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TLS Program

Welcome to Bard TLS

The Trustee Leader Scholar 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 (TLS) 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.

Theme 2014–15: Get Close to Your Materials

Is the process of slowing down, being as physically close to a thing as you can possibly get, and looking, really looking, at the microrelations, the juxtapositions, the tiny movements, the edges, the rockings, the springs, the tensioners, and the levers in a thing. 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 >>