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This fall, Bennington College's Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) hosts the January 6 project, a six-week series examining the historical, cultural, and political events that led to the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021.

In this Q&A, get to know Dr. Alfredo Medina, Jr., Bennington College's Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer.

A strategic thought leader, Dr. Medina is a higher education professional with more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and equity, civic and public engagement, and risk management and compliance.

The Princeton Review and the U.S. News released their rankings for the top colleges in America, with Bennington featured on lists for Most Innovative Schools, Great Professors, Great Classroom Experiences, and more.

Bennington College President Laura Walker has announced that Dr. Li-Chen Chin has been appointed Dean of Student Life at the College

This fall, the Bennington community welcomed over 250 new students to the College. 

Bennington Review—a national biannual print journal of innovative, intelligent, and moving poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and film writing housed at Bennington College—has released its ninth issue, around the theme of “The Health of the Sick.”

This fall, Bennington College will welcome over 250 first-year students and 18 transfer students. This entering class will be the largest in the College’s history.

Ariél M. Martinez, an MFA student in nonfiction, has been selected to be the seventh Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

Bennington College is thrilled to be one of the inaugural recipients of the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative. Launched by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation in partnership with Rocky Mountain Institute and Environment & Culture Partners, the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative advances the goal of carbon neutrality across the visual arts.

Bennington College has received a $300,000 two-year grant from the Davis Educational Foundation, which will support restructuring the academic leadership team to strengthen the student experience.

The following message was sent to Faculty and Staff on July 26, 2021.

Art for Access, Bennington College’s innovative fundraising program that enhances the College’s art holdings for teaching and enrichment while generating scholarship support  through the sale of art, raised nearly $300,000 for student scholarships in Spring 2021.

 Bennington College President Laura Walker has announced that Dr. Maurice Hall has been appointed Provost of the College. He will assume this position on July 28.

The following message was sent to Faculty, Students, and Staff on June 18, 2021.

Following a vote at the May Board of Trustees meeting, Bennington College is pleased to announce that Gabriela Yadegari ’21 will be serving a two-year term on the College’s Board.

Ford Foundation President Darren Walker, a leader in international social justice philanthropy, will address the class of 2021 at Bennington College’s 86th commencement on Friday, May 28, at 7:30 PM.

The Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation has awarded Bennington College a $10,000 grant to support the Incarceration in America think tank that will be held October 1-2, 2021.

Bennington College has announced that Claudia E. Keenan has been appointed Senior Vice President for Advancement and Communications. She joined the College on May 24.

Twelve students from Bennington College have been selected to participate in the 2021 Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation Fellowships in Theatre, a program run in partnership with the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation

Bennington College has announced that Dr. Alfredo Medina has been appointed as Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and College Diversity Officer following a national search led by Spelman Johnson.

Nine students from high schools around the world were selected as winners of Bennington College’s 2020-2021 Young Writers Awards.

Bennington College has earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

The Commons Renovation Project, completed in Fall 2019, has been awarded a Vermont’s Greenest Building Award.

Six students from Bennington College have been selected as Frankenthaler Fellows for the 2021 Museum Fellows Term.

Bennington College has received a gift of some 500 works of art to benefit Art for Access, an innovative fundraising program launched in 2018.

The following message was sent to the Bennington Community on April 1, 2021 by President Laura Walker.

The historic building dates to the early twentieth century and now houses classrooms, as well as faculty and administrative offices. The Southeast wing was damaged in a fire in April of 2019, and is currently being renovated, including adding a basement for the first time.


In Higher Ed Dive, President Laura Walker highlights Bennington’s commitment to the humanities and offers ideas that build what Bennington does best—provide an interdisciplinary education that values arts and humanities among the sciences as critical preparation for a meaningful life.

In Stratton Magazine, President Laura Walker provides critical information for prospective Bennington College students.