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Community Engagement & Social Change Concentration

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The Community Engagement and Social Change (CESC) concentration allows each participating student to connect an interdisciplinary area of special interest to practical work in communities. Examples of areas of interest for students include immigration and citizenship, public health, education, law and policy, community organizing, community narratives, environmental justice, social movements, and art and activism.

By combining carefully selected coursework, practical experiences, independent research projects and guided reflection, students

  1. expand and deepen their understanding of local, national and global issues that affect communities, and
  2. develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge necessary to collaborate mindfully with these communities as citizens and leaders.

The CESC concentration draws on the rich curricular offerings at Smith College and in the Five Colleges, as well as the resources and expertise available through the Center for Community Collaboration, other centers and offices at Smith, and the Smith College School for Social Work.