The Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research
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Academic engagement at Emerson refers to graduate and undergraduate coursework and student or faculty scholarship and creative work aimed at addressing?community-identified needs.
At Emerson, support for this work resides in the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research (ELC) and involves:
- consulting with faculty members and nonprofit partners on the design of engaged coursework;
- funding engaged course special activities, community-building work, and efforts to increase engaged course offerings; and
- working as a thought partner for faculty members and nonprofit partners around engaged scholarship and creative work
- gathering members of Emerson’s faculty and administration and nonprofit partner representatives for roundtable discussions about academic engagement
The ELC uses an equity and social justice framework to center people from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups; this lens prompts participants in academic engagement to investigate root causes of the inequities they seek to address through their collaborations. Through this radical approach (“radical” is derived from the Latin word for “root”), the Elma Lewis Center aims to complicate traditional the town-gown relationship trope so that Emerson faculty and their students are building trusted and mutually-beneficial relationships with partners such that all engaged conceive of themselves as one?community.