LGBTQIA Initiatives

LGBTQ Leadership Retreat

The purpose of the LGBTQ retreat is to empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied communities by embracing diverse individuals from across the Columbia/­Barnard campus for leadership development, identity exploration, skills sharing, and community building. This retreat is a collaborative effort between Barnard and Columbia and is open to all undergraduate students. For questions, please email Karina Beras, Program Coordinator for Student Life, at

LGBTQIA Staff, Students, and Faculty Socials

Student Life hosts monthly meetups for students, faculty, and staff of color, and for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual, LGBTQIA-identified students, faculty, and staff. The meetups are a space to connect, build relationships, and share experiences and resources with people who share these identities. Lunch will be served at both socials.

LGBTQIA+ Community Meetups:

Queer Astrology | Monday, April 9th| 5-6:00 PM | Sixth Floor, Diana Center
Chosen Family | Thursday, May 3rd | 12-1:00 PM | South Tower, Sulzberger Hall

Queer Awareness Month

Queer Awareness Month (QuAM) is a collaborative effort between Barnard College and Columbia University. QuAM strives to celebrate queer identities and increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bi­sexual and transgender issues and history.  Recognized annually in October, QuAM features an Opening Reception, the First Friday series, special events for National Coming Out Day, and much more! For questions, please contact Ana Angeles at

Gender-Neutral & Gender-Inclusive Restrooms

Barnard Student Life seeks to create a safe, accessible, respectful, and inclusive campus environment for students of all gender identities and expressions. We recognize that some members of our community may experience difficulty, inconvenience, or harassment when using gender specific restrooms and facilities. At Barnard, individuals have the right to use facilities that correspond with their gender identity.

For those who prefer gender-neutral or gender-inclusive facilities, please use the map of single-user, gender-neutral restrooms on campus below. There are also gender-inclusive restrooms in Residence Halls that have not been included on the map.

Barnard Community Excellence Reception

The Office of Academic Success and Enrichment Programs and Student Life at Barnard College hosts the Barnard Community Excellence Reception to acknowledge graduating students who have become great leaders within the Barnard community. These students have achieved academic excellence through their coursework and intellectual life on campus and have contributed greatly to the Barnard community. This senior recognition program will take place on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 1-2:30 pm and specifically celebrates the following communities of seniors: C­Step Scholars, HEOP Scholars, MMUF Scholars, Seniors who self-­identify as students of color, Seniors with disabilities, Seniors who self-­identify as members of the LBGTQ community, Seniors who self­-identify as first-­generation college students.