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Bard Graduate Center mourns the acts of racial violence that have ignited protests across the country and around the world. We also acknowledge that throughout history, many voices have been silenced as the result of systemic racism. 

We commit to do our part to honor those voices in our own field while standing with those who are working more broadly to dismantle systems of oppression in the wider community.

At this time of crisis, we recognize the urgent need for action. While more is to be done, as a starting point, we will:

  • continue to fund our Fields of the Future Initiative, a research fellowship and mentorship program that promotes diversity and inclusion in the advanced study of the material world;
  • invite, celebrate and promote underrepresented voices in the curriculum and programming Bard Graduate Center convenes;
  • continue to promote and expand access to the study of decorative arts, design history, and material culture among teens and college students of diverse backgrounds;
  • promote equitable hiring practices; and
  • continue to facilitate annual racial justice trainings for our students, faculty, and staff.

To read the full statement of Leon Botstein, President of Bard College, please visit