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Bard College Catalogue, 2018–19
Center for Civic EngagementCenter for Civic Engagement
The Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) was established in 2011 to support, coordinate, and promote the College’s wide array of civic engagement initiatives; to seek out new partnerships and opportunities; and to encourage research that sheds light on the policy implications of its programs. CCE and the Bard network use their resources to develop vibrant and sustainable programs that tackle critical issues of education and public policy. With an entrepreneurial spirit and a sense of civic duty inspired by social consciousness, the Center for Civic Engagement creates and sustains reciprocal programs and relationships locally, nationally, and globally.
Many of the Center’s initiatives occur outside of the Annandale-on-Hudson campus and represent the College’s commitment to addressing substantive issues in secondary and higher education on a national and international level. Nearly all of them, however, affect students and faculty in Annandale-on-Hudson, exposing students to different people and perspectives and providing academic and cocurricular opportunities across the Bard network.
The Center and its national partners focus primarily on education reform, including secondary, postsecondary, teacher, and prison education. International partnerships are concentrated on educational collaborations, particularly dual-degree programs, and study away and civic engagement opportunities. Student-led projects take place across the network to engage regional, national, and international communities; and partnerships in the Hudson Valley engage local governments, schools, and social service organizations.
CCE coordinates a wide range of initiatives that connect students to internships, volunteer opportunities, civic engagement, and activism, and promote civic skills the College considers fundamental for active global citizenship. Bard students are encouraged to participate in an ever-expanding variety of projects and to develop their own project proposals, because Bard believes in the entrepreneurial spirit of its students.
For further information, visit the CCE website or contact Erin Cannan, dean of civic engagement. The Center is directed by Jonathan Becker, executive vice president and vice president for academic affairs.