Statement by the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement
Since the establishment of the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) nearly a decade ago, we have worked to develop programs that enhance understanding and contribute to civic life locally, nationally, and globally. In this time, we have worked with thousands of students and forged enduring partnerships with academic institutions and civil society organizations.
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. Black Americans in particular continue to be adversely impacted by these inequalities. Covid-19 has vividly demonstrated the deep and profound racial, social, and economic disparities that permeate American life. The recent killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery by, or with the complicity of, government officials who have sworn to protect the public represent the most egregious and unforgivable manifestation of these inequalities. We firmly believe that Black Lives Matter and stand in solidarity with those who are working towards a just and equitable country –especially staff, faculty, students, and alumni of the Bard community and network.
These last few days in our country show us why it is important to continue to be active citizens and be committed to making positive change in our communities. We will continue to work with our students, faculty, and staff in the Bard College network to promote social justice and address discrimination and inequity. We intend to do so on Bard’s main campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, in close cooperation with Bard’s Council for Inclusive Excellence, in local communities, particularly with our many partners in the Hudson Valley, and with our national and global networks.
We recognize our privileged position within the communities in which we operate and are committed to collaborating with and mobilizing students, faculty, and staff across the Bard network to work with citizens, community organizations, and leaders to develop meaningful approaches to mitigating racism and inequality within society. We welcome partners in these efforts. We know that there is no more important time than the now for the Center for Civic Engagement to help realize Bard’s mission as a private institution acting in the public interest.
Bard College Center for Civic Engagement
Post Date: 06-06-2020