Barnard BLUE

The Barnard BLUE Series includes workshops, dialogues, and a summit around leadership development and social justice education. This series is aimed to engage students in intentional dialogues to explore their identities and what it means to foster inclusive communities. All incoming students are required to attend the Discover Barnard BLUE session during NSOP as an introduction to the series and to begin the conversation about what equitable and inclusive communities mean. Our Collective, workshops, and summit exist to further that conversation during a students times at Barnard. 

Discover Barnard BLUE

Every incoming student is required to attend this session during the New Student Orientation Program. Discover Barnard BLUE (DBB) replaced what was "Perspectives on Diversity" and serves as an interactive session to assist students in defining what is an equitable and inclusive community, and what there are hopes are for their time at Barnard. We specifically explore the many identities that all students bring to campus and discuss how these identities impact how we all uniquely contribute to and intersect with the larger Barnard community. Discover Barnard BLUE is facilitated by Student Life staff and NSOP Orientation Leaders.

BLUE Collective 

Beginning again soon! Stay tuned for more info.

The Barnard BLUE Collective is a dialogue series aimed to create a space in which students can address issues of power, privilege, and oppression. The objective of the Collective is to build community and explore how our multiple identities shape our experiences. The Collective will host weekly peer-facilitated discussions, focusing on different topics, to be held throughout the semester, and are open to all Barnard/Columbia students. The Collectiveis a drop in space, so feel free to come every week OR whenever you can! (*there will be snacks!*)

Monday, November 28th, 8-9pm: Unmasking the Past: Thanksgiving?
Monday, November 21st, 8-9pm: #InstagrammingAfrica: Voluntourism & Service Learning
Monday, November 14th, 8-9pm: Rethinking Allyship: Performative or Showing Solidarity
Monday, October 24th, 8-9pm: Faux Feminists: Pop Culture Icons & Hypocrisy
Monday, October 17th, 8-9pm: Health at the Cost of Cultural Appropriation: Yoga and Zumba
Monday, October 10th, 8-9pm: Sorry for Party Rocking: College Party Culture & its Implications
Monday, October 3rd, 8-9pm: Labels: Empowering, Limiting, or Both?

BLUEprint

Spring 2017: February 7th to April 18th, 2017
Cohort meeting times: Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm, Diana Center Rm. 302
Application currently closed.

BLUEprint is an 8-week cohort program focusing on social justice education offered through Barnard Student Life. Through facilitated dialogue, we will focus on the ways in which identity affects systems, as well as our everyday lives. The course will cover topics such as power, oppression, allyship, and liberation. The ultimate goal of BLUEprint is to allow students the space for challenging conversations by highlighting a multitude of voices and experiences of students on Barnard's campus.

BLUE Summit

Friday, March 31st- Sunday, April 2nd
Apply now: tinyurl.com/BLUESummit17
Application closes Monday, March 6th!

This off-campus, weekend summit embodies a holistic approach to leadership, exploring how our multiple identities and experiences shape our development as leaders.  It is open to all Barnard students and helps foster a sense of community by focusing on personal growth, identity exploration, and building meaningful connections with others. We travel to the YMCA Greenkill Retreat Center.

FAQ about the Summit:

Who attends the BLUE Summit?
The BLUE Summit is open to ALL Barnard students, ALL identities and ALL types of leaders! Campus or student organization leadership experience is not required to participate. We are looking for a broad variety of students who are open to sharing with and learning from others during the retreat weekend.

When are we leaving?
The retreat experience begins at Barnard with a pre-departure meeting. We will meet at 12:00 noon (location TBA) for a delicious lunch and general meet and greet before we start the journey upstate to the camp facility. Make sure you bring your luggage to this meeting; the bus will leave campus at 1:00pm immediately following the lunch! Our bus will depart from the Barnard main gate at W117th and Broadway.

Where are we going?
We will be staying at the Greenkill YMCA camp facility in Hugenot, NY. This is a dorm-like facility with heating, beds, showers, and other amenities. We will not be camping in tents. For more information about the camp, please check out their website: http://www.newyorkymcacamp.org

Be advised that there is limited cell service at the Greenkill YMCA facility. Past retreat participants have really enjoyed having the opportunity to unplug and unwind! Just remember to share the camp address and phone number with a friend or family member before you leave campus.

What should I pack?
Your meals, towels/wash cloths and bed linens will be provided by the site. You should bring: toiletries/ personal hygiene items, comfortable clothing that you can layer, walking shoes, an umbrella, music, and any fun games or activities to share with the group. A more extensive packing list will be provided to participants closer to the departure.

What are we going to be doing at the retreat?
All workshops and sessions will be facilitated by Barnard students and administrators who make up the BLUE Summit Leadership Team. These activities will focus on identity exploration, intersectionality, personal growth and development, leadership skills, and ways to positively impact the Barnard community. Past retreats have included topics such as: exploring the Barnard student identity, developing a web of support as a leader, and a seminar which explores body image and self- esteem. There will also be time to get to know each other, play games, and hang out together!

Will I have time to do homework or complete assignments?
While there are scheduled breaks built into the retreat schedule, that time should be spent making meaningful connections with other retreat participants. There will be time during the bus ride that you can use to read or study, but we strongly encourage you to complete assignments prior to retreat departure.

Will my special dietary needs be met during the retreat?
Absolutely! Be sure to tell us about your dietary needs on your BLUE Summit application, and we will be sure to accommodate them during the retreat weekend.

When will we return?
The bus will return to campus by 1:30pm on Sunday afternoon.

Am I required to pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm my spot on the BLUE Summit?
While this summit is free for students, the associated costs (travel, lodging, meals, workshop materials, etc.) are paid by the College. Since this is a large, non-refundable commitment that we are investing your development, we kindly ask that you keep this in mind before confirming that you will join us. Please help us to have this event in the future by respecting your commitment when confirming your attendance.

If you have any additional questions, please email Denise Boneta at (dboneta@barnard.edu).