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 (CSP)

Building community, Creating change

The Citizen Scholars Program (CSP) is an academic civic leadership program that works collectively with community organizations to build community and advocate for social justice.

CSP students:

  • take an active role in building democracy, working in collaboration with others for a more just society
  • value learning from many sources,  freeing imagination and focusing curiosity to strengthen knowledge, skills and values for social change
  • engage deeply with a small learning community of committed students, faculty and staff

Over two years, students work with a local community organization and take a sequence of four courses which can meet various univeristy and departmental requirements.

First-year and sophomore students from any major are eligible to apply.