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.


Application Process is Open for the Mediterranean Migration Mosaic: Italy at the Crossroads
Interested in conducting fieldwork and research in Italy while obtaining four course credits, this upcoming mosaic will be held in Spring 2016. It will explore the journey of (im)migrants to and within Italy, social policies related to the human rights of (im)migrants, borders, and security (broadly conceived). For more information please contact Marcelo Borges (History), Nicoletta Marini-Maio (Italian), and/or Susan Rose (Sociology and Community Studies Center).

Cuba Mini Mosaic - January 2015
The contemporary Cuban moment is one of changing socioeconomic policies, international relations, and expressions of collective identity. This mini mosaic explores the role of written and audiovisual cultural productions in these changes. We will explore the multiple interactions between the state, individuals, nations, and communities that go into producing and circulating cultural works. We will examine how artists participate in and imagine the continually constructed public sphere. For more information please contact Mark Aldrich (Spanish) and/or Margaret Frohlich (Spanish).

Inequality in Brazil mini Mosaic: An Exploration of Race, Class, Gender, and Geography - Summer 2015
This summer there will be an opportunity for students to take a look at the layers of Brazilian society that shape, construct, and inhibit life outcomes in terms of in/equality. Students will travel to Brazil and conduct interviews,while learning more about affirmative action, the homicide of Black women, the Black Social Movements, and Homeless Workers. For more information please contact Edvan Brito (Spanish and Portugese) and/or Anthony Barnum (Sociology). To apply please visit the Center for Global Study and Engagement.

Race and Education Mosaic: Assessing American and South African Education Since Civil Rights and the End of Apartheid - Fall 2015
Interested in learning more about race and education in South Africa and America, this upcoming mosaic will be held in Fall 2015 with three required courses and fieldwork to be completed in King Williams Town, South Africa in August. For more information please contact Jeremy Ball (History and Africana Studies) and/or Sarah Bair (Education).