC president for the past three years, and, as my term ends, I wish to remind you that the Barnard community is wherever you are. We must remain connected and look to each other for strength and support. If we do that, nothing can stop us.

So, let’s go forward into the future together and remain strong in our dedication to each other, our shared values, and our beloved alma mater.


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Jyoti Menon ’01 President, Alumnae Association of Barnard College
Latest IssueFall 2022