Critical Race Training in Education

Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
84 Alford Road
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
Phone
(413) 528-7228
Email address
admit@simons-rock.edu
School Information
"In 1966 Elizabeth Blodgett Hall founded Simon’s Rock based on the belief that many bright, motivated young people are ready for serious intellectual work at the age of 16 or 17. Simon’s Rock (named for a glacial rock formation on the family land that would become the Simon’s Rock campus) opened in the fall of 1966 as a women’s school offering its students a four-year program that combined the last two years of high school and the first two years of college—concluding with an associate of arts (AA) degree. In 1970—the same year Simon’s Rock graduated its inaugural class—the school became a coeducational campus, and by 1974, the high school component was eliminated. Through the support from the National Science Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation, the College developed its bachelor of arts (BA) program. With the introduction of its first BA concentrations, Simon’s Rock became what it has remained ever since: A four-year college of the liberal arts and sciences designed expressly to educate young, bright, motivated scholars" (Source: https://simons-rock.edu/early-college/understanding-early-college/our-history/history.php). The student to faculty ratio is 6 to 1. The total enrollment is nearly 400. The total undergraduate degrees offered is 64, with 41 majors in 17 fields of study.
General Information
Bard is in the process of developing a required course on anti-racism for all students. The college currently requires anti-racism training for all faculty and staff. Bard has promised to "train anti-racism leaders" and currently requires "cultural competency" training for all students, faculty, and staff. See developments below:

Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    On May 31, 2020, the president released a statement of solidarity for the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor by stating, "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."

  • Resources

    The library has compiled a list of anti-racism resources, which includes "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.

  • Program and Research Funding

    The Office of Equity and Inclusion offers numerous scholarships and scholars programs for diverse students.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    As part of the Bard GPS Anti-Racism, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commitment, Bard promises to "train anti-racist leaders."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Bard GPS Anti-Racism and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Roadmap promises to "design a curriculum that develops the knowledge, skills, and mindset to contribute to a more just world with a focus on anti-racism."

  • Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism

    The Bard GPS Anti-Racism and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Roadmap promises to "influence leaders in our internal and external communities to address racial inequity and racism in their organizations specifically, and systemic racism and white supremacy more broadly."

  • Resources

    In Summer 2021, Bard created an Anti-Racism and JEDI Advisory Board.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    Bard plans to "develop required faculty and staff trainings" for anti-racism.

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    Bard is in the process of developing a required student prerequisite anti-racism course.

  • Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training

    As part of the Bard College at Simon’s Rock Strategic Priorities, Bard conducts "annual trainings in cultural competency for new and returning students, faculty, and staff."

  • Resources

    Bard annually holds the Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion.

  • Symbolic Actions

    Bard's president released a statement on May 31, 2020 responding to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor by saying, "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."

  • Curriculum Changes and Requirements

    The Gender Studies academic field at Bard involves a study of critical race theory.

Critical Race Training Courses Offered

Last updated November 5th, 2021