CCEL provides tuition awards for students to support faculty in their community-engaged teaching, research, or creative activity and to provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership and commitment to civic engagement on campus and in the community.

CESAs Yesenia and Jenny with faculty Gabe Garcia at poster session.

What is a Community Engaged Student Assistant (CESA)?

Community Engaged Student Assistants support students, faculty, and community partners in four key areas: 

  • Developing community partnerships with faculty;
  • Recruiting, placing, training and coordinating service-learners for courses;
  • Developing creative projects, applying technical expertise, and collecting research data;
  • Providing direct service/research to the community partner(s).

Current CESA Opportunities:

Spring 2016 RFP - Now accepting faculty applications for the Spring CESA Program

  • Download the CESA Application Guidelines (pdf)
  • Complete CESA application including narrative following the guidelines and requested tuition award.
  • Submit completed CESA application electronically (pdf format preferred) to the CCEL dept. email address
  • Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2015.

Meet the previous CESAs and learn about their projects:

2014-15 CESA

2013-14 CESA

Fall 2012 CESA

Spring 2012 CESA

Fall 2011 CESA

Spring 2011 CESA