UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

The Citizen Scholars Program visits the Massachusetts State House!

On October 29th, second-year students from the Citizen Scholars Program (CSP) traveled to the Massachusetts State House in Boston.  They experienced public policy in action, attending  hearings on health care delivery and workforce capacity, meeting with their hometown legislators, and hearing first-hand from State Representative Ellen Story (D-Amherst) and State Senate President-Elect Stan Rosenberg about their experiences as legislators.  The CSP students gained additional insights into their policy analysis projects, which connect to their service with local community organizations.  They also had a lively exchange with Amanda Jusino ’11, an alum of CSP, who serves as Representative Story’s Legislative Aide.  Special thanks to Representative Story, and her Chief of Staff, Brad Dye, and Amanda for hosting students from CSP again this year!

Members of the Citizen Scholars Program with State Representative Ellen Story in the House Chamber at the Massachusetts State House

CSP combines 4 courses taken in sequence with the same small group of students, service with local community organizations, and a strong learning community to build capacity to work collaboratively for social change.  It fulfills 4 out of the 6 courses required for the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service.  Applications available in January 2013.