My “Liberal” Experience


“Bard claims to be a very progressive, liberal minded space and institution. However, conversations around race and socioeconomic class are avoided. Personally, people do not want to have those conversations because they do not feel comfortable building a community around those topics. This makes me question how ‘progressive’ and ‘liberal’ Bard really is, and what those labels even mean. I’ve also noticed gender inequality and issues faced by the LGBTQ community are always at the forefront of conversations at Bard. So, there’s far less talk about race and socioeconomic class. All these issues are extremely important and need to be talked about, but I think the vast majority of Bard students are concerned with (white) feminism and gender more than race and class.”

Dariel Vasquez, Bard ’17

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