Community Fellows

Community Fellows Program

Community Fellows are professionals in the local community with a strong history of making a positive social impact. Through their expertise, they enhance research and teaching at the University by connecting community and campus on a variety of social concerns. Many Fellows have a robust history partnering with the Center for Social Concerns. Their role as a Fellow provides them an opportunity to build on this history by engaging with Notre Dame faculty, staff, and students in new, more intensive ways, creating essential value for local communities in the process.

Community Fellows play a variety of roles within the Center for Social Concerns in collaboration with the Community-Engaged Learning Program Director, Dave Lassen, Ph.D. Each Community Fellow identifies a major project that they will complete during their time in the program. Fellows can also participate in one or more activities that enhance the life and work of the center and the Fellow, such as consulting on community-engaged courses or collaborating with faculty on community-engaged research initiatives. They are invited to provide their unique perspective throughout center programming, including meeting with Faculty Fellows and Community-Engaged Learning Coordinators, as well as providing input on Community Impact Grant proposals. Each Fellow is invited to present on their project and overall work in the local community during an Engaged Learning Forum (ELF).

We invite you to connect with our current cohort of Community Fellows and explore ways in which you might be able to collaborate and support their work in the South Bend area.

2021 Community Fellows Cohort


Sheila McCarthy, Ph.D.


Kevin Hawkins


Velshonna Luckey


Kimberly Green Reeves


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Upcoming Events

October 2021

Application Close | ISSLP 2022
Monday, October 25, 2021 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 7:00pm
Postgraduate Service Lunch | Alliance for Catholic Education
Friday, October 29, 2021 - 11:30am to 1:30pm

November 2021

Information Session | SSLP 2022
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - 7:00pm
Mini Postgraduate Service Fair
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, November 5, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Taste of PATH
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 7:30pm
Dignity and Justice Workshop
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 10:00am to 1:00pm
Catholic Social Tradition (CST) Minor Brunch
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 11:30am
Higgins Film CLASSics | Blue Collar (1978)
Sunday, November 14, 2021 - 3:00pm
Virtues & Vocations Presents Howard Gardner: What is Good Work?
Monday, November 29, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

December 2021

Signs of the Times Brown Bag Lunch Series | Housing
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 12:00pm
Labor Café First Friday
Friday, December 3, 2021 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm