Bard Diverse Network of Action (DNA) was founded in 2018. Bard DNA is a student organization, at Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Queens, composed of student leaders and social justice advocates who are dedicated to educating their community and themselves through events and programming. Bard DNA encourages participation from all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion, economic status, immigration status, or any other identity. We seek to create an inclusive and safe school environment.
Bard DNA envisions a growing school community that respects, values and motivates students of various identities to create and maintain a safe space in and outside of Bard's walls. Bard DNA will collaborate with other affinity groups to create a unified force of students who are passionate about social justice.
We will become a network that extends to other Bard Early Colleges, serving as a support system, and providing resources to students who have been historically underrepresented in postsecondary higher education. We will establish ourselves as an organization so we may empower the future generation of student leaders who will continue our mission. We will exist as a powerful group of students with the platform and influence to transform social, political and economic policies. We will encourage active student participation not only within the Bard DNA community but also in the general BHSEC community so that students are well equipped to carry out our purpose.
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BARD DNA STRIVES TO:
* Provide a space for students of all identities to create change and take action on community issues.
*Develop an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful school environment, in and outside of the classroom, for all members of the community.
*Plan meaningful events, programs and initiatives that build community and increase school spirit.
*Create opportunities for increased and intentional conversations on topics of power, privilege, and oppression.
*When confronted with members of the community who do not share our same values, allow all opinions to be heard and valued, rather than excluded or dismissed, while still encouraging education and growth.