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In 1968, Barnard’s black students founded The Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (B.O.S.S.) to foster community among Barnard’s black students. It also served as a platform for combating the challenges of being black women at a predominately white and female institution, as well as the patriarchal structure of neighboring Columbia University’s Student Afro-American Society. While B.O.S.S. did not initially organize for the purpose of engaging in student activism, they were inspired by the building takeover at Columbia University and the social movements of the era.