Community Building and Social Change Fellowship

CBSC SummaryCommunity Building Fellows

The Community Building and Social Change (CBSC) Fellowship introduces a talented, dedicated, and diverse group of Emory undergraduates to the challenges of and opportunities for building community in contemporary urban America. Through academic coursework, an intensive, paid 12-week internship summer field experience, site visits, small group meetings, and public presentations, CBSC Fellows have opportunities to see firsthand the critical role that collaboration plays in the resolution of important public issues. They can also hone the skills needed to transform their passion for social justice into meaningful actions that revitalize communities and promote positive and lasting social change.

CBSC enables up to 16 students to augment their degree programs with a set of academic courses and a summer practicum with one of a number of metro Atlanta community building initiatives. Coursework begins with the history and theories of community building and social change and goes on to examine the roles that corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors play in communities.

CBSC Fellows next learn methods for community-based research, strategic planning, and community organizing. Finally, students apply these methods during the summer practicum on projects proposed by local community organizations to address a specific challenge related to health, housing and community development, the environment, or social policy. Working in collaboration with community teachers and in community contexts, students learn to identify themes of vision, partnering, leadership, information sharing, initiative, conceptual mapping, and listening/understanding.

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CBSC Details

The CBSC program offers up to sixteen students the opportunity to augment their degree programs with a set of academic courses and a summer practicum with a metro Atlanta community building initiative. Coursework begins with the history and theories of community building and social change and then examines the roles corporate, government and nonprofit sectors play in communities.

Students next learn methods for community-based research, strategic planning, and community organizing. Finally, students apply these methods during the summer practicum on projects proposed by local community organizations that address a specific challenge related to health, housing and community development, the environment, or social policy. In partnership with community teachers and contexts, students learn to identify themes of vision, partnering, understanding, leadership, information sharing, initiative, conceptual mapping, and listening/understanding.

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CBSC Impact

Learn about the exciting collaborative community building projects that CBSC Fellows – and their predecessors, the Kenneth Cole Fellows – completed from 2002 through 2012.

Read an article written by a 2011 CBSC Fellow, Watkins Fulk-Gray, and published in the American Planning Association Journal.

View a 3-minute video and learn what Emory grads say about their experiences as CBSC Fellows.

Congratulations to former CBSC fellows-Rachel Cawkwell and Blake Mayes for receiving a Bobby Jones Scholarship.

CBSC Update

The 2014 Community Building and Social Change Fellows kicked off their summer project term on May 19. Nine CBSC Fellows are serving on three teams that are working with the DeKalb Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (DSNI) and building on the work of CBSC Fellows in previous years. One team of five students is serving three clusters. One team of two serves the fourth cluster, while the final team of two works across DSNI. The fellows are working with DeKalb County leaders and resident-led collaborations in four high school cluster communities – Columbia, Cross Keys, McNair, and Towers. 

Our 2014 CBSC Fellows are:

Jordie Davies, Junior  2014 Summer Fellows

Elliyah Dossantos, Sophomore

Jessica Downs, Senior

Ashley Ferreira, Junior

Adam Goldstein, Sophomore

Peter Habib, Junior

Falak Mawani, Junior

Elizabeth Neyman, Junior

Olivia Payton, Junior

CBSC Application Information

The CBSC Fellows Program has a two step application process. The fall course, POLS/SOC/ENVS/CBSC 370A, is offered by permission only and serves as the prerequisite for application to the January through August terms of the program. Only students enrolled in the fall CBSC course or have previously completed the course are permitted to apply for the spring and summer terms. By applying for the fall CBSC class, you are not applying for the full fellows program, so you can take the class in order to explore community building without committing to the full year-long program. 

If you would like to be added to a CFCP listserve to include announcements of all CFCP deadlines and events, please contact Kate Grace at kdgrace@emory.edu.

Applications for the fall 2015 CBSC course will be posted likely in late February.  Information session and other campus-based communications will be widely distributed for the application release.  All applications must be submitted via SurveyMonkey unless given permission to submit via another format by Kate Grace.  A sample form which is only provided so that you may prepare your answers can be found here

This course, which can be taken only by permission, is the prerequisite for application to the January through August terms of the full CBSC Fellows Program. Students are not able to self-register at any time due to the application process.  For more information on applying for the fall 2015 course, POLS/SOC/ENVS/CBSC 370A, please contact the program director, Kate Grace, at kdgrace@emory.edu.