Community Studies Center

Welcome to the Community Studies Center

The mission of the CSC is to create collaborative communities of inquiry. Faculty, students and community partners engage in interdisciplinary field research to create shared knowledge, working toward greater equality, peace and social justice.


Brazil Mosaic: São Paulo as a Global City
This Mosaic will look at the ways in which peoples with a variety of backgrounds, life experiences, and identities have contributed to making São Paulo a global city. It will study the experience of people who created historical immigrant neighborhoods like Bela Vista, Bom Retiro, and Liberdade - created by Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Eastern European Jews in the early twentieth century. We will also study the settlement of internal migrants from different regions of Brazil beginning in the mid-twentiety century, their creation of spaces of their own, and their impact on the city's food, music, and poplar culture. This three-course Mosaic integrates a research trip to Brazil to conduct fieldwork with community members, NGOs, (im)migrants, activists, politicians, writers, scholars, and film-makers in January with classes to follow in the Spring semester. For more information please contact Marcelo Borges (History) and Carolina Castellanos (Spanish and Portugese). To apply please visit the Global Study & Engagement page.

Haiti Mosaic
 As part of a two-course Mosaic offering, students will travel to Haiti in January 2019 to gain a deeper understanding of the socio-economic and environmental factors affecting Haiti today. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Grand-Bois health clinic, and visit villages, families, and schools with community health care workers and water technicians. The trip will be followed by two classes to be taken in the Spring semester. For more information please contact David Sarcone (INBM) and Joyce Bylander (Sociology). To apply please visit the Global Study & Engagement page.

Carlisle Indian School Digitization Project Highlighted on the Front Page of the Navajo Times
The Archives and Special Collections department of Dickinson College partnered with the Community Studies Center to create a website that brings together and makes available the various photographs, letters, and administrative files pertaining to the more than 10,000 students who attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School (CIIS) between 1879 and 1918. There is now a searchable database for those individuals who wish to search for more information on the CIIS and/or the students who attended the school.