UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

Leadership in Civic Engagement and Service-Learning

Change toward a more just and democratic society doesn’t just happen; it depends on people stepping up and doing the work of leadership—making connections, offering a vision, mobilizing others, recognizing and seizing opportunities.  Leadership development is a thread is woven throughout all of our programs and collaborations. Several of the Service-Learning programs offer leadership advancement opportunities for UMass students, moving them from the introductory level to leadership roles on campus and in the community. We work on and off campus to build the knowledge, skills, and vision needed for people to act effectively as leaders in their work and life for civic education and social problem-solving toward the goal of creating a more just society.

Undergraduate Students:

Courses and Academic Programs offer training in the knowledge and skills of leadership.  These include IMPACT!, the Community for Social Progress, Grassroots Community Organizing, The Boltwood Project, Leadership in Service-Learning, TEAMS, Community Journalism and Student Bridges.

Leadership Roles offer students the chance to practice skills of leadership as they participate in building civic engagement and service-learning at UMass.  These include Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Campus/Community Liaisons, Community Service Assistants, Boltwood Program Site Supervisors and Coordinators, AmeriCorps Student Leaders In Service and AmeriCorps Summer Associates

Graduate Students:

Praxis Groups offer graduate students the opportunity to meet regularly with others involved in engaged teaching or research on service-learning.

Faculty and Staff:

Praxis Groups offer faculty and staff the opportunity to meet regularly with others involved in engaged teaching or research on service-learning. 

Faculty Fellowships in Service-Learning offer faculty the opportunity to spend a year with CESL staff and other faculty working together to build high-quality service-learning into a course they teach.

The Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning brings together faculty from schools and colleges across UMass Amherst to promote and guide the development of civic education and service-learning.