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The Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) connects students' academic work with their interests in and concerns for our local, regional, national, and international communities. Students may participate in community-engaged learning in courses or, in a more in-depth manner, as part of program-funded junior or senior independent work. Depending on the context, students might develop a theater piece with local youth, create a film, or review the scholarly literature on a key issue for the staff of a busy nonprofit organization. Some students will work with professors and community leaders to conduct a research project and to share their conclusions with organizations that can make use of their work. ProCES courses also equip students with a theoretical or historical foundation for ethical engagement with communities. The program used to be known as the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI).