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


UMass Amherst has been a campus engaged in community service since its inception over 150 years ago. In more recent history, since 1994, over 160 faculty members have taught courses integrating service-learning as a text for student learning.  CESL is here to help UMass faculty and instructors design community engaged courses, form meaningful and reciprocal community partnerships, and integrate service into their students’ academic experience.

UMass CESL offers a year-long CESL Faculty Fellows program for faculty who are developing new civic engagement or service-learning courses, as well as consultation to support the development of courses. We can also assit you in identifying and forming community partnerships and in developing student leaders as Undergraduate Teaching Assistants or Campus/Community Liaisons.

Courses currently designated as Civic Engagement (CE) or Service-Learning (SL)

Looking for course examples? 

Here are three stories from civic engagement and service-learning faculty and students:
Architecture student Katie Elliott's experience in a Service-Learning course led her to rethink her career trajectory
The Boltwood Project connects over 100 students per semester with community members with disabilites
Students in Prof. Leidner's psychology course share their learning about genocide in Sudan with the campus                                 

Service-Learning Abroad information and resources 

RESOURCES: Below are a few resources.
Additional "Resources for Teaching CE & SL" are in the left-hand sidebar. 

Research University Engaged Scholarship Toolkit
The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning
Massachusetts Campus Compact
National Campus Compact
The Corporation for National and Community Service
International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.
Carlos Vega on the History of Holyoke (video)