Activist Spotlight: Harper Rubin

Written by Maeve McKaig After years of organizing and advocating for queer and trans communities, Harper Rubin ‘19 has accrued an impressive amount of experience working towards institutional change. Rubin, who uses they/them pronouns, is involved in a wide range of clubs and organizations both on and off of the Bard-Annandale campus and approaches each […]

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Blackout Bard Now

Written by Najwa Jamal “WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT OUR CHAINS” Goosebumps rose up and down my arms as I heard these powerful chants shouted into Kline. I think back to the day of the recent protest, rushing down the corridor to New Kline, feeling the gathered students’ united passion for one cause: equity. […]

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Nobody Wins When the Family Feuds: Brown and Black Voices at Predominantly White Institutions

Written by Dezi Hall As a person of color moving within predominantly white institutions (PWIs), I’ve always stuck out like a sore thumb. My middle and high schools were majority white and taught me that I would not always be well-received, especially as an artist. Over the years I’ve encountered other students of color who […]

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Black Stories Matter: Storytelling as a form of Resilience Within the Black Community

Written by Funto Omojola At the age of four, Rachel Elaine Bailey “Beetle” remembers having their first manic episode. Twenty years later, when they checked themself into a psych ward after a nervous breakdown, they remained haunted by the same thoughts they had carried with them for most of their life: they were not good […]

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Activist Spotlight: Lexi Parra

Written by Maeve McKaig Lexi Parra has been working as a community organizer on Bard’s campus since her first year in Annandale. Now a senior photography and human rights major, activism and organizing work has become an integral part of Parra’s life, both personally and professionally. Her work has ranged from on-campus discussion and education […]

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A Reflection on Activism: Why I did not Attend the Women’s March and Why I no Longer feel Guilty About it

Written by Funto Omojola As I woke up to a flood of images on my social media platforms featuring thousands of men and women clad in pink pussy hats with signs proclaiming fundamental women’s rights to challenging the presidency of Donald Trump, my immediate reaction was not one of pride and comfort, but one of […]

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