Barnard Center for Research on Women: Community Needs Assessment
The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) is a nexus of feminist thought, activism, and collaboration for scholars and activists alike. BCRW is working to carve out more space for Barnard/Columbia students and community members across New York City. As a feminist center committed to research, scholarship, activism, and artistic practice related to justice and pre-figurative politics, BCRW is asking: how can we shape the here and now to collude with the then and there? How can we enact feminist politics that center experience, uplift healing, and move toward the potentiality of more sustainable lives?

How can we:
-Intentionally plan and organize to move and open access to resources and space?
-Build and sustain relationships across disciplines, organizing strategies, and artistic practices?
-Share resources as a mode of healing and support?
-Understand and meet the needs of students, scholars, organizers, and artists?
-Carve space for intellectual and creative inquiry?

If you are a Barnard/Columbia undergraduate student we hope you might take a few minutes to fill out this needs assessment. With this assessment we are hoping to map the needs of the Barnard/Columbia undergraduate community to fashion actionable steps toward carving out more space and resources for students and community members. If the assessment does not cover perspectives, points, or ideas you find to be important, please share those with us in the final answer. Thank you in advance for your time, care, and participation.

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What is your school affiliation?
Have you attended a BCRW event before?
If you have, which one(s)?
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How would you describe your relationship to BCRW?
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Of the programming BCRW already has, what types of events and gatherings are most appealing to you?
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What specific forms of activism or justice do you feel more well-versed in?
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What specific forms of activism or justice would you like to strengthen your understanding of?
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What skills or sets of skills do you feel are your strongest? Especially those related to academics, organizing, and/or art making. What are you good at?
Your answer
What skills of sets of skills do you feel you could improve upon? Especially those related to academics, organizing, and/or art making. What could you work toward doing better at?
Your answer
BCRW is thinking about initiating off-campus excursions to facilitate learning and relationship building between students, groups, and organizations outside Barnard and Columbia. What types of sites, places, or organizations would you be interested in visiting, learning more about, and potentially building relationships with? (e.g., the Studio Museum in Harlem, Bluestockings Bookstore, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Audre Lorde Project, etc.)
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Currently, BCRW runs a blog (BCRW Blog), academic journal (The Scholar and Feminist), and video series centering around various forms of justice and abolition. Would you be interested in working with BCRW to learn more about and begin generating online content?
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Would you be interested in opportunities for peer-reviewed undergraduate publishing through BCRW? Would you prefer these to be online, in print, both, or something else?
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What other forms of online content would you be interested in from BCRW?
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BCRW works to link feminist struggles to those of racial, economic, social and global justice because these issues (and many more) are always already interconnected. What topics, issues, and themes would you like to have more programming, organizing, art making, and conversation around through BCRW?
Your answer
BCRW often generates video content meant to operate as learning tools and educational resources on various forms of justice and movement building. It could be helpful if these resources, and others, were centralized and compiled into online ‘tool kits’ for activists, organizers, scholars, and artists. What topics and issues would you like to see possible open-access ‘tool kits’ centered around?
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Working in the college and university setting can be draining and, when paired with critical politics, community organizing, and artistic production, can often lead to burnout. To respond to these issues, BCRW is looking toward centering healing justice and sustainability for students. What forms of support would be most helpful to you as a student and/or organization on Barnard and Columbia’s campuses?
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What kind of spaces outside the classroom would you like more of? (e.g. more spaces for community-based intellectual inquiry, creative projects, art making, activist dialogue, healing and resource sharing, etc.)
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What kinds of access needs do you need and/or want of organizing and collaboration spaces on Barnard/Columbia's campus?
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Is there anything else you think would be important for BCRW to know or think about as we are mapping and fashioning new structures and programs around the needs articulated in the answers from this assessment? Please be as specific as possible.
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