BPI Education Fellowship

The Education Fellowship prepares BPI alumni to become leading professionals in core areas of education and schooling that affect the communities from which they come.

Do you want to engage community members around issues of educational equity and justice?

Do you want more access to professional development opportunities while deepening your knowledge of the diverse field of education?

Community engagement sits at the center of efforts to build greater educational access, opportunity, and equity.

The BPI Education Fellowship is a professional development program that engages participants with a variety of experts and practitioners across the diverse field of education. Together we will think through particular models for change that advocate for greater educational access and opportunity for historically underserved communities. Participants will deepen their understanding of the educational landscape through the lens of community engagement and build skills integral to this field. 

Monthly Workshops

Participants will meet twice a month from September to May. Each month will be organized around a particular subfield or practice featuring invited guests who will lead a workshop on how they rethink and reimagine the link between community engagement and educational access and equity.

Workshop topics may include:
  • Schooling Communities
  • Restorative Justice practice in schools and communities
  • Engaging Communities through High School Equivalency Programs
  • Participatory Action Research methods
  • Community Organizing through Education Programming at Public Libraries and Museums
  • LGBTQI+ Community Building & Education
  • Community Access & Digital Justice


You are eligible for the BPI Education Fellowship if you:

  • Formerly incarcerated individual
  • Have completed an associate degree
  • Are employed in an education-related field or actively seeking further study or a career in education-related fields.


The BPI Education Fellowship commitment includes:

  • Two meetings per month for 9 months (with the exception of September, which will have 3 meetings)
  • $6,000 stipend disbursed quarterly
  • Individualized instruction, advising, and one-on-one engagement with experts and practitioners
  • A series of small projects that lead into the final project
  • Panel presentation at the BPI Education Symposium

2022 Application Process and Timeline

  • March-April: Virtual information sessions
  • April 29: Applications are due
  • Early May: Interviews
  • Early June: Applicants will be notified of admissions decisions
  • The fellowship will run from mid-September 2022 to late May 2023


Please send your one required letter of recommendation directly to wtronrud@bard.edu

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