Community Scholars Program

Build community, create change.

CSP Retreat Group

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


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, legislation, 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 in which enhanced critical-thinking skills are developed to better engage systems of power, privilege, and oppression