Amherst College Center for Community Engagement (CCE)

Amherst College Center for Community Engagement (CCE) The Center for Community Engagement provides faculty and students with opportunities to engage the world in sustained, collaborative, reflective, and meaningful ways that enrich an innovative liberal arts education.

03/28/2019
The Perfect Complement to the Courses We Take Here

Linking learning inside and outside of the classroom can mean wandering over to the Emily Dickinson Museum or jetting off to Costa Rica. The possibilities are endless!

On course-specific, College-funded trips, Amherst students go deeper into their studies while also building new friendships.

03/26/2019
Summer Robotics with Professor Ashley Carter

Meet Eugene, the soccer-playing robot! Built by students in the 2018 summer robotics program led by Professor Ashley Carter, Eugene is designed to collect, move, and shoot a ball, all while being wirelessly controlled. Applications for the 2019 program open soon - contact the CCE for more information!

AMHERST COLLEGE: A team of six students from across several fields of study spent part of the summer assembling Eugene, a soccer-playing robot. They assemble...

10/18/2016
Design Thinking Challenge | Amherst College

Applications are due Thursday, Oct 20!

What is the Design Thinking Challenge? Design thinking is a process—applicable to all disciplines—of generating new and innovative ideas and developing solutions to problems. The Design Thinking Challenge brings together interdisciplinary teams of six students to develop interventions to a complex c...

10/05/2016
Design Thinking Challenge | Amherst College

Applications are now open for the 2017 Design Thinking Challenge!

The Design Thinking Challenge brings together teams of students to develop interventions to a complex challenge. With support from faculty and staff, teams will work with their project sponsor to develop a deeper understanding of their challenge, generate ideas for possible interventions, and then prototype their most promising interventions.

Want to learn more about the challenges for 2017?

What is the Design Thinking Challenge? Design thinking is a process—applicable to all disciplines—of generating new and innovative ideas and developing solutions to problems. The Design Thinking Challenge brings together interdisciplinary teams of six students to develop interventions to a complex c...

10/22/2015

$10,000 Grants for Summer 2016: Info Session for 100 Projects for Peace - TODAY, 11:30-1:00, Val

Do you have an idea for a project to build peace and community, promote economic opportunity, bring people together across difference, or promote humanity through art and music? Learn more about applying for a $10,000 grant to implement your project in Summer 2016 through the 100 Projects for Peace program. Drop-in info session on Thurs, Oct 22 from 11:30-1:00, in the downstairs conference room in Valentine Dining Hall. For more information, email Megan Lyster in the Center for Community Engagement: [email protected]

02/24/2015
Talking with Megan Briggs Lyster, Director of Social Innovation Programs, Amherst College

We're teaming up with Amherst Together to bring design thinking to Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer - check out the video to hear more about the project, and remember that the application deadline for PVCS is March 2! For more info: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/intern/pv

Carol Ross talks with Megan Briggs Lyster, Director of Social Innovation Programs in the Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College, about using desi...

If you're looking for inspiration for a summer internship, check out this list curated by Social Innovation Leadership |...
02/22/2015
Social Innovation Internships | Amherst College

If you're looking for inspiration for a summer internship, check out this list curated by Social Innovation Leadership | Amherst CCE, featuring a range of opportunities with innovative enterprises across fields and sectors. Some deadlines are approaching on March 1, so take a look now!

An internship in your field of interest is one of the best first steps an aspiring social innovator or entrepreneur can take - immerse yourself in the challenge that ignites you, get to know others who are tackling that challenge on the ground, and explore the many different paths available to you.

02/17/2015
Amherst Survival Center's newest mission - collect 18,000 disposable diapers, 54,000 baby wipes

"(Diaper need) has an economic impact, a stress impact, if you can't guarantee a baby can be dry (it creates) emotional stress."

Students in our Social Enterprise interterm course and this semester's Building Community course are excited to be supporting the first year of the Amherst Area Diaper Drive!

The Amherst Survival Center is also hoping to collect 54,000 diaper wipes.

SAVE THE DATE: Food, Farm & Health of Community roundtable discussion on Feb 23How might diverse actors in communities –...
02/17/2015
Food and the Health of Communities: A Roundtable Discussion | Amherst College

SAVE THE DATE: Food, Farm & Health of Community roundtable discussion on Feb 23

How might diverse actors in communities – from farmers to individual consumers to large institutions – contribute to the holistic health of communities?

Food connects us all, regardless of race, income or geography. It is something with which we must all interact daily. It impacts the health of our bodies and our environment. Yet, it is increasingly understood that our current food system is not promoting public health or environmental sustainabilit…

"Many firms have both CSR achievements and limitations. The challenge for corporate idealists is to continue pushing for...
01/28/2015
An Insider’s Tale (SSIR)

"Many firms have both CSR achievements and limitations. The challenge for corporate idealists is to continue pushing for greater achievement without letting the limitations discourage them."

Christine Bader '93 comes to campus tomorrow (Thursday) to discuss her book and share her story about working with multinational corporations on human rights and sustainability initiatives.

January 29, 7:00pm in Stirn Auditorium

A veteran corporate social responsibility leader reflects on “doing well and doing good” at a big oil company.

Have lunch with human rights and sustainability advisory Christine Bader '93! Friday, January 30 at 12:30 - contact Mara...
01/27/2015
Doing Well By Doing Good with Christine Bader '93, Corporate Idealist & Change Agent | Amherst...

Have lunch with human rights and sustainability advisory Christine Bader '93! Friday, January 30 at 12:30 - contact Mara at [email protected] to reserve your spot.

Students interested in corporate social responsibility are encouraged to attend this Food for Thought lunch conversation with Amherst Alumna Christine Bader '93. This is an exciting opportunity to join the conversation with Christine Bader '93 and learn about her fascinating career trajectory!

01/22/2015
Christine Bader: The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist (TED talk)

Alumna Christine Bader '93 returns to campus on January 29 at 7pm in Stirn Auditorium to talk about corporate social responsibility and her book, "When Girl Meets Oil: The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist". Check out her TED talk for a sneak peek!

There is an invisible global army of people in big companies pushing for more responsible and sustainable practices. They are trying to prevent the next Rana...

Seeking student leaders who have demonstrated their interest in community engagement to serve as CEOT Trip Leaders and C...
01/21/2015
Trip Leader Application | Amherst College

Seeking student leaders who have demonstrated their interest in community engagement to serve as CEOT Trip Leaders and Coordinators!

TL Application is found on the CCE website. https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/connect/orientation/tripleaderapplication

Coordinator applicants send Karen Miller ([email protected]) a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications; resume; and a headshot photograph.

Deadline: Sun., Feb. 1st

Trip Leaders are volunteers who play an integral role in CEOT. Their responsibilities include leading small groups of students and directing activities during the trip. We are looking for a diverse pool of applicants who have demonstrated their interest in community engagement through their activiti…

12/10/2014

There's still time to sign up for our interterm course - Social Enterprise in Action! This is a great opportunity to connect with local social enterprises, develop practical skills and build your resume.

Registration deadline is December 20 - email [email protected] to sign up!

12/01/2014
Social Enterprise in Action - Interterm 2015 | Amherst College

Spaces are filling up for our interterm course on social enterprise! Sign up for an opportunity to work with local social enterprises this January.

Looking for an interterm opportunity? Are you interested in learning more about how social enterprises address social problems? Sign up for Social Enterprise in Action to gain practical experience tackling a real-world, real-time challenge by working directly with local social enterprises, and get e…

Want to work on projects for local social enterprises over interterm? Sign up for Social Enterprise in Action - open to ...
11/19/2014
Social Enterprise in Action - Interterm 2015 | Amherst College

Want to work on projects for local social enterprises over interterm? Sign up for Social Enterprise in Action - open to all!

Looking for an interterm opportunity? Are you interested in learning more about how social enterprises address social problems? Sign up for Social Enterprise in Action to gain practical experience tackling a real-world, real-time challenge by working directly with local social enterprises, and get e…

Emerging Leaders Retreat - January 2015Do you want to be more knowledgeable about your personal strengths, values and be...
11/19/2014
Emerging Leaders Program | Amherst College

Emerging Leaders Retreat - January 2015

Do you want to be more knowledgeable about your personal strengths, values and beliefs?

Do you want to connect with alumni and staff as well as make new friends?

Do you want to practice and strengthen your leadership skills?

Does a night out in Providence, RI sound like fun?


https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/leadership-initiatives/registration_web_form

Emerging Leaders - Achieve your goals while connecting with other students from across campus! You are invited to develop core skills and knowledge for effective leadership at Amherst College and beyond.

Looking for an interterm opportunity? Are you interested in learning more about how social enterprises address social pr...
11/09/2014
Social Enterprise in Action - Interterm 2015 | Amherst College

Looking for an interterm opportunity? Are you interested in learning more about how social enterprises address social problems? Sign up for Social Enterprise in Action to gain practical experience tackling a real-world, real-time challenge by working directly with local social enterprises.

Looking for an interterm opportunity? Are you interested in learning more about how social enterprises address social problems? Sign up for Social Enterprise in Action to gain practical experience tackling a real-world, real-time challenge by working directly with local social enterprises, and get e…

Emerging Leaders - This interterm, achieve your goals while connecting with other students from across campus! You are i...
11/08/2014
Emerging Leaders Program | Amherst College

Emerging Leaders - This interterm, achieve your goals while connecting with other students from across campus! You are invited to develop core skills and knowledge for effective leadership at Amherst College and beyond.

Apply to participate in this FREE powerful, overnight, off-campus, hands-on, interactive leadership development program.

Emerging Leaders - Achieve your goals while connecting with other students from across campus! You are invited to develop core skills and knowledge for effective leadership at Amherst College and beyond.

As the fall semester begins, read about how two professors are bringing public policy to the classroom this year.https:/...
09/02/2014
Policymaking in the classroom | Amherst College

As the fall semester begins, read about how two professors are bringing public policy to the classroom this year.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/news/node/548760

June 2014—story and audio by Jenny Morgan, photo by Sandra CostelloThe first time assistant professor of political science Ashley Burns was asked to make a public policy decision, she was fresh out of college and interning for the Charlotte Housing Authority in North Carolina. The CEO wanted Burns t…

Breakout year for Chris Tamasi at Amherst - The Boston Globe
07/28/2014
Breakout year for Chris Tamasi at Amherst - The Boston Globe

Breakout year for Chris Tamasi at Amherst - The Boston Globe

Last year was a big one for Chris Tamasi, both on and off the football field. The Canton native and graduate of Xaverian Brothers High earned first-team all conference honors in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. He was also named the co-winner of the team’s Most Valuable Linebacker…

Attn. seniors - RSVPs due today.   Portraits of Action: A Community Engagement Celebration for the Class of 2014 The Amh...
03/25/2014
Portraits of Action | Amherst College

Attn. seniors - RSVPs due today. Portraits of Action: A Community Engagement Celebration for the Class of 2014

The Amherst College Center for Community Engagement invites you to a Dinner Banquet celebrating Amherst College Seniors
Come share a meal with others who value community engagement work, network, and leave with a small gift from the CCE!

Thursday, April 3, 2014
6:00—7:30 pm
Lewis-Sebring, Valentine Hall

This event is by invitation only and seating is limited. Kindly RSVP by March 25th. For more information please contact [email protected] or x5140.
https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/portraits

The event will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 6:00—7:30 pm in Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons (Valentine Hall). Please RSVP by March 25th.

The Athletic Team Engagement Leader program is a year old this winter. Learn more about this collaboration between the C...
02/07/2014
Real relationships with real people | Amherst College

The Athletic Team Engagement Leader program is a year old this winter. Learn more about this collaboration between the CCE and the Athletics Department in this feature story - and listen to two ATELs reflect on the program.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/news/node/534664

Story by CCE staff writer Jenny Morgan, photo by Eugene Lee '16, audio by Ruodi Duan '14 and Rama Hagos '15If there’s one thing that seems to be in perpetual short supply on the Amherst campus, it’s time.For Amherst’s student-athletes⎯who make up about a third of the campus⎯the time crunch can mean...

“I’m always raising my hand to be involved on behalf of the schools,” say Kimberly Stender, the Community, Partnerships,...
02/06/2014
Bringing the Amherst public schools to the table | Amherst College

“I’m always raising my hand to be involved on behalf of the schools,” say Kimberly Stender, the Community, Partnerships, and Volunteers Coordinator for the Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools.

Find out why she may have the best job in the school system in our feature story on Stender and her work.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/news/node/534665

From the Amherst Fire Department to State Representative Ellen Story to the Lord Jeff, she more or less tries to get the whole community together to support the schools.

Three weeks may seem like a short period of time, but for students in the CCE's four Interterm classes, it was just enou...
02/05/2014
Real problems, real solutions: Interterm in the CCE | Amherst College

Three weeks may seem like a short period of time, but for students in the CCE's four Interterm classes, it was just enough to tackle some big questions. Learn more about the courses in our feature story on Interterm at the CCE.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/news/node/534721

Story by CCE staff writer Jenny Morgan, photo by Sandra CostelloTucked between the fall and spring semesters is one of Amherst’s best-kept secrets: Interterm. For three weeks every January, students can dive into an array of courses that don’t make appearances during the rest of the year: principles...

“The work I do has never been because I read about it in a book and it sounded interesting," says Amanda Villarreal '12....
11/12/2013
From the heart: Amanda Villarreal '12's fight for girls' empowerment | Amherst College

“The work I do has never been because I read about it in a book and it sounded interesting," says Amanda Villarreal '12. "The work I do is very personal."

Read about Villarreal's nearly ten years of fighting for girls' empowerment in our feature story.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/news/node/518247

When Amanda Villarreal ’12 tells women about the Girls Empowerment Network of Austin (GENaustin), the reaction she gets is almost universal.“People say to me, ‘I really wish I had something like that when I was younger,’” Villarreal says. The Austin, Texas native knows exactly where they’re coming f...

"Girls Inc. is very much tied up in my memory of college," says Priyanka Jacob '07.Ten years ago this fall, Jacob was pa...
11/05/2013
In pictures: A day in the life of a 'strong, smart, and bold' partnership | Amherst College

"Girls Inc. is very much tied up in my memory of college," says Priyanka Jacob '07.

Ten years ago this fall, Jacob was part of an inaugural team of tutors that made weekly trips to Girls Incorporated of Holyoke. Photographer Sandra Costello documented a day in the life of this now ten-year-old partnership between Amherst College and Girls Inc.

View the incredible slideshow by clicking on the link below.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/news/node/518279

The organization was Girls Incorporated of Holyoke , and it marked the beginning of what would become a full-fledged partnership between Amherst College and Girls Inc.

"Very often, students are crossing language, class, religious, and musical stylistic boundaries in ways they never would...
11/01/2013
The humanness of music | Amherst College

"Very often, students are crossing language, class, religious, and musical stylistic boundaries in ways they never would have if they didn’t take this class and have this persona of being an ethnographer,” Engelhardt says. “Students have gotten into conversations about who they are and where they come from and what it means to be at Amherst.”

Not sure what classes to take in the spring? Consider Pioneer Valley Soundscapes, a community-based learning course that gets students out into the community doing musical enthographies. Read more about the course in our feature story.

https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/news/node/518246

William Cumpiano, a master luthier—one who repairs stringed instruments—poses in his workshop on the Northampton-Easthampton town line. Cumpiano was featured in A Taste of Music in the Pioneer Valley's Puerto Rican Community, one of the many documentaries in the Pioneer Valley Soundscapes archive. S...

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