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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”
Martin Luther King Jr.
January 21, MLK Day of Engagement
In honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National holiday, the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and Office of Sustainability are sponsoring the 9th annual Day of Engagement for the Class of 2022 and other Citizen Science students.
The MLK Day of Engagement introduces students to the local community and challenges them to deepen their local roots and commit to action in 2019.
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Adopt a Goal for 2019
In honor of MLK’s legacy and his call to action to address the urgent questions we face, each site will be connected with one or more of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Adopt a goal and commit to action in 2019.
How can I make an impact? Join a TLS project, launch a TLS project of your own, volunteer more regularly, take an Engaged Liberal Arts and Science course, attend trainings, commit to sustainable life hacks or engage politically.
How many sites are available? CCE partners with sites all over the Hudson Valley. Students will be able to select from about 25 sites including a mini-conference focused on community action.
How do I sign up? Look for social media posts announcing the 2019 program in the New Year. Email signups will begin about a week prior to the arrival for Citizen Science. Sign up in person at check-in on January 11 and 12.
What about leadership training? Students interested in broadening their skill sets will have the opportunity to attend a mini-conference on the Day of Engagement. Learn how to identify fake news, write a TED talk, deepen your commitment to sustainability, or develop your culinary skills to make food for local pantries.
How do I get involved after MLK Day? Consider your potential for long-term impact. The MLK Day of Engagement challenges you to identify the way that you can make a regular commitment in 2019.
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More Ways to Engage at Bard
Direct Action and Leadership Development: TLS, one-off volunteering, clothing/food drives, STEAM Explorers, Debate engagement programs, Model UN engagement programs, international conferences, Bard Leads, Bard Athletics, Council for Inclusive Excellence, BardWorks, Brothers at Bard, Student Government.
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SATURDAY, January 19
eWaste Recycling (10) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Tivoli and the Town & Village of Red Hook, together with the Red Hook Conservation Advisory Council and Bard Office of Sustainability, are hosting an electronic waste collection day for residents. Help move large TVs, stereos, computer towers and other e-waste onto pallets at the Town of Red Hook Recycle Yard. This is an outdoor event that requires appropriate cold weather clothing and footwear. Gloves and hot chocolate will be provided, along with deep appreciation.
No Sew T-Shirt Reusable Bags (10) — UN Development Sustainable Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production
On Monday, December 3, 2018, Dutchess County legislators voted to pass a plastic bag ban in our local communities. Come to this workshop and learn how to make reusable bags out of your old T-shirts so that next time you drop by your local convenience store, you’re prepared! Make one for yourself, a loved one, or a community member!
Newburgh Armory Unity Center (10) — UN Development Sustainable Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities
Students will assist with Saturday Morning Youth Enrichment Programs, as they see fit. There are roughly 30 different programs for youths to choose from. There is drama, computer programming, mathematics, engineering, gardening, nursing, a NYS championship winning chess program, soccer, basketball, reading, chemistry, flight simulation, music, public speaking, and much more.
MONDAY, January 21
Off-Campus Engagement Events
RED HOOK COMMUNITY CENTER
Red Hook Community Center (For all events below)
(10:30am – 3:00pm) (30 – 36 Volunteers)
CommUNITY Fair — Beyond Recycling: Repair, Re-Use, Rethink and Commit to Community
Help mix sustainability, crafts, cooking, science (for kids and adults), community engagement, and a lot of fun. Over 30 Bardians will join local families to make 2019 about community action.
Check-In/Making a Pledge (2) — ALL UN Sustainable Development Goals
Orient participants to the wide range of activities available to them and encourage families to make a commitment to one of the UN Sustainability Goals in 2019.
Repair Cafe Sign In (2) — UN Development Sustainable Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Help direct participants sign-in and direct them to the Repair Cafe.
Repair Cafe and Bike Co-op (10) — UN Development Sustainable Goal #12: Responsible Consumption and Production and #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Support local professionals who are volunteering their expertise to fix household items, give new life to that old lamp, pair of jeans, or update that computer.
Childcare Room and Our Friend Martin (3) — UN Development Sustainable Goal #4: Quality Education
Play with kids while families visit the Repair Cafe or screen the documentary Our Friend Martin.
Help Local Organizations Table for Support and Volunteers (2) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Local organizations offering a wide range of community support will provide information about services and volunteer opportunities. Help support volunteers while learning more about ways to make a difference.
Organizations include: Team Nora, Historic Red Hook, Red Hook Education Foundation, Ascienzo Foundation, local nursing homes, Red Hook Rotary, Red Hook Conservation Advisory Council, and PandaTV.
Tabling with Green Organizations (Weatherization) (1) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Help local families learn how to weatherize their homes and discover the life hacks that can help families save money and live more sustainably.
Make Reusable T-Shirt Bags (3) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: Sustainable Consumption and Production
Dutchess and Ulster County have passed a plastic bag ban. Join the effort to reuse items to make reusable bags to be donated to local families.
Maker Space (3) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land
Work on your carpentry skills with local families making bat boxes and bug houses for backyards all over Red Hook.
STEM Demo Table (4) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education
Demonstrate scientific principles with the help of a little kitchen science.
Culinary Delights and Community Donations (4) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #1: No Poverty
Take donations (hygiene products and non-perishable food items for local food pantries) and cook up goodies for participants.
Sloop Clearwater (10) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #14 Life Below Water
The organization has been at the forefront of the environmental movement as a champion of the Hudson River, working to pass landmark legislation, educate the public, and celebrate the river habitat. Join the crew for a day of maintenance on the iconic boat, the Sloop Clearwater!
Ulster 4-H STEM-themed Escape Room (10) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education
Help facilitate a unique way to do STEM outreach with a themed escape room. Participants include local youths from the Ulster 4-H Club and the Brothers at Bard mentorship program.
Family of Woodstock (5) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #13: Good Health and Well-Being
Family of Woodstock provides confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families. Support this agency by engaging in a variety of tasks during our MLK Day of Engagement. Participants will interview staff members and help the agency formulate a video to be used by the organization. Additionally, participants may be asked to do some extra organizing and painting of the office building.
African Roots Library (5) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #10 Reduced Inequalities
The Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center promote literacy through teaching and learning about the African roots experience, including history and culture, through a dynamic exchange of information, ideas, and creativity. Attend a Youth Presentation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, followed by a chance to canvas with the organization.
HUDSON VALLEY CLUSTER
Ramapo for Children (10) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Well Being
Students will help facilitate a dance workshop with Ramapo’s on-site young adults (all of whom have learning differences, ADHD, or autism) as well as create different art projects using items from the Bard College Free Store.
Tivoli Village Hall (8) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education
Local kids of Tivoli and surrounding towns are invited to participate in a day of eco-conscious activities! We will be doing STEM experiments and making no-sew reusable t-shirt bags! Bring an old t-shirt and take it home as a souvenir bag!
Tomorrow, Tomorrow Animal Sanctuary (10) — UN Sustainable Development Goal #15: Life on Land
Miss being around animals? Wish you could make a new fluffy friend? Enjoy a day of volunteering at this animal sanctuary. Meet, feed, and groom the animals, but be sure to bundle up, and wear clothes that are appropriate for a farm animal environment.
Interested in helping the local families of Red Hook have access to food? Learn about food insecurity in the Hudson Valley, help the Red Hook Food Pantry get organized post-holiday season, and more!
On-Campus Engagement Events
Mini-Conference: Commit to Action
In honor of MLK’s legacy, Commit to Action—the mini-conference led by local organizers—will challenge participants to learn how to make an impact in their community.
11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Olin Auditorium, Check-in
12:00 pm: Commit to Action launches with a panel of local leaders in a conversation that connects their personal stories with their civic action.
1:00 – 3:30 pm: Participants choose one of 15 interactive workshops that will prepare students to commit to action in 2019.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Facilitators: Bard Debate Union
Interested in learning more about the debate team at Bard? Join codirectors of the Bard Debate Union Ruth Zisman and David Register, along with current members of the team, for a workshop on debate and civic engagement. We will give a brief overview of the Bard Debate Union—our various activities and opportunities—highlighting the ways in which debate and public discourse are crucial tools for engaging with our communities. Then we will run an exciting hands-on debate exercise in which everyone can participate! All are welcome!
UN Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality
Facilitators: Bard College Office for Gender Equity
The “Notice-and-Comment Workshop” looks into how proposed Title IX guidelines, set forth by Betsy DeVos, could impact college campuses while encouraging students to voice their opinions on these drastic changes. Students will engage with these proposed policies by submitting their own comments and critiques to the Department of Education, which must then respond to public input when attempting to pass these regulations. In this workshop, the Office for Gender Equity provides students with tools that will allow them to engage with and help improve these influential guidelines. No previous knowledge of this proposed legislation is necessary.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities
Facilitators: Student leaders from the Bard Immigration Coalition
This training by Bard Immigration Coalition will inform both documented and undocumented, of their rights when interacting with both immigration officers and police. The training covers the right to remain silent, the right to speak to an attorney, the right for proof of a warrant before a home raid, and the right for undocumented individuals not to hand over documents that prove their status. It also suggests best practices by immigrant individuals when they are stopped by police, state troopers, Customs and Border Patrol agents, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
Facilitators: Jeremy Hall , Digital Technologies Development, Yauch House Librarian and Alexa Murphy, Resource Sharing, McWilliams House Librarian
Stevenson Library (First floor)
Learn how false information is threatening our democracy and our planet, and what you can do about it. False and misleading information—in all its forms—is having profound effects on democracy and policy around the world. In this interactive workshop, we will explore how information, misinformation, and disinformation are disseminated and consumed, how this affects civic life, and what role we play in these dynamics as digital citizens. Through a series of hands-on activities and discussions, students will learn how to identify bias, confirm facts, and spot fake news. We will also consider actions we can take to stop the spread of false information and its effects.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #9: Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure
Facilitators: New York Historic Sites Alliance, Inc.
Join the New York Historic Sites Alliance in a interactive workshop on ways to become civically engaged within your community. This workshop will provide participants with foundational tools to further the goal of making a change seem attainable by anyone, rather than some lofty ideal attainable by one in a million.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities
Facilitator: André Santana ‘17, Fellow in the Center for Inclusive Excellence
This discussion around activism, institutions and organizations, performativity, and impact measurement, will help participants rethink how they relate to social change. Our relationships to society and social change can be unclear and hard to quantify. What are the avenues for change? How much do we want to contribute? How do we stay genuine and assess our intentions with our work? These questions shouldn’t just be pursued by people interested in activism, but by any person who wants to fully grasp their agency in relation to the social climate. The workshop will deal with topics of importance within and around Bard College, wrapping up with a reflection about how these issues relate to the community on campus, and what responsibility students have to engage in the ongoing work around them.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #2: Zero Hunger
Facilitators: Supervisor of Food and Ag programs Katrina Light and Food Service Director for local school districts Larry Anthony
The Teaching Kitchen helps participants hone their cooking skills while considering the impact of their food choices on their health and the community. Participants will enjoy good food while contributing to a local food pantry.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #4: Quality Education
Facilitator: Assistant Dean of Students Timand Bates ‘02
Interested in tutoring children and teens in the community? Timand’s experience as a writing major at Bard has influenced his understanding of the connection between democracy and education. Beginning his career as a literacy tutor he moved to teaching in the NYC public school system before becoming a dean at Bard. Skilled at working with students of all levels, from Bard MAT students to first graders, Timand will expose participants to some practical tutoring skills while exploring education as social change. All levels of experience welcome from novice to trained tutor.
I Am Not a Leader (15):
UN Sustainable Development Goal #3: Good Health and Wellbeing
Facilitator: Dean of Students Bethany Nohlgren and Assistant Dean of Students Alexis Lopez
Hate the word leadership? Don’t really know how you can make a difference or even understand what making a difference means? In this interactive workshop, participants can work through a series of exercises to give voice to what they care about and how they can contribute. Community starts at home and action is possible.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #13: Climate Action
Facilitator: Laurie Husted, Chief Sustainability Officer, Bard Office of Sustainability, and a team from Sustainable Hudson Valley
This interactive session will introduce learners of all ages to the climate crisis and the emergence of a “solutions culture”, and help them to identify their own options for leadership. Project Drawdown, with its rigorously modeled set of 100 most promising climate solutions, will provide a window into opportunities for reducing our footprint and strengthening a movement.”
UN Sustainable Development Goal #16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
Facilitator: Dean for Social Action Paul Marienthal
Are you “listening” to the needs of your community? How do you know? Leadership requires a deep commitment to listening. In the TLS program, we assert that real listening is not metaphorical, that it is a complex and fundamental skill that requires practice. It begins with the ability to hear others precisely. We train TLS students to “replay” verbatim the words and phrases of a partner. We then move on to paraphrasing and reflecting meaning back to those partners. This is the basic communications skill that lets people around us know that they have really been heard.
UN Sustainable Development goal #16: Peace Justice and Strong Institutions
Facilitator: Riley Hart, New York State Coordinator, Better Angels and Frank Murtaugh, Volunteer, Better Angels
Better Angels is a citizens’ organization uniting red and blue Americans in a working alliance to depolarize America. Facilitators will lead students through a workshop using discussion practices that help participants find common ground even with those with whom they may disagree. In this workshop, participants will learn skills for having respectful conversations with people whose political beliefs differ from theirs—clarifying differences, searching for common ground, and affirming the importance of the relationship. Participants will practice the skills with someone of the same general political persuasion, and will take turns role-playing as someone on the opposite “side.”
UN Sustainable Development Goal #16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Facilitator: Greer Smith, President, TransArt
Why me? Why now?
“When privilege is your norm…Equality feels like oppression”
This saying has evolved over the years and become popular via the social media pundits of the day. When venturing into the community to do ‘good work’ what values, assumptions, and perceptions do we take with us? What is community? What does the community look like? Who is the community?
This workshop will help you answer these questions. And begin to the change the narrative and approach to personal philanthropic efforts, examine why we do good work and develop a positive lens to view those we choose to help.
UN Sustainable Development Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities
Before MLK Jr. was a national icon, he was just another brother on campus doing big things. The ways he was civically engaged as a collegiate man of color created change both on and off campus. Cofounders of Brothers at Bard, Dariel Vasquez ’17 and Harry Johnson ’17, lead an interactive workshop focused on exploring the role of college-aged men of color in “civic engagement.” The workshop will be centered around the question “What does it mean to you to be included as a man of color at a civically-minded institution?
UN Sustainable Development Goal #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. This workshop will shift your view of nature, from a source of stuff to a source of ideas. We will examine several bio-inspired products currently available on the market and participate in a design challenge framed around the question, how would nature solve that?
Meet the Panelists:
Matthew Martini comes from a long history of union members in the family including his great grandfather, Andrew Gallante, his grandfather, Andrew T. Gallante, his uncle, Andrew T. Gallante Jr. was in BAC Local 5 from 1979 until 1997, leaving as a Business Agent to work for Verizon, his mother, Maria Martini, and his father, Richard Martini. In addition, most of Matt’s brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins are in different labor unions throughout the United States.
Throughout Matt’s education he was spending time at different union halls doing homework, listening to union activists discuss the issues of the day and participating in political campaigns for local candidates. Even in High School when the teachers were doing informational picketing Matt was standing on the line with them before he had to go to class. When it came time to go to work Matt knew he needed a union job, so he enrolled in the BAC Local 5 apprenticeship program in 2010. It was also around this time that Matt met Elizabeth Soto, Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation (HVALF). While Matt wasn’t working Elizabeth enlisted him to help the HVALF on their political program. Helping union endorsed candidates run and win local office. It was at the HVALF where Matt learned how to work alongside with all the labor unions in the Hudson Valley and get results for middle class working families.
Matt worked for NYS Senator Terry Gipson as the scheduler/aide to the senator. He was able to work with an amazing team in the Senator’s office solving constituent issues, drafting legislation and building relationships with constituent groups. One piece of legislation Matt worked on was the ability to allow facility/service dogs in the courtroom to help children testify in court “Rosie’s Law”. While Rosie’s Law did not make it to the floor for a vote the team was able to secure funding for the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Town of Hyde Park for Sewer Infrastructure and the District Council 9 Painters Training Center.
After serving a year in the NYS Senate the HVALF had an open position for the Deputy Director and Matt leapt at the chance to go back into the labor movement. In April 2014 Matt started working full time as the Deputy Director at the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation until April 2016.
Matt also helped re-launch the Dutchess County Young Democrats, serving as the President for one year.
Matt currently serves as the Northern Hudson Valley Regional Representative for the New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. He represent Dutchess, Ulster, Sullivan, Delaware, Greene and Columbia counties for the office.
Matt strongly believes in what Robert Kennedy said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total; of those acts will be written the history of this generation.”
County Legislator, Rev. Giancarlo Llaverias
Giancarlo “Doc” Llaverias is a Poughkeepsie, NY native by way of Mount Vernon, NY. Giancarlo has been a resident of Poughkeepsie since the age of 10. At 19, while in college at Stony Brook University, Giancarlo was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, which left him paralyzed from the waist down and his body rejecting all food resulting in a 150lbs weight loss in 3 months. This diagnosis was a blessing in disguise. His illness brought him home to Poughkeepsie, and his eyes were opened to the violence and issues plaguing Poughkeepsie when he lost 30 of his friends to drugs and violence. At age 20, Giancarlo regained his ability to walk and began volunteer work within the community including teaching youth professional development skills and becoming a youth minister.
In 2013 Giancarlo launched a grassroots organization called Peace to Progress. The objective of this program was to help youth find after school resources that Dutchess County could not provide. Giancarlo has mentored and has spoken to over 400 young people and have helped them find jobs, go to college, and reduce the risk of gang membership. To date Giancarlo has help fund the tuition of 100 students helping them buy books, supplies, and other scholastic essentials. Giancarlo also launched a social media program called “ Diamond Minds” in 2016 and this program is to support youth going through mental illness and anxiety. The purpose of this program was to use social media as an outlet to connect students and adults alike to share their experiences and find healthy solutions.
Giancarlo graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a Bachelor’s in organizational communication with a background in psychology concentrating in Africana and Latino history. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate degree while obtaining his professional certificate in education at Harvard University. In November of 2017, Giancarlo was elected to the Dutchess County Legislature and became the first person of color in the 50-year history of the legislature to ever hold the District 1 seat. Giancarlo also serves as the Regional Vice President of the Hudson Valley for the New York State Young Democrats and also serves as Director of Outreach for the New York State Young Democrats Caucus of Color.
Leslie Tracey is a financial professional who specializes in estate planning and workplace benefits at New York Life. She also serves as the Organist and Music Director at Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church. Leslie is the co-founder of the newly formed Hudson Valley African-American Business Council which is a chamber of commerce for minority business owners and professionals throughout the Hudson Valley. She is an alumna of Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut. A resident of Dutchess County for the past 5 years, Leslie is deeply involved in the causes she believes in and serves the community through financial education seminars for adults and teenagers, individual teen mentorship and volunteerism through the United Way of Dutchess County, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie and her local church. She is a 2018 recipient of the Dutchess Chamber of Commerce top 40 under 40.
Director of Development, Dutchess Outreach
Councilmember, City of Poughkeepsie Common Council
Sarah Salem is a systems thinker with a passion for equitable, regenerative, and participatory development, and discovering solutions that benefit and contribute to making communities whole. Growing up in the Hudson Valley, Sarah has developed a strong affinity to making the City of Poughkeepsie and the Greater Hudson Valley a more desirable place to live, work, and play, now and for years to come.
In asking questions like where does our work actually extend? How can we coordinate our efforts with others in our community? In what ways can we more effectively engage with our networks of support? Sarah has expanded the reach of mission-driven organizations, like Dutchess Outreach, and has helped to stimulate important investigative practices within their community. Above all else, they have encouraged collaboration amongst other like-minded organizations and individuals across all sectors, enhanced through their involvement in local leadership cohorts such as the Good Work Institute Fellowship and the Pattern for Progress Fellowship programs.
In their role as a member of the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council, they look forward to further advancing their work and the vitality of the Hudson Valley by promoting local policy with equity, inclusivity, and justice in mind.
Moderator Cammie Jones:
Cammie Jones has dedicated her life towards civic engagement both professionally and personally and believes in the saying that “service is the rent you pay for the privilege of living on this earth.”
Cammie Jones is the Assistant Dean for the Center of Civic Engagement at Bard College where she works closely on several international and domestic civic engagement network projects including the Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences Program and Network Courses. Cammie is active on several community boards and committees within Dutchess County. She serves as Board Member of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, Chair of the Hudson Valley KidVenture Creative Committee, United Way of Dutchess-Orange Peer Grant Reviewer, Secretary of Dutchess County Young Dems, Hyde Park Democratic Committee member, Dutchess County Democratic Committee member, member of the Catharine Street Community Center MLK Scholarship Committee, and International Women’s Day Committee member through the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, she serves as an Upper Elementary Sunday School Teacher at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Wappingers, Falls, NY.
Cammie has received several awards for her work in higher education and community engagement which include the Dutchess County Regional Chamber Of Commerce’s 2012 Forty Under 40 Class, N4A 2014 Professional Promise Award for Region 1, the AWCC 2017 Forty Under 40 Class and The 2017 ARC of Dutchess Peggy Martinko Community Trailblazer Award.
Cammie Jones holds a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University A&M.