Committees

Committees

Committee on Policy:

The Committee on Policy explores all policy related issues on campus, as well as issues of gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and all other forms of gender-based misconduct. The Committee documents all proposed amendments between years of constitutional review. Notes from meetings and details about amendments shall be documented in the VP Policy’s transition documents.

Chair: Maya Edwards | SGA Vice President of Policy

Contact: me2449@barnard.edu

 

Sustainable Initiatives Consulting Board:

The Sustainable Initiatives Consulting Board is composed of appointed students actively researching and assessing campus sustainability in order to maintain and/or improve the social commitments of the College. It works with students and administrators in developing policies and building infrastructure to increase campus sustainability, from waste reduction, energy consumption, and water conservation. The Representative for Sustainable Initiatives will also work with the SGA Finance Committee and the SGA Green Fund.  

Chair:
Contact: sgasicb@barnard.edu

 

Committee on Public Relations:

The Committee on Public Relations manages all strategic communications. The committee handles the publicity of SGA events and builds up public relations through flyering, email, social media, and any modes of communication deemed fit. The committee also updates the SGA website and manages all SGA communication with press. The committee organizes and maintains all archival materials and transition documents. It also plans and executes Town Halls, Fireside Chats and any other events centered around communication at Barnard.

Chair: Margot Langstaff | SGA Vice President for Communications

Contact info: mll2179@barnard.edu

 

Financial Review Committee:

The Financial Review Committee's two main function are to represent Barnard student's financial interests and to allocate Student Government Association (SGA) funding, which is derived from Student Activities Fee. The committee allocates internally to SGA, Class Councils, and specific Barnard organizations including McAC, Bulletin, and Skip Stop. The committee also allocates externally to Columbia University Governing Boards and thus to undergraduate student groups at Funding at Columbia University (F@CU) with the three other undergraduate student councils. The committee monitors and manages the appropriate use of the allocated funds through monthly reconciliation forms and facilitates the transfer of funds.

Chair: Evelyn McCorkle | SGA Vice President of Finance
Contact: sgafac@barnard.edu

 

Campus Life Committee:

The Campus Life Committee facilitates all programming and student life activities at Barnard, working towards developing a sense of community through events like the Tree Lighting Ceremony, Homecoming, Glass House Rocks, SGA Body Dinner, and the Student Leadership Awards-- just to name a few! The committee collaborates with Barnard Student Life, the McIntosh Activities Council, Columbia College Student Council (CCSC), Engineering Student Council (ESC), and General Studies Student Council (GSSC); frequently collaborating with performances groups as well. Additionally, it works to gauge and advocate for student sentiment on a variety of policy areas through the bi-annual Campus Life survey, Desserts After Dark.

Chair: Angela Beam | SGA Vice President of Campus Life

Contact: aab2221@barnard.edu

 

Food Advisory Board (FAB):

This committee holds food-related events on campus and serves as a liaison between the student body and the Office of Dining Services by addressing food-related matters that involve on-campus dining options.

Chair: Miram Lichtenberg | Rep. for Food and Dining Services​

Contact: sgafab@barnard.edu

 

Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC):

The Health Advisory Committee addresses issues with Primary Health Care, Furman Counseling, the Office of Disability Services and Well Woman. The Health Advisory Committee is spearheaded by the Representative for Health Services.

Chair: Rachel Miga | Rep. for Student Health Services

Contact: sgashac@barnard.edu

 

Campus Affairs Committee:

The Campus Affairs Committee addresses issues related to Residential Life, Career Development, Barnard College Alumnae Relations, and Public safety. The committee meets regularly in order to discuss concerns of the following offices and how to approach them. The Campus Affairs Committee is spearheaded by the SGA Representative for Campus Affairs, who meets with these offices regularly to voice concerns and create dialogue around campus issues.

Chair: Kira Dennis | Rep. for Campus Affairs

Contact: kd2480@barnard.edu

 

Committee on Inclusion and Equity:

The Committee on Inclusion and Equity works to promote open discussion, foster community dialogues, support and develop policies, programs, and practices that engage the community in building an inclusive campus climate. Students on this committee survey several areas of Barnard College, in particular, the student body, faculty, and administration, and present thoughtful and practical approaches to improving the dynamics of inclusion and equity in all facets of the College. The committee addresses issues of identity, surrounding, but not limited to, sexual orientation, ethnicity, culture, religion, gender, socioeconomic class, education, citizenship, and ability. The committee creates forums in which students can participate in meaningful and evocative discussions surrounding the above issues.

Chair: Hannah Seymour | Rep. for Inclusion and Equity

Contact: hls2156@barnard.edu

 

Student Academic Advisory Committee:

The Academic Advisory Committee addresses student's needs and concerns as they relate to academic policy on campus. The Academic Advisory Committee will work closely with related concerns that tie directly to the faculty, the Deans, The Provost, and the Registrar.

Chair: Hannah Brody | Rep. for Academic Affairs

Contact: hcb2130@barnard.edu

 

Committee on Instruction (COI):

The Committee on Instruction (COI) is, “The College’s principal formulator of educational policy.” The committee is chaired by Patricia Denison, the Associate Provost. In addition to the chair, the committee consists of two faculty members from each of the four faculty voting groups, The Dean of the College, the Dean of Students, and the Registrar. The Dean of Library and Information Services and a representative from Development also attend. Four students sit on the COI at any one time -- the Academic Affairs Representative, who is elected by the members of SGA for a one year term, and three appointed students, who serve two-year terms.

The committee is chaired by Patricia Denison, the Associate Provost. In addition to the chair, the committee consists of two faculty members from each of the four faculty voting groups, The Dean of the College, the Dean of Students, and the Registrar. The Dean of Library and Information Services and a representative from Development also attend.

Four students sit on the COI at any one time -- the Academic Affairs Representative, who is elected by the members of SGA for a one year term, and three appointed students, who serve two-year terms.

Chair: Hannah Brody | Rep. for Academic Affairs

Contact: Email: sgaCOI@barnard.edu

 

Committee on Arts and Culture:

The Committee on Arts and Culture ensures that student artists and cultural groups are recognized and valued on campus. The Committee also seeks to incorporate art and culture into the lives of Barnard students. They work with art-focused student groups, the Administration and the Board of Trustees. They will display student artwork in residence halls and buildings on campus through mural projects and exhibitions throughout the academic year. Additionally, the Committee publicizes art events and programs taking place around campus and in the New York City area.

Chair: Emily Shoyer | Rep. for Arts and Culture

Co-Chair: Madeleine Strait | mls2240@barnard.edu

Contact: ers2193@barnard.edu

 

Barnard Library and Academic Information Services:

The committee is involved in discussing and planning events related to the Library, academic computing, and information technology at Barnard College. The committee provides support with navigating courseworks, the class registration process and course-related issues.  The committee meets three times each semester (in October, November, and December during the Fall Semester, and in February, March, and April during the Spring Semester). The committee is comprised of the Chair, the Dean of Library and Academic Information Services, and one faculty member from each of the four faculty voting groups, in addition to two faculty members “at-large.” Four students sit on BLAIS -- the Representative to the Engineering Student Council, who is elected by the members of SGA, and three appointed students, who serve one-year terms.

Chair: Joanne Kim | Rep. for Information and Technology

Contact: Email: sgaBLAIS@barnard.edu

 

Transfer, International and Commuter Student Interests Committee (TICSI):

TICSI is composed of the four class vice presidents as well as four students from the various campus communities. The committee shall explore the interests of Transfer, International and Commuter students in each class. TICSI functions to advocate for student voices on campus and to provide opportunities for community building.

Chair:

Contact:

 

Seven Sisters Committee:

The Seven Sisters Committee is spearheaded by the Representative for Seven Sisters. This committee is responsible for organizing Barnard's participation in the annual Seven Sisters conference, hosted by a different Seven Sister College every fall semester. The year it is hosted by Barnard, the committee will be responsible for planning the conference. The committee is also responsible for coming up with creative ways to work with the other institutions and alumnae to increase the ties between the Seven Sister colleges.

Chair: Aashna Singh | Rep. for Seven Sisters Relations

Contact: as4807@barnard.edu

 

Appointments Committee

The committee acts as an advisory committee to the SGA Representative Council, advising them on whom to appoint to SGA Representative Council, Class Council, and Committee positions. This is a secret committee; the identity of all members is kept anonymous in order to allow for critical and honest recommendations of candidates for SGA. This committee serves an incredibly valuable function as it helps to recommend the very people who serve on SGA and represent Barnard.

Chair: Maya Edwards | SGA Vice President of Policy 

Contact: Email: sgaappointments@gmail.com

Housing Advisory Committee

The committee acts as an advisory committee to Residential Life and Housing on all issues related to Room Selection, Resident Advising System and residential resources. The committee discusses topics such as Sorority Housing, the Columbia and Barnard Housing Exchange, and the First-Year Focus Program.

The committee is comprised of student representatives and the Director of Residential Life and Housing. The student membership includes up to 9 appointed students and the elected Student Government Representative for Student Services. This committee benefits from a diversity of students in the Barnard community. The Committee is co- chaired by the Representative for Student Services and an appointed member of the committee.

Chair:

Contact: sgaHousing@barnard.edu

 

Class Council Descriptions

Senior Class Council:

The Senior Class Council is led by the Senior Class President, which meets on a weekly basis. The responsibilities of the Council entail organizing senior class events, planning the Senior Class Dinner with Alumnae Affairs, planning the Senior Toast, fundraising for the class, organizing events with our peer institutions of Columbia, organizing Lerner Pub, assisting with the organization of the Winter Gala and Senior Week, collaborating with Career Development and the Dean of Studies, assisting with the distribution of class apparel, and organizing the Blood Drive.

Prianka Jhaveri | Senior Class President

Emma Sukenik | Senior Class Vice President

 

Junior Class Council:

The council organizes Junior Class events to raise class spirit and participation, including Junior Class Dinner, fundraising activities to raise money and class spirit, along with events in collaboration with Columbia College, The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of General Studies. The council reaches out to Juniors studying abroad, organizes one blood drive with the Office of Disability Services, and plans a Student Career/Networking Dinner. The council e-mails updates to the Junior Class.

Katie Russell | Junior Class President

Ambika Mookerjee | Junior Class Vice President

 

Sophomore Class Council:

The Sophomore Class Council acts as the representatives to the Barnard sophomore class. It updates the class through email and organizes class events. The Class President leads the Sophomore Council in study breaks and other activities to raise class spirit and participation, including the Sophomore Class Dinner, the Sophomore Class Major Toast, a welcoming event in the fall and the Study Abroad High Tea Send Off in the spring. It also throws fundraising activities to raise money and class spirit. It holds events collaboration with other Columbia undergraduate schools, and a blood drive with the Office of Disabilities.

Emma Barnett | Sophomore Class President

Nicola Kirkpatrick | Sophomore Class Vice President

 

First Year Class Council:

The First Year Class Council acts as the representatives to the Barnard first year class. The responsibilities of the council include planning events and sending out regular emails in order to update students about upcoming events and available resources for first years. The Council meets weekly in order to plan for events such as the First Year Class Dinner, study breaks and other activities, fundraising events, and the Winter semi-formal with all four undergraduate colleges. The First Year Class Council is led by the First Year Class President and Vice President.

Rose Reiken | First Year Class President

Gabi Garci | First Year Vice President