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.


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.

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.