Ariana González Stokas, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Barnard College

Reporting to President Sian Leah Beilock and working in partnership with campuswide constituencies, González Stokas will lead strategic initiatives that cultivate a more inclusive and equitable learning environment. She will join Barnard in July 2019, as the 129-year-old college welcomes its most diverse and selective admitted class in its history. Barnard students come from nearly every state and close to 60 countries, with about half identifying as women of color, and 13% as first-generation college students.

As Barnard’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, González Stokas will report directly to President Beilock and be an integral part of the College’s senior leadership team. She will chair the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and work closely with the dean of faculty diversity and development and the executive director for equity, among others, to envision and actualize programs that promote diversity, establish accountability, and support inclusivity among Barnard’s community.

González Stokas brings a wealth of experience to Barnard as a committed educator and researcher. She has worked as an administrator, faculty member, and scholar of philosophy and education, with a proven track record of being dedicated to equity and access. González Stokas currently serves as the Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Bard College in New York and oversees a variety of programs and initiatives. She was instrumental in identifying working groups to establish a clear and strategic vision for Pell-eligible and DACA students. She also supports the development and institutionalization of student-initiated projects and created the Alexander Gilson Place for interracial and intercultural dialogue. Prior to her role at Bard, she was an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at Guttman Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY).

González Stokas has a B.A. in philosophy and studio arts from Bard College. She earned her Ph.D in philosophy and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her doctoral research examined the intersections of aesthetics, education, and inequality. Her professional affiliations include the American Philosophical Association, the Caribbean Studies Association, the Philosophy of Education Society, the Latin American Philosophy of Education Society, the Caribbean Philosophical Association, and the American Educational Research Association.

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