This page contains health, counseling, and wellness resources and services that can be found on the Bard college campus.
Emergency and Crisis Services
Recovery and Substance Abuse
Please contact the Wellness Department (email@example.com) to sign up for or get more information on joining these virtual programs:
- Bard's Harm Reduction and Recovery Committee
- Peer-to-Peer Harm Reduction Group
- Peer-to-Peer Recovery Group
- Narcan Training
- A Safe Space: peer-to-peer support for students who are affected by someone else's drinking or drug use
Gender Equity and Sexual Assault/Misconduct
Office of Gender Equity
The Office of Gender Equity offers support, community resources, reporting options, and information about legal rights to individuals who have been impacted by gender-based misconduct (nonconsensual sexual contact, intimate partner violence, stalking, or harassment) either directly or indirectly as a third party with concerns. The Office of Gender Equity is located in Gahagan House 201.
Title IX Coordinator
BRAVE is a professionally directed student-service organization whose members provide anonymous and confidential crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy, and ongoing education to the Bard community. Although BRAVE staff members receive particular training in issues relating to sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexuality, BRAVE counselors also receive training in eating disorders, depression and suicide, sexual orientation, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and social and academic issues.
Every Friday at Robbins, room 190, students have the opportunity to spend time with a therapy dog, a lovely Corgi-mix rescue named Sparki Robbins. He works in the office with the director of health and wellness education and is available on Fridays for guided walks, playtime, and visits—all students have to do is stop by the office. Additionally, Bard has partnered with Hudson Valley Paws for Cause and Little Brays of Sunshine for pet therapy events during midterms and/or finals.
The Bard Community Fitness Program provides diverse opportunities for balanced and healthy lifestyles to the Bard community through inclusive and quality programs, initiatives, collaborations, and facilities.
Peer Health Educators
Peer health educators are a group of 12–15 students—trained by a nurse practicer and lead by Anastasia Sielski—that facilitates conversations and events about body positivity, sexual health, contraception, safe sex, navigating relationships, and sex positivity. Invite an educator to your dorm or home to discuss relationship health and sexual health over dinner or tea.
Respectful Smoking Initiative
The Respectful Smoking Initiative (RSI) is an education and awareness campaign to heighten awareness of breather's rights when smoking in public walkways and open spaces. The RSI conducts grassroots activism around going smoke free at Bard.
The Dimestore offers free contraception (condoms, dental dams, and lube) to any and all students delivered discreetly in a brown paper bag to your campus mailbox. Graduate students can make other arrangements. Order forms are available at the Campus Post Office, or fill and submit the form online.
DETAILS AND ORDER FORM
Nutrition and Eating Disorders
Ilyse Simon RD, CDN, Bard's consulting nutritionist, is available to meet with students. To schedule an appointment simply call Health and Counseling Services at 845-758-7433.
Contact: Ilyse Simon RD, CDN, 845-758-7433
Bard EATS (Education, Advocacy, Transparency, and Sustainability) is a collaborative partnership among Bard students, dining services, faculty, and staff committed to increasing food purchasing transparency, reducing waste, decreasing the College’s carbon footprint, promoting food access, and supporting local farms and sustainable products.
Chartwells wants to provide students with the tools they need to make healthy eating decisions in a more sustainable dining platform. Their website provides a world of information, including access to Balanced U, myfitnesspal, Whole+Sum (meals that are tasty and <600 calories), and an app where students can access daily menus and nutritional breakdowns of the meals.
Queer Straight Association (QSA)
Queer Straight Association
This Bard College club is safe space for queer, questioning, or allied students. We are involved in both political and networking activities. Straight but not narrow allies are always welcome!
Trans Life Collective
The Trans Life Collective is a student and faculty organization working to create an environment that is accepting and comfortable for individuals of all gender identities. In the past, we have advocated gender neutral spaces in bathrooms and housing, we were instrumental in adding gender identity and expression to Bard's Anti-Discrimination Policy, we held film screenings, hosted trivia events, panels, and performances/workshops, supported grassroots education via teach-ins, organized a library of books and films for the Bard community, and developed educational materials for students and staff. All are welcome to attend our weekly meetings.
Trans Life Website
The Bard Wellness Club is a group of student wellness warriors striving to improve campus life. Wellness Club hosts a variety of events at Bard designed to improve physical and emotional health, such as animal therapy, smoothie making, and care packages. Follow them on Instagram @bardwellnessclub.
The Bard College Shuttle is intended to offer safe and reliable transportation to/from campus for students residing off campus in the neighboring villages of Tivoli and Red Hook so that they may attend class and engage in the academic life of the college.
Please remember that Bard is located in a rural setting. The shuttle goes into Red Hook and Tivoli daily. However, most medical providers, especially specialists, are located in Rhinebeck (10-25 mins away), Kingston (20-40 mins), Poughkeepsie (45-60 mins) and Albany (90+mins). Bard College does not routinely provide transportation to scheduled off-campus medical or psychiatric appointments, and students will need to make their own arrangements.
- Call 911
- Private car or Friends with cars
- The shuttle and local bus schedules can be found on the Bard Transportation Blog.
- Students with a valid driver’s license can sign up for and use a Bard ZipCar.
- Uber or Lyft
- Taxis :
- Horseless Carriage: 800-836-5466 (takes credit cards)
- Red Hook Taxi Service: 845-758-1478 (takes credit cards)
- Rhinebeck Taxi: 845-876-TAXI (cash only)