Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
Land Acknowledgement for Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson
Developed in Cooperation with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community
In the spirit of truth and equity, it is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are gathered on the sacred homelands of the Munsee and Muhheaconneok people, who are the original stewards of this land. Today, due to forced removal, the community resides in Northeast Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We honor and pay respect to their ancestors past and present, as well as to Future generations and we recognize their continuing presence in their homelands. We understand that our acknowledgement requires those of us who are settlers to recognize our own place in and responsibilities towards addressing inequity, and that this ongoing and challenging work requires that we commit to real engagement with the Munsee and Mohican communities to build an inclusive and equitable space for all.
Hudson Valley Organizations
Bard's Response to the Killing of Unarmed Black Individuals
Candlelight vigil at Bard in memory of Michael Brown, August 2014.
Photo by Claire Debost ’18
A Message to the College Community from President Botstein
May 31, 2020
Words cannot properly express the anger, sadness and despair each of us feels at the murder of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, the killing, by two civilians, of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick Georgia, and the murder, once again by officers sworn to uphold the law, of Breonna Taylor, in Louisville, Kentucky. The victims were all black; the perpetrators were all white.
On behalf of the entire Bard College community, I want to express our solidarity with all who grieve for the deaths, with all who live in constant fear of the brutality of racial discrimination, and with all who find themselves without hope in these dark and violent times.
Manor Gatehouse, Center for Civic Engagement.
Photo by Chris Kendall ’82
A Statement from the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College
June 6, 2020
“While our efforts span the globe, we recognize that work starts at home: there are structural societal inequities that need to be addressed in the United States, including at Bard and in the communities in which Bard and the Bard College network operate.”
Vigil for Justice, Love, and Solidarity
June 3, 2020
In light of the recent tragedies and protests across the country and the world, members of the Bard community gathered virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. (EDT). There were prayers, a moment of silence to honor the lives lost, and moments of affirmation for our communities affected by these acts of hate and violence, and to remind us all that we must move forward in love and solidarity. The gathering closed with a message from the College, inclusive of steps to ensure a more equitable future at Bard.