Bard Prison Initiative Receives $1 Million Grant From the Ford Foundation
Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation to support BPI’s pioneering work for higher education in prison and innovations in criminal justice reform. The two-year grant will allow BPI to expand its core operations, including support for national replication efforts, advocacy work, and reentry programs. During the past two years, the Ford Foundation has become a stalwart partner and supporter of BPI’s efforts to expand opportunities for rigorous higher education in prison and innovative reentry support.
In addition to enrolling 300 incarcerated students full-time with Bard College in New York, BPI is home to the Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison, and has been a leader in developing and advocating for the restoration of robust education in prison for fifteen years.
In New York, incarcerated students enroll in programs that culminate in associate and bachelor’s degrees and engage the full breadth of the liberal arts. After release, alumni go on to successful careers in the human services and businesses, as well as attend graduate schools including Columbia, CUNY, NYU, and Yale. Virtually none return to prison, instead alumni become taxpaying, contributing members of society.
Nationally, through the Consortium, BPI has fostered the development of college-in-prison programs in ten states. The Consortium’s partnerships include, but are not limited to: Wesleyan University (Connecticut), Grinnell College (Iowa), Goucher College (Maryland), University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College (Indiana), and Washington University (Missouri).
The collaboration with the Ford Foundation will allow BPI’s work to continue and expand its work during this moment of rethinking the nature of criminal justice and higher education in American life.
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Bard Prision Intiative Students and First Full Class of Bard Microcollege Students Earn Degrees in Ceremonies this May
- Author and Journalist Meline Toumani to Teach Course at Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City
- New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell Delivered Commencement Address at Bard College’s One Hundred Fifty-Ninth Commencement on Saturday, May 25, 2019
Tony Award Nominee Daniel Fish Directs Acquanetta, A Visual and Musical Tour-de-Force by Michael Gordon and Deborah Artman, at Bard SummerScape (July 11–21)