“Community engagement, actually being able to work with people on a one-on-one basis, is a very important aspect of life."
"Going beyond my bubble to experience the world outside of UMass is important to me."
"I've always been interested in social justice and community organizing, so all the classes I've taken through the certificate have been so informative and so helpful."
"It helped me see the overall picture of the Amherst area, rather than just UMass."
"It really was an experience that allowed me to see the world differently and opened up my views to diversity, to social justice in general."
"Service-learning is all about relationships. In the process of building those relationships, one is also building a relationship with themselves and the world around them."
"I have learned about resilience, about respect, about strength, and about what sustains us as people and as communities."
"I learned about nonprofit management, about working with few resources, about being creative."
"The whole CESL program was really welcoming and made me feel like I have a place here at UMass."