The following email was sent to the Barnard community on May 5, 2020:


Dear Barnard Community,

I write to share that Natalie Friedman, Deputy Dean of the College, will be leaving Barnard on May 15 to become the New York City director of the Posse Foundation. We are, of course, sad to see Dean Friedman go but extremely excited for her to take on this important new role.

Dean Friedman came to Barnard in July 2013 and over the past seven years has made significant contributions to the College. As Dean of Studies, she worked tirelessly to uphold the College’s academic mission, overseeing the Class Deans, Registrar, and Opportunity Programs. Among her many accomplishments, Dean Friedman created the free-of-charge peer tutoring program and the Senior Auditpalooza. She also established the Case Manager position that works with students facing adversity and those preparing for or returning from leave, and created the Dean for Student Success position, which directly supports first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) students. In 2018-19, she served as co-interim Dean of the College.

This past academic year, Dean Friedman established the Office of Family Engagement, which liaises with Barnard families, communicates with parents, and hosts Family Weekend, workshops, and other efforts to support our families. Katelyn Dutton ’14, Special Assistant to the President, will become Director of Family Engagement. 

With Dean Friedman’s departure and the recent tragic loss of Deputy Dean Alicia Lawrence, we are making several organizational changes to best support our students within the Dean of the College division. Madeline Camacho will serve as the College’s Interim Title IX Coordinator, and Lizeth Jaramillo will serve as Interim Executive Director of Residential Life and Housing. In the coming months, I will share more information about the permanent organizational structure within the Dean of the College division.

I appreciate the contributions Natalie has made to Barnard during the past seven years, and I am personally grateful for her knowledge and expertise that helped maintain the Dean of the College division last year. Please join me in congratulating her and wishing her the best in her new role with the Posse Foundation.


Leslie N. Grinage
Dean of the College