Diversity at Bard
From Hannah Arendt to Chinua Achebe, Bard College has historically been a sanctuary from ethnic, political, religious, and other forms of intolerance. We embody this legacy today with a strong investment in both local and global initiatives, from our Center for Civic Engagement to the Bard Prison Initiative and High School Early Colleges, as well as with our programs in Bishkek, Berlin, Johannesburg, Jerusalem, and St. Petersburg.
At Bard, diversity is an ongoing practice: we embrace plurality, respect divergent viewpoints, and are committed to understanding the rich spectrum of experiences that comprise our community. We firmly believe in upholding the value of critical thought and ethical engagement that this process necessarily demands. To accomplish this mission, we are dedicated to generating dialogue that fosters respect and collaboration between people from a wide field of backgrounds, talents, values, and passions.
Building upon a culture of innovation and intellectual rigor, we envision diversity to include and look beyond traditional categories of difference. In an increasingly intertwined and rapidly changing world, we are dedicated to a rigorous examination of the institutions and structures that sustain inequality based on divisive ideas about difference. Above all, we maintain an ongoing commitment to decreasing the distance between these ideals and our everyday realities.