Center for Civic Engagement Newsletter
Cuban Conference Wednesday April 18 Campus Center with Free Food!
Schedule of Events:
MPR : 1pm Cuban Bard student talk about coming to Bard; 1:20pm Study Abroad talks about chances for study in Cuba/ Bard student shows videos/photos of experience in Cuba; 2-3pm Live music ensemble/history of Cuban salsa/possibly some dancing
WEIS: 3:30pm Filmmaker Butler shows & discusses clips from film about Afro-Cuban boxer living American purgatory in Miami/ in discussion with Edie Meidav and SL Prince- senior editor at Sports Illustrated; 5:15pm Bookselling/reception; 5:30pm keynote address (anthropologist Ruth Behar- Yale professor/memorist Carlos Eire); 6:30pm panel- Behard/Butler/Eire/Price/Meidav; 7:30pm book-signing/reception
Bard: A Place to Engage Thursday April 19 at 6pm in New Kline
Student-led round table discussion on community development, engagement, and reflections on “Bard: More Than A Place to Think.” Hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement.
How do we go about getting students involved/ How do we ensure a healthy an stable community here at Bard? How do we maintain “civility” on our campus? What institutions already exist to help foster a sense of community? Is apathy an issue, or is it normal? What has “Bard: More Than A Place to Think” achieved? How do we go forward from here? Who are we…? Ask anything. Answer Anything. For other “Bard: More Than A Place to Think” events see: http://student.bard.edu/morethanaplacetothink/ and to visit the Center for Civic Engagement Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/Bard.Civic.Engagement
is a virtual conference being held simultaneously in 7 countries and in over 13 cities around the world on Wednesday April 25 from noon-4pm EST. The interactive event will include discussions with experts, grassroots activities and citizens who are concerned about developing solutions to policy problem and creating alternative institutions. Specifically the conference will focus on 3 major themes: 1. Democracy Networks and the development of Global Movements 2. Jobs and Urban Planning 3. An Alternative Financial System. Speakers are scheduled from all over the United States, the UK, Sweden, South Africa, Bhutan, Canada, and more. Be a part of the dialogue in this exciting event! Get more info on the conference at http://www.globalteachin.com/ and stay tuned for the campus room location TBA.
Bard College Vista Member Position Bard College seeks a creative and enthusiastic self-starter to join the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) as the Americorps VISTA Program Coordinator for a new collaborative project that seeks to change the course of poverty in and around the communities of Red Hook, Germantown, and Livingston, NY by enhancing the capacity of all partners to support educational advancement and build cultural capital for the young people living there. The VISTA member will work with the school districts and community partners to align resources which will support and enhance options for young people by launching a series of educational activities and cultural experiences designed to: 1) improve students’ academic skills so they enter each school year with confidence in their ability to succeed, and 2) broaden students’ vision of the future so that they view higher education as a viable choice in their life.
The VISTA member will be responsible for working with community partners to build relationships, establish a community advisory council, implement the first year action plan, recruit and train volunteers, and develop a detailed action plan for sustainability. If you are a VISTA with strong organizational and leadership skills who values community partnerships, and believes that communities and individuals can change the course of poverty, then this position is for you.
- College degree with strong academic background
- Deep understanding of the impact of poverty on families
- Demonstrated ability to train volunteers and key stakeholders
- Experience working with youth
- Minimum one year commitment
- Valid driver’s license
- Additional Benefits :
- On-campus housing
- Professional development
- Use of the Bard gym
- Use of campus vans for project related travel
For application instructions and more information download here: Bard College Revised Host Site Application and VAD
The Citizen Science Fellows program is a collaborative academic/student affairs initiative focused on identifying and organizing a civic engagement co-curricular experience for first-years during their January term. Instrumental in designing opportunities to explore concepts of community service, civic engagement and science education, Fellows can explore their own ideas about engagement in the community.
Fellows will begin working with the Director of Citizen Science and the Dean for Student Affairs in the fall semester, coordinating programs for the fall and January terms. Programs may range from elementary or high school based science education workshops, Bard building projects, sustainability initiatives, resisting racism workshops, arts-focused community projects, Hunger Benefit, leadership workshops, etc. Four fellows will be hired, drawing equally from science and non-science backgrounds. We encourage applications from students of all academic divisions.
Fellows will participate in a 10-hour training, orienting them to the concepts and theories of both the academic and co-curricular program. Training will be through participation in a selected number of the Change in Action Workshops.
- Act as support staff for fall initiatives, including first-year residence hall programs focused on both science and general informational sessions (co-led by director of citizen science and dean of student affairs)
- Coordinate programs with off-campus agencies and schools to create co-curricular opportunities for all first-year students including programmatic concepts as well as details regarding implementation (transportation, ordering materials, coordinating activities, creating a calendar, etc.)
- Create promotional materials announcing the co-curricular programs to the first-year class (brochures, websites, postcards, facebook pages, twitter or blogs)
- Organize sign-ups for the various co-curricular programs in the fall semester
- Develop assessment materials to evaluate the co-curricular program
- January Term
- Implement co-curricular programs designed during the fall term
- Document activities and events through photography, articles and film
- Distribute assessment materials to all students participating in the co-curricular program
- Liaise with agencies to implement events and programs
Fall semester hours approximately 12 hours a week starting at the end of September,2012
January term (January 4-January 27) housing, stipend and food provided
1. Resume plus 1-page summary outlining areas of interest in civic engagement, science education or science research.
2. Names and contact information of 2 references. One reference must be from Bard.
Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate engagement in the co-curricular program at the college, an interest in civic engagement and social justice as well as excellent academic, organizational and leadership skills.
Review of applications will begin on Wednesday, September 22, 2012, with interviews scheduled for the following week.
To apply, send materials to: Erin Cannan Associate Director of Center for Civic Engagement/ Dean of Student Affairs; Center for Civic Engagement 1442 Annandale Road
Become an Education Innovation Leader The Center for Creative Education, an award-winning and innovative arts-in-education non-profit based in Kingston, NY, seeks enthusiastic interns to take social entrepreneur and community-building leadership roles in the following programs:
CCE Intern Programming Opportunities
- Strategic proposal for Bard Academy and/or Early College in Kingston
- Manage Walter Dean Myers book tour to Kingston
Incubate Small Learning Communities (Academies) within Kingston High School
- Program and Staff CCE’s Camp -an alternative academic summer school model at Kingston High School in July-August, 2012
- Program and Staff AMP’D – a music program for youth
Develop subject-area “circles” on the model of Bard’s Math Circles
Develop Teacher Circles on pedagogical best practices and innovations
- Develop & conduct professional development for teachers in the Kingston School District (a hybrid of Bard MAT workshops and online project tuning through Blackboard Illuminate with High Tech High in San Diego)
- Develop and deliver CCE Teaching Residencies
- Manage Carnegie Learning Center at Kingston High as a Pedagogical Innovation Lab
- CCE Intern Roles
- Apprenticeship Coordinator (research work-study opportunities for Carnegie students)
- Video Reality Production Team (writer, director, videographer, editor, footage transcriber, etc.)
- Marketing Campaign Team: branding, promo material creation, press kits, video promos, event planning, outreach, public relations
- Online Outreach: WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite, Roost, text marketing, Google suite coordination
- Technology Coordination: coordinate/supervise Mac lab, teach technology to students and teachers, troubleshoot tech
- Business Development: grant writing, fundraising, sponsorships
- Event Planning: planning fundraisers with Booster Club, institutes, annual conference, awards program
- Program Development & Management: Produce CCE webisodes (5 min. installment documentary-style shorts on program), Mac Lab coordination, Student Ambassador coordination, Success Academy
- Tutoring and Teaching Assistance, Night School Academic
- Intervention management, Apprenticeship Program coordination,
- AMP’d Recording Label management, Makerspace coordination, Lego First League Team coaching and Lego Mindstorms Lab coordination
- CCE is also seeking applications to our Education Innovation Fellowship in the following two categories:
- Teacher Collaboration : facilitate project tuning and curriculum development among daytime faculty and afternoon Teaching Artists (one fellowship remaining)
- Student Teaching : in performing arts, hip hop dance, visual arts, multi-media production, music, video documentary and a number of other categories
This internship will be based in our midtown Kingston office although some work can be done at your location. Specific days and number of hours are flexible and can be negotiated based on class load. Internship benefits include hands on work experience and significant responsibility in an established and respected community non-profit. Your work will with us will stand out on your resume and will make a life-changing impact in our community. Please email a cover letter and resume firstname.lastname@example.org or call 845-399-9300 for more information.