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Engagement Fellows

The Citizen Science Engagement Fellows program is a collaborative academic–student affairs initiative focused on identifying and organizing a civic engagement cocurricular experience for first-years during their January term. Instrumental in designing opportunities to explore concepts of community service, civic engagement, and science education, Engagement Fellows can explore their own ideas about engagement in the community.

Civic Engagement

Opportunities for Involvement

Among the College's basic principles is a fundamental belief in the link between liberal education and democracy, and Bard is firmly committed to promoting and sustaining projects that engage its students, faculty, and administrators with some of the most important issues facing society. Through the support of the Dean of Student Affairs Office and the Center for Civic Engagement, students attending the Citizen Science program can participate in projects throughout the January term which promote such critical civic skills as active listening, collaboration, leadership, creative problem solving, ethical decision making, and information literacy.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement 2018

Bard's Eighth Annual Civic Engagement Day

Saturday, January 13, 2018
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, people across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Created as a national call to service, it brings home the importance of working together to provide solutions for pressing social concerns.

Check back later this fall for more detail on Civic Engagement Day 2018 for more information on the ways our first-years will be engaging our community! 

Science Education Days

During a portion of the Citizen Science program, Bard first-years will participate in science education activities in partnership with five local school districts including Germantown, Kingston, Pine Plains, Red Hook, and Rhinebeck. Working with more than 1,700 local children in grades K-8, activities reinforce understanding of the scientific method and create opportunities for children to actively engage in science.
  • Focus on the scientific method to reinforce science literacy for local public school children and Bard first-years
  • Expand children's notions about science while introducing them to college life
  • Develop Bard students' mentoring and communication skills while engaging local children
  • Connect first-years to year-round civic engagement opportunities
  • Strengthen Bard students' connections to the community, and underscore Bard's commitment as a private institution acting in the public interest