ELAS students have the opportunity to connect course work outside the spaces of a classroom by applying their knowledge and skills to real world situations. By engaging directly with a community (or communities), students contextualize how education and personal development can advocate, empower, or reimagine topics that are important to them.
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Past ELAS Fellow, Eric Dougherty '20, performing for residents from Ferncliff Nursing Home at Bard's Chapel as part of a project for Duff Morton's Spring 2019 Action Research class.
ELAS Student Fellows Program
ELAS student fellows can be an integral part of experiential learning given their perspective, skills, and expertise in a discipline related to an ELAS course. Ideal candidates for an ELAS fellow are students who have either previously taken the course to which they are applying for a fellowship or through a recommendation by the professor who is teaching the ELAS course. Fellows are helpful in restructuring certain classroom designs by bridging the gap between students and professors--allowing students to connect with ELAS fellows through a peer-to-peer network. However, ELAS fellows are expected to conduct themselves professionally, respectfully, responsibly, and with enthusiasm whenever they are working with the ELAS class.
Students from Leanne Ussher's Fall 2019 Local Community Currencies course developing a module to analyze economic exchange within communities.
During the course of a semester ELAS students will:
- Demonstrate relevance of community experience to course content
- Increase students' knowledge of community issues, needs, strengths, problems and resources
- Improve reciprocity and interdependence between community and students
- Synthesize and articulate how the ideas and experiences provided by the course might inform their personal, academic, and/or professional pursuits
- Respect and appreciate different perspectives within diverse populations
Students from Cammie Jones and Deirdre d'Albertis' Fall 2019 Women and Leadership class hosting a panel during the Women and Leadership Summit for students from Bard Annandale, Bard
Microcollege Holyoke, Bard College Simon’s Rock, BHSECs, Siena, SUNY Ulster and BPI.
Some of Our Community Partners
- Family of Woodstock
- Sawkill Watershed
- Linden Ave Middle School
- George Washington Elementary
- Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
- Ulster Immigrant Defense Network
- Germantown Historical Society
- Ferncliff Nursing Home
Students collaborate on projects that relate coursework with community action