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TLS Program


Welcome to Bard TLS

The TLS Program

The Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) Program of Bard College supports undergraduate and leadership development in the context of hands-on, student-initiated community engagement projects. These projects represent thousands of hours of planning, lifting, teaching, building, weeding, tutoring, singing, writing, cleaning, and counseling. Students in the Trustee Leader Scholar Program propose, design, and implement civic engagement projects based on their own passionate interests. TLS projects are local, national, and international, and may be initiated at any point during a student's college career.

2018 Theme: Critical Thinking Is Not Criticism

Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action. —The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking More >>

Our Student-Led Projects

At the core of the TLS program is an unwavering belief in each student’s ability to take complete ownership of his or her own work. TLS provides opportunities for motivated students to develop their skills through the design and implementation of diverse projects.  More >>

From the Director

My personal operating system, and the unspoken motto of the TLS program:

Pay Attention &
Treat People Well   

Easy to say, these two guiding principals require a lifetime of practice. More >>

We Need Your Support!

Making contacts and building networks are crucial to every project’s success. TLS flourishes because of the enthusiasm of Bard students, faculty, administrators, community members who generously give their time, creative energy, and financial support. More >>