S.U.S.I. Civic Engagement
In the summer of 2019, Bard College hosted 20 university-level student leaders from five foreign countries for a five-week academic exchange program entitled “Civic Engagement in the 21st Century: Leadership and the Challenge of the Engaged Citizen.” The Study of the U.S. Institute (S.U.S.I.) on Civic Engagement explores America’s great leap into participatory democracy, with the goal of providing participants with the tools and understanding to allow them to become engaged citizens in their own communities. The Institute includes an academic residency at Bard’s upstate New York campus, study tours in New York City, NY, Baltimore, MD, and Washington D.C., and site visits throughout the Hudson Valley region of New York State. Participants have a unique opportunity to work closely with Bard faculty and staff to fine-tune their own civic engagement projects, learn from and volunteer at local community organizations around Bard, and partake in home stays with American families.