Insight into Diversity Highlights Innovative LGBTQ+ Studies Program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Originally slated to launch in 2024, BQLP accelerated its timeline to meet the needs of LGBTQ+ high school and college students in an increasingly restrictive political climate. “We decided that we would push ahead a little faster. If there were students ready to go this fall, we would be ready for them,” says John Weinstein, who became the eighth provost and vice president of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in July 2023. “If you’re working in a field where you’re likely to be the only out person in your workplace, you’re not going to get so much community-based support. Having had your formative college experience be with a cohort of people who are really your chosen professional family to help you through that, I think that’s the [key] piece we offer,” says Weinstein.
BQLP officially launched with a cohort of 15 students this year with plans to increase to 40 by next year. The college also provides a $20,000 annual Queer Leadership scholarship to qualifying students. BQLP is envisioned to expand over the next few years into a complete college on the campus of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, together with Bard College at Simon’s Rock: The Early College, and Bard Academy. BQLP would become the first intentionally Queer-serving college in the world.
Post Date: 09-26-2023