Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion was established by President Mariko Silver in 2015 as part of the College's commitment to developing a comprehensive infrastructure for the advancement of inclusion, equity, and pluralism at Bennington.

"The College affirms the intersecting identities of all its community members—students, faculty, staff, and alumni—and recognizes their contributions to the vitality of our unique living and learning environment. The College’s approach to pluralism and inclusivity—both as fields of inquiry and practice—is to prioritize flexible thought, and to invite the examination of access, value, and power through its institutional policies and areas of study." College's Vision Statement for Institutional Pluralism and Inclusion

Open Office Hours

During term: W 1:00-4:00 PM; and by appointment


Barn 113, Student Life Suite


President's Task Force

Comprised of 14 community members across College constituencies and generations, the task force developed a vision statement; the set of principles which inform the vision statement; and recommendations for shaping the College’s pluralism and inclusion agenda and action plan. 

What We're Reading

An array of readings, videos, and podcasts; ranging from identity development, to Whiteness Studies, and more.

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Phot of Lydia Brassard
Lydia Brassard '08
Director of institutional diversity and inclusion
Barn 113

Lydia, the inaugural director, works with various campus constituencies including students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local community members in order to build authentic and sustainable initiatives aimed at cultivating a campus-wide ethic of inclusivity, equity, and pluralism.

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call lydiabrassard@bennington.edu call 802-447-4107