As the core of the Barnes Center at The Arch Wellness Wheel, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) intersect with all eight Dimensions of Wellness and the work of the health and wellness team. The DEIA core acknowledges that we cannot look at holistic well-being without acknowledging systems of oppression and health inequities that exist and interact with each Dimension of Wellness.

Barnes Center at The Arch Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) Mission Statement

To integrate Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility to all aspects of health and wellness. Every Syracuse University community member should feel welcomed and valued within the Barnes Center. Our goal is to create a culture of belonging for all by keeping DEIA at the center of all that we do. We believe that individuals thrive in spaces that are affirming. To achieve optimum health and wellness, our services, policies, practices, and the we way we treat others must include the values and practices of DEIA.

Commitment to Students

DEIA at the Barnes Center is committed to delivering quality and equitable health and wellness services. We strive to create an inclusive environment for all students regardless of race, language spoken, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religion and socioeconomic status. We acknowledge students arriving here may have been part of unequitable health care systems. We strive to integrate DEIA into all health and wellness services. We do this by assessing our services and students’ experiences with our services. We use a data-driven approach to provide best practices and services to the students and Syracuse University community.

DEIA Committee

Working together on health and wellness DEIA initiatives, the Barnes Center at The Arch DEIA Committee is a group of interdisciplinary staff members and students. Email the Barnes Center at The Arch or call 315.443.8000 for questions and to learn more about partnership opportunities.

DEIA Resources

The health care center provides gender-affirming health and wellness care and supplies (e.g. chest binders and KT Tape). For more information, visit the Trans and Gender Affirming Services webpage.

Health Promotion provides Syracuse University students with over a dozen sexual health supplies at no cost. Conveniently located across from the Pharmacy, students can choose products directly from our walk-up station or order products through Safer Sex Supplies with discreet packaging to ensure student privacy.

The Barnes Center offers language translation services and are available to students upon request.

Recreation offers a multitude of accessible and adaptive equipment available to all students and staff. Listed below is some of the equipment the Barnes Center offers. Contact the front desk of the gym or esports room for more information.

  • Inclusive facilities: Gender-neutral restrooms and changing rooms.
  • Fitness equipment: Wheelchair-accessible weight machines, adaptive cycling bike, weight vests, ankle weights and seated upper body exerciser.
  • Climbing equipment: Haul-assist universal harnesses.
  • Aquatics equipment: Zero-degree pool entry ramp, hydraulic lifts for lap and spa pool, and lap swimming metronome.
  • Ice equipment: Sled hockey sleds, skating harnesses and adaptive curling cues.

Projects and Events

Our yearly staff development conference is a dedicated platform that fosters ongoing education and discussion around an array of DEIA topics, ensuring continuous learning and growth among our team members.

We host an LGBTQ+ poolside gathering centered around community building every spring semester. This is a closed event for LGBTQ+ identifying students and staff.

Every spring semester, the Barnes Center hosts an all-staff food drive. All items are donated to the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry to support students with food insecurity.

Campus Partners

The Barnes Center at The Arch works to support holistic student wellness throughout all campus experiences. Below are a few campus partners.