Who We Are

Gretchen Young
Dean for International and Intercultural Student Programs

212-854-1777, 10 Milbank
Email: gyoung@barnard.edu
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Dean Young came to Barnard in 2008 as the Dean for Study Abroad, and became the Dean for International and Intercultural Student Programs in 2013. She advises students as they determine whether, where and how they should study abroad, and helps students to incorporate their study abroad experience into their overall Barnard education – both practically and theoretically. She oversees international student orientation and the management of the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs as a direct report to the Dean of the College. She also advises first-year, sophomore and all four-year international students. Dean Young earned her BA in International Politics and Economics and an MA in French, both from Middlebury College. She spent her own junior year of undergraduate studies in France studying at Reid Hall, the University of Paris X at Nanterre and L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques. Dean Young has spent 8 years living and working in Africa. She has traveled extensively around that continent and the world. Dean Young began her international career as a Teacher Trainer for the Peace Corps in Madagascar. She was later named Country Director of the School for International Training's study abroad programs in Madagascar, Senegal and South Africa. She came to us from the University of Connecticut's Office of Study Abroad.


Leigh Ellen Johnson

International Student Coordinator for International and Intercultural Student Programs

212-854-1777, 10 Milbank

Email: ljohnso@barnard.edu

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Leigh Ellen is the newest member of the OIIS team. She works with the International student population on campus and advises on issues related to visa regulations and acclimating to life at Barnard and in NYC. Leigh Ellen grew up in New Jersey and recieved her BA from Douglass College at Rutgers University. She has also received an MA Ed. in Foreign Language Education, as well as a second MA in Spanish Translation from Rutgers University. Originally starting her career in Residence Life, she worked at Rutgers University and the University of Connecticut before embarking on a new professional journey sailing around the world with Semester at Sea, which began her career in International Education. Leigh Ellen worked and lived in Florence, Italy for a short time before moving to Miami, Florida where she worked for Barry University, coordinating all international initiatives for the Andreas School of Business including creating a faculty-led study abroad program to Nuremburg, Germany. While Leigh Ellen has traveled to more than 20 different countries, some of her favorites include, South Africa, Japan, Italy, Vietnam, and Spain.


Mark Farrell
Office Assistant 
for International and Intercultural Student Programs

212-854-1777, 10 Milbank
Email: mfarrell@barnard.edu

Mark Farrell joined the Office of International and Intercultural Student Programs from the Dean of Studies Office in November 2013, where he helped support international students for many years.