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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Barnard Law Week

New Resource: Spanish Help Room

Are you a Barnard student taking elementary or intermediate Spanish at Barnard or Columbia?

We'd like to introduce you to the NEW Barnard Spanish Help Room! Brought to you by the Dean of Studies Office and the Barnard Department of Spanish & Latin American Cultures, this is a brand-new place on campus for drop-in help by and for Barnard students to support study of:
  • Elementary Spanish I
  • Elementary Spanish II
  • Intermediate Spanish I
  • Intermediate Spanish II

The Spanish Help Room meets in Altschul 303:
  • Sundays 7-9 pm
  • Mondays 7-9 pm
  • Tuesdays 7-9 pm
  • Wednesdays 7-9 pm

Bring your notes!
Bring your textbooks!
Bring your questions!
Bring your friends!

Last Chance to Apply to be an Athena Scholar

Are you interested in the Athena Scholar Program? 

The last information session of the semester is this Friday, October 20, at noon in Diana LL103

This is the last opportunity for Sophomores to join the program!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Drop Deadline--Tuesday, October 10

October 10th is the last day to drop a class without receiving a “W” on your transcript.

If you still want to drop a class, you cannot do it online. To drop a class at this point, you need to obtain a drop course form from the Registrar’s Office and discuss your schedule change with your adviser. Only your adviser’s signature is required for the drop form; a dean’s signature is not necessary. Once your adviser signs the form, you'll need to return the completed form to the Registrar's Office.

You can only drop a course if it will not bring you below 12 credits this semester. If you feel that you have extreme or extenuating circumstances, please contact your class dean ASAP to discuss your options. 

While you cannot add courses to your schedule at this point (unless it's a short course that has not yet begun), it may still be possible to change levels within a subject. For example, if you’re currently enrolled in Calculus III and need to drop down to Calculus I, it’s possible to switch as long as the professors of both courses and your adviser approve the change. 

Harvard Kennedy School of Government--Student Leadership Conference

Here's an excellent opportunity for first-years and sophomores to gain leadership experience at a student conference hosted by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  There are scholarships available.  The application deadline is November 8, 2017.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Fall 2017 Help Rooms

Biology 1500s Help Room 

7:30-9 pm
530 Altschul
7:30-9 pm
530 Altschul
7:30-9 pm
530 Altschul

Computer Science Help Room

Attention all Barnard women enrolled in a computer science course - the Barnard CS help room is up and running for the semester! Meet other Barnard women who are also taking computer science, and get help from Junior and Senior CS majors.  
Help Room Hours for Fall 2017:
1-2 pm and 3-5 pm
333B Milbank
4:30-6:30 pm
333B Milbank
Economics Help Room
The EHR is located in 117 Barnard HallThe hours (all in the evening) are:
Sundays 7 to 9 pm
Mondays 7 to 9pm
Tuesdays 7 to 9pm
Wednesdays 7 to 9 pm.
Tutoring will be available for Intro to Economic Reasoning, Math Methods, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Statistics, and Econometrics. The tutors are your peers, and the EHR is a judgment-free zone. There is no such thing as a stupid question in the EHR!
If you use the EHR, please keep the following in mind:
First and foremost, at the start of the semester, there will be an adjustment period, so not everything will go smoothly at first. We appreciate your patience as we “learn on the job.” You should feel free, at any time, to send any comments via email to Professor Harrison ( , or to stop by her office (244 LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall) to chat about your experiences.  All comments will be kept confidential.
Second, when asking for help with homework, please also bring your textbook and notes with you. The tutors might not have had the same professor as you do, and therefore might not have used the same textbook. Therefore, it will be helpful for them to see how you were taught the material.
Third, there will be sign-in sheets. Please sign in! It is important that we keep this record of use.
You can find updates about the EHR throughout the semester at:
or just go to the Economics department home page, and find a link to this page.

Environmental Science Course Support
Students in Environmental Science courses organize study groups by course.  If you are interested in forming or being part of such a group and would like to use Room 401 contact Leslie Raucher,

Math Help Rooms

For help with: College Algebra – Analytic Geometry, Calculus I, II and III courses
Milbank 333

Monday through Thursday:  10am-10pm (staffed by Barnard undergrads 6-10
Friday:  10am-4pm

For help with:   Calculus IV and Higher Math courses
406 Mathematics Building (at Columbia)

Monday through Thursday: 9am-6pm
Friday: 9am-4pm

Organic Chemistry Help Room
There will be NO ORGANIC CHEMISTRY Help Room for Fall 2017.  We encourage you to contact the Peer-to-Peer Learning Program at for individual tutoring or see the professor during office hours

Physics Study Room
For students in all levels of Physics classes. Bring your homework; bring your questions; bring your ideas; bring your friends.
Mondays7-9 pm514 Altschul
7-9 pm
514 Altschul

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Columbia Study Abroad Programs

Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies Information Session
The Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies offers coursework in Japanese at the 2nd-5th year levels plus courses in Japanese Studies taught in English. Students have the opportunity to participate in a Community Involvement Project and live with a homestay family. KCJS need-based scholarships are available. We are now accepting applications for Spring 2018. Attend this info session to learn more!

DATE: Friday, September 22, 2017
TIME: 11:00am to 12:00pm
LOCATION: 403 Kent Hall, 1140 Amsterdam Ave.

Berlin Consortium for German Studies Information Session

This is a great opportunity for freshmen and sophomores studying German to learn about study abroad through Columbia for the academic year and/or spring in Berlin! The BCGS offers intensive language and cultural immersion. Juniors who are planning to apply for the Spring 2018 semester are welcome to attend.

DATE: Friday, September 22
TIME:12:00 to 1:00pm
LOCATION: 606 Kent Hall, 1140 Amsterdam Ave.
For more info, visit:

Columbia in London Information Session

Study major works of English and Anglophone literature in a London context. Learn from Columbia faculty whose work engages the city's literary culture. View London as your classroom through regular outings. Experience British university life and pursue your academic interests at the prestigious Queen Mary University of London.

DATE:  Tuesday, September 26
TIME:   12:00 to 1 pm
LOCATION:  612 Philosophy, 1150 Amsterdam Ave.

Columbia in Beijing Information Session

Columbia University in Beijing provides a rare opportunity for advanced students to directly enroll in a broad range of courses at Tsinghua University, one of China's top institutions. University options include courses in the humanities, social sciences, economics, environmental science, sciences, information sciences, engineering, and architecture. Attend this info session to learn more!
DATE: Friday, September 29
TIME: 3-4pm
LOCATION: 403 Kent Hall, 1140 Amsterdam Ave.

For more info, visit:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Athena Leadership Labs Fall 2017


Monday, September 11
A College Student’s Guide to Managing Your Money
Instructor: Christine Valenza Shin ‘84
Start the new semester on the right foot with this interactive workshop on how to manage your money while at Barnard.  From student loans to credit cards to budgeting wisely, this is a great opportunity to ensure you make smart decisions when it comes to saving and spending your hard-earned cash.
Christine Valenza Shin '84 is Associate Director for Alumnae Counseling and Education at Barnard Career Development. Christine counsels alumnae (and occasionally current students) at all stages of their careers as well as presenting webinars and in-person workshops to support their ongoing professional development. Christine was formerly the Associate Director of the Athena Leadership Lab at Barnard, and before that the Program Director of Barnard's Financial Fluency Program for alumnae. Earlier in her career she was a teacher and teacher educator.  A 1984 graduate of Barnard, she majored in history and minored in education.

Monday, September 25
Discover Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
Instructor: Nathalie Molina Niño
Entrepreneurs are people who think out of the box and make their own rules. But where do they begin? Does becoming an entrepreneur require specific expertise, innate skills, gall, or luck? In this workshop, we'll introduce the principles, skills and ideas that it takes to be successful in the startup world.  You will learn how to harness entrepreneurial spirit—the ability to be flexible, persistent and adaptable—in every aspect of your life. Spoiler alert: you already have all the skills you need!
Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO and founder of BRAVA Investments, which targets high-growth, scalable businesses that can make a catalytic economic impact on women. A technologist and coder by training, she’s a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart, passionate about gender parity. In addition to numerous other ventures, Molina Niño is the  founder of Entrepreneurs@Athena.

Tuesday, October 3
Coding for Beginners
Instructor: Ope Bukola
Have you always wanted to join the coding revolution but been unsure of where to start? This hands-on lab invites you to learn foundational and tangible programming skills. Led by Google Product Manager Ope Bukola, this exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of coding welcomes beginners and students of all academic backgrounds. Just bring yourself and a laptop. Leave with the confidence and knowledge of how to access and understand coding today.
Ope Bukola is a Product Manager at Google, where she builds Google Classroom and other education tools. Previously, she was a PM at Amplify Education, founded an edtech company that provided web-based Algebra course, and worked at a non-profit that built open-source digital textbooks. She is passionate about using technology to improve teaching and learning. She loves introducing beginners to programming, and has taught introductory web development at high schools, and colleges for many years.

Friday, October 6
Climb Your Way to New Leadership Skills through Bouldering
Instructor: Heather Hurwitz

When was the last time you got our of your comfort zone? Took a risk? Worked with a team to solve a challenge? Learned a new sport? This leadership lab will introduce you to a style of rock climbing called bouldering.  Awaken your courage and your ability to take strategic risks through this experiential activity. We will practice being leaders who can learn something new, overcome challenges, problem-solve on the spot and feel success. This workshop will be led by experienced climbers and followed by a moderated discussion with Athena staff on how to use this experience to reach greater heights as a woman leader. No prior rock climbing experience necessary. Beginners welcome. All equipment and fees are provided. The lab is free to you.

Note - this lab meets offsite at STEEP ROCK WEST 603 W 129TH ST NEW YORK, NY 10027 (about a 10-15 minute walk from campus, at the corner of Broadway and 129th). Please arrive promptly at 1:45pm.  To save time upon arrival at the gym, please fill out 
this waiver in advance. 

Be sure to bring a lock and a water bottle.  Please wear comfortable gym clothes.

The lab is limited to 15 participants. 

Note: No cancellations are allowed fewer than 7 days in advance, otherwise Athena loses the money that it has paid for your space.

Heather McKee Hurwitz, Ph.D., is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Athena Center for Leadership Studies and the Department of Sociology. She studies gender and social movements in urban and global contexts. She focuses on the Occupy Wall Street movement, global feminisms, and activism using social media.

Thursday, October 12
Tell Your Story with The Moth
Tell your story! Personal storytelling can connect you to your audience and your classmates, and give you a chance to reflect on life. But how do we create the conditions for great storytelling? Leaders of The Moth's Education Program will lead a lively, on-our-feet workshop to brainstorm and craft your own Moth stories and listen to your classmates share about their own lives, too. We’ll end by reflecting on ways that Moth stories can serve you in leadership contexts— from job interviews to proposals to building your personal mission.

Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories told live and without notes.
Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase. Each show starts with a theme, and the storytellers explore it, often in unexpected ways. Since each story is true and every voice authentic, the shows dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.
Through ongoing programs in more than 25 cities, The Moth has presented over 18,000 stories to standing-room-only crowds worldwide and it currently produces more than 500 live shows each year. The Moth podcast is downloaded over 30 million times a year, and each week, the Peabody Award-winning Moth Radio Hour is heard on over 400 radio stations worldwide. The Moth’s first book, The Moth: 50 True Stories was a NYT Bestseller and its newest book, All These Wonders: True Stories About Facing the Unknown was released March, 2017.

Monday, October 16
A College Woman's Guide to Politics:  Become an Effective Advocate for Change
Instructor: Erin Vilardi

In the days following the 2016 Presidential election and the Women's March on Washington, countless women across the nation are making their voices heard in the political arena -- organizing around the issues they care about, participating in demonstrations,  supporting candidates with their energy and vote and even stepping up to run for office at the local, state and national level.  This lab offered by the President of VoteRunLead, which has trained over 2400 women to run for office in the last 6 months, will explore how you, as a college student, can be an effective advocate, help elect more women to political leadership, and make your voice heard. 

Erin Vilardi is the Founder and Director of VoteRunLead, a national organization leveraging technology and training to accelerate the number of women in civic and political leadership. She first launched VRL as Vice President of Program and Communications at The White House Project, establishing the largest national political training program readying women for public office and civic life, training over 15,000 women. She has served as a Leadership Development Consultant for a range of clients, including the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, where she co-developed the Athena CORE10©.

Tuesday, October 18
Keep Your $20’s in Your 20’s
Instructor: Galia Gichon
Are you looking to learn how to make smart financial decisions but don't know how to start?  Come learn the basics of money management including sound tips and tactics for saving your money and the knowledge, tools, and good habits needed to make educated and responsible financial decisions for your 20s, 30s and beyond!
Galia Gichon is an independent personal financial expert with over 18 years' experience in financial services, including nearly 10 years on Wall Street and an MBA in Finance. She is the Founder of “Down to Earth Finance” which offers individual sessions and seminars to address personal financial needs and concerns and the author of My Money Matters, a boxed set of financial cards with money affirmations, instant money tips and workbooks
Tuesday, October 24
The Salary Negotiation Basics Every Woman Needs To Know
Instructor: Alexandra Dickinson
The gender wage gap costs a full time working woman an average of $435,000+ over the course of her career. A woman needs to work 11 additional years to achieve income equality with a male counterpart. And if that wasn’t bad enough, when a woman reaches retirement age, she earns less social security, since benefits are determined by wage history, and her savings must stretch about 4.9 years longer based on average life expectancy. Learning to negotiate has never been more essential for women.

This workshop will cover:
·         the negotiation basics you never learned
·         how to deal with awkward salary questions
·         why you should always make the first offer
·         proven woman-specific strategies backed up by research

Alexandra Dickinson is an entrepreneur who teaches people to negotiate. She’s the founder and CEO of the negotiation training and coaching company Ask For It. Ask For It was her side hustle until she got laid off and decided to devote herself to it full time. She is a contributing writer at Women@Forbes and has spoken at organizations like UN Women, Columbia Business School, and Investopedia, and coaches women and men at all stages of their careers. She serves on the Junior Board of She's The First and volunteers as the City Manager for the NYC Chapter of the Lady Project. She holds a Master's degree in media, culture and communication from New York University and is also a 200-hour certified yoga teacher.

Questions?  Email Sarit Abramowicz

Study Abroad Calendar

Barnard Study Abroad Information Sessions for Fall 2017
Tuesday, September 12, 409 Barnard Hall, 7-8 pm
Friday September 15, 214 Milbank, 12 -1 pm
Friday, September 22, 227 Milbank (to be confirmed), 1-2 pm
Wednesday September 27, 409 Barnard Hall (to be confirmed), 7-8 pm
Friday, October 6, 227 Milbank (to be confirmed), 12-1 pm
Thursday, October 19, 227 Milbank (to be confirmed), 4-5 pm
Friday, October 27, 227 Milbank (to be confirmed), 12-1 pm
Thursday, November 9, 227 Milbank (to be confirmed), 3-4 pm

Junior Year at Oxford Information Session
Friday September 15, 307 Milbank, 2-3 pm

Columbia University’s Study Abroad Programs Information Session
Academic Year, Semester, Summer
Friday, September 22, 307 Milbank, 2-3 pm

Annual Study Abroad Fair
Wednesday, October 412 – 3 pm
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall, Columbia University

Sponsored by Columbia’s Office of Global Programs and Barnard’s Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs 

Learn about the wide variety of study abroad and fellowship opportunities available to you! Meet with returning study abroad students AND program representatives to learn about academic year, semester and summer abroad! 

For room confirmations and a complete listing of Barnard study abroad events please go to the Study Abroad calendar on our website

Monday, September 11, 2017

Convocation! TUESDAY, Sept. 12, Riverside Church -- meet at 3:45 p.m.

If you got a red t-shirt at the Back@Barnard Block Party (or if not, swing by Student Life to get one), now's your chance to wear it and celebrate the start of the academic year.

What's Convocation?
The ceremonial beginning of a new academic year.  At Barnard, you'll assemble with your class, see a parade of alumnae, hear from college dignitaries, and a listen to a keynote address from distinguished alumna Carol Dweck '67, as well as our new president, Sian Leah Beilock.

What if I have class?
Some Barnard classes may be canceled -- check with your professor if you haven't heard. Columbia classes will not be canceled.  We don't want you to celebrate the start of the school year by missing school.  We'll be sad if you can't make it, but you can plan to come the next two years.

Where do I go and what do I do?
Wear your red shirt Tuesday!  Assemble at the 490 Riverside Drive entrance to Riverside Church at 3:45pm.  Look for Dean Kuan Tsu wearing a black academic gown with big, billowy sleeves. We'll be marching in and seated together (see the cool photo above!).

Apply to Be a Peer Tutor

The Barnard Dean of Studies (DOS) Office and the Academic Success and Enrichment Program (ASEP) are seeking current Barnard students to serve as tutors in our Peer-to-Peer Learning programs. DOS and ASEP Peer Tutors are paid $15/hour, for anywhere between two and ten hours per week (depending on your availability and demand for tutors in your area), to meet individually or in small groups (no more than three students) with fellow students who have requested a tutor for support in a particular class. Tutors are also paid for approximately one hour per month of training/in-service.

Subjects where tutors are most in demand include: Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, and Foreign Language, but other subjects may also be needed depending on student requests, so you are encouraged to apply even if the subject you want to tutor does not appear on this list.

  • Successful completion of the Barnard course(s) (or equivalent) that you are applying to tutor in
  • Experience as a peer tutor preferred but not required
  • Empathy, Patience, Clarity, and Kindness
  • Commitment to academic integrity
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing in the College
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Senior, Junior, Sophomore, or second-semester First-Year status

To apply to be a Peer-to-Peer Learning Tutor:
1. Apply at BarnardWorks Ref # 4322
2. Fill out this form.
3. Make an appointment for an interview. You may meet with either Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean & Dean for Academic Assistance or Elida Martinez-Gaynor, Interim Director of Academic Success and Enrichment Programs.

Questions? Email