Students learn, act, reflect, integrate and begin again - this is experiential education. Through the Swearer Center, hundreds of Brown students access opportunities to engage with communities and build capacities of community partners to address inequities and social injustice. Students forge authentic, reciprocal relationships with community partners and gain skills to complement their community partners' knowledge and capacities. By respectfully and effectively collaborating with communities, students learn to apply their skills, convictions, and academic pursuits to make positive social change, to consider their own position in the world, and to construct the purpose they will carry into life after Brown. Student opportunities in the Center are guided by the Swearer Center’s core learning outcomes.
BrownEngage is the Swearer Center’s central online site for Brown students and community partners. Through Brown Engage, students can explore community engagement opportunities, join Community Corps, which is the program for students groups engaging in direct service, participate in programs or fellowships, join student groups engaging in direct service, access trainings and workshops, register for events and reflect upon and share their experiences.
Swearer Center programs and fellowships are the pathways by which students engage with cohort-based experiential learning opportunities. Programs and Fellowships support students to link their passion for social justice and community engagement with their academic and career goals. Many Swearer Center programs include financial support.
Students prepare themselves to engage with communities by participating in workshops, trainings and individual and group conversations that provide co-curricular knowledge and skills alongside experiential opportunities. Students also connect their engagement and academics through courses and expand their engagement through our initiatives.
Attend an upcoming information session to learn about the expectations and application process for Swearer Center programs and fellowships.
Attend the Community Engagement Fair this Fall, where dozens of local community organizations and student groups will be on hand to tell you about their work, answer your questions and let you know how you can get involved.