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 2013 CBSC Fellows worked in four high school clusters of DeKalb County, building on the work of several previous years of CBSC Fellows’ projects. We are continuing our support of the DeKalb Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative (DSNI), working with stakeholders in those clusters to craft a Quality of Life Plan for each and begin to implement strategies from the plans to impact priority issues in their communities.

The eight 2013 CBSC Fellows, pictured here, are:

Priyanka Bhatt, Senior, Political Science and Sociology Majors  2013

Elizabeth Carson, Junior, Anthropology and Human Biology Majors

Rachel Cawkwell, Junior, English Major

Danielle Douez, Senior, Psychology Major

Yvonne Eseonu, Senior, Sociology Major, African-American Studies Minor

Sarah MacDougall, Junior, Political Science Major, Linguistics Minor

Joy Martin, Senior, Sociology Major, CBSC Minor

Paige Pritchett, Junior, Sociology and Environmental Studies Majors

CBSC Application Information

Emory undergraduates who have completed at least 32 hours of course work by the end of the preceding summer semester are eligible to apply for the CBSC fall course, POLS/SOC/ENVS/CBSC 370A Community Building and Social Change. The fall course is a prerequisite for phase two – the spring and summer terms of the CBSC program. Students cannot self-register for the fall course and may apply only during prescribed time frames.

You must apply separately for each of the two program phases: 1) the CBSC fall course, and 2) the CBSC January through August (spring and summer) terms, which include a second course in the spring and a community practicum through the summer.

The CBSC fall course is offered by permission only. You must be enrolled in the fall course, or have previously completed that course, to apply for the spring and summer terms. However, by applying for the fall course, you are not applying for the full fellows program; you may enroll in the fall simply to explore community building without committing to the full yearlong program. 

All applications for fall are submitted via an online SurveyMonkey form. Approximately six weeks in advance of each deadline, the application link is posted to this website and distributed via numerous campus outlets. If you would like to be added to a CFCP listserve that disseminates announcements of all CFCP deadlines and events, please contact Kate Grace at kdgrace@emory.edu.

Applications for the CBSC fall 2014 course, POLS/SOC/ENVS/CBSC 370A, are now available; the deadline for submitting applications is 11 AM on March 31, 2014. You can access the application on SurveyMonkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CBSC14FallCourseApp. You must submit your application via SurveyMonkey unless you are given permission to submit in another format by Kate Grace. You may printout a blank form to prepare your answers before completing the SurveyMonkey online application. Again, students cannot self-register for the course and may apply, as described above, only during prescribed time frames.

For more information on applying for the fall 2014 course, please contact the program director, Kate Grace, at kdgrace@emory.edu.