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

Citizen Scholars Program

The Citizen Scholars Program is a two-year, academic service-learning program that connects real experiences in the community to coursework, bringing learning to life!

This leadership development program integrates theory and practice to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice.

By joining this program, Citizen Scholars make a set of commitments:

  • To grow as citizens, building their capacity to work in collaboration with others to build a more just society.
  • To grow as scholars, unleashing their imaginations and focusing their curiosity to discover the knowledge and the skills that will enable them to work effectively for change.
  • To be co-creators of a learning community that supports its members in their growth and their action.

For information on how to integrate the Citizen Scholars Program with the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service please see here.

Read the stories of two Citizen Scholars, Aaron Buford and Lindsay McCluskey.

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Heather McCormack (CSP' 10) combined service at the Amherst Survival Center's food pantry with her course work in CSP. Citizen Scholars join with others to lobby for the Pell Grant in 2011.Aaron Buford (CSP' 08) and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick talk about their shared commitment to public service.








Contact us at:

Civic Engagement and Service-Learning
610 Goodell Building, University of Massachusetts Amherst
140 Hicks Way, Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-2015

Chris Felton, Program Manager
Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, 610 Goodell Building
(413) 577-4255,
John Reiff, Director
Civic Engagement and Service-Learning, 610 Goodell Building
(413) 577-1207,