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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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.
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.
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
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
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.All Applications are submitted via an online SurveyMonkey form. Approximately eight 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 to include announcements of all CFCP deadlines and events, please contact Kate Grace at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications for the fall 2014 course will be available in early 2014 with a deadline in late February. 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 due to the application process. For more information on applying for the fall 2014 course, POLS/SOC/ENVS/CBSC 370A, please contact the program director, Kate Grace, at email@example.com.