Brown University's Swearer Center is offering year-long, cohort-based learning communities to provide the opportunity for small groups of colleagues to build and sustain intellectual community through discussion of key themes, best practices, and their own experiences and questions related to community-engaged teaching and research.

Five learning communities will launch in Fall 2019; meetings in the fall and spring semesters may include shared readings and reflection, special guests (e.g., other engaged scholars or experienced community partners), peer consultations, or other activities responsive to participants’ interests. One-on-one consultations with Swearer staff are also available to participants upon request. Refreshments will be provided at group meetings. In late spring, members of all five learning communities will be invited to gather for a celebratory meal and reflective discussion. The communities are: 

  1. Community-Based Learning and Research Course Design
  2. Refugees/ Immigration/ Displacement 
  3. STEM Engagement with K-12 Education
  4. Anti-racist Engaged Pedagogy
  5. Graduate Student Learning Community

Four of the five learning communities are open to anyone holding an instructor role with Brown undergraduates: faculty, lecturers, postdocs, and graduate students, whether associated with the undergraduate college, the graduate school, the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown, or the School of Public Health. Graduate students only may also choose to participate in the learning community specifically supporting their development as engaged scholars. Very short applications are due Tuesday, April 22, 2019.

After participating fully in a learning community, those in an instructor role will be eligible to receive a $500 mini-grant for expenses related to developing or implementing a community-engaged course for undergraduate students. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion and a letter of recognition to their dean or chair.

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