Who We Are

History

In 1999, in response to the decimation of college-in-prison nationally, the Bard Prison Initiative was founded by undergraduates at Bard College. After gaining access to the New York State prison system and securing limited funding, Bard College launched BPI as a pilot program with 16 students in 2001. Since then, the program has grown annually and dramatically. Its first associate degrees were issued in 2005 and the first bachelor’s degrees in 2008.

Today, the BPI college is spread across seven interconnected prisons in New York State. It enrolls over 300 students and organizes a host of extracurricular activities to replicate the breadth of college life and inquiry. Since 2001, BPI has issued more than 50,000 credits and over 600 degrees; it offers more than 160 courses per academic year and engages an extraordinary breadth of college faculty.

Extrapolating from the successful establishment of the college, BPI has expanded in multiple directions. First, it is the home of a national Consortium for the Liberal Arts in Prison that cultivates, supports, and establishes college-in-prison programs in partnership with colleges and universities across the country along with the BPI Summer Residency for emerging practitioners. Second, its office of Reentry & Alumni Affairs works with formerly incarcerated Bard students as they pursue robust civic and professional lives after release. Most recently, BPI established the Bard Microcollege to bring full-scholarship, academically rigorous liberal arts college to isolated communities outside of prison. In all its work, BPI builds alliances to rethink access, reduce costs, and redress inequities in higher education.

Staff

 

Jocelyn Apicello

Urban Farming and Sustainability Faculty Advisor

Adam Bloom '19

Learning Commons Lead Tutor, Bard Microcollege for Just Community Leadership

Megan Callaghan

Dean

Daniel Cho '17

Housing Coordinator 

Stephen Cope

Site Director, Albion Correctional Facility

Kate Cox

Director of Development

Amy Cox Hall

Assistant Dean

Julisa DeLeon '19

Program Coordinator, Bard Microcollege Holyoke

Baz Dreisinger

Senior Advisor for Global Initiatives

Robert E. Fullilove

Senior Advisor, Public Health Program

Madeleine George

Director of Admission

Jeff Gregory

IT Technician

Ramiro Gual

BPI Global Research Fellow

Natalia Guzman Solano

Assistant Director of Admission and Faculty Fellow for the Microcolleges

Suzette Haas

Executive Assistant

Sayra Havranek

Assistant Director of Institutional Advancement

Ellen Henneberry

Associate Director of Development

Hannah Henry '19

Institutional Research Associate and Site Coordinator

Kwame Holmes

Program Director, BardBac

Abdulkariym IbnBrodie '19

Learning Commons Lead Tutor, Bard at Brooklyn Public Library

Demetrius James '17

Program Coordinator, Bard Microcollege for Just Community Leadership

Jeffrey Jurgens

Faculty Chair, Bachelor’s Degree Program

Madhu Kaza

Assistant Dean of the Bard Microcolleges

Executive Director

James Kim '21

Program Coordinator, Bard at Brooklyn Public Library

Monique Leggs-Gaynor

Assistant Director of Donor Relations & Special Projects

Claire Lindsay '21

Academic Resources & Site Coordinator

Julia Liu

Development Associate

Delia Mellis '86

Associate Dean

Gabriel Mendes

Director of Public Health Programs

Jesse Miller

Site Director for College Operations at Albion

Nicolette Natale

National Engagement Program Coordinator

Jessica Neptune '02

Director of National Engagement

Vivian Nixon

Senior Advisor, Bard Microcolleges

Hadley Parum '21

Administrative Assistant

Christopher Pérez

Program Director, Bard at Brooklyn Public Library

Andrés Pletch

Faculty Advisor to the Bachelor’s Degree Program

Sylvester Reddick '10

Alumni Engagement Manager

David Register

Faculty Fellow and Director of Debate

Rupali Rifenburg

Budget Manager and Financial Aid Counselor

Yesenia Ruiz

Faculty Fellow

Zachary Schwartz-Weinstein

Site Director, Woodbourne Correctional Facility

Amy Shapiro

STEM Faculty Advisor, Site Director at Fishkill Correctional Facility

Emmanuelle St. Jean

Director of NYC Programs

Linda Steubesand

Program Associate

Dyjuan Tatro '18

Senior Government Affairs Officer

Elizabeth Todd

Admission and Enrollment Associate

Jed B. Tucker

Director of Reentry

Robert Tynes

Director of College-in-Prison Operations; Site Director at Eastern NY Correctional Facility

Nikko Vaughn '15

Associate Director of Education & Professional Advancement

Amanda Vladick

Site Director at Green Haven and Taconic

Pamela J. Wallace '87

Site Director, Coxsackie Correctional Facility

Ann Ward

Program Director, Bard Microcollege Holyoke

Hannah White

Reentry Program Coordinator

Craig Steven Wilder

Distinguished Fellow

Alicia Williams

Assistant Director of Community Support & Relations

Shawn Young '19

Upstate Reentry Resident

Accreditation

Bard College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The courses of study leading to the bachelor of arts, bachelor of music, and bachelor of science degrees at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department. The programs of study leading to the master of arts, master of arts in teaching, master of fine arts, master of business administration in sustainability, master of music, master of science in environmental policy, master of science in climate science and policy, and master of science in economic theory and policy degrees and the master and doctor of philosophy degrees in decorative arts, design history, and material culture at Bard are registered by the New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, Education Building Annex, Room 977, Albany, NY  12234; phone 518-486-3633.

Bard is also a member of the American Council on Education, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of American Colleges and Universities, College Entrance Examination Board, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities, Education Records Bureau, and Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Bard College is committed to ensuring equal access to its educational programs and equal employment without regard to an individual’s sex, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital status, veteran status, military status, domestic violence victim status, ex-offender status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Students, employees, applicants, and other members of Bard College community (including, but not limited to, vendors, visitors, and guests) shall not be subject to discrimination or harassment prohibited by law or otherwise treated adversely based upon a protected characteristic. Similarly, the College will not tolerate harassing, violent, intimidating, or discriminatory conduct by its students, employees, or any other member of, or visitor to, the College community. This includes, without limitation, sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence, and domestic violence.

Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Bard College complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This act assures students attending a postsecondary institution that they will have the right to inspect and review certain of their educational records and, by following the guidelines provided by the College, to correct inaccurate or misleading data through informal or formal hearings. It protects students’ rights to privacy by limiting transfer of these records without their consent, except in specific circumstances. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. College policy relating to the maintenance of student records is available, on request, from the Office of the Registrar.

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