Social Justice
Learning
Leadership
Engaged Citizenship
Community Partnership

Recognizing that we live in a diverse society, we strive for increasingly just relationships between individuals, groups, and social institutions, which honor the inherent value of each human being.

Working within diverse settings and groups, we engage in high impact learning— within and across academic fields, about ourselves and the world we live in, and about the work of building community and democracy.

Change toward a more just and democratic society doesn’t just happen; it depends on people stepping up as leaders of that change. We support undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and community members in developing and using leadership skills for social justice and democracy.

John Dewey said, “Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife.”  We work to develop the knowledge, skills, and vision needed when people stand up as citizens of a democracy.

Effective engagement relies on strong campus/community partnerships. Real partnerships enable students, faculty, and community members to work together pursuing goals defined by each.

Our Programs

“Building Bridges” is a public art and engagement project that brings people together to create a bridge across difference. Join us for events, exhibits, lectures and/or dialogues in support of the project goals.
Develop knowledge, skills, and vision to create social change through a four-course civic leadership program.
Learn, through theory and practical experience, to build a more just and peaceful world.
Design a major that weaves together courses from a field that you care deeply about and courses from 5 Civic Engagement content areas.
Live with like-minded classmates and learn how to make a positive impact on your community!
A UMass CESL program that partners with 18 community organizatons serving people with disabilities
Connect thought and actions through an alternative spring break and a student-facilitated course focusing on community organizing.

Announcements

Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis Spring 2017 series Unless...
First-year and sophomore students— Want to build community and create change?  Want to...
The course list is finally here. See the course list now.
The express service-learning bus to Holyoke runs Monday-Thursday afternoons, from the third...

Opportunities

"On April 1, Massachusetts Campus Compact, together with Bentley University, will host the...
This is a good chance to help immigrant families and newcomers who need language skills....
The editorial team seeks submissions from undergraduates for Volume 6 of Undergraduate...
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is in need of volunteers to help sort donated food....