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. ProCES supports community-engaged teaching, learning, and research by building community partnerships, advising faculty on course design, and providing community-engaged academic opportunities for undergraduate students across disciplines. Students may participate in service- or community-oriented learning through courses, internships, or funded independent research.
ProCES has a particular focus on courses. Depending upon the context, students might develop a theater piece with local youth, create a film, analyze data, or review the scholarly literature on a key issue for a nonprofit organization. Some students will collaborate with faculty and community leaders to conduct a research project and share conclusions with organizations that can utilize their work. ProCES courses also equip students with theoretical and historical foundations for ethical engagement and reflection with communities.
ProCES was previously known as the Community-Based Learning Initiative (CBLI).