Community Studies Center and Mosaics

Community Studies and Mosaics

The mission of Community Studies and Mosaics 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.


Carlisle Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Study of People, Places, and Policies
Students and faculty in the fall 2019 Carlisle Mosaic: People, Place, & Policy will investigate approaches through which Carlisle might become a more resilient and sustainable community. We will learn and apply methods of history, demography, economics and systems analysis to examine evolving and interacting human and environmental systems of Carlisle and Cumberland Valley and changing patterns of agricultural production, industrialization and deindustrialization, urbanization and suburbanization, transportation, commerce, household size and composition, segregation, and poverty. We will examine the practices of sustainable community development for building community capital and opportunities for their application in Carlisle. The Mosaic will include a semester-long community-based research course that will bring students and faculty together with community partners, who are actively working to mold Carlisle’s future, to research options for building community resilience. There is no fee to participate!
For more information contact: The Center for Sustainability Education and/or Center for Global Studies and Engagement 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 and Mosaics 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.