Community Scholars Program

Build community, create change.

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The Community Scholars Program (CSP) is a two-year academic community engagement program that works in collaboration with community organizations and movements to advocate for a more just world. Working with groups throughout western Massachusetts and sometimes beyond, CSP students contribute to meaningful social change projects in response to critical challenges and explore possibilities for building a more equitable world.


Deborah Keisch
CESL Senior Lecturer / Program Director, Community Scholars Program
(917) 816-5811


  • Demonstrate the ability to translate thought into action through meaningful social change projects that engage policy, political mobilization, grassroots organizing, action research, and/or advocacy
  • Learn from and collaborate with community members, facilitate reciprocal access to and from community and university resources, and collectively build capacity for change
  • Build a classroom learning community where compassion and care are central to our work and knowledge building