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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Launches ‘Degree Program for “Queer Leadership”‘

Bard College at Simon’s Rock Launches ‘Degree Program for “Queer Leadership”‘

“to elevate LGBTQIA+ students and college graduates into leadership roles in school and across the workforce”

Another example of left wing activism being treated like the pursuit of scholarship.

The College Fix reports:

Bard College at Simon’s Rock starts degree program for ‘queer leadership’

A small, private “early college” in Massachusetts is starting a new degree program this fall to become “the first intentionally queer-serving college in the world.”

Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the country’s only accredited four-year early college which serves approximately 450 students, announced that the new Bachelor of Arts degree is “revolutionary […] designed for, and by, LGBTQIA+ college students to elevate LGBTQIA+ students and college graduates into leadership roles in school and across the workforce.”

Provost John Weinstein said that “rapidly shifting political circumstances have catalyzed the movement to get [the Bard Queer Leadership Project] underway” a year sooner than was planned, according to The Berkshire Eagle.

“We have students who need it now,” Weinstein added.

BCSR librarian Victoria Bokaer said “Trans people facing denial of basic rights and medical care […] the violence LGBTQA+ and Trans people face is shocking, and even without that (immediate experience), living with the stress of knowing you could face it … it’s a drain on day-to-day existence.”

The Bard Queer Leadership Project curriculum includes the courses “LGBTQ+ College Communities: Past, Present, Future,” “Queer in Field,” “Queer in Community” and “Queer Theory.”

The curriculum isn’t focused “only in Queer Studies, but […] as the combination of queer modes of inquiry with a second academic field,” its website notes.

From the Eagle story:

[The] Bard Queer Leadership Program is not only a program for queer students, [Weinstein] makes clear. Anyone is welcome, and for people interested in allyship, in social justice, in rethinking their own ideas of leadership and in any kind of work that may serve queer folk, the program can give experience and new perspectives.

“We all need to serve all students,” he said. “… Everybody can be part of the solution — and needs to be.”


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JackinSilverSpring | April 5, 2023 at 8:42 am

This degree is guaranteed to lead to a boat load of student debt and a job as a barrister. PS this college should lose it accreditation to for offering such dreck.

Thad Jarvis | April 5, 2023 at 3:04 pm

60 grand a year tuition at Bard.

Thad Jarvis | April 5, 2023 at 3:07 pm

Oh shut the hell up, Victoria Bokaer, with your stupid they/them pronouns, you ludicrous spoiled attention ho. Go move to Kandahar if they/them have it so bad on the campus of a pseudo-college in the Hudson Valley. So tired of these vapid mental patients.

henrybowman | April 5, 2023 at 6:14 pm

Bard at Simon’s Rock has the distinction of hosting one of the earliest (1992) instances of a mass school shooting with an “assault weapon,” years before Pearl or Columbine. Committed by an Asian youth prodigy (youth symphony violinist at 7yo) who later developed paranoid schizophrenia. The shooter immediately went on record in favor of more gun control.

“We all need to serve all students,” he said.“ ALL? LOL. That’s rich. If only wokeism were not preventing that nationwide.