Center for Community Engagement

Following the Lead: Engagement Advisors

Submitted on Wednesday, 2/4/2015, at 2:00 PM

Engagement Advisors

(Uju Momah '15 talks engagement with Jessica Maposa '17)

January 2015 - text by Jenny Morgan, photography by Sandra Costello

When Dina Cruz ‘15 began her first year at Amherst, she had no idea what she was passionate about and she didn’t know where to start. “It was a little bit overwhelming,” she remembers. “Coming from high school, there was a very prescribed number of things you could do, but at Amherst, it’s kind of like you have the whole world open to you.” 

IDEA: Exploring Possibilities through Innovation and Design

Submitted on Tuesday, 2/3/2015, at 1:51 PM

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Amherst LEADS gives back, packages 10,000 meals

Submitted on Wednesday, 8/13/2014, at 7:44 PM

May 2014—story by Caroline Broder '15 and Nell Patterson '15

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Amherst LEADS brought Stop Hunger Now to campusthis semester as part of their “Caring Deeply” event. Over 100 first-year student-athletes gathered in Alumni Gym on Tuesday, March 25 to learn about Stop Hunger Now, and work collaboratively to package over 10,000 meals for school children in impoverished areas of the world and learn about community engagement at Amherst.

Women's Soccer and Women's Lacrosse teams partner with Birthday Wishes

Submitted on Wednesday, 8/13/2014, at 7:44 PM

Women’s Soccer and Women’s Lacrosse teams raise money for birthday wishes

May 2014—story by Caroline Broder '15

The Amherst College Women’s Soccer and Women’s Lacrosse teams recently partnered up to raise awareness and funds for Birthday Wishes, a local organization in South Hadley whose mission is to provide birthday parties for homeless children in the community. The organization believes that all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care.

Real problems, real solutions: Interterm in the CCE

Class portrait of Rethinking Education, a CCE Interterm course
February 2014—story by CCE staff writer Jenny Morgan, photo by Sandra Costello

Tucked between the fall and spring semesters is one of Amherst’s best-kept secrets: Interterm.

For three weeks every January, students can dive into an array of courses that don’t make appearances during the rest of the year: principles and practices of turbine flight, celestial navigation, and cultural competence in medical care. This January, students at the Center for Community Engagement explored everything from community organizing to marketing a local biofuel car.

Real relationships with real people

Portrait of Charlie Gill ’16 and Khushy Aggarwal ’16
February 2014—story by CCE staff writer Jenny Morgan, photo by Eugene Lee '16, audio by  Ruodi Duan '14 and Rama Hagos '15

If there’s one thing that seems to be in perpetual short supply on the Amherst campus, it’s time.

For Amherst’s student-athletes—who make up about a third of the campus—the time crunch can mean that there’s little else outside of classes, practice, and games. That doesn’t seem to be the case for the students behind the now one-year-old Athletic Team Engagement Leader (ATEL) program. Perhaps that’s because it’s easy to make time for community engagement when it fits the passions of a team and the needs of the community.

Rethinking Education policy presentations

February 2014—This Interterm, students in the CCE course Rethinking Education tackled some of the most urgent questions in public education today in a “think tank style." Watch their presentations below, and read a feature story on the course.


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Pink in the Rink

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February 2014story by Kate Beemer '15, photo by Janna Joassainte '17/Amherst College, Office of Public Affairs

This Valentine’s Day, the Amherst Women’s Hockey team hosted their second annual Pink in the Rink event. During their game against Trinity College, the Amherst Women’s Hockey team decorated Orr Rink from goal to goal in pink while hosting a series of raffles and games to raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

From the heart: Amanda Villarreal '12's fight for girls' empowerment

Portrait of Amanda Villarreal '12
October 2013story by Jenny Morgan, photo courtesy of Amanda Villarreal '12.

When Amanda Villarreal ’12 tells women about the Girls Empowerment Network of Austin (GENaustin), the reaction she gets is almost universal.

“People say to me, ‘I really wish I had something like that when I was younger,’” Villarreal says.

The Austin, Texas native knows exactly where they’re coming from.