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 program that partners with 18 community organizatons serving people with disabilities
Connect thought and actions through an alternative spring break and a student-facilitated course focusing on community organizing.


The UMass Civic Engagement & Public Service Certificate was awarded to eighteen...
Hannah Baalbaki and Jess Bowe have been named as the new Boltwood Project Coordinators for...
The UMass Provost’s Committee for Service-Learning, recently honored UMass twenty-two...
The Holyoke CESL bus runs Monday-Thursday afternoons, from the third week of classes...


The Fall 2016 Civic Engagement & Service-Learning Course List, is now available!
Course in many departments fulfill the requirements. Find out more: details
You can now complete several requirements for the Civic Engagement & Public Service...
Did you know that a number of the study abroad programs now include community-based service...