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

We are excited to have 15 fantastic CBSC Fellows that are busy working on their project work plans as they learn the tools needed for successful summer projects. Our Fellows are working on four projects in 2015 including the DeKalb Sustainable Neighborhoods Initiative, the Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention initiative, CDF Action and Graduation Generation.

Our 2015 CBSC Fellows are:

Shayna Burack2015 Summer Fellows

Rachel Chang

Christina Cho

Connor Crum

Jenny Grogan

Hillary Hoffstein

Julianna Joss

Gabriella Meier

Carys Meyer

Eugene Nam

Siobhan O’Brien

Sarah Perlin

Tim Rupnarain

Madison Wall

Jasmine Walker

CBSC Application Information

Applications are now being accepted for acceptance into the Fall 2015 CBSC Course.  The Fall Course is a lecture/discussion/small group project format and not a service-learning course, though one of the assignments involves students doing an assessment of three Atlanta area neighborhoods where CBSC fellows have been active in the past.  The course is offered by application and permission only, so students are never able to self-register via OPUS.  Kate Grace, who serves as program director for the Community Building and Social Change Fellows program, processes all registrations and the course can be taken under any of the 4 departments and applied to your course of study or the CBSC Minor.   The full CBSC Faculty Advisory Committee reviews applications and selects our class within two weeks of the application deadline, when possible. 

The Application is live now with a deadline of April 29th.  I recognize that this does not allow decisions in time for the spring course registration.  To manage the uncertainty around your schedule, I suggest that if interested in the CBSC course, you either leave the time slot open or register for a course in that time slot that can easily be dropped should you be offered a spot in the CBSC class.  The course is being offered Monday/Wednesday 11:30-12:45.

As a reminder, this application is only for the 2015 Fall course and not the full fellows program.  The intention is to offer a full 2016 (Fall 2015 through summer 2016) CBSC Fellows Program next year, contingent on funding availability.  While I do not have any reason to believe this plan will change, I am noting that the program is part of a large strategic planning process that could result in slight changes to the program.

All applications should be submitted via the SurveyMonkey secure form.  A blank copy of the form is attached so that you can prepare your answers before beginning the online application.  If you submit multiple applications, we attempt to use the more complete form and will not combine answers from multiple applications for review.

Completion of this course is pre-requisite for application to Emory Community Building and Social Change Fellows Program Eligibility Emory Undergraduates who will have completed at least 32 hours of coursework by the end of the Summer 2015 semester are eligible to apply for admission to the Fall 2015 course POLS/SOC/ENVS/CBSC 370A Community Building and Social Change. The Fall POLS/SOC/ENVS/CBSC 370A course is a prerequisite for application to the January through August 2015 portion of the Community Building and Social Change Fellows program.

If you have any further questions about the CBSC Fellows Program, please reach out to me via email at kdgrace@emory.edu or via cell at 404-991-1371.  Questions specific to the course itself which does not include the application process, should be directed to Professor Michael Rich at mrich@emory.edu.