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Community Engaged Learning

Undergrads Shane Johnson ('16), Vicki Niu ('17) celebrate with Tameeka Bennett (Executive Director of Youth United for Community Action) after presenting their guide to working withlocal communities in ways that are empowering and collaborative.

CCSRE is committed to integrating classroom learning with work in the community to address important social issues linked to race and ethnicity. Community Engaged Learning (CEL) provides opportunities for students to work with community organizations, while critically examining public issues and developing their civic identity.

Cardinal Courses

In Cardinal Courses or Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Courses, students work closely with a community organization to deepen their understanding of course material, while also supporting the work of the partner organization. These courses include:

  1. Engagement with a community to address societal needs
  2. Intentional integration of learning objectives and experience
  3. Student preparation, ongoing reflection, and critical analysis
  4. Reciprocal benefits for students, community, and campus partners
  5. Opportunities to critically examine public issues or explore one's civic identity

Current Cardinal Courses in CSRE More Information

Teaching Resources

If you are interested in teaching a Cardinal Course, visit: or contact Director of Community Engaged Learning, Daniel Murray (ddmurray (at) stanford (dot) edu)


Yeji Jung ('18) works with youth at the Trans.lation Project in Dallas, TX.

Community Based Research Fellowship

The program facilitates research internships that are community-based, community-supported, and include an analysis that engages issues of race and ethnicity. Students develop a research project in collaboration with a community partner and a faculty mentor, develop their research plan through coursework in the Spring, and execute the research during a full-time summer internship with the community partner.

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Just Communities Initiative

The Just Communities Initiative is a community-campus partnership focused on social justice and community resiliency in the Bay Area, with particular focus on the communities closest to Stanford University. Through equitable collaborations between community and campus partners we conduct research, teach community-engaged courses, facilitate community-campus dialogue, and develop programming focused on the issues that are identified by community organizations and community members as top priorities. Our current focus is housing justice.

A collection of books on activism and community organizing.

The Praxis Fellowship in Community Engagement, Advocacy and Social Change


The Praxis Fellowship is a new three-quarter program that will support student activists in developing their analytical and practical skills as social change leaders and community organizers. The program gives students experience in community organizing, social justice work, and cultivates authentic relationships between students and community partner by creating pathways for students to continue community organizing and social justice work beyond Stanford.

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