Diversity at Bard

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Tabetha Ewing, associate professor of history and chair of the Division of Social Studies. Photo by Scott Barrow.
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.
Diversity in Practice

Diversity in Practice

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 Early Colleges, as well as with our programs in Bishkek, Berlin, East Jerusalem, and St. Petersburg.
Myra Young Armstead, vice president for academic inclusive excellence and professor of historical studies at Bard College. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Bard seeks to materialize our intellectual commitments to plurality, dialogue, and rigorous study by creating a learning environment that includes the voices, works, and ideas of historically marginalized communities and cultures. DEI works closely with other campus departments and organizations, including:
  • Campus Climate Team / BICRT
  • Center for Civic Engagement (CCE)
  • Center for Faculty and Curricular Development (CFCD)
  • Center for Student Life and Advising
  • Council for Inclusive Excellence
  • Dean of the College, Deirdre d’Albertis
  • Difference and Media Project
  • Faculty Diversity Committee
  • Multicultural Diversity Committee
  • Office for Gender Equity
  • Residence Life
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Related Student Clubs

Additional Resources

  • Bard Early Colleges
  • Bard Educational Opportunity Programs
  • Bard Prison Initiative
  • Chaplaincy
  • Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists
  • Clemente Course in the Humanities
  • Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities
  • Institute for International Liberal Education
  • La Voz
  • Posse Program