- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Updates, November 23, 2020
- Academic Life Update from the Dean of the College, November 19, 2020
- Bard Joins Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, November 16, 2020
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Updates, October 16, 2020
- Bard College Joins Letter Opposing U.S. Department of Education Investigation of Princeton Based on the University’s Acknowledgment of Systemic Racism, September 24, 2020
- A Message from Dr. Kahan Sablo, Dean of Inclusive Excellence, July 20, 2020
- Bard College Announces President’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice, July 19, 2020
Progress on Current Initiatives
Updated November 23, 2020
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
President Botstein has appointed a standing task force of Bard administrators to work with the Council for Inclusive Excellence (CIE). This group will keep the community informed on a regular basis on the steps being taken.
2020–21 Plan of Action
Phase 1: Caring for the immediate emotional needs of the campus community
Meeting the needs of people in distress remains a priority. The acknowledgment of pain (both verbally and in writing) and the provision of emotionally safe healing spaces must both occur in order for people to move forward in a productive manner.
Given COVID-19’s compounding of existing financial disparities, a request was approved for the Bard Student Emergency Fund to remain an ongoing initiative under the auspices of the Council for Inclusive Excellence (CIE). With the support and leadership of the College’s development professionals, we will continue to solicit financial contributions to support students experiencing unforeseen financial challenges. This funding complements the institutional and government resources already allocated to support this effort.
Phase 2: Empowerment, Preparation, and Education for Action
This phase includes solidifying the educational, human, and fiscal resources needed to sustain long-lasting change.
Bard College Gospel Choir
Phase 3: Evaluating and Strengthening Successful Systems and Incentives
2019–20 Progress Report
New Dean of Inclusive Excellence
In January 2020, the College successfully concluded its fall 2019 search to fill the six-month vacancy in this post by hiring Dr. Kahan Sablo. Dr. Sablo brings to the position over 20 years of experience in higher education administration, most recently at George Mason University where he was assistant vice president for university life. He has headed diversity work at two public universities in New York State, Canton and Fredonia, and at another state institution, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where he was senior administrator of student life. His background in equity and inclusion work in postsecondary institutions is extensive and varied. Dr. Sablo has been charged with creating a strategic plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bard, and is heading the recently named President's Commission on Racial Equity and Justice, which will report on its findings by January 2021.