Queer Leadership Education at Simon’s Rock
A Revolutionary Program for Queer Leadership
Bard College at Simon’s Rock has introduced the Bard Queer Leadership Project (BQLP), a pioneering program aimed at fostering queer leadership amidst the ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community in higher education.
In response to efforts in states like Florida and Texas to undermine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) departments, BQLP stands as a robust initiative providing a safe, affirming space and adaptive curriculum tailored to the needs of LGBTQ+ students.
An Innovative Curriculum
BQLP transcends traditional educational frameworks, offering deep insights into queer history and culture, and equipping students with the tools to emerge as affirmed queer leaders. The curriculum is customizable, ensuring a personalized educational experience for each student.
Founded by John Weinstein, the provost of Simon’s Rock, BQLP aims to redefine leadership concepts traditionally anchored in heteronormative, cisgender, and white perspectives. The program is committed to nurturing a diverse array of leaders reflecting varied identities and experiences.
A Promising Future
Initially intended for Simon’s Rock students, the program’s early opening to all interested students underscores the institution’s dedication to fostering an inclusive, diversified world. BQLP is envisioned as a crucible for future leaders, poised to navigate and triumph over contemporary challenges.
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