At Carleton, Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) has long referred to an approach to education focusing on community-based learning. ACE Courses may be Applied, which generally indicates that a civic engagement project is an integral part of the course, and often involves collaboration with community partners. ACE can also be Theoretical, meaning that it focuses on the theoretical exploration of civic engagement. These courses centrally focus on issues of democracy, such as social justice, positionality, and forms of systemic oppression and directly explore how students might engage in work towards social change.
Increasingly, we at the CCCE are also interested in the potential nexus of interested faculty connecting their engaged coursework to their engaged research, further leveraging the range of resources available at Carleton College towards community-identified needs. In keeping with the values of our office, we are interested in how dynamic collaboration contributes to transformative social change.
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