Mission Statement:

The mission of Barnard’s Well-Woman Health Promotion Program is to promote the health and wellness of the Barnard student body through peer education, educational programming, individual health behavior consultation, campus-wide health campaigns, community outreach and advocacy. Well-Woman supports wellness as an integral component of learning. Our programs aim to help students achieve their academic and developmental potential while at Barnard, and to prepare them to make positive health decisions throughout their lives so they can fully engage in the world.

General Services


Peer educators present workshops and programs in the residence halls on a variety of topics, including healthy eating, safer sex, healthy relationships, self care, sleep, communication, stress reduction, and body image. Resident assistants (RAs) and student groups can request programs through the Well-Woman office, which are then assigned to peer educators during weekly meetings. In addition, Well-Woman staff provide trainings and workshops to student groups on topics including contraception and safer sex, stress management, self care, and bystander intervention. 


The Well-Woman Office has a wide variety of resources including health newsletters, books, journals, magazines and brochures. We also maintain a DVD and video library. Read through our resources.

Who We Are


Jessica Cannon, Ed.M, Program Director, Health Promotion and Education, BC '03:

A 2003 Barnard graduate, Jessica was a student peer educator with the Well-Woman Health Promotion program for two years, returning to Barnard as an administrator in 2004. She started as a health educator in Well-Woman and the Primary Care Health Service, and is currently Program Director for Health Promotion and Education, overseeing the Well-Woman program and peer educators, and Primary Care’s health education efforts. Jessica has a Masters of Education in counseling psychology. She is always happy to speak with students about any aspect of wellness. Just ask! She can be reached at wellwoman@barnard.edu or jcannon@barnard.edu.


The peer educators are Barnard Students who volunteer to provide information to the Barnard and Columbia communities about a range of health and wellness issues. The peer education program began at Barnard in 1986. Well-Woman was established in 1993 to bring together per-existing small, topical peer educator groups to form one comprehensive group

Where We Are

Well-Woman is located in the Barnard Quad on the first floor of Reid Hall. To reach us, enter through the Brooks Hall entrance. You will need to show your ID to the front desk attendant. Turn left after passing the Reid Hall elevators. The Well-Woman Office is located at 119 Reid Hall, which will be on the right.