Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)

The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) fosters relationships that bring community-identified priorities and interests into conversation with academic learning goals through community-based research, empirical analysis, service learning, citizen science, participant observation, public humanities, practicing arts, and other collaborative modalities and methods of knowledge co-creation. Our main program areas include:

  • Support for 60 ProCES-designated courses each academic year through community partnership cultivation, experiential learning course enhancements, and faculty development;
  • The Derian Summer Internship Program, a faculty-mentored and community-informed research internship supporting collaborations between faculty, undergraduate interns, and community experts;
  • Funding and support for community-engaged independent and thesis research and the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work;
  • Partnership with the Pace Center for Civic Engagement to support the integration of academic and co-curricular community-based learning through Service Focus, a university program that connects service and learning for students during their sophomore year. 

ProCES supports academic collaborations between Princeton faculty, staff, students, and community partners that create opportunities to learn from community experience and expertise. Partners include non-profit, public sector, and non-governmental organizations and grassroots community leaders representing a variety of fields as well as racial and environmental justice and social change frameworks. 

ProCES courses and program areas rest on commitments to:

  • the aspiration of reciprocity between students, faculty, and community partners;
  • students’ preparation for and reflection upon ethical approaches to community-engaged work;
  • the co-creation of knowledge and diverse sources of expertise within and beyond the academy. 



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Dobin Prize in Community-Engaged Independent Work Winners

The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship is proud to award the Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Engaged Independent Work. This award is presented to students whose outstanding thesis best engages a community audience, whether through extensive research, policy recommendations, or new information and analysis.

Congratulations to…

A Cartoon History of Latino USA with Lalo Alcaraz

Join us at a public lecture presented by Lalo Alcaraz, on Wednesday, April 26th at 12:30pm in Frist 302. Lalo Alcaraz is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated editorial cartoonist and the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” published nationwide since 2002.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton University Humanities…

for Faculty

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Community-engaged teaching can enhance student learning, communicate disciplinary knowledge to the broader public, and equip students to be service-oriented scholars and leaders. ProCES resources make it easy to teach a service-oriented course.

for Students

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Do you want to make a difference? From your first semester at Princeton through your senior thesis, ProCES can help you. Find service courses, internships, and funding for community-engaged independent work.

for Community Partners

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ProCES works with a wide range of community partners in the Princeton-Trenton area and beyond to serve the needs of organizations while providing meaningful learning experiences for students.