Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship

The Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship (CEPS) offers graduate and professional students opportunities to learn about academic community engagement in higher education, explore the pedagogy of community-based learning, envision discipline-specific community-based research, have an impact on communities near and far, and enhance career placement potential. Contact Jay Brandenberger to develop a learning pathway to attain the certificate.

A variety of Center for Social Concerns events count toward the graduate certificate.

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See also this overview of all graduate student opportunities via the Center. 

Fall 2019 Workshops and Events 

Graduate Student Information Session 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 | 4:15-5:00 PM | 208 Geddes Hall

This informal gathering is for those interested in the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship and other opportunities for graduate students through the Center for Social Concerns. Learn about the Certificate plans for the year, connect with others engaged, and consider similar potentials to link your talents and scholarship to the world’s need. Open to graduate students of all disciplines. No RSVP needed.  

Engaged Learning Forum - Community-University Partnerships: Fostering Knowledge for Social Change

Thursday, September 19, 2019 | 12:00-1:30 PM | Geddes Hall Coffee House
12:00 PM | Lunch available
12:30 PM | Presentation

The Engaged Learning Forum series aims to advance the Center for Social Concern's approach to practicing Catholic social teaching through community-engaged research, teaching, and learning. Join us for a lunch forum and discussion featuring Dr. Ira Harkavy.

Dr. Harkavy is Associate Vice President at the University of Pennsylvania, and Founding Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. He has helped to develop academically based community service courses and participatory action research projects that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools in Penn's local community of West Philadelphia. Harkavy teaches in history, urban studies, and Africana studies, as well as in the Graduate School of Education. In addition to this forum, Dr. Harkavy will spend two days on campus meeting with faculty, graduate students, and others to discuss public scholarship and higher education.
Please invite others who might be interested by forwarding this invitation. RSVP by 5:00 p.m. September 12, 2019. Registration is required though GradConnect. If you later have to miss, please let us know to allow for another guest.
Cosponsors include the Center for Social Concerns, Office of Public Affairs, the Center for Civic Innovation, and the Office of the Provost.

Please direct questions to Jay Brandenberger or Jackie Franco.


Lounging with the Center for Social Concerns

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | 4:00-5:15 PM | Graduate Student Lounge at the Duncan Center

Drop by during Graduate Student Appreciation Week at Notre Dame to discuss community engagement opportunities through the Center. Jay Brandenberger will consult on current programs and potentials you may have in mind. 


Engaged Learning Forum

Civic and Political Engagement and Higher Education

Thursday, November 7, 2019 | 12:00-1:30 PM (lunch provided) | Geddes Hall Coffee House

Dr. Nancy Thomas, Tufts University

Dr. Nancy Thomas directs the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Tisch College of Civic Life. IDHE is an applied research center that studies higher education’s role in American democracy and supports college and university student political learning and participation. The Institute's signature initiative, the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) examines student voting rates, patterns, and conditions. Through NSLVE, nearly 1,200 U.S. colleges and universities (including Notre Dame) receive tailored reports containing their students’ aggregate voting rates following each federal election. Dr. Thomas' work and scholarship include college student civic learning and participation in democracy, campus climates for political engagement, deliberative democracy, political equity and inclusion, campus free speech, and academic freedom. She holds a doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a law degree from Case Western Research University’s School of Law. She is an associate editor at the Journal of Public Deliberation, a senior associate with Everyday Democracy, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network. Thomas currently serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation and is a senior associate with Everyday Democracy. Space is limited. Registration is required and open to staff, faculty, and graduate students. Please register by  November 1, 2019. Grad students register through GradConnect (counts as credit for Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship - CEPS).

Beginning the day after the Fall 2019 election, Dr. Thomas will spend two days on campus meeting with faculty, graduate students, and others to discuss the intersection of civic/political engagement and higher education. Cosponsors include the Center for Social Concerns, the Department of Political Science, the Constitutional Studies Minor,  the Office of the Provost, Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy, Notre Dame Learning | Kaneb Center, the Division of Student Affairs, and ND Votes.


Engaged Learning Forum

Community Impact Roundtable

Dr. Viva Bartkus, University of Notre Dame, and Dr. Richard Jones, University of Notre Dame

Friday, December 6, 2019 | 12:00-1:30PM | Geddes Hall Coffee House

Details to be announced.


Engaged Learning Forum

Inside Out

Dr. Pam Butler, Associate Director and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Gender Studies Program, at Notre Dame

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 12:00-1:30PM | Geddes Hall Coffee House

Details to be announced.


Ethical Development and Life in/beyond Higher Education

Spring 2020

Dr. Darcia Narvaez, Department of Psychology

Dr. Narvaez is a leading national scholar who applies her insights about ethical development in multiple contexts. She will offer a session for graduate students of all disciplines, one that will surely be forward looking and thought provoking. Details to be announced. 


Other graduate-student events for 2019/20 are in development.

Contact Jay Brandenberger for more information or suggestions. 


Overview of all Graduate Student Opportunities via the Center for Social Concerns





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Upcoming Events

November 2019

Leadership Formation Workshop | Storytelling for Change
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Labor RAPS | The Just Wage Initiative: Unveiling an Online Tool
Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
ISSLP Interview Day
Sunday, November 17, 2019 (All day)
Lupe Under the Sun
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 7:00pm
Panel Discussion: Open Wide our Hearts
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

December 2019

Deadline: Romero Days 2020 Paper Proposal
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 11:45pm

February 2020

Application Close: SSLP 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (All day)

March 2020