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Civic Engagement Projects

Our Projects

Civic engagement projects may last for days or years; they may be as close to home as the New York State prison system or as far away as an East Jerusalem summer camp for Palestinian youth. Beginning in their first year, undergraduates are encouraged to participate in an ever-expanding variety of projects. These endeavors, including many that have been initiated by students, help prepare them to be responsible and active global citizens. Bard students are widely and actively engaged in the world around them.


Profiles

Michael Specter

Michael Specter

Michael Specter joined the Bard faculty in 2012 as visiting professor of environmental and urban studies. Specter has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1998, where he writes about science, technology, and global public health. In 2011, he was awarded the World Health Organization's Stop TB Partnership Award for Excellence in Reporting. In 2009, he won the Robert P. Balles Annual Prize in Critical Thinking for his book Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives.
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Student-Led Initiatives

Student-Led Initiatives
The Trustee Leader Scholar Program (TLS) opens doors for Bard undergraduates, overseeing student-inspired civic engagement projects integral to the College's mission.

Internships

Internships
Students are encouraged to seek internships throughout their time at Bard, through formal programs or by creating their own opportunities.

Local Partnerships

Local Partnerships
Bard works closely with local partners to provide students with opportunities for work, internships, and civic engagement in the Hudson Valley. Projects address real issues facing our communities, including poverty, sustainability, education, and immigration.

International Partnerships

International Partnerships
Bard’s partnerships with universities abroad are true joint ventures, based on the principles of mutuality and equality, and committed to expanding the reach of a liberal education.

Reimagining Prison
Education

Reimagining Prison <br />Education
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences, operating a network of five satellite campuses across New York State.

Transforming Secondary Education

Transforming Secondary Education
Bard is a leader in early college and teacher education, with affiliated institutions and programs in Massachusetts, New York City, Newark, New Orleans, California, and the West Bank.

Innovations in Science and Sustainability

Innovations in Science and Sustainability
Bard addresses environmental challenges and provides education reform in the sciences. The College offers rigorous, interdisciplinary science training to equip students with the knowledge required of tomorrow's leaders.