Social Justice
Engaged Citizenship
Community Partnership

Recognizing that we live in a diverse society, we strive for increasingly just relationships between individuals, groups, and social institutions, which honor the inherent value of each human being.

Working within diverse settings and groups, we engage in high impact learning— within and across academic fields, about ourselves and the world we live in, and about the work of building community and democracy.

Change toward a more just and democratic society doesn’t just happen; it depends on people stepping up as leaders of that change. We support undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members in developing and using leadership skills for social justice and democracy.

John Dewey said, “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.”  We work to develop the knowledge, skills, and vision needed when people stand up as citizens of a democracy.

Effective engagement relies on strong campus/community partnerships. Real partnerships enable students, faculty, and community members to work together pursuing goals defined by each.

Our Programs

Develop knowledge, skills, and vision to create social change through a four-course civic leadership program.
Learn, through theory and practical experience, to build a more just and peaceful world.
Design a major that weaves together courses from a field that you care deeply about and courses from 5 Civic Engagement content areas.
Live with like-minded classmates and learn how to make a positive impact on your community!
A CESL Civic Engagement program that partners with 14 community organizatons serving people with disabilities
Connect thought and actions through an alternative spring break and a student-facilitated course focusing on community organizing.


Ellen Pader, associate professor in regional planning, has been named interim director of...
The Holyoke CESL bus runs Monday-Thursday afternoons, February 1 through April 28 with the...
Ten individuals have been selected by UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning as...
Holyoke Bound OrientationSaturday, February 20 (snow date February 27)CLICK HERE FOR MORE...


Spring Info Sessions Monday, March 7th   7:00 – 8:00pm Thursday, March 10th   4:00 – 5:00pm...
  From February 18-21, 2016 the National IMPACT Conference will be held at the University...
Did you know that a number of the study abroad programs now include community-based service...
Looking to continue service-learning abroad? Check out our CAPA London Service-Learning...