Family Weekend

2019 Family Weekend
Friday, Oct. 25 - Saturday, Oct. 26

We look forward to welcoming Barnard families to Family Weekend 2019 on Friday, October 25th and Saturday, October 26th!

The weekend includes classes to audit, open houses of academic departments and student services, a dance showcase, faculty talks, panel discussions with deans and directors, an address by President Sian Leah Beilock, and other opportunities to learn about life at Barnard.

To attend, please register here.  There is no cost to attend the weekend.

An optional Buffet Brunch is offered on Saturday morning at a cost of $25 per person (Barnard students must also pay for the brunch if they plan on attending with their family), available via the online registration link above.

To register for events at The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life -- Shabbat Dinner, Friday evening, $18 per non-Barnard-Columbia student guest; Breakfast, Saturday, no charge -- please visit The Kraft Center Family Weekend page here.

Below is a schedule of events during Family Weekend for your review.  Check this website for updates, and please pick up a printed program of events at check-in for a comprehensive program and assigned event locations.

With any questions, please feel free to reach out to

Click here for more information about accommodations in the area.


Friday, October 25, 2019

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Check - In & Information Center

Welcome!  Pick up a program and get answers to any questions you 

may have. 


9:00 am – 3:55 pm

Classes to Audit


10:00 am – 11:00 am

Open House: Psychology Department

Barnard Center for Toddler Development


10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open House: The Barnard Library

The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning


11:00 am and 11:30 am

Scheduled Tours: Biology Department

Arthur Ross Greenhouse


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Open House: Psychology Department 

Speech Perception Laboratory



Lunch may be purchased in the student dining facilities in either Hewitt Hall or The Diana Center and at the many restaurants located throughout the neighborhood. Snacks and beverages are also available in Liz's Place in The Diana Center.


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Open House: Student Services

Drop by the offices of our many Student Services to meet the administrators and staff and to learn about the programs and services they offer our students.

  • Beyond Barnard, 2nd floor Elliott Hall
  • Center for Accessibility Resources & Disability Services (CARDS), 101 Altschul Hall
  • Financial Aid, 11 Milbank Hall 
  • Student Life, 301 Diana Center
  • Well Woman, 119 Reid Hall
  • Residential Life & Housing, 1st floor Sulzberger
  • Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP), LeFrak Center, 1st floor Barnard Hall 
  • Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), LeFrak Center, 1st floor Barnard Hall 
  • Barnard Opportunities Program (BOP), LeFrak Center, 1st floor Barnard Hall 
  • Being Barnard, 122 Reid Hall


1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Dance Showcase: “Performing Tradition & Innovation”

A tasting menu of the Dance Department’s many studio offerings, this event features Barnard and Columbia students performing their studies in African dance, hip-hop, ballet, several styles of modern dance, and kuchipudi dance.  Meet the teachers who make this happen, and hear Studio 305 rock with live music by the Department’s fabulous musicians and drummers.


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Discussion with Provost and Dean of Faculty Linda Bell


3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

Spotlight on Faculty 


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

President's State of the College Address

"Barnard: The President's Perspective"

Join President Beilock as she reflects on her time at the College and shares her thoughts on Barnard's exciting future.


5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Family members are invited to enjoy refreshments and chat with the College's deans and directors of student services.


6:00 pm

St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University

Bhajan hosted by Hindu Students Association of Columbia


8:30 pm

Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, 606 W 115th Street

Shabbat Dinner - Registration Required

Columbia/Barnard Hillel invites students and their families to Shabbat Dinner. $18 per guest. Barnard and Columbia students will not be charged for Shabbat Dinner.  Please visit the Kraft Center webpage here for required advance registration.


Saturday, October 26, 2019


9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Check-In & Information Center

Pick up your program, buttons, and tickets and get answers to any questions you may have.


9:30 am

Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life, 606 W. 115th Street

Breakfast – Free of charge, RSVP requested

For more information, please visit the Kraft Center webpage here.


10:00 am - 11:30 am

Buffet Brunch

Begin the day of activities with a festive brunch.  $25 per person, including Barnard students. Advance registration required.


11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Fall Fest

For all Barnard students and visiting younger siblings.  Enjoy pumpkin painting, snacks, and games hosted by RAs from the Quad residence halls: Brooks, Reid, Sulzberger, Hewitt, and Sulzberger Tower. 


11:45 am - 12:45 pm 

Discussion with VP of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ariana González Stokas


11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Faculty Talk  (To be announced)


1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm

Panel Discussion with Beyond Barnard: “Understanding How to Use Beyond Barnard: Your Path. Your Purpose.” Come hear from deans and advisers who make up the staff of Beyond Barnard, our on-campus resource open to students and alums looking for experiences beyond their undergraduate degrees.


2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Dean’s Discussion: Study Abroad “An Integral Part of a Liberal Arts Education” with Associate Provost Giorgio DiMauro and staff.  Study abroad, when planned properly, can be one of the most formative educational experiences a student can have during college.   A panel of students who have studied abroad will discuss how their time abroad helped further their liberal arts education.



Panel Discussion: “Feel Well, Do Well at Barnard.”  

Come hear from MJ Murphy, our Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness, as she moderates a panel of students working to create a culture of wellness on campus.


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Family Gathering

To cap off the day's activities, gather with other Barnard families to enjoy cider & donuts before heading off campus for dinner.


There are no programs for the evening. Enjoy New York City and its cultural riches: see a Broadway or Off-Broadway production, take a walk through Times Square, enjoy extended weekend hours at The Metropolitan Museum, visit Little Italy and Chinatown, or go beyond Manhattan to one of the other boroughs and enjoy sunset on the Brooklyn Bridge (followed by pizza in nearby DUMBO), or the Noguchi museum in Queens (followed by Indian, Ecuadorian, or Chinese food in Jackson Heights).