Inclusion at Bard, Taught by Professor Myra Young Armstead
The nation's colleges and universities have served as stepping stones, remediating racial inequalities by providing pathways toward upward mobility for people of color. At the same time, recent revelations of the link between elite American institutions and slavery highlight their role in reproducing racial and other social hierarchies. Inclusion at Bard, an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences course offering, explores how these contradictory dynamics manifested themselves at Bard College. Student research into the founders and alumni/ae of Bard College culminated in the creation and dedication of new signage on campus that encourages critical reflection on Bard’s history.