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. See the Events Calendar and sign up for the weekly newsletter, Communiqué

Spring 2019 Workshops and Events


2019 RCR/Ethics Workshop (Graduate School)

Monday, January 14, 2019, 7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. DeBartolo Hall
The Graduate School’s Ethics and RCR workshop engages graduate students in STEM and quantitative Social Sciences with real world ethical dilemmas and practical advice, and offers them the opportunity to hold more theoretical discussions about the nature of ethical and socially conscious research. The workshop is comprised of wide-ranging sessions covering such topics as Data Management, Conflicts of Interest, Collaboration and Mentoring, Diversity and Inclusion, Animal and Human Subjects, and Integrity in Academic Publishing, along with the larger social significance of research. This day-long workshop explores the intersections between our personal, professional, and public obligations, and how to respond to possible ethics violations in your workplace. Counts for Center's Graduate  Certificate. Pre-registration for this event is required, and fills early. Lunch will be provided for all registrants. Register via

2019 Social Concerns Fair 

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Students, graduate students, and faculty who want to find their path to service and civic engagement in South Bend are encouraged to encounter the more than 50 local organizations who will invite you into their work. Meet local social service organizations who can tell you about volunteering and community-engaged learning/research opportunities, governmental and nonprofit agencies who will share employment and internship opportunities, and arts/entertainment organizations who will help you celebrate South Bend. No registration is required. 


Ethics, Engagement, and Higher Education

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 3:30–5:00 p.m., Geddes Hall

Allan Loup, assistant program director of Ethics, Graduate School and Jay Brandenberger, director of research, Center for Social Concerns and director of Academic Community Engagement, will discuss how the ethics of professional practice (found in disciplinary codes, for example) and the ethics of engagement intersect. How can graduate students and faculty foster integrated ethical practice and engagement, and to what ends? How can research be an ethical force for social impact? How do we collaboratively foster data integrity, shared access, and appropriate reporting? When research is a social good, what are the best means to insure both the protection of human subjects and community benefits? This workshop will examine such questions in a participatory manner. Open to graduate students of all disciplines. Graduate students register through GradConnect. Faculty, staff, undergraduates, and partners may contact Patrena Kedik to register or for more information.


Engaged Learning Forum: Unpacking Impact: Traditional and new areas for assessing the results of campus-community engagement.  

March 28, 2019, 12:30–1:45 p.m., Geddes Hall, Coffee House

Anne Weiss, Indiana Campus Compact

National community engagement expert Anne Weiss, Director of Assessment at Indiana Campus Compact, consults nationally on tracking, monitoring, assessing, and evaluating campus-community engagement. Weiss helps faculty, administrators, and community partners think strategically about data collection, analysis, and the use of (new) information for planning and improvement.

Weiss argues that measuring and drafting "impact statements" is an essential practice of documenting campus-community engagement for program officers and grantees, but also for faculty who seek to use this work as part of their promotion and tenure dossier. Good impact measurement practices can inform how individuals talk about and improve their work, but they can also improve how an organization functions—driving efficiencies and growing the organization—and help us get to statements about the impact this work has with the community. Through this public forum our speaker will introduce areas of impact that are rich with evidence and examples (e.g., students’ civic learning outcomes) as well as other areas of impact that are ripe for more assessments (e.g., community impact). Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of all the areas of impact available within campus-community engagement and how faculty may document such work for recognition during promotion and tenure activities. Register through the Center for Social Concerns: 


Engaged Scholarship Celebration

May 3, 2019

We will recognize those completing the Graduate Certificate in early May. Deadline for completion of final integration elements is May 1, 2019. Work with Jay Brandenberger to finalize requirements.


Community Engagement Faculty Institute 

June 4–6, 2019

The Center’s Faculty Institute is a focused exploration of community engagement. Spots are open to graduate students; participation covers/includes many elements of the Graduate Certificate. [applications closed February 1, 2019]


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