Community-Engaged Scholarship

Interview between GESI students and community members in India

Engaged scholarship provides students the academic, ethical framework to work with community-based practitioners. Students go beyond the classroom to apply their learning and gain hands-on experience in the field.

We believe that problems are best addressed in partnership with communities, because if we don’t understand how they interface with a problem, we can never properly play a role in addressing it.

  • Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI): The GESI study abroad program immerses students in experiential learning. Students work and learn in communities around the world while helping them address issues in areas like health, education, environment, youth, women’s empowerment, social enterprise development, and microfinance.
  • Community-Based Research Fellow Program: Community-based research (CBR) combines community knowledge and university knowledge to address global issues through actionable research. CBR fellows apply academic learning to real-world issues and produce findings to support the sustainability of community-driven initiatives.
  • Books & Breakfast: This community partnership involves Northwestern students tutoring and mentoring in Evanston elementary schools. Students can apply their global learning locally, exploring issues of education equity, community development dynamics, and socioeconomic issues.