President's Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion

The President’s Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion was launched by President Spar in December 2015 to further enhance and support diversity efforts at Barnard. 

Its primary objective is to coordinate, evaluate, and establish campus-wide diversity initiatives that, by 2020, will:

  • increase the representation of students, faculty, and staff from historically underrepresented and socially distinctive backgrounds;
  • ensure the equitable treatment of, and respect for, all members of the Barnard community; and
  • create a campus-wide culture and commitment that values diversity in promoting academic excellence.

The Task Force—co-chaired by the President and the Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development—held its first meeting in February 2016 and presented the following recommendations to the Board of Trustees in Spring 2017.  

A Statement on Diversity from President Debora L. Spar

As one of her final acts as president, Debora L. Spar released the following statement to the community on the recommendations by the President's Task Force on Diversity.

Recommendations - February 2017

After one year of discussion, consultation and analysis of historical and more recent data and reports, the President’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion has identified three action areas that we believe have the potential to transform the College into a more representative, inclusive, and equitable campus. To be a truly excellent and leading liberal arts college we must:

  • Develop and implement organizational structures and practices that promote diversity, inclusion and equity across the College (structural changes);
  • Build an inclusive campus-wide culture and community that is based on shared principles of representation, inclusion, and social justice (community-building and climate); and
  • Institutionalize structures of accountability at every level in order to ensure constant, sustained, and effective systemic change (assessment and accountability).

Within these three broad objectives, the Task Force has identified ten specific proposals that, when implemented together, will have the highest impact on changing the institution.

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Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion Members

Debora Spar, President
Debra Minkoff, Professor of Sociology, Dean for Faculty Diversity & Development

Provost Office:
Linda Bell, Provost

Faculty Diversity & Development Committee:
Monica Miller, Associate Professor of English
Maria Rivera-Maulucci, Associate Professor of Education
Krista McGuire, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Deans Office:
Avis Hinkson, Dean of the College
Alina Wong, Associate Dean for Student Life
Michell Tollinchi-Michel, Dean for Academic Enrichment and Community Initiatives

Board of Trustees:
Frances Sadler, Co-Chair of Student Life Committee
Diana Vagelos, Co-Chair of Student Life Committee
Binta Brown, Chair of Academic Affairs Committee
Alex Cooley, Professor of Political Science, Faculty Representative to the Board
Sarah Kim ’17, SGA Representative to the Board
Jessica Reich '18, SGA Representative to the Board

Human Resources:
Catherine Geddis, Vice President

Christina Lopez, Director
Angela Myers, Admissions Multicultural Student Representative & BSAR

At-large Members:   
Paige West, Chair of Chairs and Professor of Anthropology (Spring 2016)
Dina Merrer, Chair of Chairs and Professor of Chemistry (Fall 2016)
Rhea Nagpal ’19, GBB General Representative to Cultural/Identity-Based Groups
Hannah Seymour ’17, SGA Representative for Inclusion and Equity
Jocelyn Cheng '18, Student Representative
Deja Bryant '19, Student Representative