A Brief History of the Bard Student Government

As long as there has been a Bard, there has been a Student Government (probably). It has undergone many iterations and forms in this college’s history, but over the years it began to coalesce around a multi-committee, Soviet Republic model, with the final legislating power always resting with the general student body. In the 1970s, the Constitution of the Bard College Student Association was created, restructuring the government with the several committees that more or less remain in place to this day.

In 2013, a new Constitutional Committee was convened to rework the 60-page behemoth that had resulted from repeated amendment in the decades following. Thus was born the sleek, simple, new Bard Student Government: four branches, seven main committees, two assemblies. Plenty of ways to get involved.