Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Spring 2021 Registration Information + Upcoming Academic Calendar Dates

 Hi first-years, 

Below is a list of resources, important dates and deadlines, and more to help you through Spring 2021 Registration, which will occur for first-years on December 4th, as well as reminders about other upcoming dates -- Thanksgiving Break, reading week, winter break, the spring shopping period. Please enjoy the vaguely-relevant memes sprinkled throughout in an attempt to make this post that is mostly just dates more exciting. As always, contact first-year@barnard with any questions!

Friday, November 13, 2020

Information for Students taking First-Year Seminar in Spring 2021

 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 as 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 the major writing assignments in the course. 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 throughout the semester.
  • 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 (course descriptions are below).

If you have any questions about the FYS Workshop Program, feel free to email Professor Lie-Spahn at clie@barnard.edu.

Spring, 2021 Course Descriptions

FYSB-BC1739: DEAD AND UNDEAD (4 credits)
Professor Penelope Usher
TR 1:10-2:25pm + required writing labs*

What does it mean to be dead? Why the fascination—across time and culture—with conceiving of ways in which the dead can become un-dead? And how is being undead different than being alive? To investigate and trouble the boundaries between life and death (and un-death), we will analyze works across genres—among them horror, comedy, myth, folklore, and medicine—discussing near-death experiences, beating-heart cadavers, and a range of figures including zombies, ghosts, and other revenants. Readings will likely include texts and excerpts from Montaigne, Shakespeare, Zora Neale Hurston, Ovid, Toni Morrison, Carmen Maria Machado, Edgar Allen Poe, Nalo Hopkinson, and Mary Shelley, along with Japanese death poems, the Netflix series Russian Doll, and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie. NOTE: Several of the readings for this class involve references to or representations of violence, sometimes explicit.

*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 Friday “writing labs” over the course of the semester. The writing labs for this section will take place on the following Fridays, 1:10-2:25pm: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 4/2.


Professor Cecelia Lie-Spahn
MW 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. With an emphasis on the reproductive justice movement in the United States, which centers the experiences and leadership of BIPOC women and LGBTQ people, 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, and rhetorically? What is reproductive justice, and how is it distinct from reproductive rights and health? How have recent innovations in medicine and reproductive technologies both empowered and harmed reproductive experiences? And what kind of world does the reproductive justice movement urge us to imagine and create? Please note that the material for this class discusses obstetric violence; this material is important for understanding the relationships between race, science, and reproductive justice. Throughout the semester, we will discuss as a class how to work through this difficult material in respectful and inclusive ways.

*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 Friday “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: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, and 3/26.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

American Studies Program Planning Meeting

If you're interested in an American Studies, please note that their program planning meeting will occur on Thursday, 11/12, from 4:30-6pm. More information can be found on the flyer below:

Friday, October 30, 2020

The Social Dilemma

We tweet, we like, and we share — but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? Join the Dean of the College division and other current Barnard College students on Monday, November 2 at 6PM ET to discuss The Social DilemmaRSVP here.


Thursday, October 29, 2020

Human Rights Meeting Fri 10/30


New Peer-Mentoring Initiative

Hello first-years, 

Great news! We're launching a new college-wide peer mentoring initiative. Are you interested in getting additional support in regards to academics, the Barnard community, or seeking networking opportunities? Do you want to build strong relationships with your peers? Then take your Barnard experience to the next level by joining the Access Barnard Peer Mentoring Program!

The Peer Mentoring Program was designed to support the needs of first-year and transfer students as they transition into Barnard. We aim to provide a structured program for students to build strong relationships with their peers while learning new skills and gaining experience that will lead to success academically and socially.

To be a mentee you must:  
  • Be a First Year or First Semester Transfer
  • Enrolled at Barnard full-time
  • Be willing to meet with your mentor weekly
  • Be open to discussing career goals and experiences for the purpose of shared learning and career enhancement
If you’re interested in applying to be a mentee please visit: https://bit.ly/37wjPt7
Applications are due Friday, November 6th by 5pm.

If you have any questions regarding the mentoring program please contact mentoring@barnard.edu for more information. We truly hope that you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to enhance your Barnard experience.

Access Barnard Peer Mentoring

Philosophy Program Planning Meeting Friday 10/30


Monday, October 12, 2020

Virtual Program Planning Meetings Fall 2020

 Academic departments are holding program planning meetings for students who may be interested in a major in the department. Learn about the different major options in the department, meet faculty members, and more!

Please refer to this link for Program Planning Meetings: Program Planning Mtgs

Meet with the Dean!

Hi first-years! As you familiarize yourself with the resources available to you, please note that Dean Garay, the First-Year Dean, is available for individual appointments. If you have any brief questions you can always email us at first-year@barnard.edu, but with more complex inquiries or issues, Dean Garay is available to have a conversation and help guide you through whatever you may need assistance with. You can schedule an appointment with her here

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

How to Withdraw from a Course

In order to withdraw from a course, please do as follows: 

1. Talk/email with your adviser 
2. Get an email from your adviser confirming that they approve 
3. Download that email as a PDF
4. Upload email to this Slate form 
5. Submit this form

Monday, October 5, 2020

Barnard Honor Board

The Barnard Honor Board is looking to add new members for the 2020-2021 school year! Joining the Honor Board is a great opportunity to work with peers, professors, and administrators to maintain academic integrity on the Barnard campus. To access the application, please visit https://forms.gle/a6CcTXiG9xTwpskA9. For more information on the Honor Board and Honor Code, please visit https://barnard.edu/honor-board

Applications are due by Saturday October 24 at 11:59 pm EST. First years, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are all eligible to apply.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Center for Engaged Pedagogy Fall Workshop Series

Join The Center for Engaged Pedagogy for their fall workshop series! Find dates and Zoom links in the flyer above. 

Columbia Data for Good Scholars Program and Data Science Institue


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 Fall 2020 are open for applications.

The goal of the DSI Scholars Program is to engage Columbia's 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.

Please email questions to dsi-scholars@columbia.edu, see our FAQ, or register for the information session at 11:00am Eastern time on September 24th.

The Data Science Institute encourages women and underrepresented minorities to apply to these programs.

Applications are due by October 1st, 2020.

Computer Science at Barnard: Barnard Bears

Introducing Barnard BEARS: Better, Enhance, and Advance Research Series, a new exciting program introducing Barnard students to what a career in Computer Science research might look like. Please find information on how to participate in the flyer above. 

Education Department Open House


Hi all! Please note that the Education Department is hosting an open house this Thursday, October 1, from 7:30-8:30 pm EST. To attend, find the Zoom information below: 

Join Zoom Meeting:


Meeting ID: 923 358 9193
Passcode: 33445

Monday, September 28, 2020

Peer-to-Peer Help Rooms

 Peer-to-Peer tutoring will be offering help rooms this semester! For information on the Economics, Physics, and Spanish help rooms, please see below: 

Economics Help Rooms:  See:  https://economics.barnard.edu/economics-help-room  for procedures and schedules. 

Physics Help Rooms:  Thursday, 7:00PM - 9:00PM.  Zoom link is accessible on Canvas.  

Spanish Help Rooms:  Tuesday and Sunday, 7:00PM - 8:00PM. Please note that the Spanish department is still working out the access details so the help rooms have not started yet.

Please contact peertopeer@barnard.edu with any questions!

Mathematics Department Lecture Series

 Hello all! The Barnard Mathematics Department is hosting a lecture series on mathematical aspects of current issues that may also be of interest to non-majors; please find the registration link here and further information about the series on the department website. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Introducing the FLI Network


Welcome to a brand new semester!!! We, at the First-Generation and/or Low-income Network (FLI Network), are so excited to be starting this new year with you and creating a community online for FLI students on campus. Our mission is to support and advocate for FLI students across the four campuses here at Columbia University. If you would like to get to know more about us please sign up for the newsletter here where we send out updates on resources, events, and opportunities weekly. If you are interested in getting more involved in the community and joining our amazing organization, please consider applying here. Please note: we have changed our previous name (First-Generation and/or Low-income Partnership) since we learned that its acronym is derogatory towards the Filipinx community. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at flinetwork.cu@gmail.com

ThirdSpace@SPARK LIVE Registration Info


ThirdSpace@SPARK is almost here! Ignite your thinking and be inspired to make change by joining us this Friday, September 25 at 1pm ET for a conversation with the ThirdSpace@ team + friends on how to spark effective social change. 

  • Click here to register for the SPARK Virtual Experience - this is how you’ll get the Zoom link

  • Bookmark barnard.edu/spark to stay updated on videos between Barnard community members and critical changemakers throughout the fall

  • Follow @barnardthirdspace on Instagram for real-time updates

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

SGA Elections

SGA Elections are this week! Remember that voting closes at 12pm (noon) ET on Friday, September 25th.  See the flyer below for instructions on how to vote on myBarnard:

Furman Support Spaces: Life in the Time of COVID


This was not the semester any of us expected. You may find yourself in a living situation that has been challenging. 

Please join your peers to share your experience living in NYC this semester, whether alone or with roommates.

LITTOC: NYC edition is a drop-in weekly support space. It is not a therapy group.

It will be held on FRIDAYS, starting SEPTEMBER 25th at 3:00 pm. If you would like to attend a meeting, please e-mail kniegock@barnard.edu to receive the Zoom link.



This was not the semester any of us expected. You may find yourself in a living situation that has been challenging. 

Please join your peers to share your experience living away from NYC and Barnard campus, whether in your hometown or some other city or town. 

LITTOC: Hometown edition is a drop-in weekly support space. It is not a therapy group.

It will be held on Tuesdays, starting tomorrow September 22 at 6:00 pm. If you would like to attend a meeting, please e-mail mmabli@barnard.edu to receive the Zoom link.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Hello from Well-Woman!

Hello from Well-Woman! As you may have heard, WW is the health promotion and education promotion program at Barnard--which means we're a place to learn about and explore any topic that interests you related to health and wellness. Our staff (Jessica Cannon, a very proud Barnard alum!) and student peer educators are here to share resources and host programs--like office hours, craft nights, conversations and workshops. You can learn more about WW on our website and Instagram, but the best way to connect with the office is through our weekly listserv--we send out a quick note every Monday to share info about our programs and events along with tips for supporting your well-being. Sign up here (https://tinyurl.com/wwlistserv) and we'll add you to our list. Thank you and welcome to Barnard! 

*NEW* Imminent Deadline & Online Procedure: deadline to drop Fall A courses -- TUESDAY 9/22/20; contact adviser for approval


When can I drop a Fall A class?

The last day to drop a Fall A course and have it fully removed from your transcript is Tuesday, September 22, 2020.  The last day to withdraw with a W from a Fall A course is Thursday, October 8, 2020.

When can I drop a full-term class?

The last day to drop a full-term class is October 8, 2020.  The last day to withdraw with a W from a full-term class is November 19, 2020.

*NEW* process How can I drop a class? *NEW* process

Gone are they days when you needed a paper form and handwritten signature. Follow the easy online steps below to drop a class on or before the deadline.

1. Contact your adviser to discuss and obtain their approval

Best practice is to have an advising conversation where you discuss options and any possible implications of this drop on your full-time status or your graduation progress, but depending on how much you and your adviser have already discussed things, they may accept an email request from you in place of a meeting. 

2. Your adviser will submit an online request via WebAdvisor to enable you to drop online via Student Planning.

You will only be able to drop online if your adviser has granted this permission. 


3. As soon as your adviser grants permission, you will receive an email informing you that you have permission to drop the class(es) discussed.


4. You will have two days to drop the class online via Student Planning.*

If you don't drop within the 2-day window, you will need to request permission again. 

*Note that you must drop on or before the drop deadline if you want the class removed from your transcript.

Deep BLUE- Dive Into Dialogue

Deep BLUE - Dive Into Dialogue 

Deep BLUE (Building Leadership and Understanding Equity) is an 8-week cohort program offered on Zoom through Barnard Student Life. Deep BLUE is developed with an intergroup dialogue framework, and Barnard Student Life and students will lead the program. Some topics of exploration include identities, privilege, and current events. As noted in Student Life’s Principles of Practice, our work is grounded in social justice principles and intersectionality as means for honoring the dynamic and complex identities of our students, addressing concerns around campus climate, and fostering a shared responsibility for action and change.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Barnard Computer Science Help Room

Barnard's Computer Science Help Room is open for the Fall 2020 semester.  CS tutors provide one-on-one, online sessions for help with introductory and intermediate Computer Science related questions.  Barnard tutors will use the Zoom platform to hold their drop-in hours.  The "waiting room" function within Zoom will be used to ensure that students being helped are not interrupted by new students joining.  

Barnard's Computer Science Help Room Schedule
Tuesday: 10am-12pm ET, 6pm-8pm ET
Thursday: 10am-12pm ET, 3pm-5pm ET, 7pm-9pm ET 
Friday: 1pm-3pm ET  

You can access the Zoom Computer Science Help Room via the link below:


Monday, September 14, 2020

Join us at Convocation 9/17/2020, 4:30pm

 Barnard College logo


On Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 4:30 p.m., please join President Sian Leah Beilock and the Barnard community for our College-wide Convocation as we welcome the new members of the student body to Barnard’s rich academic tradition.


The keynote address will be delivered by visionary journalist and novelist Suki Kim ’92, who lived and worked undercover in North Korea and shared her revelations with the world in her bestselling book Without You, There Is No Us: Undercover Among the Sons of North Korea’s Elite.


Please visit Convocation 2020 online for details.

SGA invites you to run for office -- sign up now to attend required info session Sept 9-16th

 A message from your Student Government Association:

The Student Government Association is holding elections for all positions on the representative council and class councils. We welcome all students from every background, experience level, and class year. 

If you are interested in running for office, please sign up for a mandatory elections information session here

We will also be at the activities fair on Friday, the 11th, at 1- 4 pm EST for all questions about SGA and/or elections. We hope to get to know you and welcome you to SGA!

Hold preventing you from adding/dropping courses? Here's how to find out where they're coming from so you can address/remove them