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

Eighteen Students Awarded Civic Engagement & Public Service Certificate

The UMass Civic Engagement & Public Service Certificate was awarded to eighteen graduating seniors this year.

Molly Clark, Architecture
Christine Dasko, BDIC Holistic Education
Nora Emmott, Public Health Sciences
Olivia Espinoza, STPEC
Maria Fallavollita, Public Health Sciences
Taylor Farley, Psychology
Kinsey Foreman, STPEC
Kristie Herman, BDIC/Psychology
Sarah Kuruvilla, Public Health Sciences
Danielle Lewis, Psychology and Public Health Sciences
Brenda Mutai, Public Health Sciences
Gladys, Ngamo, Public Health Sciences
Gabrielle Palmer, Psychology
Jishava Patel, BDIC
Courtney Stacey, BDIC Education and Social Change
Philip Rizzo, Architecture and Design
Jordan Wilder, Public Health Sciences
Tova Weinronk, Public Health Sciences and Sociology


Ellen Pader, Interim Director of UMass UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning said, “We’re very proud of the hard work each of each of our Certificate students.  Truly fulfilling the mission of the land-grant university, these students have committed themselves to combining their academic learning with a civic responsibility to improve their communities, the Commonwealth and beyond. We look forward to watching their public service continue to make a difference.”

The CEPS Certificate is cross-disciplinary, combining theory with practical experience, equipping students to be effective in building a more just and peaceful world. Students earn the certificate, through either the Service-Learning Track or the Community Engaged Research Track, completing a minimum of 6 courses (18 credits), that fulfill service-learning or community engaged research requirements as well asfive content area requirements including Issues of Social Justice, Diverse Publics, Civics and Political Theory, Public Policy, and Community/Political Organizing. Courses in over thirty UMass departments are designated to fulfill these requirements. The certificate is overseen by the Provost’s Committee for Service-Learning and is managed by UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning, 610 Goodell Building.