Bard Student Support and Relief Fund
Over 70% of our students receive aid from the College, but often that is not enough to help cover the expenses of a new academic year, and certainly not the unexpected or unanticipated challenges that arise. The Student Support and Relief Fund coordinates with Divisions and Programs to provide relief from undue financial stress.
Join us in making a donation to help students thrive no matter what comes up.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at Bard seeks to materialize our commitment to plurality, dialogue, and rigorous study. We strive to create a learning environment that upholds the College’s mission to meaningfully include the voices, works, and ideas of communities and cultures historically marginalized in liberal arts and sciences education. DEI at Bard aims to work at the systemic as well as the interpersonal level to address the implicit and explicit ways racism, sexism, classism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and religious discrimination impact the learning process.
Who does the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Bard?
DEI is an institutional mission at Bard College, tasking all of us with doing the work of furthering that mission. Fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus is an effort shared by those who live and work at the College—students, faculty, and staff.
There are four offices on campus that lead the College’s DEI work. They are:
Acknowledging Bard's Origins
Bard College acknowledges that its origins are intertwined with the systems of racial injustice that have been a part of this nation’s history from its foundations.
Gilson Place: Dedicated in Support of Students of Color
Gilson Place, formerly Grey Stone Cottage, is a space dedicated to the advancement of students of color. Bard faculty and student leaders collaborated on its renovation and redesign. Gilson Place supports the academic, personal, and social success of members of the Bard community historically underrepresented in liberal arts and sciences education and fosters dialogue about race and culture on campus. The space is named for Alexander Gilson (c. 1824–89), an African American who labored for 50 years at Montgomery Place, now part of the Bard College campus. Gilson became head gardener at Montgomery Place and eventually opened up his own nursery business.
Student clubs related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the College include the Bard Christian Fellowship, the Latin American Student Organization, and the Trans Lyfe Collective. For more information about these and other clubs, visit student.bard.edu/clublist.
Spotlight on the Posse Program
The Posse Foundation recruits talented public high school students who might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes, forming them into supportive Posses and connecting them with participating colleges. Every year Bard accepts a Posse of 10 students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential, offering them full-tuition scholarships.
OSUN Joins Open Education Network to Advance Educational Equity Through the Use of Open Materials
The Open Society University Network (OSUN), of which Bard is a cofounder, recently joined the Open Education Network, a supportive community of more than 300 global members advancing the use of open educational resources (OER) and related practices to empower faculty, remove barriers to education, and enhance student success.
Bard Alum Carolyn Lazard ’10 Named 2023 MacArthur Fellow
Bard alum Carolyn Lazard ’10 has been named a 2023 MacArthur Fellow. Lazard, an interdisciplinary artist who uses the experience of chronic illness to examine concepts of intimacy and social and political dimensions of care, is one of this year’s 20 recipients of the prestigious “genius grant” awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Insight into Diversity Highlights Innovative LGBTQ+ Studies Program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
“As legislative attacks continue to threaten the rights and protections of LGBTQ+ students, an innovative new program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock aims to empower them with the professional and social capital to lead the charge for a more inclusive future,” writes Lisa O’Malley for Insight into Diversity. The Bard Queer Leadership Project is envisioned to expand over the next few years into a complete college on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, becoming the first intentionally Queer-serving college in the world.