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.


Free Oral History Training Workshop for Dickinson Faculty January 2-5, 2018
Dickinson faculty are eligible to register for this free oral history training workshop in Philadelphia, but one must register.
This weeklong workshop will introduce attendees to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral history theory and methodology, interviewing techniques and performance of mock interviews, legal and ethical issues, transcription practices, archiving, recording equipment and its use, data management, and other relevant topics. Interested participants are encouraged to bring their research ideas. For more information please contact Susan Rose.

Cuba mini-Mosaic: The African Diaspora
The Cuba mini-Mosaic focus will be on developing an historical understanding of the African influence on Cuban culture and life over several Centuries. Students will engage with academics & historians, specializing in the multiple branches of Afro-Cuban ancestry: Yoruba, Congo, Arara, and Abakua, as well as strong Haitian & Jamaican traditions. They will immerse themselves in the dance and music of the island, from the Afro-Cuban roots to the Salsa of today. The mosaic will be working with MetaMovements (MM) in Havana. This mosaic is composed of a one-week trip to Cuba in May 2018 and registration with one of the following four courses in the Spring 2018 semester: AFST 320/LALC 300-02, MUAC 210, MUAC 355, or SPAN 380-01/LALC 300-01. For more information please contact Trent Masiki (Africana Studies) and Susan Rose (Sociology and Community Studies Center). To apply please visit the Global Study & Engagement page.

Current Mosaic - Climate Change and Human Security in Nepal
Climate change threatens human security, it can displace people with extreme weather events, and it is also a "threat multiplier" that can aggravate existing vulnerabilities. Students and instructors will explore all these issues with particular focus on Nepal and how climate change is likely to be manifest in ecological, social, economic and political changes. This mosaic is composed of courses in Environmental Studies, International Business and Management and Interdisciplinary Studies plus an independent research course that will feature a three-week field component in Nepal. For more information please contact Michael Beevers (Environmental Studies), Neil Leary (Center for Sustainability Education), and Michael Fratantuono (International Studies, Business and Management). 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.