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

CESL Student Leaders

Student Leadership development is integral to the work of UMass CESL.  There are a variety of ways for students to assume valued leadership roles in the CESL office, in the classroom and in the community.

Campus/Community Liaisons, Undergraduate Teaching Assistants, Course Facilitators, Community Service Assistants and CESL Interns are some of the ways.

CESL Campus/ Community Liaisons:

Liaisons are students who have completed a SL course and are recommended by the faculty member of that course to return for one or more subsequent semesters as a Liaison between the course, a community partner and UMass CESL.  The role of a CESL Liaison is to connect UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning (CESL) and a Service-Learning (SL) course with a community partner. 

Undergraduate Teaching Assistants:

UTA’s have completed a course and are invited by the instructor to return in an assistant role. They often assist with course planning and preparation, research resources, help lead class discussions, respond to students’ reflections and sometimes take the lead in teaching a class session or two.

Undergraduate Course Facilitators:

UCF’s take the lead in teaching a course or seminar. They have generally completed upper level course work in the field, have faculty supervision and are enrolled in either CESL’s Service-Learning Leadership class or a facilitation course through UACT.

Community Service Assistants:

CSA’s are undergraduates who work in the CESL office providing vital support to many aspects of CESL’s work.

CESL Interns:

Interns work with CESL around a specific area of work, generally connected to the students' major, minor or career interest. Examples of such internships are journalism, communications, program assessment, social media, video production and IT.