Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Emergency Meal Swipes Available

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In an effort to help alleviate food insecurity towards the end of the semester, beginning on Monday, May 6, simply hand the cashier your ID card at any Barnard dining location where swipes are accepted (Hewitt and Liz's Place, along with Diana Center for breakfast, dinner and late night), and let the cashier know you need an emergency swipe.  You'll be swiped in using the emergency swipe bank.

Please note this is currently available at the Barnard dining locations to address an immediate need. 

We'd love to hear your feedback on the program; please reach out to Julia Wang at

Peer Tutors + Writing Fellows + Snacks | No Appointment Needed | May 9 from 10:30 AM to 4 PM

Friday, May 3, 2019

Accommodations for Finals During Ramadan 2019

Ramadan 2019

Prepared by Amina Darwish
Muslim Life Coordinator, 513-238-0768

Historical Background

Ramadan 2019 begins on May 5th at sunset and ends on June 4th at sunset. The observation of the beginning and end dates may vary by a day depending on different schools of thought within the Islamic tradition. The majority of Muslims in America will be observing Ramadan in 2019 on the above-mentioned dates. This year, Ramadan will begin on the last day of classes and will run through study days, finals, commencement and alumni week. Ramadan is on a lunar calendar and moves up 11 days every year. 2019 is the first time in eight years that Ramadan will coincide with classes. It will continue to occur during the school year until 2040.

Observing Ramadan

Practicing Muslims observe fasting and additional Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan. Muslim Life at Columbia is coordinating programming for both fasting and prayers throughout the month. Fasting is observed by abstaining from food and water from dawn to sunset. Fasting is mandatory throughout the month of Ramadan. This could seriously affect students’ ability to focus on exams. Muslim students will likely prefer to take exams earlier in the day.

Taraweeh prayers are around two hours every night in Ramadan. They are not mandatory, but highly recommended, therefore students should use their best judgment to decide what days and for how long to attend Taraweeh prayers. Providing the Taraweeh prayers on campus gives students and faculty the flexibility to attend as often and as long as their schedules permit.

Accommodations for Finals

In coordination with the registrar, students can request an accommodation for exams that occur in the 4-7 PM and 7-10 PM time slots. Students making the request would speak with their professors to take the exam at a different time and inform the Muslim Life Coordinator for record keeping purposes. ( If requested by the professor, the Muslim Life Coordinator can support the professor by providing space in Earl Hall with a proctor.


  1. Iftar: An iftar meal will be offered in Earl Hall auditorium every night in Ramadan. Information on how to sponsor an iftar are available on the Muslim Life website ( RSVP’s for the iftars will go up on the website before Ramadan. Specialized iftars include a baccalaureate interfaith iftar on May 19, a commencement iftar May 22, and an alumni iftar May 31.
  2. Taraweeh: Taraweeh prayers will be offered every night in Earl Hall starting on May 5th from 10 PM to 12 AM.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Learn About A Career in Non-Profits

Are you interested in careers in social justice, education, human rights, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, but are unsure about working for non-profits? The Careers in Non-Profits: Notable Leaders in Non-Profits Panel Dinner will connect you with Alumnae who established their own non-profit organizations! 

Join Ebonie Smith '07 from Gender Amplified, Zoe LePage '13 from Exhale to Inhale, Megan McNally '10 from The Foundry Buffalo, Healther Godfrey '01 from Dance Project of Washington Heights, as well as Ana Reyes from I Challenge Myself and Janet Rodriguez from SoHarlem, who will be here to help you learn about non-profit organizations, and to help you learn more about careers in non-profits that advance social justice, education, human rights and entrepreneurship. 

Join us for dinner and a panel discussion with keynote speaker Danielle Chang, founder of LuckyRice and Lucky Chow. This is a great opportunity to connect with Alumnae and learn more about the world and work of non-profits!

Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall

RSVP Here!  

Questions? Email

Friday, April 19, 2019

Need Funding for a Summer Internship?

Community Impact at Columbia University is offering a unique opportunity for Barnard students who are interested in non-profit work this summer!

The George Van Amson (GVA) Fellowship provides undergraduate students with a $3,000 stipend for a summer internship with a local non-profit organization, Community Impact, or Columbia University faculty.

The application deadline is April 24th.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Feel unheard as a first-generation/low-income student on campus?

Come to Student Voices, a focus group hosted by the Barnard FGLI Advisory Board, where you can address your needs as an FGLI student! 

Sign up at the link below if you are interested:

NOTE: You must be a junior or a senior to be able to attend this specific focus group.

The form will close on Saturday, April 20, and more information will be sent to you via email if you are chosen to attend.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Need A Little Science Writing Help?

The Science Fellows are offering drop-in hours where you can discuss any scientific writing you are working on. You can expect  a one-on-one interaction with a peer who can discuss conventions of scientific writing, talk through your ideas, and help work through any issues you might be facing.  These conferences range from 20 mins-1hr, and the schedule can be found here.

Monday, April 1, 2019