Welcome to the Bard TLS Program blog! This will continue to grow as a resource for students to share materials and content from their project with one another and those interested in knowing more about their work!

‘Brothers at Bard’ Take MLK Civic Day of Engagement

On January 14th, Brothers At Bard brought its mentees to campus for Bard’s annual MLK Weekend of Service and Science Engagement. BaB high schoolers had the opportunity to give back and run science experiments for elementary school students.

“True empowerment comes from recognizing your ability to empower others; our mentees were able to recognize their potential, and realize that it’s never to early to start giving back. A testament to the motto I live by and pass on to my students: Lift as you climb.”

– Dariel Vasquez, ’17 + Founder of ‘Brothers at Bard’

TLS co-leads SUSI Civic Program, 2016

Bard College will host 20 undergraduates from the Middle East for a five-week academic exchange program entitled “Civic Engagement in the 21st Century: Leadership and the Challenge of the Engaged Citizen.” The Program is funded by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under the Study of the United States Institute (SUSI). Its focuses will include styles of leadership, social action, participatory democracy, public-private partnerships, models of organizing, interpersonal communication and the culture of civic engagement in America. The Program is co-led by Bard’s Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) Program and Center for Civic Engagement (CCE).

Julia Tinneny’s Bard Senegal Project Wins Davis Peace Prize!

IMG_1453Julia will be putting this Davis Projects for Peace Grant towards a project that she has been working on in a village called Sandiara in Senegal, West Africa. The project provides women with economically empowering alternatives at the village level through training in tailoring, jewelry making, and courses in making other artisanal goods.  The grant will pay for a permanent building to house the course.

For more information on the Davis Projects for Peace, visit their website here.

a Quote from Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of “The Little Prince”) and his aeroplane

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” —Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Congrats, Jaan!

Congratulations to TLS alum Jaan Williams on his appointment as White House Liaison at the Department of Health and Human Services! Jaan is the first openly transgender White House Liaison of any agency in history. See more here:

Congrats, Jaan!


The 2nd Annual TLS Retreat

Here’s something for throwback Thursday:

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Back Row: Anthony Rivera, Max Kenner, Ian Suydam, Matthew Warren, Tatiana Romanova, Chris Dapkins, Ivan Dramaliev, Jeff Rawson, L.C. Kelley

Middle Row: Logan Germick, Suneth Jayawardhane, Karen Lamprey, Lori Fromowitz, Sarah Davis, Jenny Stackpole

Front Row: Rick Eichler, Emily Benedetto, Jorge Santana, Allen Josey, Julissa Santos, Christian Rober, Sarah Anderson, Chrissy Haverty

Not Pictured: Dan Hudak, Kris Stanley, Katharine Vande (taking picture)

Blog in Progress

Part test post, part cool photo of Harvesting Justice.


Trustee Leader Scholar Program