Barnard College News

In celebration of Women’s History Month (March), Jafreen Uddin ’07, the first female president of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, tells how Barnard powered her professionally.

Ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the Athena Film Festival, Ashley Bush reflects on being a student coordinator for the first-ever Festival in 2011 and the lasting impact it had on her award-winning filmmaking career.

How playing tennis as a Barnard student-athlete on the heels of Title IX helped an alumna combine her interest in law, politics, and women’s athletics to serve up long-lasting professional success. 

While filming The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, award-winning costume designer Donna Zakowska ’75 and director Jamie Babbit ’93 discovered that they both went to Barnard. So Barnard got them together again, on-camera, for a chat about the hit show and their shared roots. 

“Remember President McIntosh’s inspirational message about being involved,” said the Barnard alumna, who in 1976 became the United States’  first Chinese American elected to a state legislature.

The inaugural round of grants awarded by the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion supported the “Emerging Filmmaker Mentorship Program” and three undergrads who will now screen their films at the Athena Film Festival. (It’s not too late to apply for the next round!)