Clubs & Organizations Fall 2023
The BHSEC Student Activities Center supports BHSEC’s academic mission by contributing to and enhancing the social and cultural life of the school. The Center supports student-led groups and connects students to outside service opportunities and activities.
Abled-Disabled Alliance (ADA)
The Abled-Disabled Alliance (ADA) is a group of students and faculty who identify as disabled and abled student allies. ADA recognizes that the support for people with disabilities has been lacking in some areas, especially social-emotional connections and representation in the curriculum. ADA works to improve representation, visibility and access, and build community for students with disabilities. ADA is a safe space for the voices of people with disabilities and their allies.
Amnesty International is an organization committed to fighting for human rights all across the world no matter who they are or where they are. As youth, it is important that we take a stand against the human rights injustices and violations which are being faced by millions. This club would primarily be dedicated to raising awareness and fundraising for important issues that Amnesty International is involved in. Additionally, students will be able to take part in local policy change. This policy change would take place through students writing letters to local politicians and starting petitions about issues they are greatly passionate about.
ASL Club (American Sign Language)
The goal of this club is to develop a community where American Sign Language enthusiasts can learn and participate in the appreciation of the beauty in ASL. Our club requires no prior experience so students can have the opportunity to enhance their communication skills beyond their normal expertise and recognize the importance of promoting inclusivity and awareness about the struggles individuals who are hard of hearing face.
Ballet Folclorico Herencia Cultural
A Mexican folkdance club.
Bard Art (BARDT)
The goal of this art club is to provide an opportunity for Bard students to de-stress after a long day of work by engaging in creative projects to decorate the school hallways or to take home. We painted a mural during the 2022-2023 school year and hope to take on more big projects in the future.
Bard Theater Club
Throughout this semester, people involved and committed to this club will develop a chosen scene from a pre-existing play with a partner/group. We also hope that some people will want to help direct those scenes. We will also exercise our theater skills with improv, games, etc. Depending on how the entire group feels, we could potentially showcase our work for the school in the BlackBox theater! This is a club to express and explore your most theatrical selves in a nonjudgmental space. There is no experience required so all are welcome!
Bard MagicTheGathering Club
A club oriented towards playing Magic: The Gathering. Open to people of all skill levels!
Do you enjoy cooking? Wish it was a more recreational activity? Want to invest more into your community? Then join BHSEC Eats, where we grow closer and connect through food! We'll be working with local soup kitchens and participating in food pantries to help NYC communities, as well as writing about the food we eat at home.
BHSECQ NOW- National Organization for Women
The National Organization for Women (NOW) stands as the largest feminist organization in the United States. At the BHSECQ NOW chapter, we are dedicated to creating an inclusive space that raises awareness about women's rights, provides guidance on early career building, hosts guest speakers from diverse fields, engages in NOW campaigns, and more. Are you ready to break glass ceilings? Join us in our mission to empower the next generation of young women leaders! Anyone is welcome to join, regardless of gender.
Black Student Union (BSU)
The Black Student Union was created as a safe space for students who identify as Black/African-American and their allies. It's a space to talk about our experiences as black students in BHSECQ and higher education in general. We hope to create meaningful dialogue that empowers black students and combat feelings of imposter syndrome by fostering an inclusive community. It's open to all members of the BHSECQ community regardless of racial identity.
BHSECQ's Boldest Step Team
BHSECs Step Team is a place where students come together to learn step and work to together as a team to work on performances. Step is a dance with heavy African and pop culture roots, which consists of clapping, stomping, and body slapping. The team performs during International Night and Extravaganza, as well as a possible battle.
The club will bring together members who want to learn about the amazing world of plants! We will learn how to grow plants from seeds, maintain and take care of them and learn propagation techniques such as cutting and rooting for various species. We will also carry out other plant centered projects and discuss/research plant related topics of interest.
BQ Broadside is the club for BHSECQ's official newspaper. We publish monthly editions and upload original pieces onto the newspaper's website. Pieces include articles of a variety of topics and original artwork and comic strips made by our very own BHSECQ students.
The main pillars for this club is charity and advocacy. We hope to advocate and voluntarily aid those in need to solve greater issues within and outside of our community. This club will focus mainly on Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization institutionalized to perform surgeries for anyone with cleft lip or cleft palate. From a wide range of 80 countries, they collaboratively engage in free procedures and surgeries to those all over. We strive to host fundraisers and raise money to support and mobilize Operation Smile, particularly to those who are in need of adequate surgery. Accompanied by this project, we also want to organize walk-a-thons to spread more awareness and raise money. While we are primarily working with this organization, we are open to support any other charities and hope to lessen the burdens of those involved.
Christian Seekers Club
The Christian Seekers Club is a cross cultural and cross denominational club. We welcome people to explore questions they may have about Christianity. Meetings consist of worship, prayer, testimonies and Bible study.
We argue and discuss topics both serious and silly in a variety of formats. In addition, we prepare for and attend debate tournaments against other schools. Come if you love current events, or talking, or arguing, or if you passionately hate all these things and you want to convince us why.
The Dream Team strives to support and uplift the immigrant community at BHSECQ and beyond. We work with other activists and organizations to advocate for undocumented people with workshops and educational talks. Additionally, we raise money for the HOPE scholarship, which helps undocumented students in Bard Early College programs who are unable to access other forms of financial aid.
Fashion Design Club
The Fashion Design Club is a creative club dedicated to fueling a love for fashion, encouraging self-expression, and honing design skills. Through collaboration and workshops, we hope to inspire and style in our members while advocating for inclusivity and sustainability in the fashion industry.
We encourage anyone who is interested in film or just loves movies to check out our club! Members will vote on what movie they want to see, and are expected to watch it over the course of the week so that we can spend the class discussing and analyzing the film!
Future Business Leaders Club
FBLA is the high school division of career and technical student organization dedicated to preparing students for careers in business development. FBLA members will demonstrate leadership skills through state and national events, fundraising activities and chapter officer positions.
Future Medical Leaders Club
Future Medical Leaders is a club for students who aspire to pursue a career in the medical field. In this club we educate ourselves and each other about the different options in the medical field, the path to medical school, and options available to engage in early exposure to medicine. We also have guest speakers whose wisdom can guide us as we pursue medicine. Room 653
Girls Who Code
Girls Who Code is a club run all throughout the world that focuses on closing the gender gap in STEM fields by allowing women a space to work in technology (they run 8,500 clubs worldwide). The Bard Girls Who Code branch has been both a combination of programs from the Girls Who Code headquarters page as well as other coding related projects (both individual and in groups). Room 616
Granny Activities is a recreational club focused on doing and teaching handmade crafts such as crochet and knitting.
Health & Fitness Club
Students are given an open space to use the 7th floor gym and weights. Group activities are held to provide a space for people to engage socially and teach them how to safely meet their fitness goals.
BHSECQ Key Club
Officially affiliated with the Key Club Organization, our club gives students the opportunity to conduct community service alongside peers and develop leadership skills. For the upcoming school year, we plan to collaborate with our local Kiwanis club for larger service and fundraising projects as well as continue our tutoring initiative.
KRUSH K-Pop Dance Team
KRUSH is a Kpop Dance Team dedicated to learning and performing Kpop choreographies at school-wide events such as International Night and Extravaganza.
La Fuerza Unida (LFU)
LFU is a student led organization dedicated to creating a safe space for the Latinx students on campus. We help educate them of current issues surrounding the Latinx community, prepare them with career development workshops and simply create a spaces for their voices to be heard. Not only that, but we educate the BHSECQ community on Latinx issues and how they can be allies.
MA Flex (Martial Art Club)
A martial arts club dedicated to teaching and training in different martial arts, such as Karate, Taekwondo, Jiu Jitsu and more.
Model United Nations
A club in which we practice representing different nations or people in debates and attend both national and international conferences to compete against other schools.
Muslim Student Association (MSA)
We compete in the Annual MIST competition that features all MSA clubs in high schools. We also speak of Islam and educate people about Islam and how it relates to many people. We also fundraise and try to help out the Muslim Community.
Scribble Society is BHSECQ's writer's circle! Where writers come to learn and grow together. With weekly goals, workshops, group studies, and Write With Me's, Scribblers explore not only their own craft, but their fellow members', expanding their writing styles. Connections with The Hype and Broadside's Creative Corner allows Scribblers an opportunity to publish their work within school, while also preparing them for outside competitions and scholarships!
Sexuality and Gender Alliance ( SAGA)
SAGA is a safe space for LGBTQ+ students. We value privacy along with community, and are committed to creating queer-inclusive spaces and events for the BHSECQ community. We host speakers, support the queer voices at BHSECQ, and advocate for necessary changes in order to make BHSECQ a more LGBTQ+ positive environment.
South Asian Dance Club
We will be focusing on various types of South Asian dances such as Bollywood, classical and folk dances.2
South Asian Student Association (SASA)
The South Asian Student Association (SASA) unites BHSECQ students from various South Asian countries, and promotes South Asian culture at Bard by hosting fun events throughout the year and having weekly meetings. Whether it be through club bonding sessions, educational workshops or film screenings, we work to create conversations and appreciation surrounding our culture. Most importantly, SASA exists to celebrate South Asian culture through exploration!
Students for a Free Tibet
The goal of Students For a Free Tibet BARD Queens is to spread awareness for Tibet’s current situation and hopefully teach students what advocacy is as well as educate young students about the culture of Tibet.
In this club, we will be playing video games available on the Nintendo switch.
The Quill is a literary magazine for Bard students and alumni, where they can submit any original piece of writing or art that they've made. We publish a digital edition of the Quill every year with all pieces included, and we might make a physical version. You can submit your pieces anonymously, in any genre or medium, of any length. We will also edit them if you want. We occasionally partner with the Superluminal and the Broadside, and you can submit pieces you've written for them as well. We also host writer's forums where you can share your pieces, whether they're writing, music, or performance. There will be snacks. Please submit your work to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UNICEF club is dedicated to the UNICEF charity organization that works to improve the health, education, and safety of children around the world. In this club we will try to participate in multiple fundraisers and hold events in order to raise money and awareness for UNICEF. The UNICEF club is a great way to really make a difference and you can play a vital role in helping. Not only that, but you’ll be giving back to your own community!