Bard International Network

Student Action & Youth Leadership Conference

GET ENGAGED: Student Action & Youth Leadership Conference

Call for Applicants - March 2018

Thirty-five students from Bard’s international network will come together for the 5th annual GetEngaged workshop style conference from March 15-22, 2018, at Central European University’s campus in Budapest Hungary.

This dynamic, action-oriented, skill-building conference helps students develop their own sense of community leadership through workshops, networking and presenting.

Applications are due November 29, 2017! Apply here.
Accepted students will be notified the week of December 18.

Get Engaged Micro-grants

CCE announces a micro-grant competition for Get Engaged participants. Micro-grants provide supplemental resources to deepen (or initiate) student-led engagement projects and can be used to link two or more projects across the network. Grant awards range from $250-$500 USD and will not exceed $600. Application due DECEMBER 1st. Apply here.

Global Engagement Fellows:
CCE announces a call for applications for Global Engagement Fellows, a new student leadership initiative.

Global Engagement Fellows will promote and coordinate thematic civic engagement projects across the Bard International Network. Selected fellows will have developed and sustained a civic engagement project and demonstrated leadership skills and a desire and aptitude for working with others. Selected fellows will be eligible for a micro-grant of up to $1,000 towards their current or proposed civic engagement project. Applications due DECEMBER 4th. Apply here.

News & Announcements

Center for Civic Engagement Support for Bard's International Network Participation in Conferences

The Center for Civic Engagement has limited funding available to help support faculty from
Bard College’s International Network of Partners participate in conferences. Faculty
accepted to take part in conferences may apply for funding by submitting: VIEW MORE >>

Additional information for Get Engaged applicants

Pre-conference meetings and assignments include:
  • End of January Video Conference Meet up with all participants
  • Mid-February written assignments (draft submissions of one pager, budgets, abstracts, presentations)
  • February – March, mentor video meet-ups preparing student presentations
  • Early March final submissions and pre-conference readings

Workshops will focus on:
  • Empathic Speech
  • Public Speaking
  • Networking
  • Community Organizing
  • Developing Community Partnerships
  • Practitioners Perspectives

Students from eligible partner institutions include:
  • American University of Central Asia in Bishkek
  • Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences in East Jerusalem
  • Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson
  • Bard College Berlin
  • European Humanities University in Vilnius
  • Bard College at Simon’s Rock
  • the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University

For more information regarding the conference contact Dean for Civic Engagement Erin Cannan or Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement Cammie Jones at

About the Conference

Click below for clips from past conferences:
2014 Conference
2015 Conference
2016 Conference



The Get Engaged conference is not a traditional academic conference. Instead it is designed to grow the network of young social entrepreneurs and change agents who are actively using the liberal arts as a tool to develop solutions to challenges in their communities. The conference is an effective forum to strengthen the Bard network/inter-campus collaborations among students, faculty, and administrators, and acts as an inspiration to participants whose aspiration is focused on addressing complicated social issues.

Click here for a PDF of the 2017 conference program, or the image to the left to view it on Issuu.


The conference workshops offered skills-based sessions to encourage Get Engaged Participants to seek innovative and creative approaches to social issues and provided participants the opportunity to collaborate with students in the Bard International network. Workshops focused on:
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Networking
  • Social Media and Effective Organizing and Programming
  • Community Partnerships
  • Innovation and Creativity


Anastasiya Radzionava, European Humanities University
Each participant was asked to make a short, creative presentation of his or her project or program incorporating plans for future development.

See Get Engaged Participants in action:

Get Engaged Participants

Get Engaged Participants
Bard International Network Get Engaged Participants developed programs and projects as change agents within their institutions and in their local, national and international communities, implementing creative, and sometimes far-reaching activities, including such projects as:
  • Music as Civic Engagement, Reeda Alji, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB)
  • PALiMUN: The First Palestine Model UN University Conference, Saif Salah, AQB
  • Bright Life Winter Camp, Aiperi Iskankova, American University of Central Asia (AUCA)
  • Nomadic Art Camp: Sustainable Development through Contemporary Art, Chynara Bakytkyzy, AUCA
  • Creat(i)ve (Resist)ance, JaQuan Beachem, Bard Annandale
  • Nicaragua Education Initiative: STEM Initiative, Odett Salcedo, Bard Annandale
  • Open Campus Against Closed Borders, Marta Vuković, Bard College Berlin (BCB)
  • Pankow Theatre Company, Clara Canales, BCB
  • Development of the English-Speaking Debate Community at St. Petersburg State University, Nadia Vikulna, Faculty of Arts & Sciences at St. Petersburg State University (FLAS)
  • House of Arts, Polina Peremitina and Vlada Lodesk, FLAS
  • Information Media Campaign on the Internet “Women and Career,” Alesia Pesenka, European Humanities University (EHU)
  • “The Theatre of EHU” and “Cinema Club of EHU,” Volya Novik, EHU

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