Friday, February 14, 2020

New Antivirus ‘Malwarebytes’ for Barnard Students

Dear Students,

Great News! CUIT has upgraded all student’s antivirus protection software to Malwarebytes and you should install it as soon as possible. Malwarebytes fights threats that traditional antivirus software can’t stop, including spyware, malware, ransomware, phishing and some other unwanted programs. This product works on both Windows and Mac computers to provide antivirus protection.

If you previously downloaded Symantec and have it installed on your computer, you must uninstall Symantec first, and then install Malwarebytes. Failure to uninstall Symantec first will prevent Malwarebytes from installing properly. You can find more information on CUIT’s website,

In an effort to update as many student computers as possible, BCIT Student Computing will be providing extra support during our Love Your Computer Week, which takes place Feb 24- 28th. Please come by the Student Computing office located in 307 Diana Center, for some free sweets and get your laptop updated at the same time! Our office hours are Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-5pm and Sat/Sun from 12-4pm or feel free to submit a ticket via and we can assist you accordingly.

Best regards,
Aida Santiago-Agosto
Associate Director of Student Computing, BCIT
Barnard College | 307A Diana


History Open House for Prospective Majors (Feb 18)

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Become a Writing Fellow - Application due Mar 2!

Do you like writing?
Do you like working with your peers?

Become a Writing Fellow

Applications due Monday, March 2nd at 5pm
Find the application using the QR Code or at

Information Sessions*
Sunday, 2/9, at 6pm 
Wednesday, 2/12 at 6pm 
Tuesday, 2/18, at 6 pm 
Friday, 2/28 at 12 pm 

Science Fellow Info Sessions* 
Wednesday, 2/12, 8:00 PM
Friday, 2/14, 2:30 PM
Sunday, 2/23, 5:00 PM

*all info sessions will take place in BAR 217


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Your Participation is Needed

Post-call surveys
Dear Barnard student,

We value student opinions about Barnard.  Please take a few minutes to complete the Times Higher Education US Student Survey and make your perspective and experiences known.  This is one of the largest student surveys undertaken in the United States and the responses form a key part of the study. This study has been widely praised for its emphasis on teaching and student outcomes.

Your responses are strictly confidential and will not be shared with Barnard. 

Nikisha Williams, Ph.D.
Executive Director Institutional Assessment
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

FLI Support Group (Feb thru May)

PROG: Athena Skill Builder Workshops (Feb thru Mar)

For Your Consideration...

Feminist Field Trip
Black History Month Tour of the UN - Friday, February 7th. 

Make Your Ask 
Learn how to make an ask for help or money that ends in an enthusiastic Yes!
1) Be Your Best Advocate: A Negotiation Workshop:This Thursday! Jan 30, 5-6:30pm. 
2) Pitching Your IdeaNext Week! Wednesday, February 5th, 6-7:30pm - taught by alumna Amy Chen '10
3) The Art of the Ask: Thursday, March 5th 6:30-8pm - taught by alumna

Feel Well Do Good
Develop tools you can use to make sure you're taking care of yourself while you're working on your ideas for change. 
1) Nurture Yourself While You Nurture Your Ideas: Monday, February 24, 5-6:30pm.
2) Building Resilience Through Improv: Monday, March 2, 5-6:30pm 

Active Civic Engagement 
Find out how you can shape your community, your state and your country through political participation. 
Keeping Elective Officials Accountable: Monday, February 10, 5-6:30pm

Financial Fluency
Workshops and seminars that will help you feel more informed and empowered when it comes to all things money. Offered in partnership with Beyond Barnard, Office of Financial Aid, and the Assistant Dean for Student Success.
1) Financial Fluency for Seniors: February 21, 2-4pm
2) My, Money, My Plan: Achieving Financial Goals Through Savings: March 3, 5:30-7pm
3) Wall Street? Who Cares. (You Do.) - Field Trip to Financial Times to meet with Rana Foroohar '92. - March 27, 11-1pm
4) Investing for Beginners: March 31, 5-6:30pm

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

PROG: Be Your Best Advocate (Jan 30) Pitching Your Idea (Feb 5) The Art of the Ask (Mar 5)

DSI Scholars Program (Call for Applications)


Call for Student Applications
Columbia University Data Science Institute is pleased to announce that the Data Science Institute (DSI) and Data For Good Scholars Programs for Spring-Summer 2020 are open for applications.
The goal of the DSI Scholars Program is to engage Columbia's current undergraduate and master students in data science research with Columbia faculty through a research internship. The program connects students with research projects across Columbia and provides student researchers with additional learning experience and networking opportunities. Through unique enrichment activities, this program aims to foster a learning and collaborative community in data science at Columbia.
The Data For Good Scholars program connects student volunteers to organizations and individuals working for the social good whose projects have developed a need for data science expertise. As "real world" problems with real world data, these projects are excellent opportunities for students to learn how data science is practiced outside of the university setting and to learn how to work effectively with people for whom data science sits outside of their subject area.
This year we have had an unprecedented number of projects; please give yourself enough time to read the project descriptions. For your application choose the TOP five projects of which you are most interested, eligible and qualified.

Applications are due by February 2nd, 2020.
Please email questions to

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Barnard alumns from all over the world have written letters of support to you!

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Class of 2023,

Barnard alumns from all over the world have written letters of support to you! Below is a link to digital versions of most of the letters. 

Additionally, alumns have delivered hard copies of letters to campus, which you can come to the dean's office (105 Milbank) to read.

Monday, December 16, 2019

How to submit an approved Incomplete Request or Deferred Exam form via email

How to submit an approved Incomplete Request or Deferred Exam form via email

Several of you have been asking for clarification on the forms and procedures to officially submit approved requests for an Incomplete (for written work) or a Deferred Exam (for final exams only).  You can submit the paper forms in person, with all necessary signatures, to the Registrar's Office in 107 Milbank, or you may submit them electronically, following the directions below.

As a reminder, if you encounter difficulties, want help considering options or next steps, or just want to talk, please visit the dean's office or other supportive spaces on campus.

To file for an Incomplete electronically:
  1. First contact your instructor to confirm they grant permission for you to take an incomplete.  All Barnard faculty have been advised to grant these requests this semester.
  2. Open the Application for an Incomplete form in Adobe Acrobat or similar program -- that will allow you to type your answers in.
  3. Fill out the form.  Ignore any references to the Dec. 12 deadline to submit this form. That deadline is waived, but please submit the form as soon as you can, certainly before the instructor has to submit grades.
  4. Using your Barnard email address, forward the instructor's email granting permission for the incomplete to, attaching your completed form.  You don't need to copy the instructor or a dean on this email, but you may if you like.  (Alternately, you can print out the instructor's email and fill out and sign the paper form, in which case you can deliver it in person to the registrar's office in 107 Milbank)
  5. Please disregard the parts of the form that talk about which deadlines will cause the "I" to disappear -- as you may know, that rule was suspended for fall 2019 courses; the "I" will be replaced by the final grade when entered.
To request a deferred exam electronically:
  1. First contact the instructor to confirm they grant permission for you to defer the exam (and to see if there may be alternate options).  If you are deferring and have obtained approval, then:
  2. Forward this approval to your class dean or visit the Dean of Studies office to discuss.  The dean will follow up with an official email request outlining next steps.
  3. Complete and submit the Deferred Exam form to the Barnard Registrar no later than January 3, 2020. If you are filling out the electronic version of the form rather than a printout, open it in Adobe Acrobat or similar program -- that will allow you to type your answers in.  The registrar will accept it with your typed name rather than your signature as long as you send it attached to an email sent from your official Barnard email address. 

Monday, December 9, 2019

Barnard FLIP Library Spring 2020 Textbook Needs

Hello Barnard students,

We hope you’re enjoying your semester! As the spring semester nears closer, the Barnard Library would like to provide you all with updates about the Barnard FLIP Library collection. 

The Barnard FLIP Library Student Course Materials Survey, by 12/11/19:

Let us know what books you need for Spring 2020 from the Barnard FLIP Library through our survey! This survey will ask you about courses you plan to take to inform the Barnard FLIP Library collection textbook purchases for the upcoming spring semester. *Please only fill out this survey if you identify as an undergraduate first-generation and/or low-income student.* We thank you all for your feedback! It is through your suggestions that we’re able to further develop this collection and work towards better serving the textbook needs of FLI students. 

The Barnard FLIP Library Listserv:

The Barnard FLIP Library also now has a listserv. In the future we will not email out to all students; instead, we will use this listserv to ask students once a year about their courses to inform Barnard FLIP Library book purchases. Your identity will remain private and the list is not shared with anyone. 

Welcome to the Barnard FLIP Library:

The Barnard FLIP Library is a collection on the fourth floor of the Barnard Library that seeks to provide textbooks for low-income and/or first-generation students. Any undergraduate student who identifies as low-income and/or first-generation may check out materials from the Barnard FLIP Library for the entire semester with unlimited renewals.  To receive borrowing privileges, please use the sign-up form:
The Barnard FLIP Library continues to prioritize purchasing STEM, language, and social science textbooks. We cannot purchase access codes, but everyone is welcome to use any access codes found in a Barnard FLIP Library textbook. 

You can search CLIO, the Columbia University Libraries Catalog, for your textbooks to find out if they're in the Barnard FLIP Library. You might also find your textbooks in Course Reserves. For more ideas about how to get your course texts, Barnard Library has a Textbook Affordability Guide. For more help, reach out to your Personal Librarian or stop by and visit us at the Circulation & Help Desk on the 2nd Floor of the Barnard Library.

Donate Your STEM, Language, & Social Science Textbooks:

There will be a Barnard FLIP Library book drive in collaboration with the Dean of Student Success office at the end of this semester to add textbooks to the collection. You may drop off STEM, Language, & Social Science textbooks:
Monday, December 16th from 3 PM - 5 PM and
Wednesday, December 18th from 3 PM - 5 PM
at the Milstein Center First Floor Lobby.
If these times do not work for you, please email so that we may arrange an alternative time for you to drop off your textbooks.

Kristen & Kaoutar 

Kaoutar Afif ’21, BLAIS Student Associate for the Barnard FLIP Library
Kristen Hogan, BLAIS Director of Collections Strategy & Library Operations,

Friday, December 6, 2019

Registration is Open on Monday, 12/9!

Monday, December 9th, starts a new registration day for spring semester courses! If you’d like to tweak the classes you’ve signed up for, now’s your chance to do it before the semester is over!

For this registration period, it’s important to make sure that you are registered for a First-Year Writing/First-Year Seminar for the spring semester. All FYW/FYS classes will be up on Monday, so if you weren’t able to get into one last month, now is your chance. As a reminder, do not register for more than one section of a First-year course. You also cannot shop FYW/FYS seminar courses during the shopping period at the beginning of the semester. Whatever course you’re registered for by the end of the semester you’ll take in the Spring. If you’re having trouble finding an open FYW/FYS course, contact the Dean’s Office and we can help you find what’s still available.

A few other general reminders, you need to be registered for at least 12 credits in order to be considered a full-time student. You’ll also meet with your advisor during the first few weeks of class to finalize your schedule for the semester. If you didn’t take a P.E. class in the fall, you should plan to do so in the spring.

Happy course registration!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Student Side: Final Exam Reminders and Tips

It’s finally December which means snow, hot chocolate galore, and final exams. As you prepare for finals this semester, here are some reminders and tips for the season. 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Dinner with Athena Center Director, Umbreen Bhatti '00 (Nov 24 7PM) and Wikimedia Edit-a-Thon (Nov 22 2-5PM)

Dinner with Athena Center Director, Umbreen Bhatti '00
Come chat about your experience over dinner with Athena Director Umbreen Bhatti '00, who has surprisingly strong memories of her first year, because it was...hard. We'll hear about Umbreen's path through law, media, and design, and ultimately, back to campus, and we'll talk about how the Athena Center might support the class of 2023. Bring your appetite, questions and ideas. Space is limited so save your seat by emailing 
Sunday, November 24th, 7pm
Athena Center Conference Room
Milstein 404
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Wikimedia Edit-a-Thon
18% of Wikipedia biographies are about women. That's not enough. Join us for a chat and edit-a-thon on how we can grow that number.
In partnership with The Butler Banner Project, led by Radhika (Rads) Mehta CC'22 and Augusta (Gustie) Owens '22, we welcome all Barnard and Columbia students for an engaging conversation with Katherine Maher, CEO of the Wikimedia Foundation, followed by a brief training and Wikipedia edit-a-thon.

Friday, November 22nd
2pm to 5pm
Milstein LL001

RSVP here.

Please bring your own laptop for the Edit-a-Thon portion of the event. If you do not have a laptop and need to borrow one, please contact Alisa Tchernigova at

Sarit Abramowicz
Administrative Director, Student Programs
Athena Center for Leadership Studies
Barnard College
3009 Broadway
Office - 414 Milstein
New York, NY 10027

Majors Fair

Curious about Barnard's various majors? Want to learn about their courses and careers directly from junior and senior student representatives? Join the SGA Sophomore Class Council at the Majors Fair this Wednesday, November 20th from 5-7 PM in the Diana Event Oval. There will be free Insomnia Cookies, first-come-first-served!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

PDF Deadline and FAQs

The deadline to declare a PDF in a course is Thursday, November 14th!

You might be asking, what does declaring a PDF in a course mean? Well, I'm here to explain this magical option you have and why it rocks.

Writing Center Adds More Hours for Students

Due to popular demand Barnard Writing Center has added more hours the schedule! If you would like to make an appointment with a Writing Fellow please register for or log into your account by following the link:

If you have any questions email:

Happy writing!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Spring Registration Information

You’ve made it through the first two months of college! Congrats! While there is still about a month and a half to go before you finish your first semester, take a moment to celebrate what you’ve accomplished so far. It can be joining a club or organization you’re really passionate about, acing a midterm, making it to your 8:40 class on time for once, or remembering to get your laundry out of the dryer on time so it doesn’t end up on top of the machines. 

And while you’re celebrating, it’s time to think about spring course registration, WOOOOOOOOOO! It’s almost exactly like summer registration, so don’t worry, you know what you’re doing. There are a few differences with timing and course approval, but you got it. We’ll go over some questions about spring course registration to help move you along:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

About First-Year Seminar in Spring, 2020

To First-Year students taking First-Year Seminar in Spring, 2020:

This spring, the First-Year Seminar (FYS) Program is offering two sections of FYS "Workshop," a four-credit version of FYS designed for students who feel they would benefit from extra support with critical reading and academic writing skills. FYS Workshop fulfills the FYS requirement and is equally rigorous as FYS. There are three main differences:
  • In addition to regular seminar meetings twice per week, FYS Workshop students participate in six "writing labs" connected to each of the three major writing assignments. Half of the labs are run by the instructor, and the other half by Writing Fellows. (The labs meet on six pre-scheduled Fridays, which are listed in the course descriptions.)
  • Every student in FYS Workshop is paired with their own Writing Fellow, giving you an opportunity to get feedback from and discuss your ideas with a trained peer for all three major writing assignments in the class.
  • Each section of FYS Workshop is worth 4 credits (instead of 3).
If you think you would benefit from the extra support FYS Workshop offers, please sign up! There is no special sign-up process; you can sign up for FYS Workshop just like you would any other FYS course. (That said, these two sections are not yet listed in the Course Directory, so please see below for the course descriptions and meeting times.)

If you have any questions about FYS Workshop, feel free to write to Professor Lie-Spahn at or swing by her office hours (Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm in 243 LeFrak).


First-Year Seminar Workshop:

Professor Meredith Benjamin
MW 11:40am-12:55pm + required Writing Labs*

Of late, much attention has been given to the political role of feminist anger. However, not all feminist anger is received or interpreted in the same way; not all women have had the same freedom to express or represent anger. This course asks us to think critically about expressions and perceptions of anger. How do race, sexuality, gender identity, class, and ethnicity shape who is perceived as “angry” and whose anger is taken seriously? What other affects circulate and interact with anger: from rage and irritation to wonder and joy? We’ll begin with the figure of the “feminist killjoy,” as theorized by Sara Ahmed and will consider texts by authors including Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Susan Stryker, and Nella Larsen, alongside manifestos, comics, film, visual art, and zines.

*NOTE: This 4-credit version of First-Year Seminar (FYS)—FYS “Workshop”—is specially designed for students who believe they would benefit from extra support with their critical reading and academic writing skills. In addition to regular seminar meetings twice per week, students are also required to participate in six writing labs over the course of the semester. The writing labs for this section will take place on the following Fridays, 11:40am-12:55pm: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/27, and 4/3.


First-Year Seminar Workshop:
Professor Cecelia Lie-Spahn
TR 11:40am-12:55pm + required Writing Labs*

This course is about reproduction—a biological and social process that is often the target of deep-seated ideas about nation, culture, conflict, and definitions of life. Looking at the relationships between reproduction, science, and identity formation, we will explore a variety of literary works, films, journalism, public health studies, and policy/legal texts, all of which differently narrate, debate, script, and theorize about reproduction. Questions we will explore include: what is reproduction—scientifically, culturally, politically, historically? How do recent medical/technological/pharmaceutical developments shape reproductive experiences? What are the distinctions between reproductive rights, health, and justice, particularly in their responses to long histories of reproductive violence? How do different historical and geopolitical contexts shape our understandings and management of reproduction, from in-vitro fertilization and so-called “DIY” abortions, to population and development projects all over the world? Our conversations will both reveal and challenge the way we understand reproduction and the contradictory beliefs and actions associated with it.

*NOTE: This 4-credit version of First-Year Seminar (FYS)—FYS “Workshop”—is specially designed for students who believe they would benefit from extra support with their critical reading and academic writing skills. In addition to regular seminar meetings twice per week, students are also required to participate in six writing labs over the course of the semester. The writing labs for this section will take place on the following Fridays, 11:40am-12:55pm: 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/6, 4/3, and 4/17.