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BPI's Work is More Important Than Ever

The film College Behind Bars — a four-part Emmy-nominated film series about the transformative power of education — brought the story of BPI to the nation’s headlines.

Alumni Chronicle
Hancy Maxis ‘15 is working in New York’s largest hospital system, Montefiore Medical Center, as a project manager, helping guide the hospital’s response to COVID-19.
College Behind Bars
Stream on Amazon Prime and PBS.

“A project of substance and importance, but also remarkably a series that could be watched with the family during the holiday season to spark conversation and instigate a better understanding of a segment of the population that it’s easier to stigmatize or just ignore.”
Hollywood Reporter

“An important educational call to arms. A moving portrait of individuals determined to defy the odds and build a better future for themselves.”
Ms. Magazine

“College Behind Bars offers a lasting lesson: Learning is its own kind of freedom.”
The Washington Post


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Becoming a BPI supporter means not only joining a passionate community that believes in the transformative power of education, but also in investing in individuals who are making a significant impact in our world.

Enrolling over 300 students, BPI reimagines the place of higher education by bringing Bard College to prisons and neighborhoods to engage the communities, talent, and people that our university systems typically neglect. It charges no tuition and has no endowment. In other words, BPI’s work — and so many of our students’ achievements — are possible only because of the support of friends like you.

Please consider giving a gift to support BPI’s work to transform wealth, power, and access to education.

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