The following email was sent to the Barnard community on April 11, 2018:

Dear Members of the Barnard Community:

I am pleased to announce that Rebecca Grabiner, currently serving as First-Year Class Dean and Dean for Academic Assistance, will be stepping into a new role in the Dean of Studies Office following Commencement. As the Senior Class Dean and College Case Manager, Dean Grabiner will bring together the advising of the Senior Class with the oversight of students who are going on leave or returning from leave. This will allow for closer tracking and greater engagement with students who are integrating back to campus life. The role requires a unique combination of skills, including a background in social work or related fields, and many of our peers have adopted this model with success.

Dean Grabiner has served as First-Year Class Dean for the past four years, and has made her mark at Barnard as a caring, compassionate member of the Dean of Studies team. She has served on the Foundations First-Year Committee, and was an integral member of the First-Year Seminar and First-Year Writing Committee. She worked closely with all faculty who teach first-year courses and introductory courses, as well as with faculty across Columbia and Barnard to coordinate and staff the Help Rooms and peer-to-peer tutoring in the sciences, math, economics, and foreign languages. She is also well-known for her popular first-year blog with its informative posts and entertaining gifs.

Before coming to Barnard, Dean Grabiner served as an advising dean for ten years and earned a joint Master of Arts in social work and Master of Science in Jewish studies from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

As mentioned, Dean Grabiner will continue to serve as First-Year Dean until the end of this academic year, and I will continue to advise the senior class through Commencement. A search for a new First-Year Dean will commence shortly, with the goal of hiring someone to begin greeting first-years over the summer, as advising begins.

I look forward to updating you soon on the status of the search.


Natalie Friedman
Dean of Studies