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Equity and Inclusion at Simon’s Rock

With the belief that every situation offers an opportunity for learning, we create spaces where every voice can be heard: in community meetings, social justice workshops, in the Council for Inclusive Community (CIC) committee meetings, as well as in our classrooms, where critical engagement with ideas informs our conscientious engagement with the world.

Council for Inclusive Community (CIC)

In collaboration with the Dean of Equity and Inclusion, the Council for Inclusive Community serves as a programmatic, professional development, training, and support resource to our campus community.

The Council is committed to providing workshops and events within our community that will address a variety of social issues, including — but not limited to — social movements and solidarity with social change organizations, race and cultural sensitivity, LGBTQIA2S+ resources and programming, anti-racism and social justice, and specialized and intimate conversations unique to challenges we may be facing within our own campus community.

The Council for Inclusive Community offers community meetings monthly, CIC Chats on various topics throughout the year, and programming each semester.

Bias Response Team (BRT)

The Bias Response Team (BRT) is a campus resource designed to help restore relationships and promote cultural competency education and training on campus. The BRT is a group of staff and faculty that listens to and advocates for members of the Simon’s Rock community who believe they may have experienced discrimination and/or bias. The Team works to address bias through community engagement and education as well as restorative outreach and makes recommendations for conflict and situational resolutions. If you would like to submit a report to the BRT, please use the link on the portal to access the reporting form.

Title IX Office

The Title IX Office is dedicated to preventing, responding to, and remedying occurrences of harassment, discrimination and sexual misconduct at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and Bard Academy. The Title IX Office provides accessible, prompt, thorough, and impartial methods of investigation and resolution in response to formal complaints alleging violations of our Title IX and Equity Policies.

The Wellness Center

The main goal of the Wellness Center is to address the needs of students with diverse identities and backgrounds within a confidential setting. Our nurses and physicians are available to meet with students individually to discuss health care concerns, including finding outside resources and providers as needed.

Additional Resources

Simon’s Rock Nondiscrimination Statement

Bard College at Simon’s Rock does not discriminate in admission, employment, education or services on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, previous military service or any other class protected under state or federal law. College policy is consistent with state mandates as well as federal statutes and regulation, including but not limited to Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 as amended, Massachusetts Executive Order 74, Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.