Bard and the Local Community
Bard works closely with local partners to provide students with opportunities for work, specialized study, internships, and civic engagement throughout the Hudson Valley. Projects respond to critical concerns facing neighboring communities, including poverty, sustainability, education, and immigration. Brothers at Bard (BAB)
is an academic enrichment mentoring program for young men of color from underserved backgrounds. BAB works with approximately 20 high school students each year in grades 9–12 at Kingston High School in Kingston, New York. The mentoring program stemmed from the BAB Club on Bard’s campus, and was created by Bard students in the fall of 2014; it is now an institutional initiative of the CCE. Each year, 10 BAB members from the on-campus group become mentors to the high schoolers involved in the program. All BAB members who volunteer for the program receive extensive training prior to becoming mentors. Find out more at cce.bard.edu/civic-action/local/brothers-at-bard
Election@bard Election@bard represents the College’s efforts to inform students and
the greater Bard community about local and national elections, and to help voters register, obtain absentee ballots, determine their correct polling sites, and become familiar with how to mark ballots and use ballot-scanning machines. The website provides links and information about current elected officials; candidates for national, state, and local office; advocacy sites; a calendar of election-related events; and information on selected voter issues. Bard students and staff have also sponsored on-campus “Meet the Candidates” sessions. Election@bard is also affiliated with the Andrew Goodman Foundation, a voting rights advocacy organization that works with campus-based Vote Everywhere ambassadors throughout the nation. For details, see cce.bard.edu/civic-action/election.
La Voz is a free monthly publication in Spanish that serves the Hispanic communities of the Mid-Hudson Valley. La Voz developed from a student-led initiative launched in 2004. Student internships focused on reporting and translating are available. Learn more at lavoz.bard.edu.
Red Hook Together This initiative of Bard College and the town and village of Red Hook promotes greater community cooperation. Spearheaded by Dean of Civic Engagement Erin Cannan, the Red Hook Together coalition has been involved in such activities as career expos and sustainability efforts, including the 10 Percent Challenge. The coalition also includes the Red Hook Central School District and Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at cce.bard.edu/civic-action/local/red-hook-together.
Student-led Projects in the Hudson Valley Trustee Leader Scholar projects and other undergraduate clubs and initiatives provide a variety of opportunities for students to engage with local issues and address local needs. Bard students have partnered with the Red Hook Central School District to create a debate program; counseled abused women at the Grace Smith House; served as advocates for better housing and work conditions for migrant laborers; mentored youth in Hudson, New York, through a basketball clinic and after-school program; and worked with the Bard Microbusiness Support Initiative to help would-be entrepreneurs with little or no access to credit.