Citizen Scholars Program

The Citizen Scholars Program is a 2-year curricular civic leadership program that partners with community organizations to work toward community goals and help students develop the knowledge, skills, and vision they need to build community, be effective citizens, and advocate for social justice. Students in CSP complete four required service-learning courses taken in sequence over 4 semesters. In the courses, each student articulates his or her vision of how society would be organized if it truly were good, then develops a series of tools to work toward that vision. Substantial service with one of several community partners is integrated into each course as well.

Program Type: 

Course Name and Number: 

ANTHRO 297H: The Good Society; SRVCLRNG 393T: Tools for Democratic Change; PUBHLTH 499N: Public Policy and Citizen Action; PUBHLTH 499O: Organizing: People, Power, and Change

Impact Area: 

Program Impact Region: 

Program Participation: 

Program identifies community participants.

Program Start (and End Dates): 

July 1, 1998

Partner(s): 

Amherst Regional Public Schools
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
Amherst Survival Center
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
Youth Action Coalition
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
MA
United States
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
Holyoke, MA 01040
United States
The Literacy Project
Amherst, MA 01002
United States
MA
United States
MotherWoman
Hadley, MA 01035
United States
MA
United States
UMass Amherst Labor Management Workplace Education Program
Amherst, MA 01003
United States
MA
United States

Program Director: 

John Reiff

Program Director's Email Address: 

Program Contact: 

John Reiff

Contact Email: 

UNIT: Colleges, Schools, Departments, Centers, and Institutes: 

Provost's Office/Civic Engagement and Service-Learning

Student Involvement: 

No

This Project Receives External Funding: 

Yes

Assessment Mechanism: 

No
Scholarly Product Type: 
Journal Article

Scholarly Product Detail: 

Reiff, J. D., & Keene, A. S. (2012). Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 16(4), 105-128.
Mitchell, T. D. (2008). Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 14(2), 50-65.