Ariana González Stokas

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Ariana González Stokas, a senior associate of PRG, 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 current research investigates reparative epistemologies in universities and the role of social movement pedagogy, particularly its aesthetics, from Latin America and the Caribbean in “inventing school.” Her book, The Reparative University, is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press in early 2022.

She was a co-investigator on the Mellon sub-grant, Critical Theory in the Global South and was the project director for a Lumina Rockefeller grant at Bard College to cultivate racial equity through revealing suppressed local histories. Prior to her most recent appointment as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Barnard College, González Stokas served as the inaugural Dean of Inclusive Excellence at Bard College in New York. While there she was instrumental in identifying working groups to establish a clear and strategic vision for Pell-eligible and DACA students. She also supported the development and institutionalization of student-initiated projects, symbolic reparation projects such as signage to commemorate suppressed figures and history and created, along with a team of faculty, staff and students, 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) where she was a founding faculty member and developed the peer mentoring and academic support programs.