Full Name
Erin Cannan
Vice President for Civic Engagement
Bard College
Speaker Bio
Erin links the liberal arts with civic engagement through community partnerships, collaborative programming and development of opportunities that takes full advantage of Bard's vast network around the globe. As one of the founding staff members of Bard's Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), Erin has strengthened Bard’s local, national and global partnerships by enhancing curricular and co-curricular programs for students, faculty and community partners. Since 2012, Erin has launched a variety of initiatives that has centered civic engagement into Bard's mission as a "private institution acting in the public interest". Projects link the liberal arts to careers, community engagement, network building and civics. Initiatives include launching the Engaged Liberal Arts and Science (ELAS), BardWorks, Science Community Outreach, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement, the Community Action Internship Award, Election@Bard, the annual Get Engaged Student Conference and the 100 Days Initiative (now called The Dissonance).