Center for Community Engagement

Looking to Facilitate Social Change On and Off Campus? Consider Applying to Join the Community Engagement Leader Program

Are you interested in working to build partnerships and initiatives that facilitate positive social change? Would you like to work to make community engagement the norm at Amherst College? Consider joining the CEL team. CELs  manage local partnerships and work with campus groups and departments while developing their own leadership and management skills.

Telling Our Stories During Homecoming: Collecting Oral Histories of Community Engagement at Amherst College

Amherst opened the doors to the Center for Community Engagement in the fall of 2007.  Yet students have been engaging in communities near and far throughout the history of our college.  The CCE invites you to help us collect and tell our engagement stories.  During Homecoming, we invite you to stop by the CCE office to tell your story.  All we require is 15 minutes of your time and a willingness to think back in time. We will record your story and post a collection of stories on the CCE website for others to enjoy.  Recording times:  Friday, November 12 from 3-5 p.m.

Announcing Spring 2011 Community Based-Learning Courses

Are you hoping to get more deeply involved in the community this spring? Consider enrolling in a community based-learning (CBL) course. You may decide to help document the musical communities and acoustic terrain of the Pioneer Valley in Pioneer Valley Soundscapes. Perhaps you're more interested in analyzing educational policy and urban history to better understand America's public schools in Cities, Schools, and Spaces. Looking to get off campus? Check out Professor Dick Aronson '69's course at Hampshire College on Public Health and Community Engagement.

2009 Community Engagement Orientation Trip: Meet the Trip Leaders

Sharpen Your Entrepreneurial, Leadership, and Policy Skills: The CCE Announces Three Interterm Courses

Have you missed opportunities for community-based learning during the traditional academic year? Do you want to make sure your Interterm experience is intellectually invigorating while having fun and learning skills for social change? Consider taking one of three CCE-sponsored Interterm courses. You'll have ample opportunities to hone your problem-solving and leadership skills while learning about current issues near and far. All courses meet at Amherst College but are open to all Five College students.

'Senior Center Angel': Bessie Young's dedication to local elderly community spans an Amherst career

Bessie Young '11 is glowingly featured in this Daily Hampshire Gazette piece, which tells the story of her near four years of working with the Amherst Senior Center. Young began her relationship with the Center through a class in psychology, a commitment to artistic expression, and a deep interest in people. She has been awarded a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant and is currently an applicant for the Watson Fellowship.

Amherst College Community Prepares for World AIDS Day with a Week of Events, Education, and Hair Dye

Monday, November 29 marks the beginning of AIDS Awareness Week at Amherst College, a collaborative program put together by the Public Health Collaborative, Amnesty International, the Sexual Health Educators (SHEs), and Globe Med. The week’s events will encourage Amherst students to learn more about the global AIDS pandemic while raising money for Partners in Health in Rwanda.

Crafting Public Policy: A Roosevelt Institute Interterm Course

Crafting Public Policy is an introductory course that explores policy-making as both a problem-solving process and a political process.  The course is offering through the Roosevelt Institute, and will be advised by Aron Goldman, Director of Springfield Institute.

Reflections on a Summer Internship

Tawanda Tasikani, an intern at the Amherst Survival Center, reflects upon his internship in the Pioneer Valley program and shares how his future goals have changed as a result of his internship. The piece features additional perspectives from some of the program's 46 interns, as well as Public Service Internship Coordinator Sarah Barr. Read the full story here.

Call for Proposals: L.E.A.D. Conference

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