Council for Inclusive Excellence
The Council for Inclusive Excellence (CIE) works on institutional inclusivity initiatives through broad interdepartmental collaboration in the areas of faculty orientation and development workshops, campus-wide programming, student leadership, and off-campus engagement. The Council provides leadership and vision in collaboration with the Difference and Media Project, Bard Student Government, Chaplaincy, Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, and faculty leadership committees.
Council for Inclusive ExcellenceThe CIE comprises students, faculty, and staff who volunteer or are appointed to serve each year. The CIE serves as a central driver of the DEI agenda at the College as well as a communication nexus for various concerns, projects, and initiatives related to DEI that require cross-college collaboration for success. The CIE operates from the belief that the work of institutional transformation toward greater inclusion requires systemic change. This systemic change is successful when the diversity of people within an institution may form communities of work, support, and care.
- Myra Armstead, Vice President for Academic Inclusive Excellence*
- Erin Cannan, Vice President for Student Affairs*
- Michael Sadowski, Interim Officer for Inclusive Excellence*
- Stone Mims, Programming Coordinator for Inclusive Excellence*
- Michael Barriteau, CIE Student Fellow*
- Soledad Aguilar-Colon, CIE Student Fellow*
- Isis Pinheiro, CIE Student Fellow*
- Divya Dinraj, Programming Coordinator for Equity and Inclusion
- Claudette Aldebot, Director for Equity and Inclusion
- Wailly Compres, Academic Advisor Equity and Inclusion
- Alexis Lopez, Assistant Dean of Students
- Sakinnah Bennet, Student-Head of BSO and Speaker of Student Body
- Timand Bates, Assistant Dean of Students
- Karen Unger, Associate Vice President for Office of Institutional Support
- Armando Dunn, Programming Coordinator for Student Activities
- Camilla Jones, Associate Dean of Experimental Learning and CE
- Cerina Shippey, Student
- Caitlin O'Donnell, Graduate Admissions Counselor
- Caroline Ramalay, Associate Director Center for Environmental Policy
- Duhita Das, Student
- Erika Kaufman, Director of Institute of Writing and Thinking
- Alyson Harte, Assistant Director of Financial Aid
- Lauren Cooke, Program Assistant for Study Abroad Programs
- John Gomez, Director of Security
- John Weinstein, Dean of the Early Colleges
- Bethany Nohlgren, Dean of Students
- Sarah deVeer, Outreach Coordinator for CCE
- Stefan Mendez-Diez, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
- TJ Kostecky, Men’s Soccer Coach
- Manishkamala Kalupahana, International Student Advisor
- Talaya Robinson-Dancy, Student Head of WoC United
- Tina Hogan, Assistant Bursar for Student Accounts
- Marra Garcia, Student
- Alexa Murphy, Outreach and Education Librarian
- David Nelson, Associate Professor of Religion
- Jeszack Gammon, Student Advisor for Brothers at Bard
Campus Climate Team / BICRT
The Campus Climate Team serves as a group of faculty, staff and students who proactively address climate issues on Bard’s campus. It meets on a regular basis to review campus climate issues and to advise the Council on Inclusive Excellence and relevant College offices on educational activities and programming to address issues of bias, hate crimes, hate groups, discrimination, and behaviors that undermine an inclusive campus environment. In addition, the group serves as the Bias Incident Community Response Team.
The Bias Incident Community Response Team (BICRT) helps to assess, communicate about, and create institutional responses to bias incidents and hate crimes; serves as a resource to community members who have, directly or indirectly, been affected by bias incidents; and serves as a resource to community members who identify instances of bias that do not necessarily violate laws or formal College regulations, but may create an environment that is not inclusive or welcoming to individuals or groups based on their race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity/expression, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, or military veteran status. This includes actions, statements, and behaviors among students, staff, faculty or non–community members that, intentionally or unintentionally, may convey hostility or be perceived as slights towards people who belong to the various classes of groups as listed above.
The BICRT acts independently of, and in some cases parallel to, formal legal and internal College disciplinary processes. This allows it to take a holistic approach in supporting, advising, and advocating for community members and, where appropriate, to help develop nonpunitive, educational approaches to behaviors that have a chilling effect on the campus environment.
The BICRT supports community members by:
- Making appropriate referrals to on- and off-campus resources
- Communicating information to affected person(s) and the larger campus community, as appropriate
- Coordinating community responses, as appropriate, in consultation with the affected person(s) and necessary College officials and/or departments.
Dean of Students
Mary Grace Williams
Chaplain of the College and Dean of Community Life
Assistant Dean of Studies
Director of Safety and Security
Title IX Coordinator
Vice President for Academic Inclusive Excellence; Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies
Academic Adviser, Office of Equity and Inclusion
Program Coordinator, Office of Equity and Inclusion
Faculty Diversity Committee
The Faculty Diversity Committee, an elected standing committee of the College’s faculty governance structure, consists of four faculty members, representing the four divisions of the College. Two administrators serve as members, ex officio. The committee serves as a liaison regarding issues of diversity, equity, and inclusivity among:
- the faculty
- relevant faculty committees
- student affinity/identity groups
- regularly meets with the Multicultural Diversity Committee (MDC)
- relevant offices such as the Office of Equity and Inclusion and Disability Support Services
- the Dean of Students Affairs Office
The committee conducts analysis of available data and trends related to the work of DEI and collaborates with the College to create strategic solutions.
The committee provides resources and support to underrepresented faculty as well as provides resources to faculty regarding best practices to promote inclusive pedagogy.
Multicultural Diversity Committee
The Multicultural Diversity Committee (MDC), a standing committee of student government, consists of six elected members who advocate for diversity in the realms of academics, social, community, and community service, and work with the Bard community to enhance and broaden diversity at the College. The MDC serves as a liaison between student organizations, offices, departments, and the administration in the field of promoting and upholding campus diversity.